On November 15, the College of Health and Human Services will host the 2019 Health and Human Services Hero Awards to recognize the unsung heroes in our community whose actions, thoughts and words have had a transformative impact in our region. We will highlight the ten honorees in our Heroes Blog Series.

Heroes19_Judith Berg_smName: Judith Berg

Occupation: President and CEO, HealthImpact

Nominated by: School of Nursing & Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing

The field of nursing offers numerous areas for growth and learning, and Judith Berg has been a prime example of that. With nearly five decades of experience in the field, her desire to learn and her mission, to inspire positive change in the healthcare industry, is constantly evolving.

Her journey in the healthcare system began in 1971, beginning as a staff nurse to working her way up to chief nursing executive, her development of numerous initiatives to enhance nursing practices and patient outcomes were always regarded with the highest esteem. Currently, she is president and CEO of HealthImpact, an organization that addresses state-wide nursing workforce issues. 

Berg’s innovative techniques and care for patient outcomes led her to advancing, further than she could have imagined, in her career, including her involvement with the Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives programs. 

Among her many accomplishments is leading state-wide initiatives that brought together national experts to establish a collaborative structure that would engage partners of academia, practice and policy in discussions around healthcare development. She also helped to develop a nursing education plan for California, and an advisory group composed of primary nursing organizations within the state. 

Berg is well-known on a national scale, having spoken and presented at numerous regional, state and national meetings on healthcare and nursing, specifically. She also serves on a variety of professional nursing organizations. 

“Judith, who consistently models lifelong learning, has been instrumental in keeping the healthcare work of academic and service leaders’ front and center on the national stage.“ – Dr. Marie Gilbert, Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing

The 2019 Health and Human Services Hero Awards, which celebrates heroes from each of the seven departments, as well as centers and institutes within our college, will be held on November 15, 2019 at Fresno State. For more information on the event, contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.3603 or bwilkinson@csufresno.edu.