People of Providence - Meet Lori Bergen, RN and Chief Executive at Providence Newberg Medical Center
Meet Lori Bergen, RN, Chief Executive, Providence Newberg Medical Center
What's your previous professional background?
I've worked as a nurse for 40 years, including in neonatal intensive care, medical/surgical, labor and delivery, case management and nursing education. I held my first leadership position at age 24 and have since served as chief nursing officer, chief operations officer and chief executive.
Where did you grow up?
Why did you choose Providence?
I began as a candy striper at Hoag Hospital, completed part of my nursing training at Little Company of Mary, and built the first neonatal ICU at Mission Hospital – all of which now are part of Providence St. Joseph Health. I'm proud to serve with a team whose mission is to care for others.
What is your dream for Providence in Oregon?
Although there are many quality health care organizations, I always want Providence to be known for extraordinary compassion – both within our walls and throughout our communities.
What are your hobbies?
Between us, my husband and I have five children and five grandchildren … so far. Our favorite activities involve them. We love to travel, cook, run, golf and play outdoors. We're also Denver Broncos fans!
What's a great memory you've had while working at Providence?
When I first started with Providence, life circumstances left me as a single parent of three very young children, living paycheck to paycheck and far from family. My Providence coworkers and the Sisters enveloped my children and me with extraordinary love and compassion until I got back on my feet. I've been a person of Providence ever since.
Who are your mentors?
Although I've been blessed with several amazing mentors in my 42 years in health care, the Sisters of Providence are my true heroines. They provide tremendous inspiration.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Philanthropy builds community in our small town. For example, we recently broke ground on a major expansion at Providence Newberg because of a growing need in our community. The expansion is possible only because of our donors' generosity and will elevate care close to home. Philanthropy unites, philanthropy cares and philanthropy serves.
Learn about Providence Newberg's expansion project: