Coachella Valley philanthropist Sally Berger dies at 88

Coachella Valley philanthropist and Eisenhower Health supporter Sally Berger died Monday at the Eisenhower hospital campus in Rancho Mirage. She was 88.

Born Sally Eileen Diamond in Chicago on Dec. 30, 1933, Berger was a “nationally renowned health care executive with more than 25 years of planning, policy and public affairs experience on local, state and national levels in the public and private sector,” according to information released by her family.

Berger’s love of giving back was inspired at a young age by her Grandma Fanny, with whom she shared a bedroom as a child. “Grandma Fanny was the ultimate fundraiser,” said Berger’s daughter, Elizabeth. “She lived to be 101 or 102, and up until her 90s she was out there raising money. She was very involved in the Schwab Hospital in Chicago. Fanny instilled in her the virtue of giving back and being a part of the community, making a difference and helping other people. (Fanny) never sat still and was always doing things for others.”

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