Coachella Valley philanthropist Sally Berger dies at 88

Sally Berger, a Coachella Valley philanthropist and supporter of Eisenhower Health, died Monday at the Eisenhower Hospital campus in Rancho Mirage. She was 88 years old.

Born Sally Elaine Diamond in Chicago on December 30, 1933, Berger was “a nationally acclaimed healthcare manager with more than 25 years of experience in planning, policy, and public affairs at the local, state, and national levels in the public and private sectors,” according to information posted by her family. .

Berger’s love of giving back was inspired at an early age by her grandmother Fanny, who shared a bedroom with her as a child. “Grandma Fanny was the biggest fundraiser,” said Elizabeth, Berger’s daughter. “She lived to the age of 101 or 102, and until her 90s she was there raising money. She was very involved at Schwab Hospital in Chicago. Fanny instilled in her the virtue of giving back and being part of the community, making teams and helping others. (Fanny) didn’t sit still and was Always doing things for others.”