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Judy Receiving RWJ AwardI am excited to announce some special news about one of the 31 women in my newest book, “Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy.” 

Judy Berry, CEO of Lakeview Ranch, has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award. This wonderful honor selects exceptional men and women who have overcome significant obstacles to tackle some of the most challenging health and healthcare problems facing our communities.

 Community Health Leaders National Program Director Janice Ford Griffin said that Berry has demonstrated courage and commitment to persevere in the development of new techniques that reflect sensitivity, compassion and a willingness to address the complex nature of dementia as it affects each patient.  

 Berry said her model of care works because “we treat dementia sufferers like human beings.” Addressing the residents’ spiritual and emotional needs is a key component of the care delivered at the facility. The staff is trained to monitor and respond to the residents’ emotional issues such as anxiety, fear and depression, Berry said.

 Judy briefly shared her story at the first Women as Healers presentation and received a standing ovation!  I’ve also had the opportunity to play the harp at Judy’s two Alzheimer’s/dementia homes many times. She and her staff give wonderful care … she is so deserving of this honor. To join me in congratulating Judy, she can be reached at her website:  www.lakeviewranch.com.

Tami Briggs