Carthage College alumnus Dr. Gregory Bergner, class of 1971 was granted the 2014 Carthage Beacon Award on May 3.
Bergner, of South Lake Tahoe, was granted the 2011 Spirit of Philanthropy Award from Barton Hospital Foundation for “extraordinary dedication to the health of South Lake Tahoe community at large and to the work of Barton Memorial Hospital.”
For centuries, beacons have served as a source of guidance and light to individuals all over the world. To celebrate this spirit of leadership, the Carthage Alumni Council grants the Beacon Award to recognize alumni who provide a light to their communities through a specific accomplishment, act of service, professional or personal achievement, event or program.
Gregory was granted the 2011 Spirit of Philanthropy Award from Barton Hospital Foundation for “extraordinary dedication to the health of South Lake Tahoe community at large and to the work of Barton Memorial Hospital.”
As funding cutbacks reduced the availability of Medi-Cal assistance in the late 1980s, Bergner’s team became the sole primary care physicians in South Lake Tahoe accepting Medi-Cal patients. Realizing the community’s need for assistance, Bergner and others started the El Dorado Community Clinic in 1989. Solely operated by Bergner’s practice (and suffering increasing losses), the clinic continued to 1995.
Bergner has continued to be a light to the community for the past three decades, carrying on his service as a physician and teaching science for Bijou Community School’s after-school program.
Bergner was among six Carthage alumni receiving the Carthage Beacon Award in May.
Learn more about Bergner at http://www.carthage.edu/alumni/beacon-award/2014-recipients/gregory-bergner/.