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OHI's Executive Team: Theresa Berger

Executive Team

Theresa Berger

President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Theresa Berger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. - (OHI).   She assumed the role in December 2003 when OHI became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike.   In May 2005, OHI received its full designation to become an FQHC, making it the first community health center in Ocean County, NJ.


As President and CEO, Dr. Berger leads an Executive Leadership Team focused on OHI’s vision to provide high quality, accessible and affordable family health care to the area’s residents.   Under her leadership, OHI has transformed the conventional view of affordable healthcare, turning OHI from a clinic, to a health center and now a Patient-Centered Medical Home.  OHI currently serves approximately 25,000 patients a year with 94,000 visits annually by its staff of over 200.  In 2013, OHI was awarded Level 3 Recognition at all its sites by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which is the highest level award for quality recognition a FQHC can receive.


Dr. Berger has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in ambulatory care settings.   Prior to her role at OHI, she served as the Executive Director of the Kimball Medical Center- Neighborhood Health Center where she was responsible for overseeing, managing, coordinating and supervising day-to-day activities for a multi-clinic community healthcare practice consisting of Medical, Pediatric, OB/GYN, Surgical, ENT, and Dental services.


Dr. Berger also serves as the chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association which represents all 23 Community Health Centers and 127 satellite community-based ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout the state of New Jersey.


Dr. Berger holds a Doctor of Medicine with concentrations in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, geriatric medicine, family practice, and emergency medicine from the Universidad Mexico Americana Del Norte; and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wagner College.


Theresa is a proud resident of Howell, NJ.  She has lived in Howell for over 20 years with her husband and 2 sons.  Her eldest son just graduated from the Law and Public Service Learning Center at Colts Neck High School and will be attending New York University starting in the Fall of 2016.  Her youngest son attends Howell High School.

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