Title: Retired Executive Clinical Advisor and COO
Company: Bupa Aged Care Australia
Location: Barrack Point, New South Wales, Australia
Maureen Berry, retired executive for Bupa Aged Care Australia, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical administration and nursing.
For more than 48 years, Ms. Berry was a nurse and healthcare administrator specializing in clinical leadership and coordination of care in the public health sector and later for seniors. She retired in 2020, as Chief Operating Officer (2019) and Executive Clinical Adviser for Bupa Villages and Aged Care Australia, where she oversaw the company’s clinical direction and review process, including the implementation of a comprehensive online training program for staff. Ms. Berry joined Bupa Aged Care Australia in 2009 as an Operations Manager, rising to become Clinical Service Improvement Director in 2014, and was appointed COO in 2017.
Prior to joining Bupa Aged Care Australia, Ms. Berry spent five years with the Sydney West Area Health Service as a Patient Flow Nurse Manager, Director of Access and Patient Logistics and Director of Clinical Operations for the Eastern cluster of SWAHS. Ms. Berry helped create new patient care assessment standards for Sydney West Area Health Service facilities, including the Healthcare for Older People Earlier (HOPE), the urgent care model and the Status Tracking And Reporting System (STARS), a capacity and demand alert system. Of note, whilst she was the Eastern Cluster DCO, Ms. Berry oversaw the construction of the new Auburn District Hospital and the build of the Inter-luminal Neurological Radiation suite and an expansion to the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at Westmead Hospital.
She started her career in clinical nursing in 1973 after training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Auburn, NSW, and spent much of the next 20 years in hospital surgical and acute care settings. In 1999, Ms. Berry began transitioning from hands-on patient care to medical administration as the Nursing Unit Manager and co-manager of Respiratory and Medical High Dependency Services at Westmead Hospital, and in 2004, she became the hospital’s Patient Flow project manager.
Ms. Berry credits her professional success to what she describes as “an innate drive to do things well,” and attributes her move into medical administration to her desire for continual improvement and growth. Early in her career, she was described as a “natural manager” by a professional mentor, a compliment that has remained a point of pride, and she advises others in her field to find strong role models and teachers to learn from. Ms. Berry has served as a clinical advisor to the Australian government in addition to holding a variety of leadership positions on hospital and medical policy boards throughout her career. In recognition of her work, she has been presented with a Federal Health Ministers Peak Award and an International Award from Bupa Clinical Care. In her retirement, Ms. Berry looks forward to pursuing further personal and professional growth, and to helping others in healthcare with her leadership skills and experience.
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