Lacey Berg

Certified Nursing Assistant and OB Scrub Tech
at Intermountain Healthcare
Grand Junction, CO
7+ years at Intermountain Health

Through this initiative, we are advancing the way we collect and share the voices of workers we serve. The intent of this initiative is to develop a collection of interviews and professional images reflecting workers’ experiences. This interview is with Lacey Berg, a Certified Nursing Assistant and OB Scrub Tech at Intermountain Healthcare. She has been with Intermountain Healthcare for 7+ years.

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On Her Career
“What I love the most about my work is the relationships I have with my colleagues. The Labor and Delivery unit is a very tight-knit group of women, and it’s really become like a second family to me. I feel like I have a second mom and 14 sisters! Recently, we changed my work schedule so I now work six 12-hour shifts followed by eight days off, which allows me to fully decompress before my next workweek.”

On Her Background
“Lacey lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her husband and two young children.”

On What She Does with Free Time
“In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, hiking and being outside, and smoking meat.”

“When COVID-19 hit, my husband lost his job. For about six or seven months, we lived on my income plus my husband’s unemployment benefits”

On the challenges of the last few years
“When COVID-19 hit, my husband lost his job. For about six or seven months, we lived on my income plus my husband’s unemployment benefits–which weren’t even close to what he had been making. It took my husband almost half a year to find new work, and it wasn’t for lack of trying. So many people in our community lost their jobs and everybody was trying to find work. It was also a challenge for him to find a job opening that both paid well and would work with my long hours at the hospital.


During the pandemic, many utility companies were more flexible about late payments if customers were going through tough financial times. That was really helpful for us, given we were living on my sole income for so many months. But, once COVID-19 eased a bit, the energy company started really pushing us about our late payments. At one point, they even threatened to shut off service. It was getting really stressful, so we decided we needed to look for support.”

 On Her Interaction with WorkLife Partnership
“I reached out to my HR department about financial assistance options and they introduced me to
WorkLife Partnership.

When I found out about the service, I made a phone call to a Resource Navigator. I explained how much I owed on my utility bill and that I was afraid they were going to cut my power off. She was calm and reassuring and didn’t make me feel judged or ashamed in any way. It can be embarrassing to say, “Hey, I need help.” But she didn’t make me feel that way at all. I couldn’t believe how much the Navigator was willing to help!

The Navigator did some research into different payment options and told me I qualified for an energy-related grant offered by the state. She filled out the application on my behalf, and I didn’t even have to work with the utility company or anything like that. I was shocked when I learned that the grant would cover my entire outstanding bill—more than $1200—and with the Navigator’s help, it was paid and taken care of within two weeks of me first reaching out to WorkLife.”

Where She is Now
“I had been so stressed out about our finances especially because, around the time I started receiving the payment notices, I learned I was pregnant with my second child. As much as I was excited to grow our family, I was really worried about money and if it was the right time for us. But by reaching out to WorkLife and finding out about the grant, I had a huge stress lifted off my shoulders. I found myself able to be more present at work and was a lot less distracted by our finances.”

 

“I I found myself able to be more present at work and was a lot less distracted by our finances.”


What She’d Like Other to Know
“It can be embarrassing to say, “Hey, I need help.” But [the Navigator] didn’t make me feel that way at all. I couldn’t believe how much the Navigator was willing to help! Honestly, I really can’t say enough nice things about the Navigator and the program because it was such a help to me.”

 

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WorkLife’s Worker Voice Initiative aims to advance the way we uplift the voices of workers we serve, focusing on authentic stories from workers who experience systemic and societal issues that impact their ability to bring their whole selves to their jobs. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email us at [email protected].