Berwald is senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, a 401-bed, not-for-profit community hospital in Torrance, Calif. In that role she is responsible for the provision of high-quality and cost-effective patient care, as well as for the standards of nursing care and professional practice across the organization, working closely with the senior executive team, physician leadership and hospital board of directors. Berwald has 36 years of experience in an acute care environment, the last 31 of them at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She began at the medical center as a direct patient care staff nurse in the intensive care unit and went on to become intensive care unit supervisor, followed by positions as supervisor and then director of coordinated care. Berwald has also worked in medical surgical services and nursing education.