Berg also spoke about the impact the federal Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, will have on the economy in general and health care in particular.
"It will be disruptive to the American economy," he said. "Is this the best way to go? Time will tell."
Berg said the ACA could impact the health care industry in a number of ways, including a potential loss of local control over health care as a result of increased federal mandates. But he added that the ACA also has some potential positives.
"We have greater potential for standardization of care, as well as more access to care," he said.
Berg reminded the breakfast group that the ACA isn't the first major change in the American health-care system.
"You can go back to 1946 and the Hill-Burton Act, which got many hospitals built," Berg said. "Then in 1965, we got Medicare, which introduced the concept of cost-based reimbursement."
"We've seen change before," he said.
Berg also had some parting words of advice.
"I came here to thank you, not tell you what to do," he said. "But be who you are.
"Help your children achieve their potential, so they can lead full and productive lives."
Berg was preceded by the musical talents of Altamont students on both the grade and high school levels.
The next Community Celebration of Excellence is set for April 10, 2014, at the Dieterich High School gymnasium.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at firstname.lastname@example.org