Robert Davenport, MD Named Medical Director

When Bob Davenport’s career in primary and family care was winding down, he heard about an opportunity to get involved with Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires from his supervisors at Berkshire Health Systems.

“I was with Hillcrest Family Health Systems in Pittsfield until I retired,” said Dr. Davenport.  “When I heard about a possible job at VIM as a part-time Medical Director, I decided to volunteer here to see patients for about six months first.  I think it’s very important if you’re taking on a leadership role that you roll up your sleeves and be in the trenches like everyone else.”

Dr. Davenport is VIM’s first paid Medical Director.

“The Board decided that new federal regulations require more oversight,” said Davenport.  “I’ll be reviewing VIM’s quality assurance protocols, writing new telephone triage procedures and monitoring compliance with all the rules and regulations.”

Davenport went to the University of Kentucky Medical School and then worked for two years in the public health service.

“I had always lived in small towns and I envisioned my medical career in a small town,” he said.  “I opened a private practice in Valatie, New York in 1998 and later moved into a practice group now known as St. Peter’s Partners.”

Davenport and his wife Robby, a native of the Berkshires, live in Lenox.  He is enjoying his work at VIM, combining his paid administrative role with serving as a volunteer primary care physician.

“The most important part of the job for me is the absolute gratitude I get from the patients.  These are honest, hard-working individuals who contribute a lot to our society.  They don’t feel entitled to our services…they’re so grateful and I find that very rewarding in itself.”

Davenport is impressed with the integrative model of care at VIM Berkshires.  He says there is a great need to involve dentistry more in medical care and loves the fact that nutrition, mental health, optometry, acupuncture and massage are all provided in one location.

“To have all that in one place, where the patient is not having to be shuttled from one place to another, I think is a phenomenal experience and is really a model that should be emulated.”

By Nancy Fernandez Mills