A longtime Princeton physician has hung up his stethoscope but will not leaving the health care field.
Dr. Gregg Davis, who has practiced medicine in Princeton since 1981, retired the early part of February after 36 years.
“I have had a bigger impact on people than I realize, but it is time to move on,” he said. “I have done everything in the 36 years from outpatient, inpatient, emergency room, gynecology, surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.”
Davis will be a consultant for two different Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), one in Illinois serving 240 providers in 24 sites, and another ACO in Colorado, California and Washington.
An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients.
ACOs were created through the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The goal of coordinated care through ACOs is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
In his two new part-time positions, Davis will help to direct the medical component of the business and work with medical staff through business development and provider services and help physicians with the transition.
Davis graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Health Science Center in Peoria in 1978, and received residency training at the Rockford Medical Education Foundation.
In 1981, he joined Dr. Martin Faber and Dr. Robert Mestan at Princeton Family Physicians.
Davis, who grew up in Taylorville, was told by the residency chief about Faber and Mestan, who had graduated about a year earlier and who were searching for another partner.
“I interviewed with them and looked at several other communities but decided to take the opportunity here,” said Davis, who first came to Princeton with his friends, Dr. Scott Larson of Princeton and Dr. Matt Smith, who lived in Ohio, Ill.
Davis stayed with Princeton Family Physicians for 20 years before becoming interim CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital. He then opened his own office in 2001 at 204 Park Ave. East in a home that had been offices for several doctors over the years.
Dr. Donald Sloan was the first doctor to have his office in the home. Davis said he met Sloan’s daughter, Holly, one year during the Homestead Festival weekend when he was outside mowing the yard. Holly had been the high school girlfriend of Davis’ friend, Dr. Scott Larson.
Other doctors who had their offices in that house were Dr. Louis Foley and Dr. James Foresman. Foresman and Davis had traded homes in 1997, even though Davis didn’t open his office there until 2000.
Davis had served on the Perry Memorial Hospital’s board of directors from 2000 to 2016.
“I have always been interested in the business end of medicine and decided to enter a MBA program in 2005,” he said.
Davis earned an MBA degree in 2010 but didn’t use that training until he started developing an Accountable Care Organization for rural Illinois hospitals as a part-time job through Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), which has its main office in Princeton.