From Congress to Health Care
David Davis has many laurels on which he could rest. He has been a U.S. Congressman representing Tennessee’s 1st District; a four-term member of the Tennessee Legislature; founder of the award-winning home medical equipment company Advanced Home Care; and one of the “Health Care Heroes” of the Business Journal for the Tri-Cities of Tennessee/Virginia. The Johnson City, Tenn.-based respiratory therapist has racked up a slew of other awards as well, including honors from the Tennessee Association for Home Care and from East Tennessee State University as Respiratory Practitioner of the Year.
It is perhaps his current endeavor—Shared Health Services (SHS) and its consulting arm, Affordable Wound Care Consulting—of which he is most proud. SHS specializes in wound care and saving limbs through hyperbaric oxygen therapy. “It’s a blessing to see a patient who was facing amputation walk out of the clinic,” says Davis, who launched SHS after selling Advanced Home Care in the mid-1990s with the purpose of establishing wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy clinics in hospitals (see sidebar). “That’s why I’ve been in health care since the seventies.”
In those decades Davis has had several vantage points from which to observe the evolution of health care. In addition to his political offices he has been—and continues to be—a small business owner; he’s served as a surveyor for The Joint Commission, a health care accrediting body; and he’s been a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. What he has seen hasn’t always been heartening, but it has been instructive… and it’s been life changing.
“It’s a blessing to see a patient who was facing amputation walk out of the clinic. That’s why I’ve been in health care since the seventies.”