"The goal of our department is to measurably improve the health of the Berkshire community."
Born in Bronxville, New York with a passion for sports and science, Gray Ellrodt, MD spent his early years wishing to become an oceanographer. His family practitioner, however, encouraged him to pursue Medicine. And that he did.
A graduate of Princeton University and New York Medical College, Dr. Ellrodt has specialized in both Internal and Critical Care Medicine. Holding many top positions and appointments throughout the years, he became BMC's Chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1999 and Director of the hospital's Internal Medicine Training Program.
Among several quality initiatives launched under the leadership of Dr. Ellrodt is "multidisciplinary rounds," a program consisting of 30 highly-skilled professionals who review each patient's case three times weekly resultingin an award-winning system of collaboration and communication.
"Our goal is to measurably improve the health of the Berkshire community," states Dr. Ellrodt. "We're fortunate to live in a well-defined county of 135,000 people. There are health challenges, yes, but this is no sprawling metropolis of eight to ten million people. We can actually see good work being done here and what needs to be improved upon. In a short time, we'll have assembled all community resources, and offer the best patient-centered, outcomes-oriented health care possible."
"The word ‘imagine' is one of the most powerful words in the English dictionary," Dr. Ellrodt adds passionately, "and someday I imagine signs at Exits One and Two on the Mass Turnpike, and they'll read: ‘Welcome to The Berkshires - Healthiest Community in the Country!'"
A champion runner, Dr. Ellrodt ran the New York City Marathon in the Fall of 2007, his 50th marathon to date. He also enjoys club racing, model train collecting, antiques and playing soccer with his young ones. He resides in Lenox with his wife, Marianne, and their three school-aged children: Jack, Grace and Connor. A fourth child, Kristin, lives in California.