Founder of Home Centered Care Institute transitions from CEO to Executive Chairman and takes on new role with VillageMD

Schaumburg, IL, March 2, 2020

Thomas Cornwell, MD

Thomas Cornwell, MD

The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) announced today that its founder, Dr. Thomas Cornwell, will transition his role with the organization from Chief Executive Officer to Executive Chairman, effective March 9, 2020. At that time, he will also become the Senior Medical Director of Village Medical at Home, part of VillageMD.

Since founding HCCI, Dr. Cornwell has played a critical role in fulfilling the organization’s vision to spread home-based primary care (HBPC) to more patients by generating substantial awareness of HBPC and the need for expanding house call programs and the workforce.

HCCI has also played a role in the continuation of the Independence at Home Medicare Demonstration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ New Payment Models; educated over 500 unique learners and 260 HBPC practices; introduced a consulting practice focused on practice management and clinical care; created six HCCI Centers of Excellence for Home-Based Primary Care™; assembled a national faculty of HBPC leaders; and taught over 1,000 students and health system leaders at three medical universities in China along with partnering with Shandong University in Jinan to create an HCCI HBPC training center.

“I am incredibly proud of the team at HCCI and know it is in good hands and well-positioned for the future,” said Dr. Cornwell. “I am excited to be joining Village Medical at Home and combining their operational excellence with my twenty-five years of HBPC experience and clinical skills to further spread house calls nationally.”

Taking on his new role with Village Medical at Home means that Dr. Cornwell will no longer practice with Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Physicians. “I remain forever thankful for Northwestern Medicine’s support of HomeCare Physicians,” said Cornwell. “The numerous awards, media exposure, and national recognition we have received as a house calls practice – and, most importantly, the number of patient and caregiver lives we’ve been able to touch – are all a result of Northwestern’s incredible support.”

HCCI’s Board plans to review the existing leadership structure at their next meeting. In the interim, Julie Sacks, Chief Operating Officer, will continue to manage the daily operations of HCCI. Sacks shared her thoughts on the transition, saying, “Without Dr. Cornwell and our funders, there would be no HCCI. He had the incredible vision and passion to establish an organization that is transforming our health care system. I also consider it an honor to help steward HCCI through this important transition.”

Richard Maybury, Chairman of the Board for HCCI, also shared his perspective, adding, “Dr. Cornwell has been caring for patients in their homes for over 25 years, so his new role is a natural extension of that work. At the same time, HCCI is well-positioned for the future with a strong core of proprietary HBPC education delivered through multiple channels, a growing consulting practice, a key role in HBPC advocacy, a national network of leading academic healthcare institutions and HBPC faculty, and the right combination of experienced and tenured leaders and staff in place to take the organization forward.”

As Executive Chairman, Dr. Cornwell will be a member of the board; continue to act as a strategist; represent HCCI to the public, industry and media; and play a continued role in the organization’s ongoing growth and improvement, including fundraising.

Home Centered Care Institute

The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) is a national non-profit organization focused on advancing home-based primary care to ensure that medically complex and homebound or home-limited patients have access to high-quality care in their homes. HCCI works with leading academic medical centers, health systems, and industry experts to raise awareness of and advocate for expanding the model by growing the home-based primary care workforce through education and training and developing a research-based model for sustainable house call program implementation and growth. For more information, visit and follow @HCCInstitute.

Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine is the shared strategic vision of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to transform the future of healthcare and become a premier integrated academic health system. Each day, 33,700 clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty, and medical students come together with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety. For more information, visit


VillageMD is a leading provider of healthcare for organizations moving toward a primary care-led, high-value clinical model. The VillageMD solution provides the tools, technology, operations, and staffing support needed for physicians to drive the highest quality clinical results across a population. VillageMD works with physician groups, independent practice associations, and health systems to improve quality, deliver a first-rate patient experience, and lower costs in the communities they serve. VillageMD will continue to grow its Village Medical brand and scale its Village Medical at Home offering. VillageMD has grown to include more than 2,500 physicians across nine markets and is responsible for approximately 500,000 lives and $3 billion in total medical spend in value-based contracts. To learn more, please visit

Read the VillageMD press release here.

Read the HCCI Chairman of the Board letter here.

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