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The Doctor Is Calling...

CDH HomeCare Physicians Medical Director Receives Honors

Winfield, Ill., August 23, 2006 - In DuPage County, you can still have a doctor that comes to your door—but don't look for someone carrying a black leather bag with only a stethoscope and a reflex hammer.

Dr. Thomas Cornwell, medical director of HomeCare Physicians (HCP), an operating division of Central DuPage Physician Group, started making house calls in 1993. The practice consists solely of medical staff members who make home visits to elderly and disabled patients who often cannot get to a physician's office on their own without great difficulty.

The Illinois Academy of Physicians recently recognized Dr. Cornwell with their Distinguished Service Award. "Family physicians are extremely dedicated physicians by their very nature," said committee member Dr. John Sage, who presented the award. "But when you learn about a physician, like Dr. Cornwell, who takes the mission of serving some of our most fragile patients and provides such unmatched care, that doctor should be honored and celebrated."

Dr. Cornwell has personally made over 19,500 house calls to more than 3,000 homebound patients.  His virtual black leather doctor bag has expanded through the years to hold the modern medical technology family medicine requires. If one could peek in his bag he would see that along with years of education and patient experience, it now includes car keys, a wireless laptop, cell phone, portable medical equipment and, of course, a very organized team.

Dr. Cornwell is a 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. The bag has grown with Cornwell's career including recognitions and honors by numerous medical organizations made up of his peers.  The American Academy of Home Care Physicians named him "House Call Doctor of the Year." The Best Practice Network honored him as one of seven "Heroes in Health Care" in the Chicagoland area and the American Medical Association bestowed Dr. Cornwell their Pride in the Profession Award.

About HCP
The mission of HCP is to provide quality primary care to the homebound to improve their quality of life and the lives of their caregivers. This care reduces healthcare costs by preventing unnecessary ambulance trips, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and nursing home placements.  HomeCare Physicians' territory includes all of DuPage County and bordering communities. HCP has made over 49,000 house calls to more than 4,000 homebound patients.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. It is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County. 

In 2005, Central DuPage Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Solucient, a nationally respected resource for evaluating health care performance. It has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for the quality of its Stroke Care and Patient Safety. It is considered one of the top 5% hospitals in the United States for Patient Safety and one of the top 10% in the nation for its innovative stroke care.

CDH is taking the lead in providing pediatric and neonatal expertise with its partnership with Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago. Children's Memorial at CDH (www.CMHatCDH.org) provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to the pediatric specialists of Children's Memorial - close to home.

The hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, a network including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health, and hospice care. For more information, visit www.cdh.org.

Media Contact:
Central DuPage Hospital
Public Relations
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
630-933-5117