About Us

The Villages Health offers a revolutionary style of care that puts the patient at the center of their own well being!

We're excited to offer our residents an exciting new medical home, where the focus is on you. Imagine a doctor who will greet you by name, treat you as a friend, and grow old with you - just a golf car ride away - here in your very own hometown. Every doctor has agreed to limit the number of patients they serve, in an effort to slow down and get to know you better. And they're quite excited about the opportunity!

Each doctor serves as the captain of a team of professionals dedicated to your better health. Information is shared freely amongst the team, so that everyone involved with your well being is part of the same plan for your success.

A better way to take care of yourself, right here, in America's Healthiest Hometown!

Elliot J. Sussman, MD, MBA

Read Full Bio Dr. Sussman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) from 1993 through 2010. Under Dr. Sussman's leadership, LVHN evolved into one of the nation's leading academic community health systems. Dr. Sussman served as Associate Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago from 1988 - 1992. Previously he served as Associate Professor of Medicine and as Executive Director of the Clinical Practices at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the inaugural-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and a past-Chair of the Council of Teaching Hospitals. Currently Dr. Sussman is helping transform The Villages into "America's Healthiest Hometown" as Chairman of The Villages Health System. Dr. Sussman is Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Sussman has been actively involved in the community, serving on numerous boards. He also has experience with governance in the private sector, having served on several corporate Boards and currently serves as a director of iCAD, Inc., the Universal Health Realty Income Trust, and the Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Sussman was a Fellow in General Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and trained as a resident in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MD from Harvard University and a BA from Yale University. He has been awarded four honorary doctorates.

Thomas Menichino, MSHS, FACMPE
Chief Executive Officer

Read Full Bio Thomas Menichino is the Chief Executive Officer of The Villages® Health in The Villages, Florida. Mr. Menichino provides administrative oversight for day-to-day operations of the practice, planning, business development, marketing, managed care, human resources management and facilities management. Prior to joining The Villages Health, Mr. Menichino was Chief Executive Officer of a large multi-specialty physician group in Brevard County, Florida, with responsibility for 30 clinics, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, laboratory, physical therapy, audiology, and clinical research centers. Mr. Menichino also previously held positions as Vice President of Operations (COO) and Chief Quality Officer at a 550-bed acute care hospital, the flagship of a 3-hospital system. In this capacity, Mr. Menichino was responsible for hospital operations as well as overall responsibility for the Performance Improvement Program of the health system. Mr. Menichino holds a Baccalaureate degree in Health Sciences from Hunter College, New York, a Master's degree in Health Administration from the University of Central Florida, and is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He currently serves on the Board of the Florida Medical Group Management Association as the forum representative for the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and is Past President of the Mid-Florida chapter of the Medical Group Management Association.

Joseph C. Hildner, MD
Director of Medical Affairs

Read Full Bio Dr. Joseph Hildner began his professional career in the 1980s as a solo Family Physician just outside the "city" limits of the small town of Belleview, FL. By 1997 it became necessary to design a unique new facility and in 2005, "The Family Doctors of Belleview" expanded into The Villages with a second office location. In 2012, as founder and Medical Director, Dr. Hildner led the team to become Florida's first NCQA-recognized Patient Centered Medical Home according to the newest and highest 2011 standards. In November of that year, the practice underwent its greatest transformation yet, evolving into The Villages Health. Having grown up in Miami, Dr. Hildner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He attended Medical School at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, followed by his specialty training in Family Medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine, where he was voted the Resident Teacher of the Year by his fellow residents. Dr. Hildner is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Medical Association. His special clinical interests include "Exercise as Medicine," and The Science of Prevention. Dr. Hildner and his wife Cathy have four daughters, the oldest of whom is now attending Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, just as Dr. Hildner and his father before him, did. She will be the 3rd "Dr. Hildner" to have graduated from Loyola!



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The Villages: Patient-Centered Healthcare In Your Neighborhood