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Today, eight months after agreeing to a mutually beneficial partnership, Montefiore Health System and White Plains Hospital announced that their agreement has been approved by the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council.  Final approval by the State Health Commissioner is expected before the end of October, and once the partnership agreement is filed with the Secretary of State, the transaction will be complete.

White Plains Hospital (WPH) marked a major milestone in its capital transformation project today by celebrating the topping off of steel on a new six-story building that will be the center of the Hospital’s expanded and renovated campus.

Today, White Plains Hospital and the Montefiore Health System announced that their affiliation agreement was unanimously approved by the Project Review Committee of the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council. The full council will review the agreement in October when the agreement is expected to be final.

White Plains Hospital plans to honor longtime Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jon B. Schandler at its annual Auxiliary Gala for his nearly four decades of remarkable service to the healthcare organization.

White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Rafael Torres, M.D., of Manhattan, to its medical staff as of September 2nd.  Dr. Torres has assumed the role of Medical Director of Emergency Medicine.

White Plains Hospital today recognized 22 students who completed an intensive, seven-week apprenticeship program during the summer months.  A graduation ceremony was held in the hospital's auditorium, attended by Hospital leaders, staff members, the graduates and their families.  Representatives from the offices of both Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is a longtime supporter of the program, and Country Executive Rob Astorino were also in attendance.

White Plains Hospital is hosting its first annual Drive for a Cure benefit golf outing and dinner reception on Tuesday September 16th at the Pelham Country Club in Pelham, NY. The benefit will raise funds for the Hospital’s Cancer Program, which is in the midst of a major renovation and expansion, expected to be complete in 2015.

White Plains Hospital today announced that is has received the Healthgrades® 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. The Hospital was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades®, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome highly respected interventional cardiologist Mark Greenberg, M.D., of Scarsdale, to its medical staff as of July 1st. Dr. Greenberg has assumed the role of Director of the Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

WPH has once again received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The award recognizes hospitals for meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Every cancer survivor has a story to tell, but Rebecca Schmidt's experience stands out. Seven months pregnant, Schmidt, 36, walked into the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department with a painful cough. An X-ray showed a mass in her chest pressing on blood vessels near her heart, and it was suspected that she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Volunteers are crucial members of the White Plains Hospital family, working directly with patients or assisting the professional staff to achieve the Hospital's mission of providing exceptional care, every day. Their gift of time brings nurture and comfort to thousands of patients and their families each year.

Orthopedic surgeons Michael Schwartz, M.D. and Daniel Markowicz, M.D., of White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Orthopaedic Specialists, began seeing patients in the Hospital’s ambulatory center in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle last week. Both physicians are board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

White Plains Hospital has partnered with Temple Israel Center of White Plains and several local synagogues, day schools, and Jewish organizations in Westchester to host an informational program, “Know Our Genes: First Annual Symposium on Breast Health for Ashkenazi Jewish Women” on Sunday morning, June 8th at Temple Israel Center at 280 Old Mamaroneck Road in White Plains.

Montefiore Health System, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and White Plains Hospital have formally signed a comprehensive affiliation agreement. The agreement will be finalized upon approval from regulatory authorities.

David Ho was recently named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of White Plains Hospital. In his new role, Mr. Ho will lead and oversee all financial operations of the 292-bed community hospital and its satellite facilities.

White Plains Hospital's Intensive Care Unit has been awarded the Beacon Award of Excellence - Silver Designation by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Emmy Award winning sportscaster and NFL legend Ahmad Rashad will return this year to host the 5th annual White Plains Hospital’s Ahmad Rashad Golf Classic.

White Plains Hospital is hosting a career fair on Thursday May 15th, 2014 for experienced health care professionals in a variety of areas. The career fair will take place in the hospital’s Centennial Room from 5:00 to 8:00 PM where representatives from Human Resources and other departments will be available to meet candidates interested in applying for employment.

White Plains Hospital has announced a rescheduled date for their benefit concert featuring performances by legendary Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis; and winner of the first season of “The Voice” television singing competition, vocalist Javier Colon. The concert will take place at the recently restored Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Wednesday evening, July 23rd.

J. Michael Divney, Chairman of the Board of Directors of White Plains Hospital, announced that the Hospital Board of Directors has selected Susan Fox to become President and Chief Executive Officer upon Jon Schandler’s retirement in 2015. Fox will succeed Schandler following his 38-year tenure during which he established the Hospital as a leader in providing quality health care in the region.

White Plains Hospital staged several emergency drills this week in tandem with the City of White Plains Fire and Police Departments and to ensure optimal preparedness in the event of a mass casualty event or explosion. The drills and training exercises were held in a now vacant building adjacent to the hospital at 71 East Post Rd. They involved several members of the White Plains Fire Department assisting in the search and rescue response to simulated explosions where mannequins staged as victims were taken urgently to the hospital’s Emergency Department to be triaged by the ED and Surgical Services staff.


White Plains Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Trans-thoracic, Adult Trans-esophageal, and Adult Stress by the Inter-societal Accreditation Commission (IAC).


White Plains Hospital will hold its 37th annual Neighborhood Health Fair on Saturday, April 26th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Thomas H. Slater Center, located just a few blocks from the hospital at Fisher Court, near Quarropas Street and the courthouse.


Jk Rasamny, M.D., Head and Neck Surgeon at White Plains Hospital, last month became the first surgeon in Westchester County to perform a trans oral robotic surgery (TORS) in the treatment of throat cancer. The particular procedure Dr. Rasamny performed with the assistance of his surgical colleague Dr. Mike Yao, was a radical tonsillectomy using the da Vinci® surgical system.

The Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital: No strangers to distinguished guests - are hosting their annual Spring Luncheon on May 1st at the beautiful Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, NY. This year’s event will feature New York Times best-selling novelist, Andrew Gross.

White Plains Hospital, a leading community hospital in Westchester County, and Montefiore Health System, a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, today announced plans to form a new healthcare partnership

White Plains Hospital has named four new members to its Board of Directors: John M. Jureller, Steven Silver and Robert Tucker, all of Scarsdale; and Jonathan Spitalny of White Plains. Mr. Jureller and Mr. Silver were formally approved as new members of the Board of Directors in May, 2013, and Jonathan Spitalny and Robert Tucker were approved in December, 2013.

White Plains Hospital has announced a major benefit concert featuring performances by legendary Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis; and winner of the first season of “The Voice” television singing competition, vocalist Javier Colon. The concert will take place at the recently restored Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Thursday evening, February 13th.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed Radiologist Pamela Weber, M.D., of Scarsdale, to its group of integrated physician practices as of December 18th. Dr. Weber will be assuming the title of Director of Outpatient Imaging at New Rochelle for White Plains Hospital.

On Saturday, February 1st, White Plains Hospital (WPH) will host its eighth annual Nursing College and Career Day. This event will take place in the Hospital’s Auditorium beginning with registration at 8:30 AM, and will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

In the latest show of futuristic technology, White Plains Hospital today unveiled robots that it is using to pulverize potentially lethal germs in its rooms.

The Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital held its annual fall fundraiser on Thursday November 21st at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY. Celebration 2013: Raising the Roof on a New Cancer Center, honored: Drs. Dan Costin, Mark Fialk, Mark Gordon, Herb Gretz, Seth Lerner, Sara Sadan and Randy Stevens and their significant contributions to the legacy of the Hospital’s outstanding Cancer Program. The evening was a celebration of the exciting initiatives on the horizon. Currently, renovations are underway in the White Plains Hospital’s Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center (DCTC) and construction of a new medical office building adjacent to DCTC will begin in 2014.

The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the White Plains Hospital Diabetes Education and Treatment Center. The Center has been continually recognized by the ADA since 1998 for providing high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed Hematologist and Oncologist Swati Sehgal, M.D., of New Rochelle, to its group of integrated physician practices as of November 18th. Dr. Sehgal has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Oncology & Hematology, a division of the hospital aligning physicians with Hospital services. She will be working with Dr. Sara Sadan, Director of Breast and Women’s’ Medical Oncology, Dr. Anney Mannacheril, Dr. Joshua Raff, Chief of Oncology & Hematology, and Dr. Yael Zack.

White Plains Hospital will present an awareness forum on pancreatic cancer on Friday, November 22nd at 11:30AM at Gilda’s Club in White Plains. The forum, called “Focus on Early Detection and Improved Survival”, is in partnership with the Lustgarten Foundation, an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer, and will feature brief presentations from several medical experts including Charles Noyer, M.D. of Larchmont, gastroenterologist with White Plains Hospital, and Joshua Raff, M.D. of Scarsdale, Chief of Hematology /Oncology at White Plains Hospital, as well as specialists in radiology, pathology, genetics, hematology & oncology, surgical oncology, nutrition and radiation oncology.

The Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital will hold its annual fall fundraiser on Thursday November 21st at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY. Celebration 2013: Raising the Roof on a New Cancer Center, will honor: Drs. Dan Costin, Mark Fialk, Mark Gordon, Herb Gretz, Seth Lerner, Sara Sadan and Randy Stevens and their significant contributions to the legacy of the Hospital's outstanding Cancer Program. The evening will also be a celebration of the exciting initiatives on the horizon. Currently, renovations are underway in the White Plains Hospital's Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center (DCTC) and construction of a new medical office building adjacent to DCTC will begin in 2014. When it is completed in early 2015, the cancer program will have doubled its size, adding space for infusion, physician offices and patient amenities.

Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll for evaluation and treatment by doctors, nurses and other health professionals at White Plains Hospital's free Ted E. Bear Hospital, to be held on Saturday, November 9 from 9am – 12 pm. A limited supply of teddy bears will be on hand for those who do not have their own.

Rebecca Fenichel, M.D., a highly accomplished endocrinologist, has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning local physicians with hospital services, as of October 2, 2013. She will be practicing out of the hospital’s new space at 1296 North Avenue in New Rochelle.

White Plains Hospital today was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

White Plains Hospital has once again received the Consumer's Choice Award from the National Research Corporation (NRC.) The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the award, which recognizes quality and image in healthcare by the Nebraska-based research corporation.

Herbert Gretz III, M.D., Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at White Plains Hospital, this week became the first surgeon in Westchester and Fairfield counties and the fifth in New York State to perform a single site, robotic gynecological surgery. The particular procedure Dr. Gretz performed was a hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy using a single, small incision with the da Vinci® surgical system.

White Plains Hospital is the beneficiary of a $10,000 grant from the Hope for Change Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing breast cancer research through theatrical performance. Representatives from the organization presented a check earlier this year to Hospital President Susan Fox, Director of Breast Surgery Sunny Mitchell, M.D. and Administrative Director of the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center Dr. Una Hopkins.

White Plains Hospital Physician Associates joined with New Rochelle city officials and community leaders today to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art medical facility in the Wykagyl Shopping Center in the heart of New Rochelle.

Lesa Kelly, M.D., of New Rochelle, a recognized and accomplished dermatologist with a well-established practice in the Sound Shore community, will be joining White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning local physicians with hospital services, as of September 15, 2013. She will be practicing out of the hospital’s new space at 1296 North Avenue, when it opens later this month.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed Hematologist and Oncologist Yael Zack, M.D., of Manhattan, to its group of integrated physician practices as of August 15th. Dr. Zack has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Oncology & Hematology, a division of the hospital aligning physicians with Hospital services. She will be working with Dr. Sara Sadan, Director of the Breast and Women's Cancer Program, Dr. Anney Mannacheril, and Dr. Joshua Raff, Chief of Oncology & Hematology.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed general surgeon Rafik El Sabrout, M.D. to its group of integrated physician practices. Dr. El Sabrout has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Surgical Specialists, a division of the hospital aligning physicians with Hospital services.

Seth Gendler, M.D. a recognized and accomplished gastroenterologist with a well-established practice located in New Rochelle, will be joining White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning local physicians with hospital services, in August.

At their annual June meeting, the White Plains Hospital Auxiliary announced its newly elected Co-Presidents, Rachel Chalchinsky, of Mamaroneck and Brenda Oestreich, of Scarsdale. Both women have a long history of serving as active volunteers within Westchester and at White Plains Hospital.

The practice of Dan Costin, M.D.; Karen Green, M.D.; Subuhee Hussain, M.D.; Carol Lederman, M.D.; Afshan Malik, M.D. and Julie Monroe, M.D.; has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, the newest division of the hospital which aligns local physicians with Hospital services. The group will be known as Cancer and Blood Specialists of New York and will continue to provide comprehensive medical care to patients with cancer and malignant and non-malignant blood disorders.

The Breast Imaging Department of White Plains Hospital as well as White Plains Hospital Women's Imaging Center at Rye Brook have both earned Mammography Accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The accreditation recognizes excellent patient care and quality imaging services at both facilities.

White Plains Hospital is preparing for a major expansion of its Cancer Program. The hospital announced plans to renovate the existing Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center and construct a new adjoining six-story building on the corner of Longview Avenue and East Post Road at their annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday June 9th.

In order to accommodate major renovations of the White Plains Hospital lobby and entranceway set to begin in September, the hospital Gift Shop will be closing its current location on August 30th. The shop will operate out of a temporary, location to be determined within the hospital until the renovations are complete.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed Orthopaedic Surgeon Daniel Markowicz, M.D., of Manhattan, to its group of integrated physician practices as of June 1st. Dr. Markowicz has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Orthopaedic Specialists, a division of the Hospital aligning physicians with Hospital services.

Since coming to White Plains Hospital in January, 2012, Todd Weiser, M.D., Director of Thoracic Surgery; and Cynthia Chin, M.D., Director of the Women’s Cancer Program, have substantially built on their reputations as nationally recognized leaders in innovative surgical techniques to treat lung cancer and other diseases of the thorax.

Volunteers are crucial members of the White Plains Hospital family, working directly with patients or assisting the professional staff to achieve the Hospital's mission of providing exceptional care, every day. Their gift of time brings immeasurable nurture and comfort to thousands of patients and their families each year.

White Plains Hospital is excited to announce the completion of our Food Matters Cookbook; a compilation of over 240 recipes for cooks of all levels, a healthy, helpful guide, and cooking tips. Many of the recipes were contributed by the White Plains Hospital Community as well as 21 local Westchester restaurants including Benjamin Steakhouse, BLT, Iron Tomato and 42 The Restaurant & Bellota.

The White Plains Hospital Sleep Center has earned another five year Accreditation from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Sleep Center at White Plains Hospital offers the most advanced sleep diagnostic services, specializing in adult and pediatric sleep disorders.

As part of its sixth annual Wellness Through Prevention Month, White Plains Hospital is offering two outreach events specifically for women focused on cancer prevention and healthy living.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award to White Plains Hospital, along with a select group of 78 other accredited cancer programs throughout the United States. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted last year.

White Plains Hospital has once again received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

In celebration of 120 years as one of Westchester’s top community hospitals, White Plains Hospital will hold a gala fashion show event in partnership with Oscar de la Renta on Thursday, April 25. The show will feature the iconic designer’s fashions in a spectacular, runway show, along with a video presentation, live auction and a lavish cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Mary Jane Denzer and Susan Yubas are the event chairs.

White Plains Hospital will present this year’s Spring Simon Fashion Now® event, a weekend-long series of fashion shows featuring the newest trends in clothing, shoes and accessories from retailers in the Westchester Mall. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, April 12th at 5:30 p.m. with Trends & Friends Night on Retail Level One, which will feature demonstrations and samples from P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Origins, Party Line Rentals, Tranquility Spa & Westchester Wine Warehouse. Also Friday evening, on Center Court on Retail Level One, glasses of prosecco will be sold to benefit the Hospital’s Charles A. Mastronardi Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at White Plains Hospital. The NICU at White Plains Hospital is one of the most advanced in the region, accredited at Level III, the highest accreditation possible for a community hospital.

The practice of Sara Sadan, M.D.; Joshua Raff, M.D; Anney Mannancheril, M.D.; Ami Negandhi, M.D.; and nurse practitioners Annie Borofsky, A.N.P. and Sandra Aufiero, A.N.P. is the first Oncology & Hematology group to join White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning local physicians with Hospital services. The practice will be known as Oncology & Hematology of White Plains and will continue to provide comprehensive medical care to patients with cancer and malignant and non-malignant blood disorders.

Leigh Anne McMahon, R.N. of Somers, a seasoned hospital executive with nearly 30 years of experience in nursing, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at White Plains Hospital.  McMahon began her nursing career in 1984 as a graduate nurse in the hospital’s telemetry unit and advanced her career to assume several administrative positions, most recently as Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer.  She will retain her Chief Nursing Officer title and expand her responsibilities in her new position to oversee all aspects of patient care services.  Over the years, McMahon has led the hospital in securing enhanced measures around patient safety and quality, and was a guiding force in the hospital’s achievement in attaining Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in April, 2012.

Alfred Roston, M.D., a respected board-certified gastroenterologist, has assumed the role of President of the Medical and Dental Staff at White Plains Hospital, a two-year position which he will hold until the end of 2014.

The Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital has earned another three-year Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care, is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer programs in the United States. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Known throughout the New York metropolitan region as a highly skilled surgeon with unique laparoscopic abilities, Dr. Herbert Gretz, Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at White Plains Hospital, was recently awarded the Best Abstract on Gynecologic Oncology at the 41st Annual AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopist) Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Linus T. Chuang, MD, also of White Plains Hospital, and other physicians co-authored the study.

The Board of Directors of White Plains Hospital announced today that Susan Fox will become President of the Hospital effective January 1, 2013. Fox, who will be the first woman to be President of an acute care hospital in Westchester County, joins CEO Jon B. Schandler in leading the Hospital.

Dr. Mark Gordon, a recognized leader in the surgical treatment of cancer, has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning local physicians with hospital services.

Samir Sidani, M.D. has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a recently formed division of the Hospital aligning local physicians and ambulatory care with inpatient hospital services. His practice, White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Family Medicine, will remain at its current location, on Palmer Avenue in the village of Larchmont.

On Saturday, January 19th, White Plains Hospital (WPH) will host its seventh annual Nursing College and Career Day. This event will take place in the Hospital’s Auditorium beginning with registration at 8:30 AM, and will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Sunny Mitchell, M.D., Director of Breast Surgery at White Plains Hospital, is now available for patient consultations at the Hospital's Women's Imaging Center in Rye Brook, NY. The Center has provided high-quality digital mammography, as well as breast and pelvic ultrasound and MRI, breast biopsy under ultrasound, and bone densitometry, among many other radiology services since it opened a decade ago. Highly experienced board-certified radiologists Rosalyn Kutcher, M.D. and Marjorie Rosenblatt, M.D. are on staff full time at the Women's Imaging Center and collaborate with Dr. Mitchell on patient cases.

For the first time in the Westchester County, the American Heart Association will conduct the Go Red BetterU program, an innovative 12-week women’s heart health program designed to improve heart health for 15 selected local women. The 12-week BetterU Makeover Challenge, sponsored by White Plains Hospital, is designed to remind all women of the need to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of women’s number one killer – heart disease.

Genetics Counselor Nicole Boxer is the most recent addition to the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital. In this important role, Ms. Boxer will provide genetic testing and counseling for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, hereditary colon cancer and other rare hereditary cancer syndromes.

Tiltan Pharma Ltd. today announced that it has enrolled the first U.S. patient, at White Plains Hospital in Westchester County N.Y., in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its anti-angiogenic product, TL-118, for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

White Plains Hospital is setting a trend by Painting the Town Pink this October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Hospital is leading businesses throughout White Plains in a month long awareness campaign by hosting a series of educational and advocacy events, fundraisers and exciting promotions, most of them in conjunction with other White Plains establishments.

The Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital will hold its annual fall fundraiser on Thursday November 15th at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Celebration 2012: A Legendary Evening, will honor longtime physicians Sheldon Alter, M.D.; Marvin Lipman, M.D.; and Carl Weber, M.D. The event is one of White Plains Hospital’s most celebrated events, with all proceeds going to support the Hospital’s clinical programs and services. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature cocktails, a lavish buffet and raffle prizes.

Former Bone & Joint Associates physicians William Buschmann, M.D.; Paul Fragner, M.D.; Michael Schwartz, M.D.; and Robert Small, M.D., and orthopedic surgeons Jared Brandoff, M.D.; Michael Panio, M.D.; Louis McIntyre, M.D.; and Eric Zitzmann, M.D., formerly of Westchester Orthopaedic Associates are now under one roof at 222 Westchester Avenue in White Plains. The newly formed White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Orthopaedic Specialists group is now one of the largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practices in Westchester County.

Frances Bordoni of Armonk has joined White Plains Hospital in a newly created position as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Ms. Bordoni will be tasked with building relationships in the community and connecting local physicians with Hospital services.

White Plains Hospital is reaffirming its commitment to wellness in the workplace this fall with several new initiatives to encourage healthful eating, daily activity and age-appropriate screenings for its nearly 2,200 employees. Following in the tracks of two very successful recent employee wellness activities, The Biggest Loser and Move it To Lose It, the hospital is offering a Be Well Bingo competition this fall to continue to encourage employees to get fit, lose weight and improve their overall health. This spring, over 600 hospital employees participated in the Move it to Lose It competition, walking an average of 168 miles each and losing a cumulative total of 406 pounds during the nine week long competition. Each employee on the team that lost the most total weight received a new I-Pad as a winning prize.

Vet Connect – a web-based initiative to raise awareness about the employment, health, and resource needs of veterans in the Hudson Valley region, particularly returning veterans – went live today. This public awareness initiative is the work of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet) and its member hospitals that are located in Westchester and the six counties that comprise the Hudson Valley region. NorMet is the association that represents these hospitals on a variety of hospital and health care legislative and regulatory issues.

The White Plains Hospital Clinical Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

Sunny Mitchell, M.D. has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a recently formed division of the hospital aligning local physicians with Hospital services. She will hold the position of Director of Breast Surgery for White Plains Hospital.

Bariatric surgeon Waheeda Mithani, M.D. has joined the White Plains Surgical Specialists practice in White Plains. The practice is a member of White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a recently formed division of White Plains Hospital aligning local physicians with Hospital services.

White Plains Hospital has launched a lung cancer screening program in an effort to connect individuals with a significant smoking history who are at high risk for developing lung cancer with resources for early detection of disease and more favorable prognoses.

White Plains Hospital Named Among US News and World Report's 2012 Best HospitalsWhite Plains Hospital was recognized this week as one of the top hospitals in New York by the magazine U.S. News and World Report in their 2012 Best Hospitals edition. The publication specifically recognized White Plains Hospital for high performing excellence in two clinical areas: geriatrics and gynecology, and named 112 physicians on staff as Top Doctors. These physicians span 40 specialty areas and were selected based on a peer nomination process.

White Plains Hospital today announced a t-shirt design contest which will be one of the many ways it marks October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The winning design from the contest will be produced on shirts that will be sold at the Hospital’s gift shop, on its website, and at The Westchester mall October 20, with all proceeds going to Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital. The contest will run from July 1 – September 16, 2012, with a winner announced by the end of September.

White Plains Hospital Geriatrician and Internist Roger Madris, M.D. will present a lecture to the community on healthy aging after age 60 in which he will present and discuss the latest thinking and medical technology in the field of geriatrics to enhance health and overall quality of life for older adults.

White Plains Hospital Spine Surgeon Jared Brandoff, M.D. will present a lecture to the community titled, “Oh, My Aching Back” to address back pain and provide methods to help reduce discomfort through a variety of treatments and therapies. Dr. Brandoff’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday June 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Jazzman’s Café off of the Hospital’s main lobby.

Stroke Award IconWhite Plains Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year. The award recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

White Plains Hospital will host a Girls Night Out at the Ritz Carlton, Westchester on Tuesday May 22nd beginning at 5:30 p.m. to cap off their annual Wellness Through Prevention Month.

Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll to the third annual White Plains Hospital Ted E. Bear Fair for evaluation and treatment by the Hospital’s doctors and nurses on Saturday May 19th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Four longtime Scarsdale residents: Chuck Clarvit, Mark Hauser, Jonathan Spitalny and Alan Waxenberg have been nominated to the Foundation Board of White Plains Hospital, tasked with serving as ambassadors for the Hospital in the Westchester community and leaders of its philanthropic missions.

Philip Weber, M.D. is the first specialist in Westchester County to perform the new Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, completely without incisions, to treat patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

The Breast Program at White Plains Hospital has been granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

White Plains Hospital announced yesterday that it has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care.

White Plains Hospital is partnering with Bloomingdale’s for an evening to promote skin health and wellness on Thursday April 26th.

Raj Buddhavarapu, MD, Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at White Plains Hospital, has opened a clinical office where he will provide outpatient consultations and ongoing medical care to the growing numbers of older adults in Westchester county and surrounding areas.

The Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital is holding its annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday May 2nd at 11:30 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY and will feature a presentation by New York Times columnist and bestselling author, Andrew Ross Sorkin.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed Spinal Surgeon Jared F. Brandoff, M.D. of Nassau County, NY, to its group of integrated physician practices as of March 19th.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed esteemed Vascular Surgeon William D. Suggs, M.D., of Chappaqua, NY to its group of integrated physician practices as of February 1st.

White Plains Hospital is pleased to be included as one of the charities listed on presentsforpurpose.com, an online gift boutique that lets shoppers pick their favorite charity to receive a portion of the proceeds for their purchase.

White Plains Hospital has welcomed two new Thoracic Surgeons to its group of integrated physician practices as of January 1st. Todd S. Weiser, M.D. and Cynthia S. Chin, M.D. have joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, a division of the hospital aligning physicians with Hospital services.

The White Plains Hospital Emergency Department (ED), together with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance corps, have launched two new initiatives to improve the outcomes of emergency patients in the area.

White Plains Hospital has received the NICHE, or Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, designation from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University (NYU).

White Plains Hospital plans a series of programs in January to help people make positive changes to improve their health and wellness in the New Year.

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