White Plains, NY (September 27, 2013) – 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. The donation will be allocated specifically for an ongoing research study involving cancer survivorship called the DEALS-EPS study, or dietary education and LIVESTRONG exercise program study, which investigates the effects of diet and exercise education on outcomes and well-being among cancer survivors. The study is a collaborative effort between the Hospital, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Rye Y.M.C.A.
The Hope for Change Foundation was founded in 1997 by a group of high school students seeking to make a positive impact on the lives of breast cancer patients through funds raised in theatrical performances in Westchester County. In addition to presenting the hospital with the $10,000 donation, the group performed at the Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration in White Plains in June.
“We were moved and very pleased to be given this very generous gift that will advance our knowledge of cancer survivorship,” said Dr. Hopkins. “It is a testament to the goodwill of this organization and to the exceptional community that we are fortunate to be supported by at the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital.”
HOPE for Change representatives Anthony Casella and Elliot Garcia presented the check on behalf of the Foundation.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with more than 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.