Fox Becomes First Female President of an acute care Hospital in Westchester County;
Joins CEO Jon B. Schandler to Lead Organization
White Plains, NY (December 2012) – 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.
"With the progressive implementation of the Affordable Care Act, our industry is changing rapidly," said Schandler. "Susan brings a depth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable as we position our Hospital to thrive in the evolving healthcare environment."
The White Plains Hospital Board of Directors approved the position change at its December board meeting. "Our Hospital is at a critical point in its 120-year history. We are building for the future and bringing exceptional doctors onboard to offer our patients the most advanced techniques and technologies available," said J. Michael Divney, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Divney continued, "Susan’s innovation coupled with Jon Schandler’s three decades of experience as a healthcare leader in this market, is the best of both worlds, and will ensure White Plains Hospital will continue to be a healthcare leader now and into the future."
Fox came to White Plains Hospital in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Administration, spearheading a strategic plan to solidify the Hospital’s position as the premier community hospital in the market. Among the initiatives she has led is the creation of White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, which now includes nearly three dozen physicians covering many specialties including: thoracic, orthopedics, oncology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine.
"Over the past two years, Susan has clearly demonstrated her remarkable leadership skills," said Roger Cappucci, M.D., President of the Medical Staff at White Plains Hospital. "She has inspired confidence in the physician community that the hospital will continue to grow and remain the leading healthcare resource in the region".
"Since coming to White Plains I have witnessed the critical role our Hospital plays in the health and well-being of those who live in and work in the surrounding community," said Fox. "I am excited to have the opportunity to help lead the Hospital in the new era of healthcare. It’s a challenging time for the industry but we are confident in working with our physicians, nurses and staff that White Plains Hospital is strategically positioned to continue to bring exceptional care to our patients."
Fox, a longtime Westchester resident brings more than 25 years of health management experience. Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, Fox was Senior Vice President, Physician and Ambulatory Network Services at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS) where she worked for 14 years. Prior to NSLIJHS Fox was a Senior Manager of Health Care Consulting at Ernst and Young.
Fox holds a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University and an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She lives in Larchmont with her husband, Jeff Menkes, who is CEO and President of New York Downtown Hospital.
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, seeing nearly 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.