Hundreds of People to Receive Free Health Screenings In Day-Long Collaborative Community Event
White Plains, NY (April 1, 2011) – A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community. That's the message White Plains Hospital sends every April with its Annual Neighborhood Health Fair. More than 500 adults and children from neighboring communities will receive free health screenings from WPH nurses and affiliated physicians at the 34th Annual Neighborhood Health Fair on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at the Thomas H. Slater Center.
A collaborative community undertaking, the Health Fair brings the resources of the Hospital, El Centro Hispano, Inc., Cavalry Baptist Church, the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society, the Thomas H. Slater Center, and the White Plains Housing Authority.
The day long event will include screenings for high blood pressure, asthma, breast and prostate cancers, HIV testing and much more. Lab tests will be done for sickle cell disease and high cholesterol. Experts will be on hand to pass out information and answer questions on various health topics.
Jon B. Schandler, Hospital President and CEO, said: “For thirty-four consecutive years, our Hospital has been working with our community partners to provide our neighbors with the medical care they need. In the true spirit of volunteerism, the physicians, nurses and other members of our Hospital’s remarkable family are to be commended for having made the Health Fair the great success it is.”
This year the committee will recognize Dr. Reverend Lester Cousin, Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in White Plains, for his 34 years of friendship, support and commitment as the Chairman of the Annual Health Fair. Reverend Cousin will retire after this year and will be greatly missed.
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 Orthopaedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, treating nearly 50,000 patients a year. White Plains Hospital is the only 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. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc.