Construction Will Double the Size of the Cancer Center
White Plains, NY- (June 27, 2013) – White Plains Hospital is preparing for a major expansion of its Cancer Program. The hospital announced plans to renovate the existing Dickstein Cancer 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.
Renovations will begin this summer and construction on the new building is expected to be completed in 2015, pending approval by the City of White Plains. The construction will double the size of the Cancer Center to approximately 70,000 square feet, providing space for additional infusion therapy, radiation therapy and physician offices. The hospital is undergoing the expansion in order to accommodate growth in its oncology services and the nearly 20 new physicians and surgeons who have joined their Physician Associates division over the past two years. “Our cancer program has been highly successful, and we are growing out of our current space,” said Susan Fox, President of White Plains Hospital, “This expansion is an important step that will enable us to continue to build on the advanced cancer services that we provide. It will allow us to accommodate greater numbers of patients, staff and physicians in a modern space with state-of-the-art technology, complementary services and amenities in the years ahead.”
The only freestanding cancer center in Westchester, the Dickstein Center is part of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Program, which has been repeatedly accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on cancer (CoC) over the past twenty years. In recent years, the Cancer Program has expanded its advanced inpatient and ambulatory services, increased the number of clinical trials it offers, and attracted highly accomplished medical and surgical oncologists.
“Our cancer program is special in that it is supported by an acute care hospital, able to care for patients 24 hours a day if emergencies arise,” said Ms. Fox. “We are also supported by an inpatient oncology unit staffed by Magnet-certified nurses who are specially trained in advanced cancer care.”
The hospitals’ Cancer Program is a repeated recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and in 2012 received accreditation as a National Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The program’s multidisciplinary team has treated nearly 23,000 patients since initially becoming accredited in 1993.
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 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.