White Plains, NY- (July 19, 2013) – 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.
Ms. Oestreich began volunteering for the Hospital Auxiliary in 1984, when she joined the Scarsdale Auxiliary, leading student tours and working in the coffee shop. She was later elected as Treasurer, Vice-President and eventually served a three year term as Co-President of the Scarsdale Auxiliary with her Sister-in-Law, Judy Oestreich, before the Scarsdale and White Plains Auxiliary merged in 2000. After their three year term, the two were asked to Co-Chair the Hospitality Center, which consists of the Hospital Gift Shop and Jazzman’s Coffee Shop. This position was supposed to be temporary, but 11 years later, the sisters-in-law are still guiding the Hospitality Center as a highly effective team under the leadership of Manager, Charles Martinez. Ms. Oestreich lives in Scarsdale with her husband of more than 50 years, David Oestreich. They have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.
Ms. Chalchinsky is embarking on her fifth year with the Auxiliary, as Co-President, having previously served two two-year terms at Vice President. She has been an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for nearly seven years, treating patients and driving the ambulance, often to the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department. Ms. Chalchinsky runs her own specialty jewelry business called RedGinji, where she sells precious metal and stone jewelry at private events. She lives in Mamaroneck with her husband of 29 years and has three grown sons and a four year old granddaughter.
Both women look forward to the challenge and tasks that lay ahead this year, as they co-lead the Auxiliary and work with the other dedicated volunteers at the Hospital. The first event they will host as Co-Presidents will be this November to honor the 20 year anniversary of White Plains Hospital Cancer Program.
The White Plains Hospital Auxiliary is made up of a special group of more than 700 dedicated individuals with a mission to promote and advance the welfare of White Plains Hospital. Members proudly and passionately serve as advocates of the hospital, coordinating fundraising projects, organizing special events, writing and distributing their own newsletter and contributing thousands of volunteer hours per year. Many also serve on the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors. For more information or to get involved in White Plains Hospital, call the volunteer office at 914-681-1225 or visit http://www.givetowphospital.org/Volunteer-Opportunities/Volunteer-Program.aspx.
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 and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. 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 ten-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.