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White Plains Hospital receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation

White Plains, NY (August 25, 2015) – White Plains Hospital has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the Hospital’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families through the provision of ample opportunities to reduce cancer risk as well as extensive support during and after a cancer diagnosis.

CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, developed and administers the Gold Standard, an employee wellness framework based on taking concrete actions in five key areas to address cancer in the workplace. Nearly 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of occupational categories have earned Gold Standard accreditation, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a number of NCI-designated cancer centers.

To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by taking concrete actions in five key areas: 1.) establishing policies and programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; 2.) promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; 3.) providing health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care and participation in cancer clinical trials; 4.) promoting employee awareness of these initiatives and 5.) supporting the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.

According to Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital, “In addition to offering our employees and their families comprehensive health insurance that includes coverage of cancer prevention and screening measures, White Plains Hospital has a robust employee wellness program.  We continually offer ways for our employees to prevent and detect cancer – including smoking cessation programs, free mammograms and lung cancer screenings. We also offer opportunities for exercise and other health and wellness activities both on- and off-site.”

“White Plains Hospital has an outstanding cancer program that truly sets us apart, and our health and wellness programs for our employees are an extension of our comprehensive cancer program.” says Una Hopkins, DNP, Administrative Director of the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital. “We are proud of the way we promote wellness throughout the continuum of cancer care – from screening and diagnosis through survivorship. We fully support our employees who are going through cancer treatment and celebrate and embrace those who are survivors. White Plains Hospital’s Cancer Program has received many accolades that reflect the Hospital’s commitment to outstanding patient care. Current and prior recognitions include: accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC); Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR); Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best Breast Centers and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care; and Outstanding Achievement Award for Cancer Care and Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation.

ABOUT WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute 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’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-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 (ANCC). In 2014 White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of hospitals nationwide. White Plains Hospital is a member of the Montefiore Health System. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.

About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to “do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families.” The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard and the free web-based accreditation process, please visit http://www.CancerGoldStandard.org.

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