White Plains, NY (May 18, 2015) – Mary Franco, of New Canaan, CT, has joined White Plains Hospital in a newly created position as Executive Director of the Foundation. In this role, Ms. Franco will oversee fundraising and donor cultivation for the organization, building on existing and new relationships between the Hospital and the community.
“Mary will be a wonderful addition to White Plains Hospital,” said Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “She will be a vital part of our mission to continue the growth of the Hospital.” Ms. Franco is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in development, public affairs, government relations and corporate citizenship. A proven fundraiser with more than 20 years in the development field, Ms. Franco was most recently a Senior Vice President and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Cape Cod Healthcare in Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was President of the Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs at Norwalk Hospital for nearly eight years, where she designed and implemented broad-based fundraising operations at the Hospital, raising $82 million dollars during her time there.
In addition to her extensive fundraising experience, Ms. Franco brings significant corporate expertise to her new position, having worked at GE Capital managing government and community relations and fund disbursement globally for nearly a decade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Merrimack College.
“We are delighted to welcome Mary to White Plains Hospital at such an exciting time,” said Paul Weissman, Chairman of the White Plains Hospital Foundation Board. “With the unprecedented growth and transformation our hospital is undergoing, Mary’s impressive blend of deep expertise in corporate and foundation relations and warm and engaging interpersonal nature make her the ideal candidate to help us achieve our goals for the future.”
The Hospital is in the midst of the most extensive capital transformation in its 122-year history and is preparing to unveil a new lobby, entranceway and six-story patient tower, as well as an expanded cancer center in the fall of 2015.
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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 is the only community hospital in Westchester County to perform lifesaving emergency & 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.