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White Plains Hospital Celebrates Six-Story Expansion

From left, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach; Montefiore President/CEO Steven M. Safyer, MD; Chairman of the Board Larry Smith; White Plains Hospital President Susan Fox; Dr. Kaare Weber, director of surgery and Leigh Anne McMahon, senior vice president Photo Credit: Contributed/ John Vecchiolla
White Plains Hospital President Susan Fox, center, joins other hospital executives and Mayor Tom Roach, far left, at Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of four new floors at the East Post Road facility. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Visitors enter a new sixth floor family waiting room of White Plains Hospital. Officials and staff welcomed the addition of three new floors and a renovated fourth floor at the center of the East Post Road hospital on Monday, Nov. 20. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A crane hoists the final hospital beam, topped by an evergreen tree, six stories up, in September 2014. On Monday, White Plains Hospital administrators and staff joined Mayor Tom Roach in celebrating the opening of three new floors which they toured. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
In September 2014, WPH Board of Directors Larry Smith, Paul Weissman & Susan Yubas; ex-CEO Jon Schandler; President Susan Fox; Dep. County Exec. Kevin Plunkett; Mayor Tom Roach; WPH Board Chairman J. Michael Divney & Montefiore COO Philip Ozuah, MD Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital
Steelworkers stand atop the White Plains Hospital beams, 75 feet above ground, in September 2014. On Monday, White Plains Hospital administrators and staff joined Mayor Tom Roach in celebrating the opening of three new floors which they toured. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
In September 2014, Steelworkers snatched the final beam and mounted it on top of White Plains Hospital's addition which was officially celebrated on Monday, Nov. 20. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

Hundreds of White Plains Hospital leaders, doctors, nurses, construction managers and public officials celebrated completion of an addition that now extends six stories high.

The hospital unveiled its 20,300-square-foot Central Clinical Services facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the renovated third floor of the hospital. Visitors then toured newly-constructed fourth through six floors of White Plains Hospital.

Hospital President Susan Fox said, "The hospital has been on a trajectory like no other. . . .We are growing and thriving."

Fox, who said the hospital is increasingly providing more complex, tertiary care, invited staff and patients to join a "contest" to name the CCS facility.

Newly-renovated space runs through the center of the East Post Road hospital to serve its most important caregivers, patient families and nursing staff. It's designed to provide staff and family visitors more comfortable, serene space while supporting patients.

The hospital’s Central Clinical Services addition was designed by Perkins Eastman Architects to complement the hospital’s ongoing modernization and renovation.

When a major storm hits, White Plains Hospital’s nurses stay, sometimes days on end, to care for patients: The new CCS space gives nurses a dedicated quiet room for resting as well as locker rooms and showers for extended stays.

When a medically fragile newborn is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, his/her parents can’t bear to leave their baby. The hospital’s new sixth-floor addition features a waiting area and suite of three bedrooms to give parents the option to stay overnight.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach joined Fox, Hospital Board of Directors Chairman Larry Smith, and Montefiore Health System President & CEO Steven Safyer at Monday's ceremony.

Roach, a cancer survivor treated at White Plains Hospital, said two of his children also were born there. He praised the quality of care provided by the hospital. "What's being done here is tremendous," Roach said. "I'm so happy to be the mayor of a city with a hospital of this caliber. I'm so pleased with all the changes I see. . . We're all going to rise together."

Also present was former Chief Executive Officer Jon Schandler who handed over leadership after 38 years to Fox as construction began in the fall of 2014 -- just as White Plains Hospital partnered with the Montefiore Health System.

The new addition includes family waiting areas, support space for staff and suites for parents of neonatal intensive care unit babies to stay overnight on the sixth floor. It's the latest step in the hospital’s transformation project -- the most significant in the hospital's 124-year history. White Plains Hospital previously opened a new lobby and patient tower in 2015 and a new and expanded Cancer Center in 2016.

The hospital's emergency room is the busiest in the county, with more than 55,000 visits annually.

Fox said the hospital's patient total increased by 10 percent last year.

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