New $50M Cancer Center Opens at White Plains Hospital
John Jordan | February 2016
WHITE PLAINS—The impressive growth of the health care sector in Westchester County and the surrounding Hudson Valley continues. Last week, a host of political and business dignitaries were on hand for the official opening of the expanded Center for Cancer Care facility at White Plains Hospital.
Chief hospital officials, along with cancer survivor and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, cut the ribbon on the 70,000-square-foot facility. The original cost of the project was $25 million, but in the end cost reportedly about $50 million to complete.
The Cancer Center project is in addition to the more than $100-million capital improvements underway at the hospital on Post Road. That project began several years ago and is nearing completion, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The hospital’s Dickstein Cancer Center, constructed 17 years ago, was the first freestanding cancer center between New York City and New Haven, CT. Since then, the hospital has continually expanded programs and services in oncology.
The hospital has added a six-story tower with a new entrance, lobby, amenities, and physician offices that connects to the existing Dickstein building. Cancer patients now have a diverse range of services for diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, survivorship, patient support and amenities under one roof.
Located on Longview Avenue in White Plains, the expanded facility has more than doubled in size to accommodate a growing demand, hospital officials stated. Many specialty oncology offices are now onsite, and there is added space for complementary therapies such as massage, yoga, and healing touch. Amenities for both patients and families include a medical library, meditation rooms, a gift shop, a café, wig fitting services and valet parking.
The expanded Center for Cancer Care will also house offices for the hospital’s growing number of cancer experts who have joined White Plains Hospital since 2011. The new center also includes added conference space to accommodate regular tumor board conferences, where physicians from a variety of specialties meet to collaborate on the best treatment plans for each individual patient.
“The new White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care is a clear leader in providing highly advanced and innovative care that’s also personalized, comfortable, and convenient,” said Susan Fox, president and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “Westchester residents no longer need to travel to New York City to receive comprehensive and sophisticated cancer services, with access to the resources of cutting edge academic medicine.”
Mark Gordon, M.D., chairman of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Committee and Surgical Director of the Cancer Program, added, “This expansion builds on an outstanding 20-year foundation of success with our cancer program, and helps us reach the next level in exceptional care, with new and improved facilities, additional medical talent, state of the art technology and expanded access to research, all for the benefit of the patients we serve.”
White Plains Hospital’s cancer care has been further enhanced by the hospital’s partnership with Montefiore Health System, which was launched in 2015. “Our partnership with Montefiore and the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care enables us to offer the most advanced and technologically sophisticated treatments and research, right here in the heart of Westchester,” Fox noted.
Steven Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of the Montefiore Health System added, “As a member of Montefiore Health System, White Plains Hospital is able to join forces with Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care to deliver interdisciplinary and comprehensive cancer care. He added, “This new cancer center allows patients in Westchester to participate in robust research for promising new therapies and access the most advanced, personalized care in a setting closer to their homes.”
Westchester County and the rest of the lower Hudson Valley has benefitted from an explosion of growth by area hospitals and health care providers. Among some of the big ticket projects have included Memorial Sloan Kettering’s facility on Westchester Ave., expansions by health care providers WESTMED Medical Group in Westchester and Crystal Run Healthcare in Orange and Rockland counties, along with numerous hospital expansion projects, the largest being the more than $300-million new Orange Regional Medical Center and its $100-million expansion now under construction as well as the planned $466-million patient pavilion at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.
Recently, it was announced that the Hospital for Special Surgery would be leasing 50,000 square feet of space to establish a Westchester County facility at 1133 Westchester Ave. on the White Plains/Harrison border.
Photo Caption: Ribbon Cutting, Center for Cancer Care facility at White Plains Hospital