White Plains Hospital Breaks Ground on $272M Expansion Project
John Jordan | April 24, 2019
WHITE PLAINS—White Plains Hospital officials and other county and local dignitaries were on hand on April 22 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 252,000-square-foot outpatient center being built at the corner of Maple and Longview avenues here.
The $272-million project is being built on the site of a former vacant apartment building, a hospital building and storage facility. Site work has already begun on the nine-story outpatient center for advanced medicine and surgery that will have two connections to the main hospital, as well as to the adjacent Center for Cancer Care on the corner of East Post Road.
The new project is part of what has been a significant capital program undertaken by the hospital since 2015. The Hospital’s new lobby and inpatient tower, completed in 2015, was a $100-million venture, while the Center for Cancer Care, which opened in 2016 totaled $50 million.
Since 2015, approximately 475,000 square feet have been renovated or added to the hospital. Including the new project, the hospital’s capital investment will total approximately $422 million once the new outpatient center is completed in 2021.
White Plains Hospital is a member of the Montefiore Health System. Susan Fox, president and CEO of White Plains Hospital, said that financing for the project will be secured through the hospital’s partnership with Montefiore.
“The new center is an exciting step in White Plains Hospital’s transformation into the leading tertiary care hub for patients in Westchester County and beyond,” Fox says. “Inside, we will deliver a seamless patient experience and offer ease and convenience for accessing additional advanced ambulatory services and procedures.”
Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, said, “This new location represents the very best Montefiore has to offer, passionate physicians, who are leaders in their fields with access to cutting-edge research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, backed by the most modern technology available today.”
The new advanced center will house new operating rooms, endoscopy suites, cutting-edge imaging, wound care delivered through hyperbaric chambers, and specialty physician practices including: orthopedics, spine, maternal fetal medicine, neurosurgery, and a Heart and Vascular Center.
Fox added that some functions currently housed in the main 292-bed hospital will be shifted to the new outpatient center, which will then free up space for more beds and other hospital-related services.
The new project is expected to add another 422 jobs at White Plains Hospital. The hospital is currently the largest employer in the City of White Plains, employing approximately 3,500 workers. White Plains Hospital also has satellite offices throughout Westchester County and boasts a footprint that extends from New Rochelle in Southern Westchester to Yorktown in Northern Westchester.
Some of the key elements of the project include a patient drop-off driveway that is integrated into the building’s design, allowing patients to essentially drive into the building for convenient drop off.
The project is designed in accordance with the principles of sustainable construction to support energy efficiency, water efficiency, light pollution reduction, and indoor air quality.
The building will also feature a robust IT infrastructure designed to facilitate current and future medical technology, such as telemedicine. An intelligent infrastructure will support automatic building management, energy efficiency through technology and real-time data collection.
Paul LeClair, a senior project manager for construction manager New York City-based Turner Construction, said the project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Westchester & Putnam Counties, based in Briarcliff Manor. He said the project at peak construction will employ 250 construction workers and will create a total of approximately 1,500 construction jobs during the life of the project. Edward Doyle, president of the building trades organization, confirmed that a PLA had been reached with Turner on the project.