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White Plains Hospital 'Tops' Six-Story Addition

Hospital leaders and public officials stand next to the six-story hospital addition set to open in the fall of 2015.
White Plains Hospital President Susan Fox
Steelworkers stand atop the White Plains Hospital beams, 75 feet above ground.
A crane hoists the final hospital beam, topped by an evergreen tree, six stories up.
Steelworkers snatch the final beam and mount it on top of White Plains Hospital's addition Tuesday.
WPH Board of Directors Larry Smith, Paul Weissman & Susan Yubas; CEO Jon Schandler; President Susan Fox; Deputy County Exec. Kevin Plunkett; Mayor Tom Roach; WPH Board Chairman J. Michael Divney & Montefiore COO Philip Ozuah, M.D., Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- During a hard hat ceremony attended by more than 200 hospital leaders, doctors and nurses, construction workers and public officials Tuesday, the final steel beam was placed atop the six-story addition to White Plains Hospital.

"Walking into those new doors a year from now is walking into our future,'' said Susan Fox, hospital president. "Over the past few years, we have been investing heavily in our facility for the benefit of our patients."

In addition to a new glass-enclosed lobby facing Davis Avenue, the patient tower will include 24 new private rooms, additional state-of-the-art operating rooms and a new labor/delivery suite. It's the largest reconstruction project in the hospital's 121-year history. The hospital also is expanding its Cancer Center.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin Plunkett praised the nursing staff and quality of care provided by the 292-bed hospital at 41 East Post Road.

"I'm very proud of these changes,'' said Chief Executive Officer Jon Schandler who is handing over leadership to Fox after 38 years -- just as White Plains Hospital partners with the Montefiore Health System.

The hospital's emergency room is the busiest in the county, with more than 55,000 visits annually. Schandler said the hospital also carried out more than 14,000 surgeries last year and delivered more than 2,000 babies.

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