WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The sidewalk at the corner of E. Post Road and Longview Avenue is closed this week as an 85-year-old building gets torn down.
Once demolition is complete, construction will begin on a six-story, 38,000-square-foot building that will double the size of the White Plains Hospital’s cancer program. It will be combined with the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center on three levels when construction is complete in late 2015, making it a 70,000-square foot facility.
“We needed to expand. We needed to double this because we no longer fit in our existing quarters, which was a wonderful problem to have,” said Dr. Randy Stevens, director for the radiation and oncology program at the hospital.
The new building’s exterior will be glass and is designed by Posen Architects. The White Plains Hospital campus, which will now take up one full block on E. Post Road will also have a new entrance and lobby to enhance the medical complex.
With more office space for physicians in the new building, the Cancer Center will be able to consolidate its oncology services. Some physicians now have off-site offices.
“Our cancer program is growing because our commitment to providing top-tier care for our patients,” said Jon Schandler, CEO of White Plains Hospital.
Schandler spoke in front of the demolition site Monday afternoon, where he and hospital staff adorned hard hats and gold sledge hammers. Construction crews will put their sledge hammers, as well as a giant crane, to use as they take down what is left of the building.
The hospital continues to add support services and procedures that allow patients to stay in White Plains for treatment.
“We no longer need to go to Manhattan for some of the things we used to go to Manhattan for,” Stevens said. “We can do complicated and simple things right here in our own community where our patients and live and where they want to be treated.”
White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach was treated for cancer at the Dickstein Center and applauded the expansion Monday.