White Plains Hospital Welcomes Three Dermatology Specialists January 3, 2017
(White Plains, NY) White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome a new team of dermatologists to its group of integrated physician practices. Lauren Adams, MD; Athena Kaporis, MD; and Stuart Zweibel, MD, PhD have joined the White Plains Hospital Physician Associates (WPHPA) division of the Hospital. The practice will be known as White Plains Hospital Physician Associates-Westchester Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, with locations in Mount Kisco and Scarsdale.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common skin cancers. In the United States, more than four million cases of basal cell carcinoma and more than one million cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year. Mohs surgery spares the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also expunging cancer cells with cure rates of 98 percent or higher, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.
Dr. Adams earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. She completed her internship at Maimonides Medical Center, and her Dermatology Residency at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Dr. Kaporis graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College. She received her medical degree from, and completed her internship at New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Dr. Zweibel is a dermatologic surgeon specializing in skin cancer, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He graduated from Cornell University and completed his graduate work at Temple University School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, earning a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at Brown University. Dr. Zweibel also completed a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery in the department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, under Dr. Frederic Mohs, who developed the surgical technique there.
All three physicians are board certified in Dermatology.
Also joining the group are Kelly A. Christman and Lauren Smith, board certified Physician Assistants.
The practice will remain at its current locations at 185 Kisco Avenue in Mount Kisco (914) 242-2020 and 700 White Plains Road in Scarsdale (914) 472-7023.
White Plains Hospital’s First Responders Blood Drive Challenge Aims to Bolster Blood Supply
Nov. 29, 2016 Each year, during the winter months, there is a big dip in the blood supply available for donation. To help prepare for the coming depletion in blood supply, White Plains Hospital is hosting a “Boots vs. Badges vs. Bandages” blood drive-a creative way to engage blood donors and compete for support for their favorite first responders-Fire Fighters, Police Officers or EMS Providers.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held in White Plains Hospital’s Centennial Room in the main Hospital Building at 41 East Post Road, White Plains on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All who donate and vote for their favorite first responders will receive a free t-shirt and be entered into a raffle to receive one of three new 40-inch televisions.
For more information, contact the Blood Donor Center at White Plains Hospital at (914) 681-1056.
White Plains Hospital Earns Prestigious Magnet® Status
November 29, 2016 White Plains Hospital (WPH) announced that it has been re-designated as a Magnet organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence. WPH is one of only three Magnet hospitals in Westchester and one of 25 Magnet hospitals in New York State. Only about 7 percent of hospitals in the United States are currently Magnet designated.
Hundreds of WPH staff members and leadership gathered with great anticipation in the Hospital auditorium on November 22 to listen in on a live conference call with representatives from the ANCC during which the re-designation was announced.
“We are so proud to again receive the honor of Magnet designation,” said Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “This remarkable achievement is a validation of the nursing professionalism, teamwork, and excellence in patient care that our Hospital is known for.”
To be recognized as a Magnet hospital, healthcare organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff. The path to Magnet status requires extensive written documentation to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative evidence related to patient care and outcomes as well as completion of a multi-day comprehensive on-site visit by Magnet surveyors. The ANCC Magnet survey team spent three-days conducting an on-site survey at White Plains Hospital in September, 2016.
“Our nurses are superstars for maintaining Magnet status and for the exceptional patient care they provide every day. We are incredibly proud of them and grateful to the entire White Plains Hospital staff, especially Magnet Program Coordinator Margaret Brock, RN, for helping us achieve this incredible honor,” said Leigh Anne McMahon, M.S.N., M.H.A., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at White Plains Hospital. “Magnet really celebrates the teamwork of nearly every department in the organization and is a re-affirmation of our hospital-wide culture of outstanding patient care.”
The Magnet model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:
Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information
Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue
Higher job satisfaction among nurses
Lower reported intentions among nurses to leave current position
White Plains Hospital initially achieved Magnet recognition in 2012. Evaluation for re-accreditation occurs every four years.
White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness In Armonk —Hospital Owned And Operated— Offers ‘Walk-In’ Urgent Care That’s Convenient and Comprehensive
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (October 17, 2016) – Your child is sick, injured, or needs medical attention, fast. It’s not serious enough to merit a trip to the emergency room, but you can’t wait until tomorrow for a doctor’s appointment. You decide to head to a “walk-in” urgent care.
Urgent care has long been valued for its no-appointment needed convenience. But, by expanding its services out into the community last year, White Plains Hospital has created a new model of excellence for urgent care that goes well beyond convenience.
The result? Advanced care that’s accessible and comprehensive—giving patients and parents peace of mind with immediate access to board-certified physicians in a modern facility with state-of-the-art imaging, comprehensive laboratory testing, and a seamless connection to the Emergency Department that treats more patients than any other hospital in Westchester.
Thousands of area residents have sought treatment from the pros at White Plains Hospital since White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness opened last fall at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk, NY.
“What people will find in Armonk is urgent care that goes well beyond basic services,” says Frances Bordoni, Senior Vice President of Ambulatory and Physician Services and Business Development at White Plains Hospital. “Our physicians are able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. They have access to the Hospital’s extensive clinical resources, and they can support patients after an urgent care visit, right here in the community, through referrals to and communication with our extensive physician network.”
“As one of only two hospital-operated urgent care centers in New York State, we are able to provide a higher level of care than most urgent care centers that offer only basic labs, basic x-rays,” says Farrukh Jafri, M.D., Co-medical Director of Urgent Care. “Here you’ll always be seen by an Emergency Medicine physician. We also have on-site imaging, and we can analyze blood work and labs in real time.”
Dr. Jafri notes that the facility is seamlessly connected to the Hospital’s Emergency Department and serious cases can be transferred immediately. For example, recently, a patient arrived at the Armonk Urgent Care Center complaining of abdominal pain. Dr. Jafri was able to diagnose appendicitis on the spot and immediately transferred the patient by ambulance to White Plains Hospital.
That level of diagnostic ability is not commonly found at freestanding urgent care centers, Dr. Jafri points out. “Here, patients will find the most experienced Emergency Medicine doctors in the region. The level of knowledge and skill is well beyond what’s been previously available in urgent care here in Westchester,” he says.
Here’s who’s on call at the White Plains Hospital Urgent Care Center in Armonk—board-certified, seasoned physicians who specialize in Emergency Medicine (Pictured in the photo, from left to right):
Farrukh Jafri, M.D., Co-medical Director of Urgent Care, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
Allen Srulowitz, M.D., Emergency Department Physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
Eric Larsen, M.D., Assistant Director of EMS and Emergency Preparedness, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
Jeffery Mayer, M.D., Emergency Department Physician
Jean Lesko, M.D., Emergency Department Physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
Rafael Torres, M.D., Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
Neil Kathuria, M.D., Emergency Department Physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine (not pictured)
James Bregman, M.D., Emergency Department Physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine
White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness’ urgent care center is open 7 days a week for after-hour ailments and injuries, such as flu, sore throats, and common sprains, which are not necessarily severe enough to require emergency room visits. Hours are 3-11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on weekends. In addition, a full-service Diagnostic Imaging Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The center offers a full range of diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, including a silent MRI, 64-slice CT scan, pediatric radiology, sonohysterography, 3D mammography, 3D breast ultrasound and bone densitometry. For more information, the public is invited to call 914-849-7900 and visit http://www.wphospital.org/about-us/wph-to-armonk.
American Cancer Society Honored Mark Gordon, MD
On September 16, the American Cancer Society honored Mark Gordon, MD, Surgical Director of the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care and Chairman of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Committee with the 2016 Beacon of Hope Award.
Dr. Gordon was recognized for his unyielding commitment to the fight against cancer for more than 25 years. The event was held at LIFE, the Place to be, in Ardsley and attended by more than 175 people. Over $143,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.
Mark Gordon, MD, is the 2016 Beacon of Hope Award recipient; Surgical Director, White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care; and Chairman of White Plains Hospital Cancer Committee.
Una Hopkins, DNP, is the Administrative Director, White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care; Member of American Cancer Society’s Westchester/Rockland Board of Advisors, and Diamond Gala Volunteer Planning Committee.
Good Health Goes Beyond Medicine: White Plains Hospital, Montefiore, & ArtsWestchesterPresent A Holistic Wellness Event on September 20th
Healing Arts Experts To Guide Activities Aimed At Engaging The 5 Senses To Promote Relaxation And Restoration
September 18, 2016 Anyone who has suffered an illness or injury, or has helped a loved through the healing process, knows that successful recovery is a balance between body, mind, and spirit.
White Plains Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is joining forces with Montefiore’s Healing Arts Program and ArtsWestchester to help the Westchester community achieve that balance—in an afternoon designed to teach strategies to reduce stress and promote relaxation to prevent illness, enhance quality of life, and speed up recovery and healing.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held in White Plains Hospital’s new Center for Cancer Care at 2 Longview Avenue in White Plains on Tuesday, September 20th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.
At the event, experts from Montefiore’s Health System’s well-established Healing Arts Program—a network that uses the arts, creative arts therapies, and other art-based approaches to healing —will offer guided relaxation through a series of sensory activities designed to engage the five senses.
ArtsWestchester, the County’s designated arts council, with the help of dynamic textile artist Mary McFerran, will engage participants in a collaborative art project. Participants will be invited to create a small watercolor painting with a particularly soothing color palette to reflect their feelings of good health. Ms. McFerran will then combine each contribution into a larger painted mosaic that will later be displayed in the Hospital.
Other event elements include:
— Informative Healing touch therapy demonstrations by Toyoko Yasui, RN, Holistic Nurse Coordinator and other White Plains Hospital staff
— Painting stations
— Spa-like giveaways to stimulate the 5 senses: Dark chocolate, strawberries, herbal teas (taste); nature photos (sight); Sachets of rose petals and lavender oil (scent); lavender hand lotion (touch); meditative CDs (sound).
A holistic approach to wellness is a cornerstone of White Plains Hospital’s philosophy of patient care. Its principles are reflected in the Hospital’s ongoing campus transformation, resulting in aesthetically soothing spaces that promote health and healing. It’s also integral to new services to support the whole person that the Hospital offers for both patients and caregivers, like Healing Touch and Reiki, both available in its new Center for Cancer Care.
Event admission is free and guests are welcome to drop in at any time during the four-hour period. For more information, visit: www.montefiore.org/artrelaxes
From PokéStops To The Bus Stop: How To Help Kids Transition Successfully From Summer To Back To School
Sleep, Study, Schedule, and Safeguards – What To Know, What To Do
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (August 31, 2016) – Helping kids transition from summer to a new school year requires more than just rousing them out of bed the first day. And the effort parents put in now can help build routines that will help their kids succeed all year long.
Dr. Samantha Lowe, a pediatrician at White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness in Armonk, NY, offers invaluable advice about the four “S’s” – sleep, study, schedule, and safeguards—to help ease the shift from summer days to school days, and says that for all, the most important thing in a parents’ arsenal is “knowing your own child.”
The Four “S’s” for successfully transitioning from summer to back to school, are:
As Dr. Lowe notes, sleep is crucial for kids at every age, “Creating and sticking to sleep routines is very important to ensure that children have the rest they need for both the cognitive and physical demands of their days.” Scheduling and consistency are paramount, and Dr. Lowe advises against “catch up” sleep strategies—staying up late during the week (getting less than 10 hours of sleep for kids 7-12 years-old and less than 9 hours for teenagers) and sleeping in on the weekend instead. This can lead to over exhaustion and irritability, and can cause a decrease in concentration and productivity. Dr. Lowe offers that the best way to create a realistic sleep routine is to know your child: “Consult with your child and map out his/her day, after school activities, homework time, and downtime and determine what’s reasonable. It’s very possible that something may have to give to accommodate everything and to ensure your child is getting the rest they need.”
For kids that have difficulty falling asleep, Dr. Lowe recommends avoiding sugary or caffeinated foods and drinks in the evening, shutting electronics off 30 minutes prior to bed, removing bedroom clocks, and using blackout shades or a white noise machine. For children who have difficulty waking but are getting adequate rest each night, she suggests letting natural light into their room in the morning to help regulate their circadian rhythms to improve alertness.
Every child learns differently, notes Dr. Lowe. So, the best way to help your child—whether at the start of school or throughout—is to identify what works best for them. What are his/her strengths? What are his/her weaknesses? What do they get excited about? When do they hit the wall? Once parents key into their child’s study and learning style, they can help create conditions where their child will thrive. Generally, Dr. Lowe advises that children should study in a comfortable, well-lit space that is free from distractions. She also points out that parents and children should agree on when a child will study based on when they feel most productive. Some children prefer to get their homework done right away, others want and need a break after school to recharge. Parents should also encourage children to take breaks if they are feeling overwhelmed, and should let them know there is nothing wrong with asking for help when needed, which can reduce stress levels.
Long gone are the days when kids came home to hours of unscheduled time after school. Now, parents and caregivers need scheduling apps and spreadsheets to manage daily schedules. Some children thrive with lots of structure and activities; others need a break from constant stimulation. When children are experiencing increased levels of stress, they can seem tired, irritable, worried, sad, withdrawn, nervous, and disengaged. Dr. Lowe also notes that stress can affect school performance and sleep, and that parents should continually assess their children’s mood, behavior, and performance to determine if activities should be scaled back. Children today have amazing opportunities and activities at their disposal, but sometimes it’s equally important to build in unscheduled down time.
Kids of all ages feel peer pressure. While peers can help motivate children to succeed, peer pressure can also foster toxic competition, or worse, can push your child towards negative and dangerous behavior. Dr. Lowe says that it is very important for parents to know their children’s friends, and to encourage kids to engage a variety of friends across various “groups.” Equally important is monitoring children’s internet activity—from knowing their passwords, to insisiting on “private” social media profiles, to scanning followers, comments, and posted photos. Dr. Lowe notes that parents should be on the lookout for warning signs that bullying or peer pressure may be affecting your child. These include: behavioral changes, weight loss or weight gain, withdrawal, and changes in appearance (clothes, hair, etc.). All can be signs that something serious might be going on and should be addressed.
A child’s pediatrician can be a valuable ally in helping parents navigate and address health and well-being issues. Dr. Lowe notes that as children grow, trips to the pediatrician are thought to be less important, when in fact they are just as important throughout adolescence. Health recommendations and required vaccinations are continually updated, so it’s important that teens and tweens are receiving regular preventative exams to ensure that they are up to date. A trusted pediatrician can also help parents recognize and record physical changes from year to year, and can make referrals to other health professionals if needed.
White Plains Hospital Named One of the Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.
July 28, 2016 Recent renovations have quickly become a major enhancement for White Plains Hospital, which was recently named the eighth most beautiful hospital in the United States on Soliant Health’s list of Top 20 Beautiful Hospitals. White Plains Hospital is the only hospital in New York to be named on the list.
For its eighth year, Soliant conducted an 11-month long nomination period for hospitals across the country to determine which hospitals ranked among the best looking by members of their community. The nomination period collected more than 70 entries, which Soliant said, was the most diverse to date. White Plains Hospital received nearly 10,0000 votes after being nominated by Brian Kerr, of Mamaroneck, after his positive experience at the Hospital. Mr. Kerr commented, “I was so amazed with how the Hospital has grown and advanced so much in such a short amount of time. It really is impressive and a beautiful healing environment.”
A soothing environment has been shown in studies to enhance the healing process by reducing stress, anxiety and tension. The Hospital leadership had that in mind when it embarked on the most major transformation of its facilities in its entire 123-year history a few years ago. Recent expansions and improvements include the new WPH Center for Cancer Care; six new labor and delivery suites; five new operating rooms designed for the most advanced surgical procedures; 24 new private patient rooms to enhance comfort and privacy; a new entranceway and lobby which includes a healthy café and boutique for visitors and employees; and lastly, a renovated cafeteria outfitted with healthy and delicious food options and a comfortable seating area. Many of the new spaces throughout the campus include warm earth tones, wood paneling, abundant natural light, and colorful plants, to evoke a sense of bringing the outside indoors to enhance feelings of calm and relaxation during stressful times.
1st Annual Mariano Rivera/White Plains Hospital Celebrity Event and Golf Tournament raises nearly $400K July 19, 2016 The first combined golf tournament for White Plains Hospital and the Mariano Rivera Foundation took place on Sunday June 26 and Monday June 27 at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale and raised nearly $400K.
The event kicked off at the Ritz Carlton White Plains on Sunday night with a star-studded cocktail party emceed by Jay Harris from ESPN sports and a special guest appearance by Javier Colon from The Voice, who previewed his new album, Gravity. Dinner and cocktails with a live band entertained the crowd of more than 200.
Monday morning “fivesomes” (four golfers and a celebrity guest) set out at Quaker Ridge Country Club in Scarsdale at 8:00 a.m. for the first flight including Mariano Rivera, Joe Girardi, Charles Smith and Willie Randolph, among others who visited, including Joe Torre. The afternoon flight – which included Rudy Giuliani, Mike Richter, Ottis Anderson, Reggie Jackson, Javier Colon, Constantine Maroulis, Seema Sedakar, and Scott Burrell - teed off at 1:00 p.m. All 155 players and guests then ended the day with a lavish buffet and award ceremony in the clubhouse.
Take Charge of Your Health
July 13, 2016 White Plains Hospital is offering a free community educational series at the Armonk Library on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. White Plains Hospital experts want to help you on how to take charge of your health. The discussion will provide key information and tips on staying well. The seminar is presented by Dr. Anita Mannancheril and is free and open to the public.
Knowledge of the outdoor impacts that can take a toll on one’s overall health, safety, and enjoyment are useful. The featured topics of the heath series are Summer Sting Awareness, Sunblock Safety and Heat Exhaustion Versus Stroke.
Dr. Mannancheril received her MD from the Ross University of Medicine in Dominica. She completed a residency in family medicine at Ellis Medicine Family Practice in Schenectady, NY. She is experienced in providing an array of medical care to patients of all ages at White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness in Armonk.
White Plains Hospital Again Receives American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Award for Quality Achievement and Honor Roll Designation
Stroke is the number 5 cause of death in the U.S. and the number 4 in New York State
June 4, 2016 Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll status. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Hospital met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, for two or more consecutive years: 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® achievement indicators and at least 75% or higher adherence with five or more select quality measures in stroke to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll, White Plains Hospital met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
“We know that each minute without treatment following a stroke can bring devastating consequences on brain function and the ability to recover,” said Michael Palumbo, M.D., Executive Vice President and Medical Director at White Plains Hospital. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients in Westchester and surrounding areas quickly and safely,” he added.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize White Plains Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get with the Guidelines program.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time. Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
Jesus Jaile-Marti, MD, Chief of the Division of Neonatology at White Plains Hospital, Is Named a 2016 Westchester Magazine Healthcare Hero
Crusader for Tiny Babies for More Than 20 years
May 26, 2016 Jesus Jaile-Marti, MD, FAAP, of Hartsdale, Chief of the Division of Neonatology at
White Plains Hospital, will be recognized on Thursday as a 2016 Healthcare Hero by Westchester Magazine during an awards luncheon at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. Dr. Jaile, as he is known, is a crusader for the smallest patients at the Hospital; the tiny babies – born prematurely or with other life-threatening complications— who require the most intensive services. For more than two decades, Dr. Jaile has overseen the care of these fragile newborns to help them win their daily struggle for survival.
Dr. Jaile and his dedicated staff of six neonatologist physicians and more than 30 specialized nurses at White Plains Hospital treat approximately 400 babies born there each year, as well as infants born elsewhere in the Hudson Valley and transferred to the Hospital’s 15-bed Level III Charles A. Mastronardi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“Dr. Jaile’s dedication to caring for his tiny patients inspires everyone: parents, staff, and even former patients. He gives his heart not only to his babies but to their families as well.” said Michael Palumbo, MD, Executive Vice President and Medical Director. Every other November, Dr. Jaile is the star attraction at the hospital’s biannual NICU Reunion, attended by more than 300 NICU “alumni” and the families.
Last summer, three of those babies returned to the NICU as young women to help out on the neonatal floor. Their very presence gave hope to parents that their little babies would be all right, too. Two of these grown-up miracles were high school volunteers. The third one was a nurse apprentice, 22-year-old Kathryn Linehan, who had a distinctive story: she was the very first NICU baby treated by Dr. Jaile when the unit opened in 1994, a project he had championed and led. Dr. Jaile stays in touch with his former patients. In fact, he personally coached Kathryn Linehan to help her decide whether to pursue a nursing career, and he made sure her rotations as a nurse apprentice at White Plains Hospital included the NICU.
Prior to 1994, only one Westchester hospital provided advanced neonatal care. White Plains Hospital’s riskiest newborn cases – about 40 or 50 a year – had to be transferred to New York City, creating an excessive travel burden on parents whose children might stay in the hospital for one, two, or even three months. Today, all of that care is available in Westchester, and White Plains Hospital has become a destination in the region for advanced perinatal, maternity and neonatal care. Dr. Jaile attended Manhattanville College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. He received his Medical Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of New York and he did his Post-Doctoral work there are well.
Dr. Jaile is the second White Plains Hospital physician in as many years to be named a Healthcare Hero by Westchester Magazine; Dr. Erik Larsen, Associate Medical Director for the Hospital’s Emergency Department received that recognition in 2015.
White Plains Hospital Invites Area Workplaces to join Second Annual Ex-STEP-tional Walking Challenge
Westchester-wide Challenge Kicking off May 2 – Registration Now Open
April 8, 2016 Following the successful inaugural Ex-STEP-tional challenge held in 2015, White Plains Hospital is once again launching the popular, county-wide walking challenge for 2016. The White Plains Hospital Ex-STEP-tional challenge, presented with sponsorship from the Journal News, will be held from May 2 - May 26.
Workplaces across Westchester can form teams consisting of five members (larger workplaces may have multiple teams). Teams will compete against each other to see who can take the greatest number of steps throughout the Ex-STEP-tional challenge. It is free to participate, and White Plains Hospital will also provide teams with free pedometers to track their steps. Registration is now open through April 15 at www.wphospital.org/exsteptional. The Hospital will hold an awards luncheon on June 23 to recognize the winners.
Pedometers can be picked up at four convenient White Plains Hospital locations: White Plains Hospital (41 East Post Road, White Plains); White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness (99 Business Park Drive, Armonk); White Plains Hospital Women’s Imaging Center at Rye Brook (90 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook); or White Plains Hospital Physician Associates in New Rochelle (1296 North Avenue in the Wykagyl shopping center, New Rochelle).
New to the program this year is the addition of a Physician Champion. Assuming this role is White Plains Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Daniel Markowicz, MD. According to Dr. Markowicz, “The benefits of walking are well known, and the Ex-STEP-tional challenge is an excellent way for many people to fit exercise into their busy lives. It’s easy and fun – especially when you do it with your colleagues and friends. I myself will be leading by example.”
More than 610 individuals and 122 teams participated in the Ex-STEP-tional challenge last year – including Mayor Thomas Roach (who officially declared November 5, 2015, Ex-STEP-tional Challenge Day in the City of White Plains) and the City of White Plains, Assemblyman David Buchwald, State Senator Terrence Murphy, People’s United Bank, Coldwell Banker, American Heart Association, Brown and Brown Insurance, White Plains School District, Westchester County Association, and Volunteer New York.
Participants are encouraged to post photos and updates on their progress on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) using the hashtag #wphexsteptional.
Samantha C. Lowe, MD Joins White Plains Hospital
Pediatrician Joins White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness in Armonk
ARMONK, N.Y. (April 5, 2016) – White Plains Hospital welcomes Samantha C. Lowe, MD to its group of integrated physician practices. She will be seeing patients at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness, located at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk.
Dr. Lowe is a pediatrician experienced in providing routine and emergency care to infants, children, and adolescents. She provides pediatric general physicals, immunizations, sick visits, and urgent care visits.
Dr. Lowe received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine in New York, NY. Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, Dr. Lowe was an Associate Member of the Medical Staff in the Department of Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.
Dr. Lowe is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
White Plains Hospital First in Region to Use Innovative System to Measure and Document Hand Hygiene of Staff
BIOVIGIL System is the Hospital’s Latest Tool in Efforts to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 31, 2016) – White Plains Hospital is the first hospital in the greater New York City metropolitan area to use the innovative BIOVIGIL hand hygiene system to help prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) by ensuring all employees who come into contact with patients have the cleanest hands possible. Now in use throughout the Hospital, the system both monitors hand cleanliness in real time and can track hand hygiene compliance with 99.9% accuracy on a hospital-wide basis – including the Hospital’s Emergency Department, which sees nearly 57,000 visits a year.
Approximately two million patients acquire HAIs in U.S. hospitals every year — and nearly 100,000 people die of them. A significant percentage of these infections are preventable. Effective hand hygiene, which includes hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is the single most powerful method to prevent transmission of infections.
White Plains Hospital employees wear special BIOVIGIL badges that can sense when they have used alcohol-based sanitizer or washed using soap and water. The badges display colors just like a traffic light. Green means “compliant”, yellow means “hygiene reminder” and red means “non-compliant.” The system is easy to understand and lets White Plains Hospital patients immediately know that their healthcare provider has clean hands.
According to Saungi McCalla, MSN, MPH, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Control at White Plains Hospital, “Our goal is 100% hand hygiene compliance, consistent with White Plains Hospital policies. All White Plains Hospital staff are required to ‘wash in, wash out’ upon entering and exiting patient rooms. Doctors, nurses, nurse techs, food service workers, environmental service workers, transporters, physical therapists, radiologists, phlebotomists, pastoral care, and other staff throughout White Plains Hospital are now using the BIOVIGIL system, which helps us enforce the hand hygiene policy at all times.” During a piloting period, the Hopsital collected over 4 million hand hygiene observations and has gone from 84 users of the system to nearly 1,300. BIOVIGIL technology utilizes a simple room sensor, a plug-in base station and a small badge, similar to a standard identification badge. The system is designed to detect and monitor hand washing events and automatically communicate and securely forward compliance information.
Michael Weintraub, MD, FACP, FAAN, FAHA, PC Joins White Plains Hospital
Neurologist to see patients at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk
March 1, 2016 White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Michael Weintraub, MD, FACP, FAAN, FAHA, PC
to White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness, located at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk on a part time basis. Dr. Weintraub is board certified in neurology and specializes in providing care to patients with a range of neurological conditions, including stroke, brain trauma and cerebral concussions, multiple sclerosis (MS), peripheral neuropathy, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Weintraub received his medical degree from the State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo, NY. He completed his medical internship at E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital at SUNY Buffalo and completed fellowships in neurology at SUNY Buffalo and Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and completed a summer fellowship for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
He currently holds the positions of Clinical Professor of Neurology and Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, as well as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Weintraub is an expert in stroke research, care, and education, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, abstracts, articles, presentations and book chapters on topics related to neurology. He is a former Chief of Neurology at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY and was a Section Editor at Cardiology in Review. Dr. Weintraub is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He also maintains an active neurological practice in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
For more information, or to make an appointment with or refer a patient to Dr. Weintraub, call (914) 849-7900.
Dr. Mannancheril to Provide Urgent Care, Family Medicine at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness
January 26, 2016 White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Anita Mannancheril, MD to White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness, located at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk. Dr. Mannancheril will be providing urgent care services and family medical care to patients at the outpatient facility.
Dr. Mannancheril received her MD from the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. She completed a residency in family medicine at Ellis Medicine Family Practice in Schenectady, N.Y. She is certified in CPR, basic trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, advanced life support for obstetrics, neonatal resuscitation, and pediatric advanced life support. She is experienced in providing an array of medical care to patients of all ages.
White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness’s urgent care center offers walk-in treatment for a variety of minor emergencies, common illnesses and accidents such as ear infections, strep throat, flu, and injuries requiring stitches. Rapid test results and on-site imaging are available to give patients quick, coordinated care when it is most needed, and seamless referrals to the White Plains Hospital emergency department are available when required. The facility also offers primary care to families and individuals, including well visits, preventive care, and management of acute and chronic conditions for patients of all ages.
Routine medical care is available at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Urgent care is available on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call (914) 849-7900 or visit www.wphospital.org/armonk.
Joseph J. Guarracino Named CFO of White Plains Hospital
January 25, 2016 Joseph J. Guarracino began his tenure today as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of White Plains Hospital. In his new role, Mr. Guarracino will oversee all financial operations of the 292-bed hospital and its 12 satellite facilities, including two multi-speciality centers in Armonk and New Rochelle.
Mr. Guarracino’s career spans more than 25 years in managing and overseeing the financial operations of healthcare institutions. He comes to White Plains Hospital from the Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he served as Senior Vice President and CFO for the past eight years. Prior to that, he was CFO for three hospitals in Putnam and Dutchess counties that were part of the Health Quest System, a nonprofit healthcare system. Mr. Guarracino has also held senior level positions at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York and St. Barnabas Community Health Plan. He began his career in the Healthcare Audit Division at Ernst & Young, LLC.
“We are delighted to welcome Joe into the White Plains Hospital family,” said Susan Fox, President and C.E.O. of the Hospital. “As a seasoned executive with decades of experience in hospital financial and operational administration, his skills and expertise will be a valuable addition as we continue to expand our programs, services and facilities in Westchester.”
Mr. Guarracino received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Iona College and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management from American Intercontinental University. He has been a featured presenter in more than a dozen national speaking engagements on topics related to healthcare financial operations, and is a former member of the Board of several healthcare and nonprofit organizations. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Finance at the Hagan School of Business at Iona College, teaching a graduate class in healthcare finance management.
“Silent Scan” MRI Technology Now Available in Westchester County
January 11, 2016 White Plains Hospital Imaging Center in Armonk is the only place in Westchester to offer the new technology making MRI scans “as quiet as a whisper”
A typical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan can reach sound levels over 100 decibels – the equivalent of a jackhammer, freight train, or loud rock concert, which can increase stress levels in patients. Now White Plains Hospital Imaging Center in Armonk offers “Silent Scan” technology by GE Healthcare. The revolutionary technique produces sound closer to the level of ambient noise in a quiet room, while still providing excellent image quality. Patients can expect a quieter, more pleasant experience compared to traditional MRIs. A relaxed environment during a scan can lead to faster scanning and fewer rescans.
The Imaging Center, located at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk (part of White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness), is currently the only place in Westchester offering “Silent Scan”. The center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
They offer a full range of diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, including MRI, a 64-slice CT scan, pediatric radiology, sonohysterography, 3D mammography, 3D breast ultrasound and bone densitometry.
To schedule a “Silent Scan” or other imaging service call 914-849-7900. For more information about White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness, visit www.wphospital.org/armonk.
The Top 5 Things To Know & Do This Flu Season
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (December 2, 2015) – Flu season is here, and from now through New Year’s Eve, you’re likely to be exposed to the virus at parties, the mall, or the office. Your best bet is to get a flu shot as soon as possible—it takes two weeks to kick in. The flu season starts in October and can last until May. Here’s what you need to know and do to protect your health and your loved ones from influenza this year.
1. Experts predict a significant severe flu season
“Last year’s flu season was fairly significant, and this year, we’re expecting to see about the same level of activity,” says Erik Larsen, MD, Associate Director of the Emergency Department at White Plains Hospital. Drawing from information gleaned at an influenza readiness conference attended by Dr. Larsen and other Hospital physicians and nurses sponsored by Montefiore Health System, of which White Plains Hospital is a member, and from the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Larsen indicated that experts anticipate overall high levels of outpatient illness and influenza-associated hospitalization.
2. A flu shot is your best protection against the flu
Dr. Larsen recommends that everyone get a flu shot with the exception of babies under 6 months of age, who are too young to receive the flu vaccine. He says “without question” people at high risk of serious complications or even death from the flu should be vaccinated. That includes children between the ages of 6 months and two years; adults 65 or older; pregnant women, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or suppressed immune systems, including people undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Larsen adds, “At White Plains Hospital, everyone who works in our facility is required to receive the vaccination. We feel it is essential that, as caregivers, we are creating a safe and healthy environment for our patients, their families, and our staff every day.”
3. An imperfect vaccine is better than no vaccine at all
Although last year’s influenza vaccine was widely reported to “miss the mark” and didn’t offer protection from the predominant virus strains, Dr. Larsen says flu shots are always beneficial. “The vaccine alerts the body to recognize [a flu virus]. Even if you don’t hit it exactly, it is close enough,” he explains. “While we realize that the flu vaccine might not always be completely effective, it is still the most effective tool in our arsenal to prevent influenza and influenza- related secondary illnesses.”
4. Antiviral agents help
If you get the flu, Dr. Larsen says an antiviral agent, like Oseltamivir (commercially known as Tamifluâ), “can help shorten the duration of symptoms, and can make the illness more bearable.” However, an antiviral agent must be taken within first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. It generally shortens the illness by one day. “It’s worth it,” he says. He also recommends taking an antiviral agent if you know you have been exposed to the virus.
5. When to seek medical help or go to the ER
If you get the flu, seek medical help. Your doctor can confirm the illness and prescribe an antiviral agent, or assess if you are at risk of complications such as pneumonia, according to Dr. Larsen. To provide medical help when people cannot see their regular doctor, White Plains Hospital recently opened an urgent care center at White Plains Medical and Wellness in Armonk, New York. The center is open 7 days a week until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on weekends. Dr. Larsen explains that the White Plains Hospital urgent care center provides both treatment and education, so patients learn how to protect their families—or anyone vulnerable that they come in contact with—to help prevent the spread of the virus.
However, patients should seek immediate emergency medical treatment if their illnesses worsen after a 5-day period, or if they experience severe respiratory distress or have other pre-existing conditions, Dr. Larsen says. “Go to the emergency room if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse, you are short of breath, elderly, or have a serious health condition such as cancer or diabetes,” Dr. Larsen says. “Flu can be a life-threatening illness and results in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year. Never hesitate to seek medical help if you think you need it.”
White Plains Hospital Opens New Medical Facility in Armonk
November 18, 2015 White Plains Hospital has expanded its reach by opening its new facility at 99 Business Park Drive, Armonk. The facility will have 50 employees, some who live in Armonk, who will work as internists, medical and surgical specialists, nurses, technicians, assistants, administrators, and workers in the front office.
The 24,000 square-foot facility offers a variety of health care, including an urgent care center that is open 7 days a week. The urgent care center provides care for acute illnesses such as flu and sore throats, and minor traumas and common sprains. The center will be open during after-hours from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on weekends.
If people are showing up at 7:00 a.m., we’ll consider opening earlier to meet the community’s needs, said Frances Bordoni, an Armonk resident who was an instrumental leader and motivator to bring the facility to Armonk, said Susan Fox, White Plains Hospital and Chief Executive Officer.
This is White Plains Hospital’s first venture into northern Westchester in its 122-year history. This is also the first urgent care center in Westchester County to be associated with a hospital. “Everybody knows us for our inpatient care,” said Fox. “But health care is changing and our focus is to not only to take care of you when you are sick, but to take care of you when you need access to help keep you well.”
As the director of Emergency Medicine at White Plains Hospital for 15 months, Rafael E. Torres, MD, will serve as the medical co-director for the urgent care services at the new center. Previously, Torres worked for a hospital of the Montefiore Medical Center.
Torres said, “We hope that by bringing urgent care to Armonk, we will help fill a gap in the area, particularly for those individuals with less severe illnesses and injuries who can be treated effectively and efficiently in an ambulatory setting.”
At the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday November 17, a large group of North Castle’s residents, business owners, professionals in the health care field, and elected officials gathered in the medical surgical room. Fox thanked the community for a warm welcome and great show of support.
The newest location not only offers urgent care, but has regular weekday hours of 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. for primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, oncology and hematology, orthopedic surgery, medical and surgical specialists, and physical therapy services. For an appointment, call 914-849-7900.
Fox said that the medical and wellness center’s internists who were hired are primary care physicians with medical specialties. “When it comes to the specialties,” Fox said we asked, “what do people need access to?” There’s an analytical exercise to determine how many patients who see their internists need to see specialists such as an endocrinologist or rheumatologist, she added. Their specialists are not a final list, but rather it’s a starter list. The intention is they will provide access to additional specialists depending upon the population’s needs.
“We talk daily about how to make a patient’s experience and perception better here at White Plains Hospital, the urgent care center and wherever else we are,” said Torres.
He added that Fox is a great leader who understands the clinician’s point of view. “She is definitely an advocate for the physicians and the medical staff in general.”
Fox’s background is a combination of clinical, business, and strategic health planning. She started as a pediatric ICU nurse. From there she went to earn a Masters in Business Administration. She then worked in health-care consulting, and followed that with 14 years working at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Fox has been with White Plains Hospital for five years now. She worked with the former White Plains Hospital president John Schandler before he retired earlier this year. Fox lives in Westchester and says living in the community and being able to give back is great.
The White Plains Wellness Center in Armonk also has a full-service Diagnostic Imaging Center which offers a range of imaging and laboratory services of MRI, CT Scan 3-D mammography and 3D breast ultrasound and bone densitometry. The extended operating hours for the imaging center are 8:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, and weekends from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. For an appointment, call 914-849-7979.
The interior design of the center at 99 Business Park Drive is a blend of appealing colors and a variety of materials that give a warm and welcoming feel. Architect Philip Cerniglia, director of health care projects at the firm Lothrop Associates, said the most important part of the design was to bring in skylights as a natural source of light to fill the center of the space.
The entry hallway off the radiology waiting room is lined with a masonry type of tile material. That, along with skylights and planters, give a sense of being outdoors while being inside, said Cerniglia.
“What a difference the skylights made,” said Fox. “It opened up the facility to make it everything that we want it to be.”
Supervisor Michael Schiliro thanked local officials and town employees who were in attendance. He also thanked developer Michael Fareri, who owns the Wellness Center building and continues to invest in our community.
Schiliro said the medical and wellness center is located at the site of the former Westchester Airport in Armonk that was used from 1925 through the 1960s. After the airport closed in the late 60s, he said it took a vision by developers to transform this area into a business park. “You need a vision like that and folks like Fareri to continue to reinvest to make these things happen.” Furthermore, he said that with the redevelopment of North Castle, specifically in the hamlet of Armonk, there are a lot of new restaurants and new residential development. “We are proud to have White Plains Hospital pick Armonk and North Castle as the site of their satellite office in Northern Westchester. We look forward to a terrific partnership for years to come.”
Fox said that two years ago, Armonk resident Michael Fareri played an essential role bringing health care to Armonk.
“The town needed a facility like this,” Fareri said, who worked with the former Chairman of the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors, Michael Divney. Divney is a visionary in planning, said Fareri. Divney was the Director of Engineering and Planning for the White Plains Urban Renewal Agency. Divney was instrumental in bringing White Plains Hospital to Armonk as he was a land use professional for 40 years with Westchester Country’s Divney, Tung, Schwalbe.
“White Plains Hospital has been a pleasure to work with,” said Fareri. “They are so connected with one another, they work together like a family.”
Armonk Residents Attend White Plains Hospital Gala Honoring Mariano and Clara Rivera
November 10, 2015 Mariano Rivera and his wife Clara received the inaugural Community Heroes Award from White Plains Hospital on Saturday.
The award was presented by White Plains Hospital President and CEO Susan Fox at the Friends of White Plains Hospital annual fall event on November 7 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York. More than 450 people attended the celebration, which raised nearly $500,000 for hospital programs and services.
The award recognized Mr. and Mrs. Rivera’s extensive efforts to improve the health and lives of the underserved in Westchester County. Mrs. Rivera is the founder of the Refuge of Hope congregation in New Rochelle, New York.
Urgent care is an option for when your physician is unavaialble, or if you need treatment outside of office hours.
White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness is located at 99 Business Park Drive in Armonk. The urgent care is operated by the expert Emergency Department physicians at White Plains Hosital and offers:
Walk-in treatment with shorteer wait times
On-site diagnostic imaging
Treatment for common illnesse and minor injuries
Rapid test results for strep and the flu
White Plains Hospital and Wellness' Urgent Care Center is open 7 days a week for after-hour aliments and injuries, such as flu, sore throats and common sprains, which are not necessarily severe enough to require emergency room visits.
Hours are 3PM to 11PM on weekdays and 9AM to 9PM on weekends.
In addition to the urgent care center, the facility also offers comprehensive primary care and other services, including pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, endocrinology, and speciality surgical consultations, as well as laboratory service and a physical therapy space.
A full-service Diagnostic Imaging Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The center's telephone number is 914-849-7900. They are located at 99 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504.
About White Plains Hospital: White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley.
WPH is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing nearly 57,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital also has outpatient medical facilities in Armonk and New Rochelle. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 and 2016, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit www.wphospital.org.
Maybe It’s Fatigue And Stress; Maybe It’s Thyroid Disease
50% of Thyroid Problems Go Undiagnosed: Untreated Thyroid Disease Can Lead To Heart Disease, Infertility, and Osteoporosis Women Are Five Times More Likely To Develop Thyroid Issues: Do A “Neck Check” And Get Tested
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (January 20, 2016) Thyroid disease is more common than breast cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, affecting 30 million Americans each year. In fact, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more Americans suffer from thyroid disease than all types of cancers combined and left untreated, thyroid disease may lead to elevated cholesterol levels and subsequent heart disease, as well as infertility and osteoporosis. It is estimated that thyroid cancer will be the third most common malignancy in women by the year 2019.
Research also shows a strong genetic link between thyroid disease and other autoimmune diseases, including types of diabetes, arthritis, and anemia. Since symptoms of thyroid disease are often ignored or incorrectly attributed to other conditions, thyroid issues are commonly misdiagnosed. As a result, many adults may suffer unnecessarily from chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, sleeplessness, or irritability due to a thyroid that’s under producing or over producing thyroid hormone.
Thyroid problems are much more common among women versus men; women are more than five times more likely to suffer from thyroid diseases like hypothyroidism (when the gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone). How can overworked, overstressed adults know when fatigue is just fatigue, or whether it points to a thyroid condition?
Thyroid hormone ‘controls every cell, tissue, and organ’
January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, and as such, it’s the perfect time to pay attention to your thyroid to improve your overall health. “The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which controls virtually every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. If your thyroid is not functioning properly, it can cause the body’s systems to speed up (hyperthyroidism); or it can cause body systems to slow down (hypothyroidism),” said Kay Lovig, M.D., an endocrinologist with White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness in Armonk, NY.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists created the blue paisley ribbon in support of Thyroid Awareness Month and to promote thyroid awareness. Thyroid disorders can range from more mild to severe and can produce symptoms that are discomforting, disabling, or even life threatening. Most common thyroid issues include: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, Thyroid Nodules, and Thyroid Cancer.
The thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck below the Adam’s apple, is crucial to organ function and impacts the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. The thyroid gland is responsible for manufacturing enough thyroid hormone to prompt cells to perform a function at a certain rate.
Iodine found in diet (iodized salt, seafood, bread, milk) helps fuel the thyroid to produce thyroid hormone. The pituitary gland controls the functions of the thyroid and the other glands that make up the endocrine system. The pituitary gland sends messages to the thyroid gland—in the form of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)—to control the production of thyroid hormone. Higher levels of TSH prompt the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone. Conversely, low TSH levels signal the thyroid to slow down production.
A normally functioning thyroid keeps the body running smoothly. Factors such as disease, damage to the thyroid or certain medicines can impact the thyroid’s ability to produce enough hormone. When hormone levels drop, body functions slow down, a condition known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. The thyroid can also produce too much hormone sending your systems into overdrive, a condition known as hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid.
Symptoms of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can include:
Feeling cold, Increased fatigue, Depression, Increased weight gain, inability to regulate weight, and When your body produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), your body systems speed up.
Symptoms can include:
Racing pulse, Irritability, Trouble sleeping, Feeling overheated, Inexplicable weight loss, Anxiety and nervousness, and Do a monthly ‘neck check’
Dr. Stacie Kahan is an expert in the treatment of thyroid cancer. To help with early detection, she advises doing a monthly thyroid check—a self-exam that’s easily performed at home with the aid of a handheld mirror and a glass of water.
To do a “neck check,” Dr. Kahan suggests the following steps:
• First, identify the location of your thyroid. It is located at the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones and below the voice box. • Take a drink of water and tip your head back. Keep your eyes on your thyroid area. • As you swallow, look at your neck and note any bulges. Don’t confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. • Repeat the test several times. • Consult your doctor if you see anything of concern.
According to Dr. Kahan, “Symptoms of thyroid imbalance often get ignored. With everything going on in our lives, it’s hard to know whether fatigue or weight gain is due to lifestyle or to an underlying thyroid condition.” An annual check-up that includes a simple TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) blood test can be used to measure thyroid function. The good news is that thyroid disease, once properly detected, can be treated and a range of treatment options are available to help restore hormone levels to their natural balance.
WPH has expanded its thyroid program with the addition of two new specialists: Dr. Lovig and endocrine surgeon Stacie Kahan, M.D. Dr. Kaare Weber, Endocrine Surgeon and Director of Surgery at White Plains Hospital, commented on the growth of the Hospital’s commitment to treating thyroid disease. “Drs. Lovig and Kahan are skilled and valuable additions to our growing team,” he said. “Working collaboratively with our partner medical groups in the community, we ensure that patients with thyroid disease receive the highest quality of care at White Plains Hospital, with the best possible outcomes.”
White Plains Hospital Performs First Case on One of Two New da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System Robots
Hospital is the first in Westchester County to Acquire Two of the Latest Generation of da Vinci Robots
May 13, 2016 White Plains Hospital recently performed the first case on one of two new da Vinci Xi Surgical System robots, the latest generation of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.’s da Vinci® Surgical System. The case, a robotic laparoscopic recto sigmoid resection, was performed by colorectal surgeon Kimberly Yee, M.D.
The new robotic systems empower surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures with superior real-time visualization, greater dexterity and precision, ideal for highly complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.
White Plains Hospital is the only hospital in Westchester to outfit its da Vinci Xi robots with technologies that enhance patient safety and surgical outcomes, including: Integrated Table Motion, the seamless coordination of theda VinciXi robot with Trumpf Medical’s TruSystem® 7000dV advanced operating table which permits surgeons and anesthesiologists to make a comprehensive range of table adjustments easily and efficiently during surgery; theda VinciEndoWrist Stapler 45, Stapler 30 and Vessel Sealer; and the da Vinci Single-Site® Instrumentation which enables surgeons to perform surgery through a single incision.
The purchase of the two new da Vinci Xi robots demonstrates White Plains Hospital’s commitment to innovation and technology to enhance quality patient care. “We are thrilled that the hospital has invested in this cutting-edge technology which provides patients with the most advanced minimally invasive alternative to open surgery,” said Dr. Kaare Weber, Director of Surgery at White Plains Hospital. “The da Vinci Xi systems allow us to work with even more precision on complex cases. This translates into more patients who will be able to benefit from the advantages of minimally invasive surgery.”
Advantages of robotic surgery – Robotic surgery uses very small instruments attached to a robotic arm, controlled by a skilled surgeon at a console and a magnified 3D high-definition vision system that allows for very precise operation. The robot allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, dexterity and control in order to make small, precise movements inside a patient’s body. Robotic surgery has many potential advantages over traditional open surgery including a shorter hospital stay; less pain; decreased blood loss; small incisions for minimal scarring; a quicker return to daily activities and the potential for better surgical outcomes.
The first community hospital in Westchester to perform robotic-assisted surgery, White Plains Hospital recently celebrated a decade of providing da Vinci robotic surgery to its patients. In 2005, Dr. Seth Lerner, assisted by Dr. Philip Weber, performed the Hospital’s first robotic prostatectomy. Today, more than 95% of prostate surgeries in the US are done robotically, and over the past ten years the Hospital has expanded the use of robotic surgery to include cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal); partial nephrectomy (kidney sparing surgery for kidney cancer); female urologic and gynecologic surgeries such as hysterectomy, sacral colpopexy (prolapse repair) and pelvic floor reconstruction; colorectal surgery; head and neck cancer surgery and thoracic surgery- a total of nearly 2,500 robotic procedures overall. In addition to robotic surgery, White Plains Hospital surgeons are known throughout the region for their expertise in a variety of minimally invasive techniques including traditional laparoscopy, needleoscopy, and single site.
The da Vinci Xi System broadens the core da Vinci Surgical System features of wristed instruments, 3D high-definition visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. The da VinciXi System’s key enhancements include:
A new overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position;
A new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity;
An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site;
Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before;
Longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.
White Plains Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award
The Hospital is a two-time recipient; Award given to only 15% of hospitals nationwide
WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 5, 2016) – White Plains Hospital is once again a recipient of the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
Outstanding Patient Experience Award recipients were identified through an evaluation of 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Services) survey of the hospital’s own patients. The survey questions focus on patients’ perspectives of their care during their inpatient hospital stay.
“It is an honor to once again be recognized by Healthgrades for the top quality patient care and service excellence that is a cornerstone of our mission,” said Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “This award provides validation of what we already believe to be true, that we are providing the very best experience for our patients.”
Hospitals that are top performers in patient experience continuously monitor trends in what patients find important as it relates to their overall assessment of a hospital stay.
“Consumers are increasingly using patient experience and satisfaction as a measure to both evaluate hospitals and to select where they want to obtain care,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award for delivering superior patient care experiences during their hospital stay.”
There were 448 recipients that achieved the 2016 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™, representing the top 15% of hospitals in the nation for patient experience. Healthgrades evaluated 3,858 hospitals that submitted patient surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from April 2014 – March 2015.
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit http://www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at White Plains Hospital with Silver Beacon Award for Excellence
National three-year award marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment; Hospital is a repeated recipient
WHITE PLAINS, NY May 5, 2016 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, Calif., recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence once again on the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at White Plains Hospital.
The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. White Plains Hospital is a repeated recipient of the Beacon award; the ICU having first received it in 2014.
AACN President Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, applauds the commitment of the caregivers in the White Plains Hospital CCU for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.
“The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes. Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” she explains.
Leigh Anne McMahon, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at White Plains Hospital said, “It is an honor to once again be recognized with the AACN Beacon Award for Excellence. Our CCU team goes above and beyond every day to bring the highest quality of care to those who need it most. Their outstanding skills, dedication and compassion working with our patients are truly exemplary.”
White Plains Joins Forces with the American Cancer Society In a Pledge to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings Rates in Westchester County
“80% by 2018” is a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
White Plains, New York (April 4, 2016) – As Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, White Plains Hospital announced that it has pledged to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Westchester County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).
Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.
“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options – even take home options – available. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”
Dr. Charles Noyer, Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at White Plains Hospital, emphasized how crucial annual screenings are, “When polyps are detected and removed through regular colonoscopy screening, a future diagnosis of colorectal cancer can be completely avoided in most individuals.”
“We are pleased to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said Susan Fox, President and C.E.O. of White Plains Hospital, which was the first hospital in Westchester to sign the pledge. “We are asking all members of our community to join White Plains Hospital by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened.”
While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.
Your primary care physician can provide a prescription for the screening, a gastroenterologist is the physician who performs the colonoscopy.
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White Plains Hospital Opens Expanded 70,000-Square-Foot Center for Cancer Care in the Heart of Westchester
Providing Advanced, Comprehensive Care in Comfortable Setting, Patient Amenities and Clinical Trials WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (February 24, 2016) – White Plains Hospital opened the door to the future of cancer care in Westchester County when it unveiled its new and expanded Center for Cancer Care. The Hospital’s Dickstein Cancer Center, constructed 17 years ago, was the first freestanding cancer center between New York City and New Haven. Since then, the Hospital has continually expanded programs and services in oncology, contributing to a legacy of outstanding cancer care in the community.
The Hospital has added a six-story tower with a new entrance, lobby, amenities, and physician offices that connects to the existing Dickstein building, providing a total of 70,000 square feet for cancer care. Cancer patients now have a diverse range of services for diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, survivorship, patient support and amenities under one roof, giving them unparalleled access to comprehensive, integrated cancer care, close to home.
Conveniently located on Longview Avenue in White Plains, the expanded facility has more than doubled in size to accommodate a growing demand. 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 expansive 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., of Armonk is Chairman of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Committee and Surgical Director of the Cancer Program. He 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.”
More Space to Meet a Growing Demand Alongside the increasing number of cancer survivors now living longer in the United States, White Plains Hospital has seen a growing demand for cancer treatment. The Hospital has added more than two dozen infusion bays which now include personal televisions and allow for individual control of light, sound, and temperature. In addition, the Hospital created both communal and private areas so that people can socialize while receiving chemotherapy, or work or relax in quiet. Amenities such as outlets and USB ports to charge cell phones, laptops, and tablets have been added as well.
Supported By a Full Service, Acute-Care Hospital Fully integrated within the White Plains Hospital campus, the Center for Cancer Care gives patients access to seamless health care for any issues or emergencies that arise as a result of their diagnosis. If patients require additional treatment, they benefit from coordinated care led by a team of physicians who communicate directly and easily with each other.
“We are able to care for patients 24 hours a day if emergencies arise,” said Ms. Fox. “We are also supported by an inpatient oncology unit staffed by Magnet-designated and oncology-certified nurses who are specially trained in advanced cancer care. They, along with our outstanding physicians, many of whom have trained at some of the nation’s top academic medical centers, care for and understand our patients’ needs with ultimate skill and compassion.”
The new Center for Cancer Care also retains a commitment to caring for patients through their entire cancer journey, from diagnosis through all stages of treatment and survivorship by offering a variety of wellness initiatives, many in partnership with community organizations, through the lifespan. Family members and loved ones are also supported through the cancer journey through support groups, caregiver support programs and other resources.
A Beneficial Partnership with Montefiore White Plains Hospital’s cancer care has been further enhanced by the Hospital’s partnership with Montefiore Health System. Ms. Fox explained, “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.”
Steven Safyer, M.D., President and CEO of the Montefiore Health System said, “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.”
As a result of the White Plains Hospital-Montefiore partnership, which was solidified in early 2015, individuals being treated for cancer at White Plains Hospital now have more opportunities than ever before to enroll in cancer clinical trials. The Hospital collaborates with physicians in the broader Westchester community to promote access to clinical trials for patients who may not respond to established protocols. In addition to the Hospital’s two-dozen clinical trials, patients in Westchester have access to more than 500 clinical trials now underway at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.
Nationally Recognized for Its Cancer Care The White Plains Hospital Cancer Program has a long history of recognition for excellence, having been repeatedly accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) over the past two decades. The Cancer Program is also a repeated recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and in 2012 it received accreditation as a National Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and was reaccredited in 2015. It also received designation as a Lung Screening Center by the American College of Radiology in 2015.