The Friends of White Plains Hospital hosted the 125th Anniversary Gala of White Plains Hospital on Saturday, September 29th. The sold-out evening at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, the site of the Hospital’s first gala in 1956, raised $1.7 million for Hospital programs and services. 800 guests enjoyed a historical video tribute showcasing the Hospital’s remarkable longevity in the community, followed by dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and fireworks display.
White Plains Hospital
A 125TH Anniversary Staff Effort to Benefit Families, Others Throughout Westchester
Physicians, Nurses, Leadership, Non-Clinical Staff Rally Together to Support Westchester Communities
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 12, 2018)— When White Plains Hospital opened its doors in 1893, it did so with the same mission that guides it today—to provide exceptional care, every day to members of the community. In that spirit, as the Hospital marks its 125th anniversary in 2018, its employees are leading a yearlong program to benefit children, seniors and low-income families throughout the Westchester region.
Throughout 2018, Hospital employees will come together to collect and donate items to various local charities as a means of giving back to the community that has long supported its growth and evolution.
The donation drives kicked off in January with the Hospital’s Marketing, Foundation, and Human Resources departments contributing children’s cold weather accessories to the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester. Coinciding with American Heart Month in February, the Hospital’s Critical Care Division donated 125 pedometers to the White Plains Senior Center. This month, the EVS, Food Service, and Radiology & Pathology departments will team up to collect new pajamas and books for children to be donated to Pajama Program, a nationwide charity providing new pajamas and books to children in need.
“This donation drive extends our commitment to care that goes beyond the clinical, and lets our employees engage with the community in a way that’s very personal and meaningful,” explains Dawn French, White Plains Hospital’s Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations.
In addition to the charitable donations, a special website dedicated to the anniversary, wph125.org, has been created to showcase the Hospital’s remarkable history. The website features personal reflections and memories submitted by staff, patients and community members. All are invited to share their own White Plains Hospital stories through the microsite by visiting here.
White Plains Hospital was founded when 22 women and three men came together to establish a voluntary, not-for-profit hospital in the rural village of White Plains to care for their fellow residents. Today, the Hospital and its physician practices see more than 200,000 visits annually.
“Our community has been such a vital factor in our success,” said Ms. French. “Since our beginnings in 1893 as a four-room building to the modern hub of advanced care we are today, the community has supported our growth and helped expand our mission so that we are now able to provide exceptional healthcare to all of Westchester.”
The year’s festivities will culminate with a 125th anniversary gala in September at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, the site of the organization’s first fundraising gala in 1956.
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 more than 60,000 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 has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk and New Rochelle; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale. 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 received Magnet® designation in 2012 and 2016 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.
Avoid Unexpected Costs Just in Time For Open Enrollment
Newly Updated Health Insurance Guide Helps Consumers Navigate Choices to Make Informed Decisions
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The world of personal health insurance is complicated, and these days, it’s not getting any easier to navigate. As open enrollment time approaches and federal policies continue to be in flux, millions of consumers will be overwhelmed with complex information on coverage that can have dramatic financial implications down the road.
To clear confusion and help with decision-making, White Plains Hospital is once again offering a free, updated, and downloadable guide for consumers to help them make informed decisions. The guide is available through the Hospital’s website here.
“Choosing A Health Plan: It Pays to Know Your Options” offers the following information:
- Tips for estimating how much coverage you will need
- Financial strategies for funding expected healthcare costs
- The risks and benefits of choosing a High-Deductible Health Plan
- A glossary of key health insurance terms
- How provider networks work and what they cover
The health insurance guidewas written to help consumers make more informed health plan choices, whether they purchase coverage through their employer or on the New York State of Health marketplace. “There are many things to consider when selecting a health insurance policy during open enrollment,” says Joseph J. Guarracino, CFO of White Plains Hospital. “It’s important to assess how you typically access healthcare to determine how much coverage you might need. It’s also essential to understand how much your monthly premium will cover, and what you may be responsible for if you have a significant health event. Our goal continues to be to help people in the community avoid unexpected healthcare costs.”
It can be downloaded through the White Plains Hospital website, www.wphospital.org, and will be available in waiting rooms at the Hospital, and through its outpatient medical facilities through the end of January 2018.
Rachana Shukla, M.D., who provides a range of routine, preventive and primary care services for patients at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk, recently spoke to residents at The Bristal Assisted Living at Armonk as part of a new series called “Physician Talks.” During the discussion, she talked about the benefits of preventative medicine through lifestyle choices, wellness through proper diet, forms of exercise, smoking cessation, vaccinations, screenings, and communication with family and physicians.
The Bristal at Armonk is the second assisted living community in Westchester for The Engel Burman Group. The company opened their first Westchester community in White Plains, which is located on North Street just minutes from downtown White Plains. The Engel Burman Group has been managing exceptional assisted living residences for over fifteen years and currently operates nine assisted living communities on Long Island. The Bristal also has a community located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. For more information about The Bristal at Armonk, please call 914-432-8200 or visit www.thebristal.com.