Thursday, December 03, 2009


Earlier today I attended an exciting announcement at White Plains Hospital. OB patients receiving care at Greenburgh Health Center (GHC) — a primary health care facility located at 330 Tarrytown Road in White Plains — will have their babies delivered at White Plains Hospital Center. The change will make it more convenient for expectant mothers in the greater White Plains area to deliver their babies closer to home. They previously delivered at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.
In addition, to help provide healthcare services to the approximately 300 new patients and their newborns who will be cared for at White Plains Hospital Center each year, GHC’s five OB/GYN specialists and four pediatricians have joined the Hospital’s medical staff. The Hospital’s William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center is one of the busiest in Westchester with nearly 2,000 births last year.
GHC is one of two satellite sites of Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. (MTVNHC), a Federally Qualified Community Health Center.
Today, representatives from MTVNHC, GHC and White Plains Hospital Center joined in announcing the new healthcare relationship that will benefit a segment of the White Plains community. Originally, OB patients at GHC delivered at St. Agnes Hospital, White Plains. But after St. Agnes closed in 2003, the patients were directed to Sound Shore Medical Center to deliver.
“This is a significant development in the history of our network in providing a high level of health care for so many individuals and families throughout Westchester,” said Carole Morris, CEO and Founder of the Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center. “It means that Greenburgh Health Center’s OB patients and their children will have access to the most advanced obstetrical and pediatric care located conveniently in their community.”
Judith Watson, GHC Executive Director, said: “We are very pleased to expand our affiliation with White Plains Hospital Center, where our internal medicine physicians already have admitting privileges. The outstanding care and technology available to our moms and newborns, and the maternity center’s convenient location, will be greatly beneficial to the patients who use our Greenburgh center.”
Jon B. Schandler, White Plains Hospital Center President and CEO, stated: “We are pleased to welcome Greenburgh Health Center to our hospital family. We look forward to providing the new OB patients and their newborns with expert care and personalized attention that have become synonymous with the White Plains Hospital Center name.” He added: “In the William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center we have created a unique place where families can celebrate the birth of a child in a soothing, safe and welcoming environment.”
The Hospital opened the new $5.5 million, 30,000- square- foot William & Sylvia Silberstein Maternity Center in 2001, featuring labor and delivery suites, a maternity pavilion and a neonatology pavilion that all have comprehensive state-of-the-art medical equipment and 24-hour coverage by board-certified neonatologists and neonatal-trained registered nurses.
It also includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of the most advanced in the region, for babies born prematurely or with complications. Level III is the highest level of care awarded by the NY State Department of Health that a community hospital can receive for caring for premature or at-risk infants.
In addition, GHC’s patients and their families will benefit from other related services at White Plains Hospital Center including its team of highly experienced gynecologic surgeons, and state-of-the-art technologies including the daVinci® robotic surgical system to help perform minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.
Accredited by the Joint Commission, GHC’s team of 80 bilingual board certified physicians, specialists, nurses and clerical staff provides primary care, dental and specialty services for more than 19,000 registered patients, resulting in more than 92,000 patient visits annually. In addition, the Center—which was established 40 years ago— offers enabling and support services such as social work, transportation, patient advocacy, the Reach out and Read program for children, and the WIC program, as well as facilitated enrollment into Medicaid plans. It also provides care for the homeless at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains and Grasslands Homeless Shelter in Valhalla.