Medical Centers Reinvest for Improved Care
Major hospitals in Westchester provide residents with everything from a Level 1 trauma center to inviting maternity facilities. Three nursing schools and one of the nation’s premier medical schools ensure a steady supply of highly trained clinicians.
The region’s medical centers also have been reinvesting in their facilities, creating not just state-of-the-art care but new job opportunities as well.
Westchester Medical Center, which has 635 beds and serves more than 3.5 million people annually, just opened a new 11-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). It features large, single-occupancy rooms equipped with a video system that allows patients to be monitored constantly using closed-circuit cameras. The hospital is also home to the region’s Level 1 trauma center.
Northern Westchester Hospital is building a new emergency department that will speed care, thanks to 25 private treatment rooms; distinct areas for pediatric, adult and behavioral health patients; and a Fast Track for less urgent care. The construction focuses on healing the planet, too, with a sustainable design and an eco-green roof planted with grass to reduce water run-off and promote cooling in hot weather.
White Plains Hospital Center has opened a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory, performing both diagnostic and interventional procedures, and also a new Emergency Department. One of the most active ERs in Westchester, the staff at White Plains has treated more than 48,500 patients annually, and the new space allows them to up that number to 60,000. An advanced computer system throughout the hospital verifies at the bedside that a patient is being given the proper medication.
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center spent $12 million of a $20 million capital campaign to triple the size of its ER two years ago. The hospital also added a new center for thoracic surgery.
Lawrence Hospital Center, a 291-bed acute care facility, just opened a new Center for Sleep Medicine. The hospital also added new service lines, including a state-of-the-art Maternity Center and a Joint Replacement Center, and is breaking ground in 2011 for a new cancer treatment center.
Sound Shore Medical Center, a 252-bed hospital and major teaching affiliate of New York Medical College, just opened the Advanced Orthopedic and Bariatric Suite, for patients facing either a joint replacement or bariatric surgery. The addition features hotel-like rooms, a physical therapy room and a family-friendly seating area, complete with a nourishment station. The Sound Shore Health System includes Mount Vernon Hospital, Schaffer Extended Care Center and Hopfer School of Nursing.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center has completed a $100 million renovation, adding a new lobby, a gift shop, 84 private rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms and an expanded Emergency Department – the only no-wait ED in the region. It is also the only Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing in the region. Its Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine feature two oversized hyperbaric chambers. Coming in 2011: a new Cancer Center.
St. Joseph’s Medical Center was one of the first in the country to use a Toshiba 64-slice CT scanner. Imaging studies that used to take 20 to 30 minutes can now be done in just 20 seconds. The scanner is fast enough to capture images of moving organs, such as the heart, which blur in traditional scans.
St. John’s Riverside was the first hospital in Westchester, founded in 1869. Since then, it has delivered 113,334 babies (a number obviously subject to change by the time this magazine is printed.) The hospital recently delivered a brand-new birthing unit, and is also equipped with a Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit while offering 24-hour neonatology coverage.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Westchester Division, located in White Plains, provides local access to a medical institution that U.S. News & World Report recently ranked higher in more specialties than any other New York-area hospital.
New York Medical College is where tomorrow’s physicians study before doing their clinical work in Westchester’s hospitals.
Three nursing schools — Lienhard, Cochran and Hopfer Schools of Nursing — ensure that care won’t be compromised by a shortage of nurses.