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Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Ugochi Akoma Joins White Plains Hospital

September 19, 2022

Named Associate Director of Perinatal Performance Improvement

White Plains, N.Y. (September 12, 2022) – White Plains Hospital welcomes Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Ugochi Akoma as Associate Director of Perinatal Performance Improvement. Board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Akoma specializes in prenatal diagnosis, as well as the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Akoma is highly proficient in performing chorionic villous sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis, as well as in the management of complex conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, multifetal pregnancy, cervical insufficiency, preterm birth, and placental abnormalities.  

After she earned her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine, Dr. Akoma completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, Dr. Akoma was the Director of Quality Improvement in Obstetrics, and Director of the Perinatal Diagnostic Testing Centers & Obstetric Ultrasound, at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, N.Y.

Before that, she was Director, Perinatal Diagnostic Centers & Consulting Perinatologist at the University of Maryland’s Capital Region Health Medical Center.

Dr. Akoma’s work has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, and Simulation in Healthcare.

To schedule an appointment, call 914-681-2164.

About White Plains Hospital  

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital 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 and The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and in 2021, the Hospital formally launched its cardiac surgery program with its first-ever open-heart surgery in partnership with world-class cardiac surgeons from Montefiore Einstein. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; 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 2019. In 2022, White Plains Hospital received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the highest distinction offered by that federal agency. In addition, the Hospital received Magnet® designation three times, most recently in 2021 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award for its treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks in its Emergency Department and Cardiac Catherization labs and its mortality rate is amongst the lowest in the country according to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Hospital has been reaccredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for providing high-quality, patient-centered cancer care to their patients and the community. It has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 60 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has received full accreditation for its breast cancer program four times from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2022, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the 7th time, and in 2022 became the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 7th time.