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Today with Hoda and Jenna Co-host Jenna Bush Hager Will Speak on the “Power of Compassion to Change Lives” at White Plains Hospital Luncheon June 4

May 23, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 14, 2019) –  Jenna Bush Hager will be the special guest speaker at the Friends of White Plains Hospital Annual Spring Luncheon on June 4, 12 p.m. at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.

Speaking on “Making a Difference: How the Power of Compassion Changes Lives,” Bush Hager will share her personal experiences as a teacher, humanitarian aid worker, and correspondent in hopes of motivating and inspiring guests to become more involved in their own schools and communities.

Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, believes everyone has the ability to make a profound impact on the lives of others, and calls audiences to action to show they can make a difference, too. Her talk will echo the Friends’ award of several scholarships to its teen volunteers, as well as the “Ripple Award” to a member whose service has had far-reaching effects in the hospital community.

After working at a charter school in Washington, Bush Hager left to become a UNICEF volunteer at a shelter in Latin America, which opened her eyes to the many children around the world who are excluded from basic care, support and education. The experience led to her write Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, inspired by a young woman she met there, which went on to become a New York Times Bestseller.

A wife and mom to two daughters (and a son on the way), Bush Hager has co-authored two children’s books with her mother, the former First Lady Laura Bush. In 2017, she released the best-selling Sisters First, a playful memoir about growing up in the White House that she co-authored with her sister, Barbara Pierce Bush. The content of the book inspired the fraternal sisters to create a children’s book of the same name.

Tickets are $150 for the general luncheon; $200 also includes a copy of Sisters First, a meet and greet, and free membership in the Friends. For complete details on how to purchase tickets and other sponsor packages, please visit the

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, 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, with more than 60,000 patient visits a year. 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. 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). In 2014, 2016 and 2018, and 2019, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®.