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White Plains Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Offer Massage Services for Cancer Patients and Their Families

September 11, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY – September 11, 2017 – White Plains Hospital (WPH) has partnered with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (Burke) to offer expert massage services to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers at the WPH Center for Cancer Care at 2 Longview Avenue. WPH and Burke are members of Montefiore Health System and anticipate that this will be the first of many collaborative efforts by these two healthcare leaders.

Patients with a cancer diagnosis can benefit from accessibility to massage therapists with expertise in oncology massage and other specialty massage services. They may also find it convenient to access massage services at the same location as physician office visits and treatment. Massage may alleviate chronic pain and improve range of motion in injured, weak, or tight muscles; improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin; reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety; enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow; improve circulation; and reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.

The types of massage offered include general, or Swedish, massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping to help relax and energize you. Oncology massage helps manage both the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of its treatments, such as pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, depression, reduced range of motion, peripheral neuropathy, and more. Meditative massage is a slow flowing, gentle massage with or without aromatherapy. This massage is often combined with guided imagery and positive affirmations, and uses soothing music and narrative to evoke multisensory memory and enhance positive thinking.

Massage services are offered in a safe, non-judgmental environment, which ensures complete confidentiality, allowing the patient to feel comfortable and secure. Prices begin at $50 for 30 minutes with packages offered at 10% discounts.

In announcing this partnership, Jeffrey Menkes, President and CEO of Burke said, “We are excited about this new association between Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and White Plains Hospital, our neighbor and fellow Montefiore Health System member. This type of collaboration allows both hospitals to offer expanded services, helping make our community stronger. We look forward to more joint ventures in the future.”

Dr. Michael Palumbo, Medical Director and Executive Vice President of WPH said, “This service provides a tremendous opportunity for our patients and their caregivers to experience the therapeutic power of massage when they come for their treatment at the Center for Cancer Care. We are grateful for this association with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and we anticipate increasing cooperative efforts between our two hospitals.”

For more information and appointments please call: 914-849-7653.

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 nearly 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 also has outpatient medical facilities in Armonk and New Rochelle. 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 is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation. In 2012, the Hospital received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and, in 2016, earned re-designation as a Magnet hospital. In 2014 and 2016, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit

About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital: Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, NY. Founded in 1915 through an endowment from philanthropist John Masterson Burke, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. As of 2016, the hospital is now a part of the Montefiore Health System, Inc. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or surgery. For additional information, please visit