WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 23, 2019) — White Plains Hospital (WPH), in partnership with St. Vincent’s Hospital, unveiled a brand new 18,000 square foot Family Health Center/Behavioral Health Center (FHC/BHC) today—a new facility to support an integrated program to address the high prevalence of mental illness, particularly depression, in people with chronic diseases. A ribbon cutting was held today at 79 East Post Road in White Plains.
“This new Family Health and Behavioral Health Center reflects how we are partnering to impact healthcare in our community,” notes Susan Fox, President and CEO of White Plains Hospital. “By combining the exceptional healthcare of White Plains Hospital with the outstanding behavioral health services offered by St. Vincent’s, we’re able to take an innovative, integrated approach to caring for the whole patient. This is the future of building healthier communities.”
Previously, White Plains Hospital’s Family Health Center operated at 41 East Post Road. Patients with behavioral health needs were referred to a variety of outside resources. The new advanced center links preventive care, primary care, and if needed, behavioral health services and care coordination in the same location.
Grant funding awarded by the NYS Department of Health, along with funding from WPH, covered project costs for the four-story, 18,000 sq. ft. building. The new FHC/BHC facility serves adults, adolescents, children and their families in White Plains and surrounding communities and provides primary and urgent care for acute illness as well as behavioral health services. Many Family Health Center patients live in neighborhoods surrounding WPH and suffer from a host of chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
The space has been designed to accommodate patients of all ages. Both the FHC and the BHC areas have child-friendly waiting and treatment spaces. The building is designed to maximize patient privacy and offers many private areas for patients to consult with their providers. The behavioral health space includes several group rooms to facilitate group therapy programs.
White Plains Hospital internal medicine and family practice physicians, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, nurses, and other clinicians will offer the following services:
- Internal Medicine (Primary Care)
- Routine exams and physicals
- Pediatric care
- Laboratory services
- Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
- Nutrition Counseling
- Care management
St. Vincent’s psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychiatric social workers, health home coordinators, licensed mental health counselors, and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors will provide the following services:
- Outpatient individual and group therapy services
- Medication prescribing and management
- Treatment services for people with physical health issues who are experiencing mental health issues
- Specialized treatment services for anxiety and phobia disorders
- Treatment for co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency issues
St. Vincent’s mobile crisis prevention and response service, and other higher levels of behavioral health care will be available as needed. Medicaid, Medicare and most insurances will be accepted.
The new facility is part of White Plains Hospital’s ongoing campus transformation, which included the April 2019 groundbreaking on its 252,000 sq. ft. center for advanced medicine and surgery; its expanded Center for Cancer Care, completed in 2016; and the Hospital’s new lobby and patient tower, completed in 2015. Since 2015, approximately 475,000 square feet have been renovated or added to the Hospital.
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®.