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White Plains Hospital Celebrates Conclusion of Successful Inaugural Ex-STEP-tional Stepping Challenge

November 9, 2015

White Plains Mayor Declares November 5th Ex-STEP-tional Day

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Nov. 9, 2015) – White Plains Hospital wrapped up its first Ex-STEP-tional challenge, a 4-week long community-wide competition for the greatest number of steps that challenged area employees to be more physically active, with an awards ceremony and luncheon held at the Hospital on Thursday, November 5th.

White Plains Hospital President & CEO Susan Fox acknowledged those who participated in the program, and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach officially declared November 5th Ex-STEP-tional Challenge Day in the city of White Plains. “It is my great pleasure to be here and to recognize everyone who participated in this program,” said Mayor Roach.

New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald, staff from New York State Senator Terrence Murphy’s office, and members of the White Plains School District and the White Plains Youth Bureau were also in attendance at the event. Approximately 100 people who participated in the challenge attended the wrap-up event, including employees from the Journal News, Brown and Brown, and People’s United Bank, as well as the White Plains Library, Building Department, PTA, Parks and Recreation Department, and Department of Public Works and Child Care Council of Westchester.

Awards were given out for the top stepping teams (most teams per organization), top team finishers (most steps accumulated per team), senior citizen participation, youth participation, and most individual steps. Winning individuals and teams received commemorative plaques, trophies, and prizes, and all attendees were treated to a healthy lunch. A total of 610 individuals and 122 teams participated in the challenge.

Throughout the Ex-STEP-tional Challenge, White Plains Hospital motivated participants with a series of informative and motivational videos posted on the Hospital’s YouTube channel and Facebook page as well as a musical playlist of walking-related songs. The Ex-STEP-tional Challenge is a part of the Hospital’s mission of wellness in the community and will be re-launched in the spring.

About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital (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 Dickstein Cancer Treatment CenterThe 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 over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 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, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of hospitals nationwide. White Plains Hospital is a member of the Montefiore Health System. For additional information, visit