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White Plains Hospital Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

September 15, 2015

Award recognizes excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients.

White Plains, NY (September 15, 2015)– White Plains Hospital has been presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). White Plains Hospital is one of a select group of only 23 U.S. healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The White Plains Hospital Cancer Program first received CoC accreditation when it opened in 1993 and has maintained continuous approval since that time; attaining commendation status continuously since 2006.

The intent of the Outstanding Achievement Award is to raise awareness of the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

According to Una Hopkins, DNP, Administrative Director of the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital. “We are honored to be recognized yet again by the Commission on Cancer. The Outstanding Achievement Award reflects the exceptional multidisciplinary care that our team – including expert physicians (surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists), specialized Magnet nurses, social workers, registered dietitians, palliative care managers, spiritual counselors, navigators and integrative medicine nurses – provides to all our patients. We pride ourselves on caring for each person, as well as his or her family, in a highly individualized way, at every step along the cancer journey.”

White Plains Hospital’s Cancer Program has received many accolades that reflect the Hospital’s commitment to outstanding patient care. Current and prior recognitions include: accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC); Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR); Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best Breast Centers and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care; and CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation.

White Plains Hospital’s Cancer Program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. The program received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award during the first half of 2015 visit:

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 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

About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. For more information on the CoC, visit: