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White Plains Hospital’s Five New Operating Rooms Open in the New Year

December 28, 2015

State-of-the-art Operating Rooms Part of Hospital’s Brand-New, Six-Story Patient Tower

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (December 28, 2015) – White Plains Hospital has long been a regional leader in the field of surgery, and was one of the first hospitals in Westchester to offer robotic surgery. As of January 1, 2016, White Plains Hospital will have five new brand-new, state-of-the-art operating rooms open and ready for patients.

The first new OR, completed in 2013, was designated specifically for minimally invasive and robotic procedures and includes the latest da Vinci® surgical system. The four other operating rooms will all be in use in January. All are designed to support the most advanced surgical procedures, enhancing efficiency, safety, and patient comfort.

According to Kaare Weber, MD, White Plains Hospital’s Director of Surgery, “White Plains Hospital is going to be the first hospital in the tri-state area to obtain the latest generation of minimally invasive technology in these operating rooms. Everything about the new operating rooms, from floor to ceiling, has been extremely well thought out and deliberately planned.”

White Plains Hospital’s brand-new operating rooms include the following features:

  • The latest robotic equipment – The da Vinci® robotic surgical system allows surgeons to perform more complex robotic surgery – including procedures such as prostactectomies, nephrectomies, gynelogic surgeries, head and neck surgeries, colorectal surgeries, and general surgeries.
  • An advanced surgical video system – The new operating rooms have an integrated video system, the 1588 AIM Platform by Stryker. This innovative system allows nurses to control equipment remotely and surgeons to control the equipment at the field of surgery. The system can also be used for training purposes, and includes three cutting-edge pieces of technology:
    • IRIS (Infared Illuminated System) is a visualization technology designed to reduce risk of damage during surgery.
    • ENV (Endoscopic Near Infrared Visualization) enhances the visualization of anatomy in real-time during procedures.
    • CLARITY is a video enhancement device that uses military grade technology to help surgeons see through smoke and murky fluid. It also improves color to enhance depth perception for the surgeon.
  • Specially designed floors – The floors in all the new ORs are single-pour concrete floors, with no seams or cracks, to increase cleanliness and minimize the potential for infections.
  • The latest in anesthesia equipment - The latest in advanced anesthesia equipment ensures safety and comfort for all surgical patients, supported by board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiologists.
  • State-of-the-art ceilings and lights - The ceilings have laser-guided surgical LED lights that automatically focus and illuminate the surgical field with minimal shadowing.
  • High-efficiency booms - All equipment is housed on booms. Not having to wheel equipment in and out of the ORs increases efficiency and mimimizes wear and tear on the equipment as well as the staff.
  • Rooms that accommodate the latest technology – The operating rooms range from approximately 650 – 700 square feet, offering sufficient floor space to accommodate the latest robotic equipment.
  • Central sterile area – This “behind-the-scenes” area is crucial to ensuring all instruments and implants are fully sterilized for the OR. The new central sterile area has advanced state-of-the-art sterilization equipment to minimize infection. It is directly tied to the operating rooms by 2 elevators.

The new operating rooms are part of White Plains Hospital’s campus-wide transformation, which includes anew six-story patient tower with brand-new lobby and entranceway, 24 private patient rooms, and a new labor and delivery wing; an expanded cancer center, and a second cardiac catheterization laboratory.

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 HerfortM.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, 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 proud member of the Montefiore Health System. For additional information, visit