WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — White Plains Hospital recently opened the doors to a new lobby, one of the first finished components of the hospital’s capital improvement project, which will be completed this year. The hospital will have a new, six-story patient tower; new operating rooms with the latest surgical equipment, 24 new private patient rooms and new labor and delivery suites. Furthermore, the hospital will add a second cardiac catheterization lab for heart care and will double the size of its cancer center. These services, coupled with its partnership with Montefiore, are transforming White Plains Hospital into the hospital for the future.
The lobby’s attractive, modern construction and design inspire confidence by sending a message that patients, families and visitors will receive technologically advanced care at the hospital. The lobby’s 25-foot-high glass walls that bathe the interior with natural light, noise-quieting tiles and beautiful artwork help to offset the stresses that often go along with a hospital visit.
The lobby’s design connects visitors to nature, both through the newly planted streetscape visible through the walls of windows and the wooden planters generously distributed throughout the lobby. Natural materials are used everywhere: elegant wood flows from the building’s exterior into the lobby and wraps into the entranceway. A walnut feature wall, glistening terrazzo flooring, soft carpeting, comfortable seating, greenery and noise-dampening ceiling tiles, allow for quiet conversation, relaxation or even work.
Visitors in search of a meal, snack or cup of coffee will be delighted at the selection of delicious and healthy offerings at the lobby’s Everyday Healthy Café, with seating in the atrium. The menu offers locally sourced fruits and vegetables, organic choices, freshly squeezed vegetable juices to order and delicious wraps. Visitors who want to pick up a gift will find amazing and one-of-a kind items at the lobby’s gift store, which will include wares made by local artisans.
White Plains Hospital will soon unveil the rest of the new, six-story building. On the third floor, surgeons will begin using five new operating suites that are specifically designed to bear the weight and size of highly advanced surgical equipment. The fourth and fifth floors will provide two dozen new private patient rooms, while the sixth floor will house a spacious maternity unit, with private patient rooms and expanded labor and delivery suites. Gilbane Building Company has managed the construction, with Perkins Eastman serving as architect on the project.
One of the last phases of White Plains Hospital’s four-year capital transformation project will be completed late in 2015: a new 40,000-square-foot addition to the cancer center that will nearly double the space for the hospital’s growing number of cancer experts, researchers and clinical trials. The lobby in the cancer center echoes the main lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass, natural earth tones and greenery. Additional amenities, such as a water feature and library, will enhance comfort and convenience for patients and family members.