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WPH's New Center For Cancer Care Shines In Downtown White Plains

The new White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care at twilight. Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital
Posen Architects new design supports White Plains Hospital Cancer Center’s patient-focused approach. Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Building on 15 years of experience at White Plains Hospital, Posen Architects’ design for the Center for Cancer Care embodies the Hospital’s patient-focused approach and meets the medical staff’s needs. 

From renovation of the existing Dickstein Cancer Center to construction of the new, adjoining six-story building, Posen’s programming, planning, and architectural design support the best medical outcomes.

Posen’s innovative design overcame challenging site constraints to maximize a tight footprint of available space on the edge of the hospital campus. The new 70,000 square foot Center meets the desired increase in infusion capacity from 18 to 35 stations, creates 30,000 square feet of space for previously off-site doctors’ offices, and incorporates a new, fully-compliant pharmacy. As cancer specialists and patients had desired, doctors and patients have ready access to each other in one cohesive, modern facility.

A hallmark of Posen projects is the manner in which the staff’s keen knowledge of regulatory standards is incorporated into well-designed, high-functioning spaces. Renovating and expanding the nearly 20-year old Dickstein Building to meet current regulatory standards was daunting, yet is testament to the institution’s resolve and Posen’s ability to make the most of this redevelopment.

During construction, specialized engineering precautions prevented construction-related vibration from impacting the treatments that continued in the Dickstein Building’s lower-level radiation oncology department. Posen also designed and built out temporary, off-site oncology department offices, phased to minimize inconvenience.

The glass facade providing abundant natural light and nature views reflects user preferences, Posen’s design aesthetic, and case studies of other healing, healthcare facilities. Research also indicates that patient choice leads to better outcomes, therefore patient preferences for both open and private treatment bays are accommodated.

Posen listened closely to user needs expressed in visioning sessions and a survey. The final design –- down to what may seem the smallest of details on matters such as storage, waste receptacles, and technology -– reflects shared goals to improve the flow of materials, streamline patient and staff movements, create excellent sight lines for nurses, provide patients a choice of treatment spaces, and make it easier for doctors and nurses to spend more time with patients.

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