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Street Talk

By James C. Benerofe


The City of White Plains should start a “Young Adult Civil Service Corps” . When there are major

weather events such as the recent snow storms we could have young adults(between 16 and 24 years

old)shoveling around parking meters, clearing paths at intervals on the sidewalks and street

corners. Instead of this, the city opens itself to lawsuits from people falling trying reach inaccessible

snow impacted parking meters or falling trying to find a way to cross a street without scaling a mountain

of snow.

The benefits of such an organization would be many. It could be a basic training program for future

public works employees. It would provide meaningful employment in an economy where job

opportunities for this age group have been difficult. The participants would have to sign up and

go through some orientation program. Other benefits would mean these young adults would have

their own spending money instead of public assistance or parents. In addition to being a good work

experience, it would guarantee that parking meter fees would get paid and that enforcement of parking

regulations would be fair. A program like this should be started nationwide but White Plains could lead

the way.


White Plains Hospital and Montefiore Health System Announce Plans for New Alliance


White Plains, NY/ Bronx NY (February 6, 2014) —  White Plains Hospital, a leading community Hospital in Westchester County and Montefiore Health System, a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, today announced plans to form a new healthcare partnership.  The Board of Directors of White Plains Hospital approved the signing of a letter of agreement to enter into a partnership with Montefiore at its February 5th Board meeting.   This new affiliation enhances the missions of both hospitals as they continue to provide advanced, quality healthcare to their communities and an expanding service area of nearly 3 million people.


“Our Board of Directors established the qualities it sought in selecting a partner for the future, and Montefiore meets all of these criteria,”  said Jon Schandler, CEO, White Plains Hospital.  “Our hospital provides an exceptional level of care through a close working relationship between our physicians, nurses and staff.  With Montefiore as our partner, we will be able to build upon and continue this remarkable culture and together deliver advanced health care to the entire community.”  Schandler continued.

Montefiore’s main campus is just 10 miles south of White Plains and has a growing network of practices in Westchester.


“We are excited to be embarking on this journey with White Plains Hospital.  There is tremendous synergy between our two institutions and our people and, importantly, we share fundamental values,” said Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO of Montefiore. “As an academic health system, Montefiore brings to the relationship the best of science and a unique expertise in coordinated care.  Our vision is to build a regional network of hospitals and community physicians closely aligned in an integrated system of care. White Plains Hospital will serve as the center of that network to strengthen and expand our position as a healthcare leader in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.”


For more than 120 years, White Plains Hospital has been a leader in providing high-quality, sophisticated, patient-focused care to the Westchester Community.  The recipient of many prestigious awards, the Hospital has been repeatedly recognized for high performing excellence in several areas including  oncology, cardiology, stroke care, gynecology and geriatrics. In 2012, White Plains Hospital received Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and in 2013 the hospital was recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.


“Over the past several years, White Plains Hospital has been actively re-defining community health care,” said Susan Fox, President, White Plains Hospital.   “Advances in technology and medicine, and recruitment of expert physicians have allowed us to increase our level of services and keep care local.”  Fox continued, “Montefiore is an academic medical center, with strong community values.   Our visions are aligned and we are excited about working closely with Montefiore and supporting the continued advancement of services provided close to home.”

Montefiore is nationally renowned for its clinical excellence, scientific discovery and innovative care. Ranked among the best in the nation, Montefiore has several notable Centers of Excellence including the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, and the Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation.


The formalization of the new partnership will take several months to be finalized.  State applications will also need to be filed and approved.