WPH’s Ambulatory Surgery Center at Harrison opens

Pictured from left, Dr. Michael Schwartz, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Andrew Casden, chief of orthopedic surgery and spine surgery; Dr. Jason Choi, anesthesiologist; Dr. Kaare Weber, director of surgery; Susan Fox, president and CEO of White Plains Hospital; Leigh Anne McMahon, chief nursing officer; Dr. Michael Palumbo, chief medical officer; Jose Lam, vice president, clinical operations and Joe Guarracino, CFO.

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a New York State halt on elective surgeries last March, White Plains Hospital (WPH) accelerated construction of the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Harrison to meet the growing demand for outpatient surgery. The result is a 10,000-square-foot, cutting-edge surgical center offering access to same-day surgical procedures.

The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Harrison features four state-of-the-art operating rooms and spacious prep and recovery areas, including a 12-bed postsurgical care unit. A dedicated team of board certified surgeons and anesthesiologists offer a wide range of minimally invasive procedures for orthopedics, sports medicine, otolaryngology (ENT) and plastic and cosmetic surgery.

“To be able to open an outpatient surgery center in the wake of a pandemic shows that our patients realize that their health is essential,” said Dr. Kaare Weber, director of surgery. “People are no longer delaying getting the critical care they need and it is our goal to make sure they get timely, quality treatment and are on their way to recovery as soon as possible.”

As White Plains Hospital’s first outpatient surgery center, the new facility offers a convenient alternative for outpatient procedures while also freeing up space in the main hospital to accommodate more complex surgical procedures. The Ambulatory Surgery Center opened in early October at 226 Westchester Ave. in Harrison.

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