The Center for Advanced Medicine and Surgery transforms White Plains Hospital’s 5.25-acre campus for outpatient services. Adjacent to the recently expanded WPH Cancer Center, the program enhances capabilities and capacity as more medical services migrate to an outpatient setting, as well as the patient and clinical staff experience. This facility will enable the hospital to convert to all single-patient rooms in subsequent phases of an ongoing Master Plan.
The ten-story structure includes an outpatient surgery center with six operating rooms; an outpatient imaging center with two MRIs, two CTs, PET CT, PET MRI, X-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound; special procedure rooms; an endoscopy suite; diagnostic cardiology; women’s imaging; hyperbaric wound care; an offices for various specialty-physician practices.
The building features a front-of-house/back-of-house circulation plan to improve the flow between outpatient, inpatient, and administrative spaces. The third level, for example, is a patient-transport area between the hospital’s existing inpatient surgical and invasive cardiology programs and the new outpatient surgery section, making it easier for staff to go back and forth. A two-story pedestrian bridge connecting the center to the main hospital provides a pleasant transition for staff, patients, and visitors, while a separate one-story pedestrian bridge connects them to the municipal parking garage.
The project included improvements to the streetscape and landscaped open space to upgrade the hospital’s presence in the community. The new center’s architecture, furthermore, incorporates materials that are used throughout the existing campus, while its exterior surfaces reflect the building’s internal functions and orientation. The western façade is clad in the same brick as the existing facilities it faces, with discrete windows for the exam, office, and consult rooms on the other side. The lobby and public circulation areas, meanwhile, face south and southeast, taking advantage of the sun’s natural light that streams through floor-to-ceiling curtain walls.