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September 17, 2019Cart

Business

by Westchester County Business Journal
by WCBJ

Hospital opens center for radiosurgery

Back row, from left: WPH Board Chairman Larry Smith; WPH Foundation Board Co-Chairman Paul Weissman; Montefiore President Philip Ozuah; Tom Roach; and WPH Foundation Board Vice Chair Chuck Clarvit. Front row, from left: Susan Fox; Randy Stevens; Harriet Weissman; WPH Board member Nancy Clarvit; and WPH Medical Director for the Center for Radiosurgery Jeffrey Vainshtein.

White Plains Hospital has expanded its radiation oncology department with a new center for radiosurgery. The centerpiece is the Varian Edge Radiosurgery System. 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey joined White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, WPH President and CEO Susan Fox and other community and hospital leaders, donors and patients for a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the Paul and Harriet Weissman Department of Radiology Oncology and a radiosurgery suite named for the Clarvit family. 

The Edge is said to be particularly effective for treating small tumors. Treatments are delivered painlessly in a compressed period of time, often in as few as five minutes. A linear accelerator called the Varian TrueBeam also is used.

Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy tools like the Edge and TrueBeam can be used to treat cancer in any area of the body where radiation therapy is indicated, including the brain, spine, pancreas, liver, and lungs. 

“We’re providing the same or better level of care than patients would receive in New York City, with added comfort and more convenience,” said Randy Stevens, director of the department of radiation oncology at WPH.