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June 26, 2015

HANYS Honors Jon Schandler for Distinguished Service

Former White Plains Hospital CEO Recognized for Commitment to Healthcare Advancement

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y.—In recognition of his tremendous contribution to the advancement of healthcare in New York State, the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presented its 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Jon B. Schandler, former Chief Executive Officer of White Plains Hospital.

"Under Jon's steadfast leadership spanning nearly four decades, White Plains Hospital transformed from an outstanding community hospital to an exemplary regional destination for care," said HANYS President Dennis Whalen.

Jon Schandler joined White Plains Hospital in 1976 as Controller and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1981, overseeing continuous expansion of clinical services, strategic partnerships, collaboration, and recruitment of top medical talent. From providing the first outpatient surgical services center, to creating an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and maternity center, to building a two-story state-of-the-art emergency and critical care center, White Plains Hospital, under Mr. Schandler's leadership, has embraced innovation to meet the community's needs. The hospital also created White Plains Physician Associates—vastly increasing the specialists available to the hospital—and began an alliance with Montefiore Health System.

Mr. Schandler's commitment to improving healthcare went far beyond his hospital's walls: He served on the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees, Governor Cuomo's Healthcare Advisory Board, and as Chairman of HANYS' Board of Trustees.

Since 1979, HANYS' Distinguished Service Award has annually recognized individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to improving healthcare through service. This award was presented at HANYS' Annual Membership Conference.


Melissa Mansfield
Associate Director, Public and Media Relations
(518) 431-7770

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.