Gildas Club Westchester And NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Form Cancer Support Partnership

Oct 11, 2017


NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Gilda’s Club Westchester are partnering on a new program that will bring Gilda’s Club Westchester’s widely acclaimed cancer support services to the Bronxville-based hospital.  The partnership will allow patients at NYP Lawrence and the southern Westchester community to participate in the Gilda’s Club Westchester programs, regardless of where they receive their cancer treatments.  The programs are free.

Previously, patients at the Hospital had to travel to Gilda’s Club Westchester in White Plains to participate in the cancer support groups and other educational and supportive oncology services offered by Gilda’s Club Westchester.

Starting in September and October at NYP Lawrence, licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester began leading Post-Treatment and Living with Cancer support groups, as well as conducting a Coping Skills Workshop for anyone with Cancer.

Gilda's Club Westchester’s mission is to create welcoming communities of emotional and social support for those of all ages who are living with cancer along with their families and friends, free of charge. Its innovative programs are an essential complement to medical care, providing compassionate support through individual and family counseling, support groups, lectures, workshops and social activities.

“The availability of the support services that Gilda’s Club Westchester will now offer to the NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital community along with the already high quality of our cancer care medical team is a perfect combination,” said Dr. Maureen Killackey, MD, FACS, FACOG, director of Clinical Cancer Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. “This is the model for patient- centered cancer care: the right team at the right place and time for patients and their families.”

“Offering emotional support as a complement to medical care is a key component of our mission and is essential for true patient-centered care,” said Melissa Lang, DrPH and CEO of Gilda’s Club Westchester. “We are honored to work with the entire team at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to bring their patients and the community the support services that are so important for individuals with cancer.”

In northern Westchester, Gilda’s Club Westchester has a partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor offering Living with Cancer support groups for men and women newly diagnosed with cancer. These are held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1980 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.

Below are details on current programs Gilda’s Club Westchester is holding at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital at 55 Palmer Road in Bronxville:

Living with Cancer Support Group
First and third Thursday each month │ 5 to 6:30 pm

This ongoing support group, led by licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester is for adults who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or are in active treatment.

Post-Treatment Support Group
Second Tuesday of the month 4 to 5 pm
This ongoing support group offers cancer survivors a chance to learn about the late effects of cancer treatment. The program provides the opportunity to share and learn from other participants regardless of their specific cancer diagnosis or course of treatment. The meetings will be led by licensed clinical social workers from Gilda’s Club Westchester. 

Additional workshops will begin in the spring. All programs will be held in the Cancer Center Conference Room at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, 55 Palmer Road, Bronxville. On-site parking is available. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Gilda’s Club Westchester at 914-644-8844 or [email protected]

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Founded in 1909, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has a long and well-established history of providing superior healthcare to the residents of southern Westchester County and its surrounding communities. The 288-bed hospital joined the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network in 2014 and offers a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a renovated Maternity Department and an Emergency Department providing emergency care to approximately 42,000 people annually. A new, state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons with Commendation, offers infusion, radiation therapy and support services. NYP Lawrence Hospital provides additional support and care to area residents through NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, a multispecialty physician practice, as well as ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. For more information, visit or call 914-787-1000.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, ground-breaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia and Weill Cornell.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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Gilda’s Club Westchester

Founded in 2001, Gilda’s Club Westchester serves 4,000 individuals annually in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield counties. The compassionate services at Gilda’s Club address the intensity of emotions that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis, reducing psychological distress, anxiety, isolation and shame.  For those with cancer, support at Gilda’s Club increases the ability to communicate with family members and medical teams, manage treatment side effects, navigate the medical system, and improve the likelihood of progressing through the continuum of care. Family members and informal caregivers also receive support, counseling, and strategies to care for themselves, and their loved ones.

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