Rooftop Garden at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Dedicated in Memory of Longtime Hospital Supporter and Board Member Victor M. Samra, Jr.

Jun 10, 2017


On Saturday, June 10, family and friends of longtime Bronxville resident, Victor M. Samra, Jr., gathered to dedicate the new Victor M. Samra Rooftop Garden at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center in his memory.

Samra was an integral part of Bronxville and dedicated years of service to the community. From 1993 to 2011, he served on the Hospital's Board of Governors, lending leadership and support to initiatives such as the construction of the Hospital's new Cancer Center. This state-of-the-art facility allows community members battling cancer to receive innovative and comprehensive cancer care close to home.

“It is fitting that our beautiful rooftop garden where patients and their families can gather to spend quiet time together will be a lasting tribute to Victor Samra," said Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. "His leadership, foresight and generosity helped lay the foundation for transformational change and the delivery of high quality care to members of our community.” 

“Vic was such a humble man with a fierce intelligence, who loved his family and his community," said Richard Dresdale, chairman of the Board of Directors. "He used his considerable influence to benefit Lawrence and today we are all the greater for it.  I will always remember his affable nature, broad smile and tremendous generosity. He left an indelible mark both upon Lawrence and upon Bronxville.”   

The Victor M. Samra Rooftop Garden will provide a meditative space for patients and their families receiving treatment at the Cancer Center year-round.

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 Maternity Department and an Emergency Department providing emergency care to approximately 46,000 people annually. A new, state-of-the-art comprehensive Cancer Center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons with Commendation, offers infusion, radiation therapy, surgical and support services. NewYork-Presbyterian 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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