Memorial Sloan Kettering Expands in Westchester with New Facility

By Celia Gittelson,

Monday, October 6, 2014


MSK’s newest facility, in West Harrison, offers residents of Westchester and Fairfield Counties and the Hudson Valley convenient access to top MSK specialists and unparalleled cancer care.

From high-risk cancer screening and surveillance to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, MSK Westchester in West Harrison — our newest outpatient treatment center — brings Memorial Sloan Kettering’s singular focus on cancer to patients living in New York’s Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Rockland Counties, as well as Fairfield County in Connecticut.

“This new site in West Harrison enables us to further extend the reach of MSK’s unparalleled cancer care and bring the expertise and dedication of our staff closer to where patients live and work,” says Craig B. Thompson, MSK President and CEO. “Building MSK closer to where patients live and providing the highest level of care is central to our mission, and we look forward to creating strong and long-lasting relationships with the community.”

Opened on October 6 and built to meet the unique needs of cancer patients, the 114,000-square-foot outpatient facility offers a staff of 140 professionals, including cancer surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and radiologists.

MSK has been part of the Westchester community since 1995, providing cancer care for 19 years in Sleepy Hollow, New York. MSK Westchester in West Harrison now joins this and the other outpatient locations in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and on Long Island in Commack, Rockville Centre, and Hauppauge.

Advanced Treatments, Forward-Thinking Teams

“Our West Harrison physicians are thought leaders in cancer treatment and research, and many of them developed the current treatment standards in their respective fields,” says José Baselga, MSK’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer. “Patients not only will have access to the best care delivered by the most forward-thinking teams available but also will receive that treatment in a serene environment.”

The West Harrison physicians are thought leaders in cancer treatment and research, and patients will have access to the best care from the most forward-thinking teams available.
José Baselga MSK Physician-in-Chief

Approximately 30 MSK medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons oversee the care of patients at the new facility. Specialized disease management teams offer diagnostic, treatment, and support services to people with a range of cancer types, including breast, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, lung, and urologic cancers, among others.

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Less Travel, More Convenience, Same Expert Care

MSK Westchester in West Harrison will provide care that is exactly the same as patients would get if they were treated at any other MSK facility, but closer to home.

“We want patients to receive MSK’s outstanding clinical quality and expertise while experiencing the benefits of remaining close to home for as much of their cancer treatment journey as possible,” explains Richard Barakat, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for MSK’s Regional Care Network and Cancer Alliance. “If we can decrease the burden of travel, patients will spend less time commuting and more time in the comfort of their own homes. This is important in the healing process.”

At MSK Westchester in West Harrison, patients will receive the latest chemotherapy treatments and most advanced radiation therapy, and MSK breast, gastric, gynecologic, thoracic, urologic, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons will be on-site to provide all pre- and postsurgical care.

Patients will also benefit from access to a wide range of clinical trials — including early-stage studies of novel targeted anticancer drugs — as well as services including genetic counseling, nutrition consultations, and social work support.

In addition, MSK Westchester in West Harrison offers a spectrum of sophisticated imaging technologies including MRI, CT, PET, ultrasound, and mammography for the diagnosis and staging of cancer, as well as a state-of-the-art radiation treatment planning and delivery system with two linear accelerators (the machine that creates the high-energy radiation used to treat cancer).

Skilled interventional radiologists will perform breast biopsies and place ports to deliver chemotherapy, among other procedures.

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A Total Patient-Centered Experience

From the moment patients and caregivers pull up to MSK Westchester in West Harrison, they’ll experience a streamlined, comfortable, seamless introduction to the facility.

Ample parking is provided directly in front of the entrance, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. A special tag is given to each patient upon check-in that uses real-time GPS technology to pinpoint where a patient is sitting, whether in a common area, a waiting room, or even in the outdoor garden. This allows people to move freely around the campus while waiting for a physician appointment or a test result.

An innovative partnership with the nationally recognized multispecialty Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) provides yet another level of patient convenience. MKMG physicians who also have consultant appointments to MSK’s medical staff will be available to provide primary and non-oncology care, including cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, infectious disease, and internal medicine services.

A grab-and-go food service offers meals and snacks prepared daily by a popular local marketplace and café.

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Our Doctors Live in the Community

“When we began thinking about clinicians who might want to work in West Harrison, rather than thinking only about hiring new people who may not be familiar with the MSK culture, we came up with a new model,” Dr. Barakat explains. “We have physicians and surgeons who have been at MSK — in some cases for many years — and even chiefs of services, who live in the community and who will be working at West Harrison. This allows us to truly infuse the MSK multidisciplinary culture into this new facility.”

Physicians and surgeons who practice at MSK’s Manhattan locations but reside in the Hudson Valley are extending their practices into their own community. “MSK doctors, nurses, and support staff will be seeing patients not only professionally but also as part of their daily lives,” Dr. Barakat observes. “They’ll be running into these same people in their churches, their temples, at the grocery, at social events. We are already full participants in the life of the community and are here to help.”

On October 1, MSK leadership including Drs. Thompson, Baselga, and Barakat, along with Harrison Supervisor/Mayor Ron Belmont; broadcaster, cancer survivor, and MSK patient Stacey Sager; and more than 150 guests gathered to celebrate the opening of MSK West Harrison.

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A wonderful thing!!

what kind of health insurance do you accept

Will the location at Phelps Memorial Hospital closing?

MSK Sleepy Hollow at Phelps Memorial Hospital is not closing. Thank you for your comment.

Is there urgent care at west Harrison?

Dear Ray, unfortunately, our facility in West Harrison does not have an urgent care service. If urgent care is needed, patients need to go to their local emergency room or, is possible, they can be seen in our Urgent Care in Manhattan.

do you perform surgeries in your harrison or phelps memorial sites?


Thanks so much for your question. Surgery does take place at our inpatient hospital in Manhattan, but you may be able to have your office visits with your surgeon and/or receive other, additional treatments at our West Harrison location. Our surgeons at West Harrison see patients with cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and more. We also have several plastic and reconstructive surgeons practicing there. You can see the full list here: You can also give us a call at 800-525-2225 to learn more about your options.

Afriend in Fairfield Ct asked me to assist her in getting info. About accessing Sloan Kettering for a 2nd opinion. She has recurrent breast ca. (30 mo.s ago surgery, radiation & chemo tx for stage 2, 3rd level lump) manifesting with a rash. She is having a pet scan today. She has Anthem PPO insurance . How should we proceed?

My physician has recommended Mohs surgery on my forehead. Can this be accomplished at the Westchester facility?

Dear Hugh, Mohs surgery is offered at our facility in West Harrison. For more information, please visit To make an appointment there, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.

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