Elegant Renovations Continue to Improve Clara Maass Medical Center

Clara Maass Medical Center celebrates the completion of its new state-of-the-art Learning Center. The brand new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Learning Center at Greifinger

Lecture Hall is a 90-seat ultramodern learning space suitable for medical lectures and seminars. Videoconferencing and whiteboard technology is available in the lecture hall, enhancing education and communication to the Medical Center.

The renovation was made possible thanks to the generous support of Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and so many in our community.

Previously, educational sessions, conferences, lectures and meetings were hosted in the learning center, but the room had limited technology. Now, the 1,224-square-foot room will serve as a "Smart Classroom" with a lectern equipped with a computer and audiovisual control equipment allowing an instructor to teach using a wide variety of media. An 87-inch Smartboard interactive whiteboard system allows the presenter to incorporate multimedia elements, including videos and interactive demonstrations. The Smartboard also helps instructors provide medical professionals with access to the latest research and evidenced-based practices for their clinical areas.

Members of the community benefit from attending wellness programs, learning about medical advancements, disease management and preventative care, both in person and from web-based lectures, video demonstrations and interactive participatory learning sessions, thanks to the features in the new learning center.

Videoconferencing capabilities enable CMMC health care professionals to exchange clinical results, medical procedures and the latest advances in medicine and patient care with health care professionals from RWJBarnabas Health and from medical centers across the country.

"Being able to offer high-tech seminars right in our own medical center enables our physicians and nurses to achieve new goals and to conduct further research with much more ease and convenience than before," said Frank Mazzarella, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs.

"It also creates all new possibilities and chances for us to reach the public, through Community Health."

"As with many of the Medical Center's renovations, the new lecture hall could not have been accomplished without our generous donors and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey," said Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation. "The new learning center is a treat for all of our health care professionals and community members alike."

Photo Caption: Left to right, Robert Lekich, owner of Hudson Construction, looks over plans with Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center and Jane Newman Kessler, right, Vice President of CMMC Foundation.