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Clara Maass Medical Center Earns 2013 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award


Belleville, NJ – HealthGrades – a nationwide online resource center regarding physicians and hospitals – recognized Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) with a Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2013, in April. The recognition places CMMC in the top 10 percent nationwide for patient safety.

The nationwide study recognized 379 hospitals overall, based on an assessment of 13 patient safety indicators – including rates of infection, correct medicine dosage and how well the nursing staff communicated. CMMC was one of only two medical centers in New Jersey recognized and the only Barnabas Health facility.

“Patient safety is a vital aspect of any medical center and is instrumental in patient satisfaction,” says Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC. “We take pride in being represented among the top medical centers nationwide for patient safety.”

Thousands of consumers and physicians use HealthGrades each year to get information about medical facilities and to help them choose their medical care. In 2012, Clara Maass Medical Center earned a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

“The exceptional employees and Medical Staff at Clara Maass work hard each day to strive for this caliber of excellence in patient safety as well as all other areas of health care,” said President Clyne. “I couldn’t be more pleased with their commitment to constant improvement and achievement.”

Clara Maass Medical Center has won numerous awards and accolades. In 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review named it one of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.” It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, it also received its third consecutive Grade “A” score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, along with a HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Thomson Reuters named Clara Maass among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in 2012, one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to attain the distinction. In addition, Clara Maass won the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, one of 12 hospitals in the United States to do so. Clara Maass Medical Center was ranked as the second highest in New Jersey for hospital safety by Consumer Reports. It is ranked top in the state for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attacks by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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Date: May 13, 2013

Contact: Courtney Lynch
Public Relations Department

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