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Clara Maass Medical Center Honors Volunteers for 56th Consecutive Year

06/05/2013
Volunteers recognized 2013
Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer (far left), Margaret Nielsen, RN, BSN, JD, Director of Patient Satisfaction and Risk Management (far right), and Kathy Kaminski, Volunteer Coordinator (second in from far right) presented certificates of appreciation to those volunteers who have served 15 years of service to Clara Maass Medical Center (pictured from left to right): Roseann Luipersback, Isabel London, Flora Ferraro, Ann Chiaro, Frieda Berkowitz, Catherine Fiducia, Lucy Leopardo and Phyllis Scelsa.

Belleville, NJ – They visit patients, escort therapy dogs, give out trays of food, and knit blankets among other selfless acts. For some, volunteering at Clara Maass Medical Center has become a way of life. It has given a new purpose to those who have retired and who choose to do good in their spare time.

These volunteers were recognized at the 56th annual Clara Maass Medical Center Volunteer Luncheon that took place at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield. This year’s theme was “Touching Lives, Lifting Spirits.” The luncheon honored Auxiliary members, knitters, American Cancer Society navigators, pet therapy volunteers and dogs, and Kathy Kaminski, Volunteer Coordinator at CMMC.

“Volunteering has brought new life to my life,” says Marie Vander Zwan of Belleville, NJ. Marie has been volunteering at the Medical Center for 27 years, and was once President of the Clara Maass Auxiliary for eight years. “I always felt there was something else I had to do with my life, and after 27 years, I know this is it. I’m happy coming here.”

Special awards were given at the luncheon in early May to those volunteers who dedicated 15 years of service and 10 years of service to the Medical Center. Those honored for 15 years of service at CMMC included Freida Berkowitz and Isabel London of Belleville, Antoinette Chiaro and Phyllis Scelsa of Lyndhurst, Flora Ferraro and Catherine Fiducia of Bloomfield, Lucy Leopardo of Cedar Grove, and Roseann Luipersback of Clifton. Constance Brienza and Frances Vindici of Belleville, were honored for 10 years of service to the Medical Center, along with Naresh Hinduja of Paterson.

Volunteers recognized 2013
Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer (far left), Margaret Nielsen, RN, BSN, JD, Director of Patient Satisfaction and Risk Management (far right), and Kathy Kaminski, Volunteer Coordinator (second in from far right), presented certificates of appreciation to those who have served 10 years of service to the Medical Center (pictured): Constance Brienza and Fran Vindici.

“It’s important to us that we honor those who have served so many selfless years here at the Medical Center,” says Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC. “We can’t thank them enough for the number of hours they have devoted to volunteering. The Medical Center simply wouldn’t be the same without them.”

Volunteers who passed away over the past year were fondly remembered during the program. Attendees received lunch as they listened to appreciative remarks from members of CMMC senior management. A raffle including dozens of prizes was held for the volunteers, in addition to the gift provided to each attendee – a copy of a hand-painted image of Clara Maass Medical Center from both 1993 and 1868, when it was still called Newark German Hospital.

In 2012, 275 volunteers put in over 35,000 hours of dedicated service at Clara Maass Medical Center. Whether they are visiting with patients who are sick, escorting therapy dogs, raising money, or simply bringing magazines to someone who is bedridden, the Clara Maass volunteers enhance the Medical Center in countless ways.

For employees and patients at the Medical Center, the volunteers and Auxilians help bring an additional sense of consistency and reliability. “When they see me, they know it’s Thursday,” says Marie Vander Zwan.

“We want our volunteers to know that their commitment to making a difference does not go unnoticed,” said Margaret Nielsen, RN, BSN, JD, Director of Patient Satisfaction and Risk Management at CMMC. “Helping others is the most important and honorable gift of all, and we are blessed to have nearly 300 of those selfless individuals bringing that gift to the Medical Center all year long.”

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 www.barnabashealth.org

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Date: June 5, 2013

Contact: Courtney Lynch
973-450-2989
clynch@barnbashealth.org

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