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Clara Maass Medical Center Scores Top in the State in State Dept. of Health Hospital Performance Report


CMMC scores 100 percent in treatment of Heart Attack, Pneumonia, Heart Failure and the Prevention of
Surgical Infection.

Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center was recognized as a top-performer in the state of New Jersey in providing patients recommended care in four areas: Heart Attack, Pneumonia, Heart Failure and Surgical Infection Prevention, according to a report released Friday, June 28, by the New Jersey state Department of Health.

The overall hospital score was 100 percent for Clara Maass Medical Center for patients who are being treated for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and for patients undergoing Surgical Procedures, ranking it in first place among hospitals in the state and giving it the top score among hospitals in Essex County.

In addition, CMMC had an excellent record of patient safety, scoring zero or very low in the number of unsafe incidences involving patients, according to 2011 data examined by the state Department of Health.

“We are proud to be recognized for providing outstanding health care to our patients and members of the communities we serve,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of CMMC. “Our physicians and employees maintain a standard of excellence when it comes to patient care and safety and it is through their dedication and hard work that we have achieved this superior record.”

The state Hospital Performance Report studies data from all of the hospitals in the state of New Jersey, and also compares their record of performance against the national average. All of the Barnabas Health facilities were among the state’s top performing hospitals, according to the report.

The state Department of Health released this statement: "New Jersey hospitals are showing steady progress in advancing quality of care with improved scores on the majority of measures placing our state in the top quartile nationally in health care quality," said DOH Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "The report is a tool for hospitals to see where they need to improve and gives patients information to help them make more informed health decisions."

Today’s Department of Health Report is not the first time Clara Maass has been recognized for its outstanding patient service. It is one of the most decorated hospitals in the state of New Jersey: 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: July 1, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Moore
Director of Public Relations

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