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Clara Maass Medical Center’s patients think their doctors are great!


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Each year, patients and their families are invited to write about the things that make their doctors extraordinary – from showing compassion, offering a second opinion, or patiently taking the time to explain medical procedures.

Last year, a patient named Irma wrote about her doctor, Donald Beggs, M.D., an infectious disease specialist. She said, “He was on top of everything when it came to my infection and made me feel that he wasn’t going to stop until everything was back to normal.”

Antonio and Maria wrote about Craig Gialanella, M.D., an internist, who treated their parents, “Dr. Gialanella takes his time and explains everything to them. He goes above and beyond all the time and has been available to my parents whenever they needed him.”

This year patients and their families are again invited to share their personal stories about what makes their doctor great as part of the “Dear Doctor” program, sponsored by Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation.

Letters about Clara Maass doctors will be accepted until Friday, March 29, 2013, through e-mail or postal service. Selected letters will be displayed in the upper lobby of the Medical Center and at a special event honoring the CMMC doctors.

Letters should include the sender’s name, phone number and address so that person can be contacted.

To send a letter, email: or mail to:

Dear Doctor, Clara Maass Medical Center, 1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, NJ, 07109.

“The Dear Doctor campaign is such a special event at our Medical Center. It allows us to hear feedback from our patients and their families and gives us a chance to recognize doctors who are going above and beyond to make sure their patients are having the best experience possible,” said Frank Mazzarella, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at CMMC.

“Doctors are delighted to hear from their patients and it reinforces what we already know – that we have the best Medical Staff in the state of New Jersey,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center.

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 2012, it received two Grade “A” scores in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group. 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: February 13, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Moore
Director of Public Relations

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