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From One Foundation to Another: John I. Crecco Foundation Gives to Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation

Crecco Foundation
The Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation thanks the John I. Crecco Foundation for a donation to the Medical Center’s cardiac services. (Pictured left to right): Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation; Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC; Honorable John I. Crecco, Standard Bearer of the John I. Crecco Foundation; Honorable Marion Crecco, Chairman, John I. Crecco Foundation; Honorable Michael Napolitano, Treasurer, John I. Crecco Foundation; and Marcia Fusilli, Director of Development, CMMC Foundation.

Belleville, NJ – John I. Crecco, former Mayor of Bloomfield, and his wife Marion Crecco, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly presented hospital representatives with a $12,000 donation towards a $25,000 pledge on behalf of the John I. Crecco Foundation for cardiac services at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC).

John and Marion Crecco, along with Michael Napolitano, treasurer of the John I. Crecco Foundation, met with Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC; Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation; and Marcia Fusilli, Director of Development, CMMC Foundation, in mid-June.

During the visit, Mr. and Mrs. Crecco reminisced about memories of Essex County and of Clara Maass. They shared their fondness for CMMC physicians, both former and current, many of whom they have been close friends with for years, as well as what the Medical Center has meant to them in their personal and political lives.

“This was my district for six years,” Mrs. Crecco said. “I had nothing but positive experiences in the town of Belleville and at Clara Maass Medical Center. I supported it then and I support it now.”

Thanks to the Crecco’s longstanding relationship with CMMC and their interest in quality cardiac services, the hospital was fortunate to receive a generous donation for the Medical Center’s new Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite to purchase state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

According to the Crecco family, the John I. Crecco Foundation has been dedicated to improving health and enriching lives for over 40 years. Through its efforts, the organization has contributed over $1 million dollars to hospitals in the area, including CMMC, for cardiac initiatives.

“Renovations and improvements at Clara Maass Medical Center are contingent on community philanthropy,” said Jane Kessler, vice president of the CMMC Foundation. “The fact that Mr. and Mrs. Crecco have such fond memories of the Medical Center and want to contribute to its well being is truly meaningful.”

Mr. and Mrs. Crecco said they decided to contribute to medical services at Clara Maass after receiving a letter from the CMMC Foundation about its newly renovated Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite. “I was always responsive to Clara Maass’s needs and requests,” said Mrs. Crecco. “And when I got the letter, I was happy to be able to continue to be supportive.”

Mr. Crecco served as an elected official for Bloomfield Township for 22 years, including serving as Mayor from 1986 to 1989 and being re-elected as a councilman four times. Mrs. Crecco served over 15 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, including the roles of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Assembly Assistant Majority Leader and Assembly Assistant Majority Whip.

“It means a lot to us when anyone contributes to our Medical Center’s improvements, but when the donors are especially well acquainted with our facility and the surrounding communities, it feels very familial,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, President and CEO, CMMC. “It is because of the generosity of people like the Creccos that we are able to be the high-performing medical center that we are, offering advanced technology and services.”

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: June 24, 2013

Contact: Courtney Lynch

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