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Seton Hall University College of Nursing Honors Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and CEO of Clara Maass Medical Center at 75th Anniversary Celebra


Clyne was one of the first three nurses to earn a doctorate degree at the Seton Hall University College of Nursing.

Mary Ellen Clyne

West Orange, NJ – Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center was inducted into the Seton Hall University College of Nursing Hall of Honor at the college’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

The induction took place at a gala at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Clyne earned her Ph.D., Master of Science in Nursing Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She also previously taught at the university as a Clinical and Adjunct Professor.

“What an honor and delight to be recognized by Seton Hall University, its faculty, staff and graduates,” said Clyne, who was accompanied by her family and executive staff from Clara Maass Medical Center at the event. “I’m proud to carry on the university’s high standards in the field of Nursing and Health Care.”

Clyne has been the President and CEO at Clara Maass Medical Center since 2010. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services at the Medical Center.

Under Clyne’s leadership the medical center has received numerous recognitions and accolades. It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. It has received a Grade “A” 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.

During the Jubilee Gala, faculty from Seton Hall University and its College of Nursing praised Clyne and the other nursing graduates who were honored this year.

“Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., R.N., has the distinction of being the only person who holds a BSN, MSN and a Ph.D in Nursing from Seton Hall University. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we are proud of her accomplishments as a leader in the nursing profession and at Clara Maass Medical Center,” said Dean Phyllis Hansell, of Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing.

Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban said of the graduates, “As nursing professionals, you constantly remind us of our mission and what it means to be a servant leader.”

“It is a privilege to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” he said. “We will continue to push for excellence.”

Kent Manahan, a Seton Hall University Regent who also served as the master of ceremonies, said of the graduates, “Through their caring and compassion, they have made a difference in health care in the United States and beyond.”

Mary Ellen Clyne has had a long and distinguished career in nursing. She began her career at Overlook Hospital, where she served as the Nursing Administrator before moving to The Hospital Center at Orange, where she became the Director or Nursing. In addition, Ms. Clyne was the Chief Nurse Executive and Director of Patient Care Services at the General Hospital Center at Passaic before joining the Barnabas Health Care team at Clara Maass Medical Center.

“This honor is well deserved,” said Dr. Frank Mazzarella, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Clara Maass Medical Center. “Mary Ellen Clyne’s long career in nursing has given us an added level of expertise at Clara Maass Medical Center. She leads by example in putting patients first.”

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: January 8, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Moore
Director of Public Relations

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