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Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation Shows Physician Appreciation at Annual “DEAR DOCTOR” Event

05/08/2014

Michael Gentile, MD, former President of the Medical Staff at Clara Maass Medical Center, and Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer at Clara Maass Medical Center

Michael Gentile, MD, former President of the Medical Staff at Clara Maass Medical Center, and Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer at Clara Maass Medical Center, thanked the physicians who attended the Dear Doctor reception for all that they do.

Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) thanked its physicians for all that they do for patients at a reception held at Dieci Uomo, an upscale salon in Livingston, NJ, on Tuesday, April 29. Physicians were treated to complimentary manicures, chair massages, shoe shines, a catered food spread, wine, and a vodka tasting provided by Punzoni Vodka.

The event also showcased nine "Dear Doctor" letters from local patients expressing appreciation of their CMMC physician. "Dear Doctor" is an annual campaign run by CMMC Foundation each year to let CMMC physicians know how much they are appreciated.

"It's important to us to show our physicians that they are valued at the Medical Center, by both patients and staff," said Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation. "This event, along with the Dear Doctor letter writing campaign, gives us that chance, and our doctors, in return, really appreciate the special attention."

Physicians and their spouses admired the stylish décor as the Dieci Uomo staff guided them on personal tours of the three-story salon. Physicians were given parting gift bags with uni-sex hair products as well.

"Our physicians deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their heroic efforts in the medical field," said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC. "I can say with certainty we have one of the most compassionate Medical Staffs of any hospital in New Jersey, and it's fabulous when the patients recognize that too."

Fran Monteleone (left), Director of Community Health and Physician Relations at Clara Maass Medical Center, with Sue Morrison, MD (right

Fran Monteleone (left), Director of Community Health and Physician Relations at Clara Maass Medical Center, with Sue Morrison, MD (right), next to the letter that a grateful patient wrote thanking Dr. Morrison for her exceptional patient care.

Clara Maass continues to set the standard for delivering quality care. In 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center received its fifth consecutive Grade "A" score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs." It also HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass its third consecutive Patient Safety Excellence Award™ as well as an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Clara Maass Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2012 – the Medical Center's third year in a row to receive this designation. The Medical Center is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. 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. 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/claramaass

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