Robert Gaccione, CMMC Board of Trustees Chairman; Leonard M. Luciano, Essex County Freeholder, District 4; John V. Kelly, MD, Medical Staff President, CMMC; Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive; Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC; Ken Rosato, WABC-TV Eyewitness News Anchor; and Lea Rodriguez, MAS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, CMMC.
Belleville, NJ – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation, along with special guests Ken Rosato, WABC-TV Eyewitness News Anchor; George Ruthauser, Jersey Jackals Announcer; and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., welcomed 230 walkers and runners to the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo for the annual LIFELINE CHALLENGE TO HEALTHY LIVING, a 5K Run and Family Fun Walk to help promote healthy and active lifestyles in neighboring communities.
This year's LIFELINE CHALLENGE raised in excess of $25,000, which will support CMMC programs that aim to promote healthy choices at any age, including the Lifeline Challenge Afterschool Program, the Bariatric Program, and Community Outreach and Education Programs. Through the Lifeline Challenge Afterschool program, students in 12 local elementary schools in Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Nutley, Kearny, Lyndhurst, Harrison and North Arlington are empowered to practice healthy eating and active lifestyles from an early age to break the cycle of obesity. These students have participated in Zumba and Martial Arts classes, ran relay races, and even grew their own vegetables through the CMMC Foundation-led program.
"Clara Maass Medical Center is more committed than ever to ensuring that everyone in our communities, regardless of their age, knows how to become healthy and stay healthy," said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC. "Through the Lifeline Challenge program, our registered dieticians help schools, students and parents embrace healthy choices early in life to build stronger and healthier communities in the long run."
"Promoting healthy and active lifestyles early in life is an important step in the wellness initiative that Clara Maass Medical Center and Barnabas Health have embarked upon in neighboring communities," said Vicki Robinson, Vice President, CMMC Foundation. "It is rewarding to see so many members of the community support our initiative by setting a good example themselves by walking or running in our event."
This year's 5K winners were Jack Montgomery from Nutley, with a completion time of 19:16.6, and Stephanie Dibrita from Rutherford, who finished at 20:22.6.
14 sponsors were responsible for the success of this year's LIFELINE CHALLENGE TO HEALTHY LIVING, including Johnson & Johnson, Lifeline Challenge After School Program Sponsor, and Brookdale Shoprite, Emergency Medical Associates of NJ, Gaccione Pomaco, Garfunkel Wild, P.C., New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, Nutley Park Shoprite, Sills, Cummis & Gross, P.C., Sodexo, Inc., Susan Morrison, MD, William H. Connolly & Associates, Naveen Ballem, MD, Jersey Rehab and Job Haines Home.
Team Skunk Funk, with a majority of its runners from West Milford, competes in the 2014
Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living 5K.
A young runner enjoys the new course around the reservoir.
Lifeline Challenge winners Jack Montgomery of Nutley and Stephanie Dibrita of Rutherford
completed the 5K run with times of 19:16.6 and 20:22.6, respectively.
Clara Maass continues to set the standard for delivering quality care. In 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. It also received its fifth consecutive Grade "A" score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, making it one of 251 hospitals in the entire nation to achieve an "A" in all five scores released from the nation's leading experts on patient safety. U.S. News & World Report ranked Clara Maass #18 in New Jersey and #39 in the New York Metro Area as a high-performing hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neurology & Neurosurgery for 2014-15. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs."
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 New Jersey Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Clara Maass Medical 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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