Belleville, NJ – Cancer survivors treated at Clara Maass Medical Center came from all over New Jersey and New York with their loved ones on Saturday, June 7, to celebrate their strength and courage, on the Medical Center campus in Belleville, for its Annual Cancer Survivor's Day.
The campus was alive with music and dancing, picnic food, and entertainment including a caricaturist, DJ, clown and balloon-maker, face painting, a photo booth, and more. Guests also enjoyed a pizza cart, donated by James M. Orsini, M.D., Medical Director of the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center.
This year's theme was "How Sweet It Is…" which exemplified how sweet it is to be able to celebrate survivorship. Guests were welcome to choose from a variety of candies at the Candy Shoppe provided that afternoon. Survivors took home candy apples and prizes. Some of them indulged in hand massage therapy sessions on behalf of Spa Services at Clara Maass.
Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at Clara Maass Medical Center, welcomed survivors, congratulating all for the strength and courage they have displayed throughout their journeys through cancer, and encouraged them to hold onto that strength.
"It is our hope that every year, these survivors not only enjoy themselves, but leave feeling stronger and more vibrant as a result of their survivorship," said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC.
The aforementioned Dr. Orsini and Dolly Razdan, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Clara Maass Medical Center, were present to greet survivors and partake in the day's festivities, along with the entire staff of the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center.
"Every year, this event serves as a reminder to our brave and courageous survivors that they deserve to be celebrated," said Jill Wargo, FACHE, Director of the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center. "And as our services and technology at the Cancer Center at Clara Maass continue to advance, I know that we will continue to welcome more and more survivors to celebrate with us in future years."
This year was an especially significant Survivor's Day for the staff at Clara Maass. This year marked the 17th and final Survivors' Quit, as Cathy Falzarano, RN, CMMC, retires. Each year, Cathy makes a quilt honoring Cancer Survivors, and the Survivors sign their names on it. Not only has Cathy been contributing her quilts in the name of survivorship each year, she was the first Registered Nurse in Radiation Oncology at Clara Maass Medical Center.
"Cathy's quilts brought special meaning to our Survivor's Day celebration every year," said Sandy Mazzeo, MPA, R.T.-T, Director, Radiation Oncology, CMMC. "Her beautiful talent and all the ways she changed the Radiation/Oncology field at Clara Maass will truly be missed."
The annual event not only welcomed over 500 guests, but nearly 100 volunteers, many of whom are CMMC employees and Auxilians.
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 releases from the nation's leading experts on patient safety. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs" and HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass a Patient Safety Excellence Award™, placing the Medical Center in the top 10 percent nationwide for patient safety. HealthGrades also awarded CMMC its second consecutive Emergency Medicine Excellence Award in 2012. U.S. News & World Report ranked Clara Maass #15 in New Jersey and #36 in the New York Metro Area as a high-performing hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Orthopedics.
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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