(left to right) Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC, honors Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver, 34th Legislative District, and Councilman Vincent Cozzarelli, Belleville Township, with a cake to celebrate their July and August birthdays, respectively.
Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation celebrated the July and August birthdays, respectively, of Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver, 34th Legislative District, and Councilman Vincent Cozzarelli, Belleville Township, on Thursday, August 31. The two elected officials who were both born at CMMC were honored with personalized stars on the "A Star Is Born" wall on the Medical Center's Labor and Delivery Unit.
The Foundation's "A Star Is Born" campaign celebrates and recognizes individuals born at CMMC through the placement of their names on a plaque in the unit. Speaker Oliver and Councilman Cozzarelli's names and birth dates were added to stars next to that of Essex County Freeholder, Brendan Gill, who was also born at the Medical Center.
Speaker Oliver was born in Lutheran Memorial Hospital, before the Medical Center took the name Clara Maass in honor of the New Jersey born nurse. She recalls often pulling out her birth certificate at a young age, prideful of where she was born. Now, whenever she passes by the Medical Center, she remembers the fondness she has always felt for the care provided there.
Frank Mazzarella, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CMMC (left), and Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC (right), present plaques to Councilman Vincent Cozzarelli, Belleville Township, and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Y. Oliver, 34th Legislative District, in addition to the welcome reception, cake and unveiling of their "stars."
"As legislators, one of the things we value most is health care," said Speaker Oliver. "We know what Barnabas Health and Clara Maass Medical Center mean to the community. I'll always be there as a voice and an advocate for Clara Maass."
Councilman Cozzarelli was born, raised and currently resides in Belleville. He was joined by his parents, Vincent Sr. and Georgette, along with an aunt, uncle and cousin, all Belleville residents.
"I was greatly honored to be presented with this recognition from the staff at Clara Maass," Councilman Cozzarelli said. "The true stars are the doctors, nurses and staff that save countless lives on a daily basis. To be honored by them truly humbles me."
"Speaker Oliver and Councilman Cozzarelli have always been so supportive of Clara Maass Medical Center," adds Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC. "They graciously attend events and ribbon cuttings held here and always lend a helping hand where they can. The staff at Clara Maass was excited to be able to honor them in a permanent way."
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. 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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