NJ Devils players Keith Kinkaid, Jon Merill, Sergey Kalinin and Kyle Palmieri
pose with children from Clara Maass Medical Center’s pediatric unit
during their visit to the hospital to spread cheer.
BELLEVILLE, NEW JERSEY— Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, hosted players
from the New Jersey Devils as they spread holiday cheer by visiting patients
Kyle Palmieri, Jon Merill, Sergey Kalinin and Keith Kinkaid visited Clara
Maass Medical Center to spend time and make crafts with Pediatric patients.
The hockey players also handed out New Jersey Devils lanyards, hockey
pucks, t-shirts and posters.
Clara Maass was one of 10 RWJBarnabas Health facilities visited by the
New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, December 13, as part of an annual tradition
of the team visiting local medical centers dating back to 1982 –
the Devils’ first season in New Jersey.
Earlier this year, RWJBarnabas became an official health care partner with
the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center and unveiled the Center’s
practice facility as the Barnabas Health Hockey House. The partnership
focuses on unifying and inspiring the lives of families, neighbors and
communities throughout the state. Barnabas Health Hockey House, the epicenter
of youth and amateur hockey in New Jersey, provides nutrition and wellness
programs developed by RWJBarnabas Health experts and House staff as well
as programs that build confidence, sportsmanship and life skills.
RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils also partner on a program
that brings youth hockey clinics and wellness and nutrition education
to players and coaches throughout New Jersey.
NJ Devils players Jon Merill, Keith Kinkaid and Kyle Palmieri make gingerbread
characters with children from Clara Maass Medical Center’s Pediatric ward.
Clara Maass Medical Center staff with NJ Devils Players
Left to right: Joe Wojtecki, Assistant Director of Customer Experience at Clara Maass
Medical Center, Jon Merill, Keith Kinkaid, Mary Ellen Clyne, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, Laura Pantusco,
CMMC’s Child Life Specialist, Kyle Palmieri, Sergey Kalinin and
Kaylyn Kendall Dines, Director of Communications and Marketing for Clara
Maass Medical Center.