Local seniors will now have access to wellness assessments held at community-based
settings and senior housing facilities through the
Elders (WAVE) Program. Officials from Clara Maass Medical Center and the
Township of Nutley recently joined together at the Department of Health
in Nutley Township to introduce WAVE to local residents.
“At Clara Maass Medical Center, we are committed to building healthier
communities,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “This project will do more
than keep us present in local neighborhoods – it gives Medicare-eligible
adults, who are ages 65 and older, an opportunity to have Annual Wellness
Visits with no co-pay, deductible or coinsurance fee.”
Funded by a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey,
the WAVE Program brings annual wellness visits into the community at no
cost to eligible seniors ages 65 and older. Although annual wellness visits
are a preventive health benefit that has been covered by Medicare since
2011, statistics show only about 10 percent of seniors receive the benefit
each year. Through the WAVE Program, the administrations in the Township
of Nutley and at Clara Maass Medical Center plan to increase that number
as a way to help improve health outcomes.
“This ribbon cutting marks the beginning of a new opportunity to
improve the health and wellbeing of seniors in this community,”
said Marsha Atkind, Executive Director and CEO at The Healthcare Foundation
of NJ. “We are proud to have supported Clara Maass Medical Center
in its work to help seniors access the care and support they need to lead
the healthiest, most independent lives they can.”
Each visit includes time for seniors to talk about their overall physical
health; a review of their vital signs, health habits and risk factors;
and simple screenings including memory, heart and nerve functions, balance,
bone density, circulation and mental health.
WAVE visits do not require doctor’s referrals or pre-approval from
an insurance provider. Seniors must bring their Medicare card, as eligibility
is confirmed before the visit begins. All are also encouraged to bring
a list of their current medications, supplements and vitamins. Each senior
will receive a personalized, easy-to-understand report that he or she
can take to future medical appointments.
“Everyone involved with this program is doing, in reality, God's
work,” said Public Affairs and Health Commissioner Steven L. Rogers.
“You are bringing to senior citizens not only physical assessments,
but also kindness, love and friendship. You are addressing the whole human
being with regard to physical, emotional and spiritual health.”
Upcoming visits for the WAVE van include: senior residences and community-based
organizations in Kearny, Newark, Lyndhurst and Bloomfield.
About Clara Maass Medical Center
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. Clara Maass is an
eight-time recipient of the “A” Hospital Safety score from
The Leap Frog Group, an independent national nonprofit group measuring
hospital safety and quality. For a physician referral or more information
about Clara Maass, call
1-888-724-7123 or visit
Catch the WAVE: A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony was held for the
Elders, thanks to a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New
Jersey. Pictured are officials from the HFNJ, Clara Maass Medical Center,
Township of Nutley, Lyndhurst and Ray Catena Mercedes-Benz.
Pictured from left to right: Marsha Atkind, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at The Healthcare
Foundation of New Jersey; Marcy Felsenfeld, Senior Program Officer of
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; and Dr. Beth Levithan, Chair,
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Board of Trustees.