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Belleville’s Clara Maass Medical Center to Serve as a Local Donation Site for Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico


Hospital sets up “donation stations” to receive donations from the community to aid those affected by Hurricane Maria

CMMC Donations to PR

Clara Maass Medical Center, an facility of RWJBarnabas Health is joining the American Red Cross and the City of Newark’s relief efforts to provide needed assistance and support to those in Puerto Rico, who have been impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Clara Maass Medical Center will serve as a drop off station and will accept donations of new clothing, basic toiletries and hygiene products and sealed, non-perishable food items for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Last week, the City of Newark announced its plans to establish sites in and around Newark and its surrounding communities to collect donations from the community that will ultimately be shipped to Puerto Rico.

The drop-off stations at Clara Maass Medical Center are located in Lobby of the Main Hospital and the Continuing Care Building lobby, both at One Clara Maass Drive in Belleville. Donations can be delivered through Friday, October 6th between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM.

Additionally, Clara Maass Medical Center will also accept financial donations that will be directed to the Red Cross and earmarked for Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico. Donations may be delivered to Clara Maass and must be made payable to the American Red Cross.

“As a leader in meeting the needs of the Hispanic community, the Center of Excellence for Latino Health at Clara Maass stands ready to support the people of Puerto Rico in every way possible” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “From basic toiletries, medical supplies, non-perishable food items and infant needs, donations are critically needed to assist our community and their loved ones in Puerto Rico at a time when help is needed most.”

The Center of Excellence for Latino Health at Belleville’s Clara Maass Medical Center is leading the effort and has established two “donation stations” within the hospital to collect various items to be donated to the citizens of Puerto Rico. The Center was established at Clara Maass to raise awareness of issues facing the Latino community locally, and to collaborate with the Latino community and to provide outreach assistance and support to Hispanic communities especially related to preventive education and screenings most needed by the Latino population. “The Center of Excellence for Latino Health is honored to collaborate to assist those who have lost their homes, family members and food as a result of Hurricane Maria” said Sarah Bonilla, MPH, Program Manager for the Center of Excellence for Latino Health. “"We want our extended community in Puerto Rico to know that in New Jersey, we care about them, we are praying for them and we are here for them” said Thomas Ortiz, M.D., Medical Director for the Center.

For more information, or if you have questions regarding donations, please contact Sarah Bonilla, Program Manager at (973) 450-2996.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass recently completed state-of-the-art campus expansion project featuring a new four-story 87,000 square foot building with a private, 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, new main entrance and lobby, retail pharmacy, patient registration area and Emergency Department expansion. Clara Maass’ services include The Cancer Center, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular and Vein Center, The Wound Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Pediatrics, Center of Excellence for Latino Health, and the Health and Wellness Center. Clara Maass is listed by the American Hospital Association as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals. Clara Maass’ steadfast commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves is exemplified through award winning programs including the nationally recognized HELP Volunteer program, recipient of the American Hospital Association 2017 HAVE Award, and the Wellness Assessment Van for Elders (WAVE) which was recognized as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s 2017 HRET Community Outreach Award. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, caring for a service area of more than five million residents. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

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