Hospital Leader Recognized by the Township of Belleville for Kind and Compassionate Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CMMC’s Joseph Wojtecki participates in a virtual event with the family of a patient.

Belleville – Joseph Wojtecki, Assistant Director of Patient Experience at Clara Maass Medical Center, was recognized recently at a virtual meeting of the Municipal Council of Belleville for demonstrating compassion and care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Joe has done an exceptional job of keeping our patients’ and families connected during such an unprecedented period of time” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Township of Belleville, and to be recognized for my work with patients, a role that I truly love and enjoy” said Wojtecki.

According to the Township-issued proclamation, the Mayor and Municipal Council noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wojtecki touched the lives of many by connecting patients with their families using platforms such as FaceTime, Google Duo and Google Meet during a period of time when the visitation policy at the Medical Center was suspended due to the pandemic.

Furthermore, the proclamation described how countless families utilized Wojtecki as a conduit to see and speak with their loved ones and to provide physical comfort in absence of family members.

In addition to his role at the Medical Center, Wojtecki, of Hawthorne, New Jersey is the father of three adult sons, Joseph (Veteran–USMC), L.Cpl. Alexander (USMC) and Christian, and is a twenty-five year member of the Hawthorne Fire Department. He is also the President Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Belleville-Nutley and a Life Member of the Glen Rock Ambulance and Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue Squad. He is currently serving as an elected member of the Hawthorne Borough Council, and is a parishioner of Saint Anthony’s Church. In 2012, Wojtecki was recognized by the New Jersey Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey with the Humanism in Healthcare award.

About Clara Maass Medical Center

Founded in 1869 as the Newark German Hospital, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is celebrating 150 years of service to the community. Conveniently located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center is a 472-bed hospital that offers a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey.

Clara Maass Medical Center has completed a state-of-the-art campus expansion of its Emergency Department, Operating Rooms and Post Anesthesia Care Unit with the addition of a four-story, 87,000 square foot medical office building that features a private Intensive Care Unit, main entrance and lobby, retail pharmacy and patient registration area. Designated by the New Jersey Department of Health as a Primary Stroke Center, the Medical Center has earned national recognition in patient safety and quality from Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group.

The Medical Center leads the state in performing advanced treatment in ophthalmology, and has earned certifications in Disease-Specific Care from The Joint Commission in Acute Coronary Syndrome, Congestive Heart Failure, Hip and Knee Replacement, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care, and has earned accreditation in Bariatric Surgery by the Aetna Institute of Quality program. In partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Clara Maass Medical Center offers a world-class team of researchers and specialists to fight most types of cancer, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. Committed to the health and wellness of its community, the Center of Excellence for Latino Health at Clara Maass Medical Center was established to address the social determinants of health within the local Hispanic community.