Clara Maass Medical Center Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Facility

Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery FacilityBelleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid or extreme obesity.

“We are very proud to have earned this national recognition from the Aetna Institute of Quality” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “At Clara Maass Medical Center, our entire team values quality and safe care for our patients and the designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility affirms that we have truly created a safe environment for all of our patients” Clyne said.

“It makes me proud that our entire team has worked together to ensure that Clara Maass Medical Center has met the standards set by Aetna to be designated as an Institute of Quality” said Naveen Ballem, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Clara Maass Medical Center.

Aetna provides information regarding the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for their unique expertise in consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

Patients who come to Clara Maass Medical Center receive care through a multidisciplinary approach, which means that before and after surgery, they receive nutritional counseling from a Registered Dietitian, they have access to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a devoted Nursing Team, and they have lifelong access to attend regular support group meetings with previous bariatric patients. All of these resources are key to helping the program’s patients achieve long-term success with weight loss after bariatric surgery.

For more information about weight loss and bariatric surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center click here or call (973) 450-2393.

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 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. The first in the country to be named for a nurse, the hospitals’ namesake, Clara Louise Maass was posthumously inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass Medical Center, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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