Clara Maass Medical Center Participates in White Coats for Black Lives

White Coats for Black Lives
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, motivated by events in Minneapolis in which George Floyd died in police custody, held a silent protest for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.


Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health joined thousands of hospitals and medical professionals across the country in White Coats for Black Lives, a moment of silent reflection and remembrance of victims of racial injustice and commitment to improve the health and safety of people of color.

Motivated by the events in Minneapolis, Minnesota in which George Floyd died while in police custody, at 1 PM on June 5th, physicians, nurses, administrators, technicians, dietary aides, and other healthcare professionals observed proper social distancing and gathered on the front lawn at Clara Maass Medical Center and kneeled in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time that George Floyd lay pinned to the ground, under the knee of a Minnesota police officer.

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 www.rwjbh.org/claramaass.