Clara Maass Medical Center Hosts Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraising Event: A Tasteful Experience from Home

Hospital’s Annual Fundraising Event Held Virtually in Support of Patients and Employees

Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health hosted a virtual Wine Tasting Event, A Tasteful Experience from Home to support the critical needs of its patients, families and ‘healthcare heroes’.

The event, which was held as the Medical Center’s fall fundraiser was attended by more than 140 employees, physicians, donors, board members, community leaders and other friends and supporters, and resulted in raising $100,000 which will support the critical needs of our patients and staff at Clara Maass Medical Center.

The event was held virtually in lieu of an in-person event due to current restrictions limiting large social gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and featured a live host from Clif Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, California.

“We’re very grateful for the support and fellowship with our colleagues, friends and donors” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center.

“The virtual wine tasting event was a wonderful and safe way to support the frontline heroes that are saving lives everyday” said Celeste A. Oranchak, Vice President, Development and Foundation, Clara Maass Medical Center.

Each participant in A Tasteful Experience from Home received a virtual wine tasting box with three bottles of wine from Clif Family Vineyards and a selection of bites to complement each wine selection.

Robert Brautigan, MD and his wife, Lourdes

General Surgeon Robert Brautigan, MD and his wife, Lourdes participated in the virtual wine tasting fundraising event, A Tasteful Experience from Home in support of Clara Maass Medical Center.

A Tasteful Experience from Home

Participants in A Tasteful Experience from Home received three bottles of wine from Clif Family Vineyards including: 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay; 2017 The Climber Bordeaux Blend, 2017 Napa Valley Petite Sirah and a selection of bites to complement each wine selection including: Clif Family Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Clif Family Organic Plum Preserves, and Clif Family Solar Grown™ Cacao Honey Spread with rustic bakery crackers.

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.

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