George Wheatle Williams Named Newest Member of Clara Maass Medical Center Board of Trustees

George Wheatle WilliamsBelleville, NJ – George Wheatle Williams has been appointed as the newest member of the Board of Trustees of Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

Mr. Williams is the Founding Principal of Nishuane Group, LLC, a firm specializing in urban planning. He has over 30 years of professional experience in land-use & neighborhood planning, and economic development. In addition to leading the firm’s land use practice, he is particularly passionate about providing planning services to underserved communities. He has also had the honor of serving as the Assistant Director for Capital Planning at the Newark Public Library.

“We are thrilled to welcome George to our Board of Trustees,” said Robert Gaccione, Esq., Chairman of the Clara Maass Medical Center Board of Trustees. “George brings with him extensive experience in the both the private and public sectors and a strong commitment to serving his community which will only help further strengthen our Board as we work to continue to improve the health and wellness of our communities.”

“It is truly an honor to welcome George to the Clara Maass Medical Center family” said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “As a member of our governing board, I look forward to his insight and leadership which is critical to our mission of saving and healing lives”.

“It is an honor to serve,” said Williams. “What makes this opportunity special is the connection that my family and I have to the Medical Center through my father, who was the Assistant Director of Pharmacy services at Clara Maass Medical Center from 1961-1965, and I look forward to joining my colleagues as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Williams also holds a deep commitment to volunteerism and helping others. He has served on numerous boards including the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; the Newark Museum Business and Community Council; and he is the current Vice President and Trustee of the Union Public Library.

Additionally, Mr. Williams is a graduate of Leadership New Jersey; he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Montclair Alumni Chapter where he devoted his time to mentoring and fostering leadership in young high school men.

Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and completed a post graduate program in housing and urban development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

George is the proud father of Chase and Ahmael.

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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.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. 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 New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in 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) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, 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 two accountable care organizations. RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns.

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research, and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The alliance will result in a multi-specialty group that will be one of the largest medical groups in the country.

Stacie Newton