Mar 2, 2023 The Joint Commission Awards Clara Maass Medical Center with the Primary Stroke Center Certification

The Joint Commission, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center CertificationBelleville, NJ — Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been awarded the Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission, a non-profit organization driven by its commitment to improving health care systems and facilities. This recognition is granted to hospitals that have shown outstanding care and expertise in treating stroke patients, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“We take pride in this esteemed certification, which affirms our commitment to delivering exceptional services to New Jersey's residents,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center.

As a primary stroke center, Clara Maass Medical Center has a team of board-certified neurologists and radiologists specializing in diagnosing and treating stroke patients. Neurology and Emergency Department personnel are also trained in diagnosing and treating stroke. Our hospital also offers neuroimaging services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and rehabilitation services, which are crucial for stroke patients' recovery. And we track outcomes for stroke patients, which helps to identify areas for improvement and ensures that patients receive the best possible care.

For more information about RWJBarnabas Health’s stroke centers, click here.

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.


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