Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Care

Clara Maass Medical Cneter buildingClara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) located in Belleville, NJ, is a 472-bed community-based hospital offering families across Essex, Hudson and Bergen counties expert care in a technology-rich environment. As the first hospital in the U.S. to bear the name of a nurse (Clara Louis Maass), Clara Maass Medical Center is devoted to honoring her legacy by pursuing and providing its communities with the highest level of care, and CMMC’s Heart, Vascular, & Thoracic Services does just that.

Full Complement Line of Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Services

Cardiac, vascular and thoracic services at Clara Maass Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary, integrated and patient-centric approach to deliver care to our patients through a network of specialists in comprehensive cardiovascular and thoracic care. Our approach produces results which exceed national quality benchmarks, features the latest technology and innovative trials, and ensures the best team of clinicians will be by your side whether a preventative EKG or a stent is required.

Award-Winning and Accredited Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Care

As an award-winning Medical Center, our achievements in cardiovascular and thoracic care provides patients and their families with the most comprehensive and compassionate care, that is reflected in the numerous awards and recognitions collected over the years. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades for two consecutive years and named among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety in 2019 and 2020,
  • Earned Five-Star Recognition in 2020 for Pacemaker Procedures from Healthgrades
  • Earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission with disease‐specific certification in Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Failure, Joint Replacement (Hip and Knee) and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.
  • Recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report for Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and in 2019-2020 for Congestive Heart Failure
  • The Joint Commission: Disease-Specific Certification for Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
    • This certification demonstrates the highest level of recognition achievable by a health care provider for the commitment to excellence in providing disease-specific services in a comprehensive manner.
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission: Echocardiography
    • This accreditation confirms that the Echocardiography Laboratory at Clara Maass Medical Center has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components, with results showing it provides high-quality patient care, in compliance with national standards.
  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services - Designated Primary Stroke Center
    • This designation recognizes hospitals able to provide patients with a wide-range of comprehensive stroke services, including but not limited to: access to an acute stroke team; neurology and emergency department personnel trained in the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke; neuro-imaging services capability; among others.

Our Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Specialists

Whether you have heart disease or any type of vascular or thoracic disorder, we are here for you. Our multidisciplinary teams comprised of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, thoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, and echocardiographers; alongside our dedicated team of nurses, technicians, pharmacists, and staff, all ready to take care of you. We are able to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care that uses evidence-based guidelines, as well as leading-edge noninvasive, invasive, diagnostic, and therapeutic techniques and therapies.

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Delivering Advanced Cardiovascular and Thoracic Care Right Here in New Jersey

For decades, RWJBarnabas Health has delivered advanced cardiovascular and thoracic care, pioneering breakthrough techniques that have revolutionized the field. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provide comprehensive, compassionate care. Learn more about our programs and specialties, which include diagnosis, treatment, and continued support for people living with cardiovascular and thoracic conditions.

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