EAST ORANGE, NJ - Tomorrow, May 9th in City Hall’s Rotunda at 12 noon East Orange Mayor, Ted Green will be presenting a proclamation in honor of the historic nurse, Clara Louise Maass, a native of East Orange who was posthumously inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame. 

History-making nurse Clara Maass (1876-1901) is a native of East Orange who lived on Main Street. She was officially inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center will accept the official proclamation. 

Maass served overseas as a nurse for the U.S. Army – even contracting dengue fever herself –and answered the call for volunteers in Havana, where dozens were dying of yellow fever daily. While there, Maass was the only woman to participate in an experiment to determine the root of the yellow fever epidemic. It was her sacrifice that proved the Aedes Aegypti mosquito to be the cause, put an end to those experiments and led to life-saving treatment.

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Through its theme this year ‘Nurses Inspire, Innovate and Influence’,  ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through state and district nurse associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent healthcare companies and institutions, including hospitals.