Belleville, NJ -- The Emergency Services team at Clara Maass Medical Center held a webinar on September 17 to share safety protocols underway to ensure patient safety following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman of Emergency Medicine John Fontanetta, MD, who is board certified in at least three healthcare specialties, discussed signs and symptoms – such as abdominal or chest pains -- in which individuals are encouraged to seek urgent treatment and care at the Emergency Department.


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John Fontanetta, MD, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Clara Maass Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health discusses health and safety at a September 17th webinar.

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The webinar included an update from the Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, with a presentation from Teresa DiElmo, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services on the patient safety initiatives currently underway at Clara Maass Medical Center. The Emergency Department’s leadership team Donna DeVita, RN, Director; Bianca Michel, RN, Assistant Director and Eduardo Padilla, RN, Assistant Director provided remarks and expressed appreciation to the community for the outpouring of support received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Clara Maass Medical Center opened a redesigned Emergency Department with spacious, modern waiting areas for adult and pediatric patients; easy-to-access off entrance for patient arrivals and departures and a redesigned entrance with a single new walk-in/drop-off entrance; a new patient treatment room and a consultation room for private conversations between physicians, patients and families.  


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