Belleville, NJ:  Clara Maass Medical Center of RWJBarnabas Health, the most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, is awarding Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration event on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11 AM.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Award is given to an individual who has tremendously impacted community and culture, and honored Dr. King’s memory with the significance of his or her work. Born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Belleville, Mr. Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and has since become the first African American and first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian.

Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical, will open the event. After Mr. Bunch offers remarks, he will participate in a Q&A session.

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About Clara Maass Medical Center

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass completed state-of-the-art campus expansion project featuring a new four-story 87,000 square foot building with a private, 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, new Main Entrance and Lobby, Retail Pharmacy, and Patient Registration Area. Clara Maass’ key programs and services include: The Cancer Center, Center for Breast Health and Disease Management, Radiation Oncology, Infusion Therapy, Cardiac Services Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Lab, The Vein Center, The Wound Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation; Therapy Services which includes, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Pediatrics, Center of Excellence for Latino Health, and the Health and Wellness Center. Clara Maass has been recognized with twelve Grade ‘A’ scores for patient safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group. It is listed by the American Hospital Association as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals. Clara Maass received Disease Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. Clara Maass earned Clara Maass’ steadfast commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves is exemplified through award winning programs including the nationally recognized HELP Volunteer program, recipient of the American Hospital Association 2017 HAVE Award, and the Wellness Assessment Van for Elders (WAVE) which was recognized as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s 2017 HRET Community Outreach Award. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit