Clara Maass Medical Center

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Coordinates: 40°47′09″N 74°10′35″W / 40.7857°N 74.1763°W / 40.7857; -74.1763


Clara Maass Medical Center is a hospital in Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey, United States, that is part of the Barnabas Health.[1] It was founded in 1868 as the Newark German Hospital, and was renamed in 1952 in honor of Clara Maass, a former nurse who trained there at the hospital's Christina Trefz Training School for Nurses, and become the hospital's head nurse. Maass' 1901 death during yellow fever experiments attracted national attention.[2]

In 1956 a new building was completed in Belleville, which is sometimes referred to as "The Hospital in the Park" due to its location opposite Branch Brook Park.[3] In 2009, the hospital was staffed by over 550 physicians with 1,600 total employees.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Clara Maass Medical Center". Saint Barnabas Health Care System. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  2. ^ Lynn Wenzel & Carol J. Binkowski (2003). More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women. TwoDot. pp. 84–95. ISBN 0-7627-1272-4. 
  3. ^ "New Clara Maass Hospital to Provide area with 324-bed facilities". The Nutley Sun. August 9, 1956. Retrieved 2009-07-22. "Known as "The Hospital in the Park", the new Clara Maass is located on a knoll in the center of a 17-acre site on the Newark-Belleville-Bloomfield boundaries on the westerly side of Franklin Avenue, opposite Branch Brook Park. It is now one-third complete. A seven-story building, costing an estimated $5 million, the new Clara Maass will be of fire-proof construction throughout. It is designed to proved the utmost in efficiency, service, and patient care. Its doors will be open to every race, creed, and color." 

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