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Clara Maass to Host Community Meeting

Residents from Belleville, Nutley and Bloomfield and other local communities invited to attend Sept. 20 meeting and ask questions while learning about services available from the medical center.

Local residents are invited to Clara Maass to talk about a variety of subjects – the hospital’s plans to serve the community, the state of health care in the region, the availability of mammograms for local women and the need for blood donors, at an upcoming community meeting.

The meeting is a chance for hospital staff to meet with members of the public and get feedback. Residents from the surrounding communities of Belleville, Nutley, and Bloomfield are encouraged to attend the free meeting.

It will be held on Sept. 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Greifinger Lecture Hall at the medical center, located at 1 Clara Maass Drive in Belleville. Those attending are encouraged to make a reservation by calling 1-888-724-7123, to reserve a seat.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the state of health care in our region and the hospital’s ongoing plans for serving the community’s needs, according to Cathy Toscano, director of public relations.

Among the topics are the availability of mammograms. Toscano said mammograms are offered at the hospital through its Dept. of Radiology, which earned a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology.

Mammograms are used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases, including breast cancer, in women and men, according to hospital officials.

Among the subjects open for discussion at the meeting are an ongoing blood shortage. The medical center and the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive on July 2 and the American Red Cross and the Community Blood Council of New Jersey say blood supplies are at critical lows this summer.

Blood supplies in June nationwide were 50,000 pints less than they were this time last year, Red Cross officials said.

Anyone 17 years old or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate. High school students may have to meet certain height and weight requirements. For a full list of eligibility requirements for donors, visit www.redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed, officials said.

For more information, contact Jeanette Fernandez, the Blood Bank supervisor, Clara Maass Medical Center, at 973-450-2722.

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