Zufall Health Recognizes Patients
The theme of National Health Center Week 2018 - Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America's Health Care Heroes- is meant to recognize individuals who exceed the call of duty to support health centers in providing accessible, cost-effective, and high quality health care for patients in all 50 states and territories. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers. Today, we celebrate both the patients and consumer board members who keep health centers accountable and abreast of community needs. In honor of Patient and Board Appreciation Day, we highlight Zufall Health in New Jersey, a federally qualified health center that values its patients.
Zufall Health, a community health center serving six counties in northern and central New Jersey, is excited to be commemorating National Health Center Week this year with a special celebration -- the groundbreaking for a new health center in West Orange, New Jersey. Our new building is a relocation and expansion of our existing health center in West Orange, and will provide much more room to meet the tremendous need for our medical, dental and behavioral health services.
Helping us celebrate our event were several elected officials, including former Governor Richard Codey, who now represents the West Orange community in the New Jersey State Senate. Over the years, Zufall has been fortunate to enjoy the support of many government and community leaders who are interested in our work. Most recently, we were pleased to welcome New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy, who visited our West Orange site to learn more about Zufall’s prenatal services as part of her interest in reducing maternal and infant mortality. Following a tour of our office and dialogue with staff and patients, she praised the compassionate care and assistance we provide the women and their babies during pregnancy and beyond.
As an award-winning community health center, Zufall has been caring for New Jersey’s working poor, uninsured, and underserved population for more than 28 years. Serving 37,000 patients annually, more than half of whom are uninsured, it has built a reputation as a quality leader and innovator with enthusiastic support from our volunteer Board of Directors. A majority of our Board members are consumers who give voice to the specific needs of our patients, particularly our special populations that include public housing residents, the homeless, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and veterans. Highly engaged in hearing community concerns, they advocate for the health center by visiting and interacting with legislators and sharing our patients’ stories to personalize our work. They are our biggest cheerleaders and as we mark National Health Center Week, we salute them and offer them our heartfelt thanks.
Dr. Robert Zufall, health center founder; N.J. First Lady Tammy Murphy; West Orange, N.J. Mayor Robert D. Parisi, Pre-natal program funders Marsha Atkind, executive director of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and Pamela Scott, executive director of Partners for Health; Eva Turbiner, Zufall president and chief executive officer; and West Orange Councilwoman Susan McCartney.
New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy meets baby Marissa and her mom Samantha Clinton as Shade Cronan, Zufall's director of government programs, looks on.
New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy (left) and her aide discuss Zufall’s prenatal program with Eva Turbiner, Zufall ‘s president and chief executive officer.