Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The Morris County Board of Freeholders today proclaimed this week, Aug. 7-13, as National Health Center Week in Morris County, calling attention to the need for quality and affordable medical care for the county’s less financially fortunate residents.

(l/r) Freeholder Deborah Smith, William Shuler and Eva Turbiner of Zufall Health and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Christine Myers and Doug Cabana

(l/r) Freeholder Deborah Smith, William Shuler and Eva Turbiner of Zufall Health
and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Christine Myers and Doug Cabana

Accepting the proclamation at today’s Freeholder Board meeting in Morristown were Eva Turbiner, president and CEO of Zufall Health, and William Shuler, Chairman of the Board of Zufall Health.

“Health Care Centers, like Zufall Health here in Morris County, provide services to underserved residents who might have nowhere else to turn for medical assistance,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“They offer an effective means of reducing health care disparities and overcome barriers to health care, especially income and insurance status. But even with the growth of health centers across the state and country, the demand for Health Center services continues to outpace growth. The expansion of health centers’ capacity and reach is essential to meet the needs of new patients who are knocking at their doors,’’ she added.

Zufall Health provides medical and dental care at sites in north, west, and central New Jersey. As a licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center, Zufall provides quality and affordable medical and dental care to patients in Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset, and Essex counties.

Zufall

Zufall served 30,000 patients last year, said Turbiner, and welcomes patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors, regardless of income or insurance status.

For more information on Zufall Health visit: http://www.zufallhealth.org/about-us/

For more on Health Centers, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/healthcenterweek.html

Text of the Freeholder Board’s Resolution:

Whereas: For more than 50 years, Community Health Centers have provided high-quality, affordable health care in our nation’s underserved communities, showing that locally governed health care can improve lives while lowering costs, and.

Whereas: What began as a demonstration project in two states has grown into the country’s largest primary care network, with Health Centers now serving more than 24 million people at more than 9,000 sites across the nation. One in fourteen people in the U.S. looks to a community health center for their care, and

Whereas: Health Centers provide high quality, cost effective, and accessible primary and preventive care, including integrated medical, oral, vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy services, to all individuals regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, and

Whereas: The Health Center model continues to prove an effective means of reducing healthcare disparities and overcoming barriers to healthcare access, including geography, income and insurance status, and in doing so, improves health care outcomes and reduces health care system costs, and

Whereas: Health Centers save the entire health system approximately $24 billion annually by managing chronic conditions and keeping patients out of costlier health care settings, like hospital emergency rooms.

Whereas: During National Health Center Week, we celebrate the legacy of America’s Health Centers and their vital role in shaping the future of America’s health care system, and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathryn A. DeFillippo, Director of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, do hereby proclaim August 7-13, 2016, as National Health Center Week in Morris County, and I encourage Morris County residents to visit our local Health Center, Zufall Health, in Dover or Morristown, and celebrate the important partnership between America’s Health Centers and the communities they serve.