Meet Your Provider: Katheryn Grajales, PA-C

Katheryn Grajales, PA-C, thrives on teamwork at Zufall Health - Morristown. As a physician assistant (PA), Grajales collaborates closely with colleagues, patients, and families to deliver comprehensive care for vulnerable individuals and families. Grajales particularly enjoys engaging in dynamic discussions with her colleagues. Together, they explore ideas, theories, and diagnoses to develop effective treatment plans and facilitate access to resources for their patients. Partnering with patients and their loved ones is equally...

For AmeriCorps Member Kiara Isaza, Maternal Health Advocacy is a Year-Round Effort

Aspiring obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) Kiara Isaza is a Public Health AmeriCorps member in Zufall Health’s West Orange prenatal program. Recently, for Maternal Health Awareness Day (MHAD), Isaza and prenatal staff provided critical self-advocacy resources to pregnant patients—an experience she says she’ll be carrying with her to medical school and beyond. Like all teams at Zufall, the prenatal program works hard to bridge gaps in health care access and reduce disparities. Many patients...

A health care provider measures a patient's blood pressure in a medical exam room.

Navigating New Beginnings: Compassionate, Comprehensive Care for Refugee Patients

In the busy halls of Zufall Health – Plainsboro, a diverse array of patients receives health care services. Among them is Hassan*, a father of four and refugee from Afghanistan. Since his first visit to the health center in September 2023, Hassan has been addressing a number of health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and hypertension, under the care of nurse practitioner Nancy Patel, DNP, FNP-BC, and colleagues....

What We Can Learn from Dr. Bob’s 1991 Letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association

In 1991, Zufall Health—then known as the Dover Community Clinic—was a new organization with limited resources. Urologist Robert Zufall, M.D. (“Dr. Bob”), and his wife and medical business assistant, Kathryn (“Kay”), founded the small, one-night-a-week clinic after retiring from their nearby private practice. The same year, Dr. Bob wrote about the Dover Community Clinic in a letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Medication Association (JAMA), a highly...

HFNJ Grant Expands Team-Based Care for Essex County Seniors at Zufall Health

Zufall Health has expanded care for vulnerable Essex County seniors, courtesy of a generous award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). The $120,000 grant from HFNJ supports our expansion of team-based medical, dental, behavioral, and supportive services to people 65-plus in and around our West Orange office. Seniors have an increased risk of chronic and communicable diseases, are more susceptible to social isolation, and are more likely to have...

Legal Issues Are Health Issues: How One Zufall Health Case Manager is Paying Forward the Help His Family Received

When he was 10 years old, Zufall Health case manager Erik Moran, his sister, and their mother faced wrongful eviction from their rented house in Morris County. The family was given one month to vacate their home—a violation of their lease—and suffered constant harassment from their landlord. The landlord spoke only English, and Moran’s mother, an immigrant from Ecuador, only Spanish. Moran took on the distressing responsibility of translating their heated...

Art is Part of High-Quality Care at Zufall Health

For nearly a decade, Zufall Health has integrated visual art into health care delivery. As part of our commitment to patient-centered care, we offer programs like Arts in Health and Breast Health Navigation that promote emotional wellbeing through art. On February 15, Zufall leadership spoke about the role that art plays in healing during the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)’s webinar, “Creativity & Healing: Connecting Through Art –...

Zufall Health’s New Medication Delivery Service Improves Access to Pharmacy Care

Zufall Health’s new, free medication delivery service provides patients with safe and convenient access to prescription drugs at affordable prices. Begun in November 2022, nearly 400 Zufall patients have had medications delivered to their homes or workplaces by way of the health center’s dedicated delivery vehicle and driver. Accessing in-person medication pickup can be difficult for Zufall patients for a variety of reasons, including transportation, work obligations, or health issues...

Building Healthy Communities

By Eva Turbiner, President and CEO Emeritus, Zufall Health As we enter early 2023, almost three years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the focus on the importance of access to health care and robust public health is fading. Happily, Somerset County consistently ranks as one of the healthiest counties in New Jersey according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute....

2023 Construction Activity to Improve Patient Experience

Zufall Health’s ability to deliver high-quality health care to our 42,000 patients will be enhanced during the coming year through the completion of a number of new construction, renovation, and expansion projects. “The mid-year opening of our new West Orange site and improvements at our existing facilities will better serve our current patients and accommodate future growth,” explained Eva Turbiner, Zufall’s president and chief executive officer. Replacing our modest West Orange office...