Karen Ponce, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at Zufall Health, was recently presented with a Healthcare Hero Award at the New Jersey Primary Care Association‘s Annual Conference. Awardees are selected based on their selfless commitment and unwavering dedication to the mission of their Community Health Center. For 10 years, Karen has been an exceptional, dependable and trustworthy team member at Zufall. Her compassion and desire to help her community is reflected in the way she interacts and cares for our patients as well as their families. Her warm personality, friendliness and smile are truly contagious. Congratulations to Karen and all the Healthcare Hero recipients on this well-deserved honor!
Somerville, NJ – More than 100 dedicated volunteers who donate time, talents, and energy to Zufall Health were honored recently at the Fifth Annual Volunteer Appreciation event at the Bridgewater Manor. The volunteers provide a wide range of supportive services at the nonprofit community health center which offers affordable medical and dental care to patients in six New Jersey counties.
“We are most appreciative for the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers who support our work improving health in the communities we serve,” said Eva Turbiner, Zufall’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Were it not for the volunteers who helped Dr. Bob Zufall and his wife Kathryn establish the health center nearly 30 years ago, we might not exist today.”
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Antonella Maietta is the first recipient of Zufall Health’s Kathleen Nordman Dental Quality Award. This award is given to a Zufall dental provider in recognition of exemplary quality of care and patient engagement. “I experienced that family feel from my earliest days at Zufall”, said Dr. Maietta. “The camaraderie I have with my coworkers is comforting and fortifying. I appreciate how hardworking, empathetic, and responsible everyone is and I am proud to be a part of that family. That they should feel the same about me and would want me to receive this award is touching and profoundly meaningful to me especially since I could not do my job nearly as effectively without them.”
Dr. Maietta has been a valuable member of the dental team starting her career at Zufall in our Flemington Healthy Smile Center and on the mobile unit. Her dedication to mobile dentistry and the van program has helped contribute to the great success of the Delta Dental Mobile. Like many Zufall dental providers, she has forged a special bond with her patients which contributes to their high satisfaction. Congratulations, Dr. Maietta!
Denise Fallon, Coordinator of the Cancer Education and Early Detection program at Zufall Health in Somerville, received the Healthcare Hero Award from the New Jersey Primary Care Association. Healthcare Heroes are selected for their unfaltering dedication to providing affordable and high-quality primary care services. Denise has helped thousands of low-income patients in Somerset County get essential cancer screenings for more than 10 years. Congratulations, Denise!
On July 17th, Zufall’s Patient Navigator for Seniors, Monica McKenzie received The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey’s (HFNJ) 2017 Lester Z. Lieberman Award for Humanism in Healthcare for her significant efforts in assisting at-risk seniors in achieving desired medical outcomes. This year marked the 20th Anniversary for HFNJ’s awards event at which 38 individuals and all former Leadership and Legacy Award winners were honored by the Foundation. (Pictured left to right are Marsha I. Atkind, Executive Director/CEO, Healthcare Foundation of NJ; Monica McKenzie; and Beth Levithan, Ph.D., Chair, Healthcare Foundation of NJ)