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Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Zufall Health as Health Champion of the Year

Zufall Health is honored to have been recognized as the Health Champion of the Year by the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce (MCHACC) during its annual virtual gala. The ceremony, themed “Business Heroes in a Tough Economy,” was broadcast on Facebook Live, where it has been published for replay, on Wednesday, December 8.  

The virtual celebration featured musicians, singers, and remarks from leaders including U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Sen. Anthony Bucco (LD-25) and keynote speaker Frank D’Amelio, Pfizer’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Supply. 

At 44:41, Ruben Taborda, who serves on the boards of directors of both Hunterdon Healthcare and the National YMCA, introduced the Health Champion of the Year. 

“When you can find that special practicing center that demonstrates empathetic health care, it is truly inspiring … [Zufall Health’s] dedication to our communities, their ability to connect with our people from a culturally competent health care standpoint, is truly unique, differentiating, and special,” Taborda said. 

Zufall’s Chief Operating Officer Frances Palm, MPA, graciously accepted the health center’s recognition in a pre-recorded segment beginning at 45:31. 

“On behalf of [President and Chief Executive Officer] Eva Turbiner, our patients, our staff, our Board, we’d like to thank you for naming Zufall Health Health Champion of the Year,” Palm said. “Zufall’s vision is to create equal opportunity for good health. We provide affordable medical, dental, and behavioral health services for anyone who needs them, including the many Hispanic residents of our area. The pandemic has caused tremendous challenges, but we are grateful for the many partnerships that have helped sustain Zufall Health and our patients. Thank you again for this honor and we wish you a healthy 2022.” 

Offline, Turbiner expressed gratitude for the achievement: “Thank you for recognizing Zufall’s tireless work in Morris County this year. People identifying as Hispanic/Latinx make up more than 70 percent of our patient community, and the pandemic has more than called attention to the disparities impacting this group. We celebrate our community partnerships in Morris County and beyond that made it possible for us to provide good health care, including COVID testing and vaccinations for people of all ages.” 

Founded in 1989, the MCHACC is a nonprofit organization with a mission is to “advocate, promote and advance the interests of business owners, professionals, organizations and corporations within Morris County and the adjacent areas that target and serve the U.S. Hispanic-American market.” In November 2021, the MCHACC was voted the “Best Large Chamber of Commerce” United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference. Learn more at mchacc.org 

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