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Nationally Recognized FQHC Takes Helm of Community Health Center

May 4, 2021
Zufall Health CEO Eva Turbiner and Princeton Health CEO James Demetriades cut the ribbon on Zufall Health Center – Plainsboro
Eva Turbiner, CEO of Zufall Health, and James Demetriades, CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, led a ribbon cutting to open Zufall Health Center – Plainsboro. Left to right: Patricia Kao, MD, Medical Director; Frances L. Palm, Chief Operating Officer, Zufall Health; Barbara Yost, Vice President, Network Development, Princeton Health; Barbara Edwards, MD, Academic Director of Ambulatory Residency Program; Turbiner; Bill Shuler, Chairman, Zufall Health Board of Directors; Demetriades; Linda Seeley, Secretary, Zufall Health Board of Directors; Rina Ramirez, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Zufall Health; and Ayda Tello, Administrative Director.

A community health center on the Penn Medicine Princeton Health campus reopened today under new management and with a new name: Zufall Health Center – Plainsboro.

James Demetriades, CEO of Princeton Health, said the center has always played an important role toward fulfilling Princeton Health’s mission, serving uninsured and underinsured members of the healthcare system’s central New Jersey community.

Zufall Health — a nonprofit federally qualified health center (FQHC) that operates eight other locations and two mobile units in New Jersey — enjoys access to additional resources that will enable it to increase access and expand services, Demetriades said. Zufall Health will provide the same primary and specialty care that were previously available and add podiatry during the first year. Dental care will be added the following year.

Princeton Health will have a representative on Zufall Health’s Board of Directors.

Demetriades commended the center’s staff, many of whom will continue working under Zufall Health; the physicians who volunteer their services; the medical and surgical residents who provide patient care in the center; Ayda Tello, Administrative Director; and Barbara Edwards, MD, former Medical Director, who will continue to manage the residency program at the center.

“You all did excellent work, always,” Demetriades said. “Patients were in the best of hands, and we know that will continue under Zufall Health’s leadership.”

"For more than 30 years, Zufall Health has provided high-quality, comprehensive health services to the most vulnerable members of our community," said Zufall Health CEO Eva Turbiner. "We are excited to partner with Princeton Health to extend those services to residents of central New Jersey. We are confident that the collaboration will result in increased access and improved health outcomes."

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Penn Medicine Princeton Health is one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in New Jersey, providing acute care hospital services through Princeton Medical Center; behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health; in-home nursing, rehabilitation and hospice care; primary and specialty care through Princeton Medicine Physicians; ambulatory surgery and wellness services. For more information, visit Princeton Health is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which, together with the University of Pennsylvania’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, forms Penn Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research and excellence in patient care.

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