NEWTON, N.J. ---  New Jersey’s Acting Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett joined other state and local community leaders this week to help Zufall Health celebrate the opening of a new community health center in Newton.

“We’re thrilled that Zufall is now here to meet the critical need for affordable medical and dental services in Sussex County ,” the Commissioner told the gathering. “This organization has a long history delivering services and knows how to get it right.”

“Sussex County really needs this, our residents really need this and we welcome you,” added New Jersey Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus.

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Zufall, a nonprofit, state-licensed community health center, is now located at 238 Spring Street, a site formerly occupied by another medical office.. The new site is the first Sussex County location for the award-winning health center which has been operating in North Jersey for 25 years.

“It is our hope that our new family practice will make it easier for county residents who have had difficulty accessing and affording medical and dental care to get the care they need, especially agricultural workers,” said Eva Turbiner, Zufall Health’s president and chief executive officer. “We expect to serve 3,000 patients here in our first year.” 

Among Zufall’s broad range of primary medical care and support services are treatment of illness and injury, physical exams, prevention and management of chronic illness, referrals to specialists, and guidance on leading a healthy lifestyle.

“We’re really excited to be bringing our high-quality, patient-centered services to this part of the state, “ said Dr. Rina Ramirez, chief medical officer of the health center which has won national recognition for outstanding achievement in clinical outcomes and other clinical programs.

Zufall also will offer affordable, preventive dental care and general dental services for adults and children. All medical and dental services will be provided by a bilingual staff of board-certified doctors and dentists, nurses, and highly qualified support personnel.  

“As the only low-cost dental practice in the county, we know our dental services will be in high demand,” said Dr. Sam Wakim, chief dental officer. “Our new presence here will be especially important to seniors on fixed incomes as well as veterans whose service benefits do not include dental care.”

All patients are welcome regardless of income or insurance status. Zufall accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and New Jersey Family Care and will soon be accepting many private insurance plans. Patients without insurance will be charged a sliding scale fee based on their income.

For hours and appointments or to learn more about the health center, patients can call 973-862-6650..

Zufall Health serves more than 30,000 patients at its headquarters site in Dover as well as medical and/or dental offices in Morristown, Hackettstown, Flemington, Somerville, West Orange, and on its Highlands Health Van. For more information, visit