New West Orange Facility Makes Debut
15,000-square-foot building will expand clinical capacity for area’s underserved
Zufall Health proudly unveiled its new, cutting-edge facility at 49 Mount Pleasant Avenue in West Orange in December, marking the completion of the health center’s first-ever ground-up construction project.
The new building represents a significant expansion in clinical capacity in response to the area’s surging need for affordable health care services. Designed by Carminio Architecture and constructed by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the impressive, three-story structure features eight medical exam rooms, six dental operatories, behavioral health consult rooms, patient education and wellness activity areas, laboratory services, dispensary, and a demonstration kitchen.
President and CEO Fran Palm said, “In comparison to our existing office at nearby 95 Northfield Avenue, this facility will allow us to double our medical capacity, triple our dental capacity, and bring all of our West Orange operations under one roof…and we are thrilled to continue expanding our contribution to the economic vitality of West Orange.”
99 years old and still serving on the Board of Directors, Founder Robert Zufall, MD, expressed his amazement at the facility in an interview with NJ Spotlight News, stating, “It exceeds my wildest expectations. I’m blown away.” Compared to the single room in Dover where he established the health center more than 30 years ago, “this is more beautiful, more modern, more lovely.”
The beautiful facility became a reality through the philanthropic support of organizations such as the Delta Dental Foundation, Healthcare Foundation of NJ, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Partners for Health Foundation, the friends of Zufall Dentist and Dental Residency Director Howard Rappoport, DDS, the Zufall family, and many others. Their generosity proved vital during the challenges of the pandemic, supply-chain disruptions, and unforeseen delays in the construction process.