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20 year Anniversary! Zufall Health Center honors mobile clinic’s efforts

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on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 in Eco-Friendly Mobile Vehicles

In 2009, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. manufactured a Mobile Medical Clinic for Zufall Health Center to help aid communities in need of primary health care. Today, that same vehicle is zufall_healthstill being utilized to reach hundreds of people yearly in the Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties. Known as the Highlands Health Van, the mobile clinic was the first green vehicle that Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. manufactured and is known as the nation’s first eco-friendly vehicle.

The green elements of the vehicle include ten rooftop solar panels, and a bio-diesel engine. Built using some recyclable materials, the vehicle has proven to be efficient and has surpassed everyone’s expectations. The planning and construction of the vehicle designed focused on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, water conservation and sustainable materials and (Forestry Stewardship Council) Certified Wood Products. Energy efficiency is achieved by creating a tight envelope (body shell). This in turn works together with the indoor air quality by providing fresh air and ventilation. Low to no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials are used to maximize the health potential of the interior of the vehicle and FSC Water conservation can be obtained by using commercial grade touchless faucets. Other “green” considerations are waste minimization and disposal.

Funding for the vehicle was provided by New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services and by Daiichi Sankyo Inc. Many of the patient’s that are being treated in the vehicle are low-income residents with great healthcare needs. This project was ideal for the community’s needs and will be a valuable provider for the residents for many years to come.

Universal Specialty Vehicles, Inc. was featured in Zufall Health Center’s Newsletter. Visit their website for more information: http://www.zufallhealth.org/pdf/bewell_winter2011.pdf

 

To make an appointment or to receive more information on the Highlands Health Van, please visit the Zufall website at www.zufallhealth.org.

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