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Nation's First Eco-Friendly Mobile Health Van Launched by New Jersey Non-Profit Health Center
Date:7/1/2009

  • Naturally grown materials that are plentiful, renewable, or recycled
  • Building supplies and components responsibly manufactured

  • According to the van's builder, Universal Specialty Vehicles of Perris, Cal., the "green" factor was considered in the selection of every component.

    "We made a 'green' decision wherever we could, as long as the product was proven to hold up over time and could withstand the rigors of the road," explained Andy Mills, the company's president.

    At a cost approaching $300,000, the van was funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Additional funding to help support its first two years of operation was provided by primary sponsor Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a New Jersey-based global pharmaceutical company.

    "Governor Corzine and I are proud that our state is supporting this health and environmental initiative," said Heather Howard, commissioner of health and senior services, New Jersey. "For many years, Zufall Health Center has been meeting the health care needs of the under-served. This van represents an exciting, creative and valuable way for the center to expand its reach."

    "This van will provide thousands of people with critical healthcare services," said Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. chief executive officer Joseph Pieroni. "It's not enough to just tell people to 'get healthy,' we need to help ensure that they have access to the tools, resources and information to help them make appropriate behavior changes that can help them prevent and manage many of the chronic illnesses that are affecting millions of Americans each year, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes."

    Resembling a standard doctor's office, the Highlands Health Van will house two examination rooms and an intake/waiting area. Staffed by a nurse practitioner, a medical assistant, a
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