Lisa and Rick Stavola, center, pictured with Tara Kelly, vice president
of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, and Bill Arnold, president
and chief executive officer, Monmouth Medical Center.
Monmouth Medical Center recently received a $1 million donation from the
Tigger House Foundation to support the Medical Center’s response
to the opioid overdose crisis.
Monmouth Medical Center is part of a State-grant-funded Opioid Overdose
Recovery Program, which links individuals reversed from an opioid overdose
with recovery support services and treatment after being seen in Monmouth
Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Recovery specialists play
a critical role in engaging reversed patients with the goal of entry to
the appropriate level of care, while patient navigators work to ensure
access to appropriate treatment and services and a smooth transition of care.
The gift will fund a private consultation room in Monmouth’s Emergency
Department. The newly-designed area will enable patients and families
dealing with substance abuse to meet with physicians, recovery specialists,
patient navigators and counselors in a comfortable and private setting.
Additionally, Monmouth Medical Center will work to honor the memory of
Tigger Stavola through its efforts to reduce the stigma that surrounds
the disease of addiction.
“Our son, Rick Jr., who was known to friends and family as Tigger,
was larger than life — he had a big heart and a special smile that
would light up a room,” said Rick Stavola, who started the Tigger
House Foundation with his wife, Lisa, in 2013 in memory of their son following
his death from an accidental overdose. “If we can help prevent other
families from going through what we did, we will have been successful
and honored his memory. I believe this partnership with Monmouth Medical
Center will help save more lives.”
“The statistics surrounding opioid use and overdose in Monmouth County
are staggering,” said Bill Arnold, president and chief executive
officer, Monmouth Medical Center. “The generosity of the Tigger
House Foundation will greatly assist Monmouth Medical Center in our efforts
to combat this deadly epidemic.”
“This heartfelt gift from the Tigger House Foundation ensures that
patients and families struggling with addiction have access to the support
they need,” said Tara Kelly, vice president of development, Monmouth
Medical Center Foundation. “The work Tigger House and the Stavolas
are doing in memory of their son is truly remarkable and will certainly
make a difference in the lives of other families.”
The Tigger House Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing
the death rate of overdoses due to heroin and opiate addiction. The foundation
also works to change public attitudes towards individuals who struggle
with addiction by addressing the illicit heroin and opiate epidemic.
In addition to partnering with government, law enforcement, legal and medical
professionals to provide opportunities for rehabilitation and to halt
the spread of illicit drugs through local dealers and prescription drug
abuse, it maintains Tigger House, a 12-bed sober living house in Middletown.
Monmouth Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services will provide
its psychiatric hotline as a resource for callers to Tigger House. Managed
by Oxford House, Tigger House is helping to establish sober-living housing
throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.
For more information on the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program at Monmouth
Medical Center, or if you or someone you know needs help, please call
the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention at