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Congressman Frank Pallone Meets with Monmouth Medical Center Representatives to Discuss Health Issues


Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. recently paid a visit to Monmouth Medical Center to meet with leadership of both RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and The Unterberg Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department to discuss vital health care services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention plays a key role in the struggle to help those addicted to heroin and opioids through its Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP).

RWJBarnabas Health utilizes trained staff called “recovery specialists,” who meet with Narcan-reversed patients in the emergency departments with the goal of engaging them to seek addiction treatment. The recovery specialists sit with patients and serve as advocates for the specialized needs of an individual with a substance use disorder. Once agreeable to seek treatment, OORP patient navigators step in to provide case management services. These navigators provide assistance for clinical treatment and help patients to navigate through other challenges, such as housing or educational needs.

“Addiction is a complicated disease and one that is baffling to the public,” said Institute for Prevention’s vice president Connie Greene. “One of the biggest challenges is that, unlike with other diseases, addicts resist help. Recovery specialists are key and make a real difference because they know how to intervene with a very resistant person.”

Begun in January 2016, OORP is funded by a grant administered by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the Department of Human Services, and is the result of the collaborative efforts of the DMHAS, the Department of Children and Families and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Children’s Emergency Department

The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center provides a Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) designed to meet the unique needs of young people. Led by physicians with fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine, it consistently ranks among the top 10 percent of emergency departments nationwide for patient satisfaction.

Recently, the Pediatric ED expanded its hours to provide services 24/7.


Pictured with Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (center) are, from left: Connie Greene, vice president of the Institute for Prevention, Institute for Prevention recovery specialists Eric McIntire, Jenn Reidy and Angela Cicchino and Michael Litterer, director of prevention, and recovery specialist.


Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. visits Monmouth Medical Center’s Thomas & Ann Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Department, which expanded its hours to 24/7 on January 3. He is shown here with David DeMatteo, assistant clinical director of Emergency Services for Monmouth Medical Center.

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