LONG BRANCH: The following is a press release from Monmouth Medical Center:
State Senator Joe Kyrillos, local elected and government officials and representatives from Monmouth Medical Center and the Tigger House Foundation gathered together yesterday to dedicate the Tigger Opioid Overdose Recovery Consultation Room in the Monmouth Medical Center Emergency Department.
Funded through a $1 million donation from the Tigger House Foundation, the private consultation room represents a tangible step in Monmouth Medical Center's plan to address the opioid overdose crisis facing the region.
"This generous gift from the Tigger House Foundation creates a lasting legacy at Monmouth Medical Center for a very special person, Tigger Stavola," said Bill Arnold, president and chief executive officer, Monmouth Medical Center. "We are incredibly thankful for the Stavola's ongoing support of our hospital and we are committed to ensuring that this gift brings much needed hope, help, compassion and dignity to all those touched by heroine abuse. The Tigger Opioid Recovery Overdose Consultation Room is the first step in doing so."
The newly-designed room, named in memory of Tigger Stavola who lost his life at age 25 following an accidental overdose, 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.
"Tigger had a heart of gold. It is only fitting that we honor him by extending a hand to others in the same way, as an offering to those who suffer from opioid addiction," said Lisa Stavola, Tigger's mother and co-founder to the Tigger House Foundation. "It is our hope that through the existence of the Tigger Opioid Overdose Recovery Consultation Room, together, with Monmouth Medical Center, we can save lives. This room is a lifeline in the Emergency Department and a crucial step in dealing with the number one killer in Monmouth County that is raging a war against all of our children."
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 Tigger House Foundation is a non-profit organization formed by Lisa and her husband Rick in 2013 and dedicated to reducing the death rate of overdoses due to heroin and opiate addiction. The foundation also works to change public attitudes toward 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 732.914.3815.