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Premiere Date: September 10 at 11:00 AM

In this video series, a resource to our community, mental health experts from MMC answer your questions and share thoughts and resources. The effects of COVID-19 have not only taken a physical toll, but have left an invisible mark on our mental wellness. For those who have suffered previously with mental health issues, and for those who find themselves with new feelings of anxiety, stress and fear, this Community Conversation is here to support you.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from our panel of experts:

  • Stan Evanowksi, LCSW, LCADC Director of Behavioral Health Services at MMC
  • Stephanie Petrucha, LCSW Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at MMC
  • Johnna Malter, MA Child and Family Crisis Clinician at Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS), MMC
  • Donna Martini, LCSW, EISS Program Director
  • Tia A. Susak BSN, RN

All proceeds benefit Behavioral Health at Monmouth Medical Center

For more information please contact the Foundation office at 732-923-6886 or


Lighting the Pathway to Mental Wellnessfireflies

Click here for Information, Resources and Contacts for Behavioral Health

Visit here more information about mental health treatment and care.

Raising awareness for mental health has always been at the forefront of our efforts, but now especially, it is important to provide our community with information and resources on mental health, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on new stresses and anxieties. For many, these are new feelings they may have never had, and it is important for us to provide ways to receive help and make good choices when coping with these stresses.

Monmouth Medical Center Foundation has put together a series of videos on mental health and wellness. Please look for the entire in-depth series which will be available in the first quarter of 2021. This video features our MMC mental health experts, sharing information with our community on resources for mental health, and answering questions those may have going during the holiday season.

Our mission:

  • Raise funds and spread awareness for mental health wellness at Monmouth Medical Center
  • Support Behavioral Health at Monmouth Medical Center. The Fireflies Council is proud to support the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health program in Monmouth County.

Council Members:

Carolyn Deforte
Gloria Nilson
Ruth Harms
Stephanie Pianoforte
Angel Johnson
Joelle Marcelli
Deanna Savino
Kristin Tudor
Maria Wood

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Carolyn Deforte, DMD, Founder and Chair of the Fireflies

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The Fireflies Behavioral Health Garden

Join The Fireflies Council for Behavioral Health to help revive the outdoor space that is currently being used by Behavioral Health for patients to go outside for fresh air. The goal is to make this space more tranquil, family-friendly and a true “breath of fresh air” from their days spent inside the hospital.

The Fireflies Wall of Inspiration

Join the Fireflies Council for Behavioral Health to help build the “Wall of Inspiration.” The Wall will be located in the Behavioral Health Lobby and will feature words of hope and quotes of wisdom. The Wall will inspire patients and families and help them through this difficult time in their life.

Patient Stories

  • "Monmouth Medical Center’s incredible physicians saved my life, saved my brain and added to the quality of my life, now we want to pay it forward and get involved.”

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  • When Central Regional High School basketball coach Mike Clemente was diagnosed with a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he turned to Monmouth Medical Center for his life-saving treatment.

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