Hunterdon Medical Center Volunteer Celebrates Achievement
Pictured: Chris Kent, a Volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center has made over 150,000 deliveries at the hospital and donated over 30,000 hours of service. Chris is pictured delivering a package to Pharmacist, Linda Cox at Hunterdon Regional Pharmacy located in Hunterdon Medical Center.
Dedication, caring and spirit of service would describe Chris Kent, a volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center. Chris Kent, has been volunteering at Hunterdon Medical Center for the past twenty-one years. He volunteers as a courier in the Transport Department and reports to the job at 8:30 a.m. and leaves around 5:00 p.m. Chris celebrated two milestones recently; he donated over 30,000 hours of service and has made over 150,000 deliveries throughout the hospital.
Chris began volunteering at the hospital through a work-study program facilitated through North Hunterdon High School in Annandale. “I enjoy helping others, and that is why I choose to volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center,” stated Chris Kent.
Born with cerebral palsy, a medical condition (causing permanent brain injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth,) characterized by lack of muscle control and body movement, Chris has overcome his disability in order to dedicate his life to helping others. “To accomplish his tasks more efficiently, his motorized wheelchair was fitted with a special basket that he attaches when he reports each day. His deliveries may include specimens for the Laboratory, Charts to Medical Records, package deliveries, some of the many supplies that are needed on patient units at a moment’s notice,” explained Karen DiPaola, Director of Volunteer Services at Hunterdon Medical Center. DiPaola added, “Chris exemplifies volunteerism at its best. Christopher uses public transportation daily for his volunteer duties, and his enthusiasm never wanes.”
In 2005, Chris received the “Hunterdon Medical Center Wescott Award”, bestowed upon individuals who are honored for consistently demonstrating the core values of Caring, Collaboration, Communication and Integrity. He also received the NJ Governors’ Volunteer Award in 2004. This prestigious award is given to individuals and groups who are dedicated to making New Jersey a better state to live, work and raise families through volunteerism.
Chris’ volunteerism extends beyond Hunterdon Medical Center. For many years, he had participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He also has been an active participant in the Special Olympics, where, in 1999, Chris competed in Raleigh, North Carolina and won two gold medals (for the 400 meters and 200 meters relay) and a silver medal (for the 100-meter relay).
Chris originally from High Bridge, New Jersey now resides in Oldwick. He is a 1998 graduate of North Hunterdon Regional High School, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 149 from 1988 to 1996, which he received First Class rank.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hunterdon Medical Center please call 908-788-6140.
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