RARITAN TWP., NJ - Dedication, caring and spirit of service would describe Chris Kent, a volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center.
Kent has been volunteering at Hunterdon Medical Center for 21years. He volunteers as a courier in the Transport Department and reports to the job at 8:30 a.m. and leaves around 5 p.m.
Kent recently celebrated two milestones recently; he donated more than 30,000 hours of service, and has made more than150,000 deliveries throughout the hospital.
Kent began volunteering at the hospital through a work-study program facilitated through North Hunterdon High School in Clinton Township.
“I enjoy helping others, and that is why I choose to volunteer at Hunterdon Medical Center,” Kent said.
Kent was born with cerebral palsy, a medical condition causing permanent brain injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. It’s characterized by lack of muscle control and body movement. Kent has worked to this 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,” said Karen DiPaola, Director of Volunteer Services at HMC. “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,” she said. “Chris exemplifies volunteerism at its best. Christopher uses public transportation daily for his volunteer duties, and his enthusiasm never wanes.”
In 2005, Kent 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.
Kent 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 place to live, work and raise families through volunteerism.
Kent’s volunteerism extends beyond HMC. For many years, he 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).
Originally from High Bridge, he now lives in Oldwick. He is a 1998 graduate of North Hunterdon High School, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 149 from 1988 to 1996, which he received First Class rank.
To learn more about volunteering at Hunterdon Medical Center, call 908-788-6140.