Beesley’s Point Resident Becomes Newest Member of Shore Memorial Hospital’s Caring Clown Practice

December 09, 2010

Patients at Shore Memorial Hospital in need of a smile now have a new person to turn to.

Beesley’s Point resident Jim Schmidt – also known as “Dr. Beeslee” - has become the newest member of Shore Memorial’s Bumper “T” Caring Clowns, a group of volunteers who donate a few hours of their time each week to visit patients and provide them with some of the best medicine – laughter.

In order to become a Caring Clown, Schmidt underwent a six-week training period where he learned special sensitivity training for working in a hospital setting and how to be a good listener. Graduates of the program receive their honorary degrees as funnyboneologists and a new clown name.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Caring Clown, contact Shore Memorial’s Volunteer Office at 609-653-3543.

Pictured above (from l to r): George Onufer, aka Dr. Ferris Wheel (Ocean City); Shore Memorial Hospital Director of Volunteer Services Lisa DiTroia; Jim Schmidt, aka Dr. Beeslee (Beesley’s Point); Bill Smigo, aka Dr. Gizmo (Cape May); Caring Clown Program Founder James Cooper (Margate); Dolores Wilson, aka Nurse Dee Dee Bell (Longport); Sheila Williams, aka Nurse Petunia (Cape May) and Rebecca Dickerson, aka Dr. Bobby (Ocean City).