Shore Medical Center volunteers Courtney Wolf and Ayolola Oguntuase have much in common. Both are dedicated volunteers, both recently graduated from high school and are heading to college in a few weeks, both are pursuing careers in the medical field, both plan to play varsity sports in college and both were chosen Atlantic City Press Outstanding Teens.
Lola Oguntuase of Egg Harbor Township is headed to Thomas Jefferson University where she plans to major in Pre Med Studies. A two-year volunteer, Lola started in registration in the Emergency Dept. and this year moved to 4 Hayes. She said her experience as a volunteer was very helpful in solidifying her decision to pursue medicine. “My experience in the ED was subtle, it allowed me to see the staff interacting with patients, helping them and calming them in sometimes stressful situations,” said Lola. “On 4 Hayes I had more interaction with patients face to face and that encouraged my decision.”
While her interest in the medical field was always there, it was a sad incident that brought her to volunteer at Shore. Lola explained that a death in the family helped guide her decision where to volunteer. Her grandmother passed away at SMC two years ago. “It was when my grandmother passed away and I saw the empathy and compassion of the nurses and the doctors and how they were truly helping my family I made the decision to volunteer here at Shore. I knew this was a quality hospital but our experience showed that even more clearly.”
Courtney Wolf of Northfield will head off to Holy Family to study nursing and has spent five summers volunteering at Shore Medical Center, all of them in the ED. “I like where there is something different happening all the time and I think that is why I like the ED so much, because it’s always changing,” said Courtney. She was also a member of the SMC Medical Explorers. “My role in the ED has expanded each year and I have really enjoyed seeing so many facets of the department.” She has also taken some of the experiences learned here at Shore back into her life. She volunteers as well for the Faces 4 Autism group and helped with their events and helped spread autism awareness at Mainland Region High School.
The experience of working with the staff in the ED is something that Courtney said will help her adjust to a new life in college. “This is truly a teaching hospital, being here has taught me so much about working with all different kinds of people and situations and how a kind word is able to make a big difference when people come into the ED and are scared,” said Courtney.
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