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Oceanside student among three volunteers to earn prestigious scholarship from South Nassau Communities Hospital

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In recognition of their service as junior volunteers at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Madeline DiDominica, of Oceanside, Jomo Osborne, of Baldwin, and Jerusha Medidha, of Rockville Centre, have been awarded the hospital’s annual Dorothy M. Sharer Scholarship.

The three have a combined 652 hours of dedicated volunteer service to the hospital. The scholarships awarded ranged between $250 and $1,000.

Sharer was a devoted and beloved volunteer at South Nassau for more than 30 years. Recipients of the scholarship emulate Sharer’s traits while demonstrating a desire to pursue degrees in higher education that would prepare them for careers in health care.

A South Nassau volunteer since 2017, Di Dominica has logged 128 hours working in various departments and units throughout the hospital. Some of her responsibilities have included delivering supplies to the units and multiple messenger duties, as well as assisting in pediatrics. She will be pursuing a nursing degree at Molloy College in the fall.

Osborne has been a volunteer since June 2017. He has logged 350 hours volunteering in Central Supply and has assisted in External Affairs and at the South Nassau 5K walk. While volunteering in Central, some of his responsibilities have included delivering and distributing medical equipment throughout the hospital. He will be going off to college in the fall and will be on the Pre-Med track at the University of Arkansas.

Medidha has been a volunteer since June 2016. She has logged 174 hours in various departments and multiple units throughout the hospital. Over her time as a volunteer, she has been a greeter in the main lobby, assisted patients and staff on patient care units, ran errands and delivered supplies throughout the hospital. She will be pursuing a degree in nursing at Sacred Heart University starting this fall.

No experience is necessary to volunteer at South Nassau; anyone with spare time, an easy smile and a kind heart qualifies. Junior high and high school-aged young adults can volunteer after school, on weekends or during spring and summer breaks. It’s not only an excellent opportunity to help others, but also a great way to get a firsthand look at the healthcare field for those youngsters who may be considering this as a career. For more information about the junior volunteers program or volunteering at South Nassau, call the volunteer office at (516) 632-3928.

Courtesy South Nassau Communities Hospital; compiled by Briana Bonfiglio.