March 29, 2014 //
Dr. Olujoke (pronounced Oh-loo-jo-kay) Jones calls Arkansas home but she hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to live in a third-world country. A CHLT Hospitalist since 2011, Dr. Jones works locum tenens exclusively as a way to give back to her native Nigeria. “I have always had a desire to give back to humanity,” she shares. “Living in the U.S. for close to 20 years, I am familiar with the major obstacles we are yet to overcome in less-developed countries.” Hailing from a land of stark contrasts—oil-fueled wealth and modernity interspersed with poverty and a lack of available healthcare, Dr. Jones has had a longtime dream of doing what she can to help the less fortunate back home.
By capitalizing on the flexibility of the locum tenens assignments she accepts with Sarah Thacker, her Hospitalist rep, Dr. Jones has finally fulfilled a dream she shared with her late husband. She established Labors of Love, an organization that facilitates mission trips to under-served African nations.