Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

VOLUNTEERISM; Making the World Better

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

VOLUNTEERISM; Making the World Better

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Like a lot of retirees, George Fipp likes to travel. In fact, he will be leaving again in a few days.

But don't look for him to be reserving a "tee time" at some immaculate, out-of-the way golf course or boarding an excursion bus in a swanky foreign resort.

Fipp, a physician whose speciality was orthopedic surgery, will fly to Cap-Haitien -- the second-largest city in Haiti. From there, he'll travel another 10 miles on the ground to a small town called Milot. Then, he'll report to Sacred Heart Hospital and, as he puts it, "serve the Lord."

In layman's terms, that means he will see as many as 150 patients over the next week. About half typically are people with broken limbs; the others have a variety of maladies, including even polio and tuberculosis.

This isn't something new. Fipp, who had a practice here for more than three decades, began making the trips once a year in 1982. Since retiring in 1995, he has been going twice a year.

Fipp is paid nothing, and he buys his own airplane ticket. …

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