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Dr. Ben Fredrick

courtesy of N. Benjamin Fredrick '95


Alumnus provides quality healthcare to Haiti’s impoverished children

Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick’s act of kindness turns global

In 2006, Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick ’95 received an e-mail request from Angel Missions Haiti to host a Haitian boy scheduled for a life-saving heart operation at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Fredrick readily agreed, and then two years later in 2008 decided to visit Haiti where he promptly fell in love with the Caribbean country’s people. Since then, Fredrick, who works as an associate professor of family and community medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, has provided medical guidance to some of Haiti’s orphanages and, particularly, to the impoverished city of Pestel. He works to improve the health and welfare of the villagers by raising funds for teachers’ salaries and children’s education; installing rain-catching systems for water consumption; and gathering funding for health vouchers for citizens to get medical attention. “The needs in Pestel are daunting,” says Fredrick, “but I am convinced that God is greater and will do an amazing work there.”

In March 2009, the dean of Penn State’s College of Medicine, Dr. Harold Paz, asked Fredrick to serve as the director of a new Global Heath Center on the Hershey medical campus. Fredrick says the position is a great opportunity to work on behalf of the poor by utilizing the many resources available locally. “I am learning that service to God includes doing paperwork in my office,” says Fredrick, “taking time with each patient, prioritizing family time, and going to places like Haiti to listen, learn, and maybe advocate on behalf of those who otherwise do not have a voice.”

—Abigail Long ’12

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