Dr. Pat Abbitt: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
Dr. Pat Abbitt is daily looking for ways she can enhance Gainesville through her volunteer services.
Category: Community Service
About Dr. Pat Abbitt
Occupation: Physician, Radiologist
Years in Gainesville: 23
Children:Two grown sons
Weekly, she collects and delivers food to those in need, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Gainesville Harvest. She is active in the redevelopment of the Wilmot Gardens and works with Arupa Freeman's Home Van, especially with the monthly preparation of chili that is served to the homeless at the Downtown Plaza. Every December she plans a stocking stuffing event to prepare gifts for the homeless, stuffing hundreds of stockings with basic, needed items. She participates in an ongoing recycling program at Shands Hospital, pairing materials with independent businesses in the community at large. She is active in the League of Women Voters and serves as a poll worker. In 2009, she received the Hippocratic Award, given by the University of Florida medical school graduates, an award recognizing the physician who best exemplifies the ideals of Hippocrates. Dr. Pat Abbitt is a Gainesville treasure who enhances the quality of life in our community for all of us. Volunteering is simply a part of her most authentic self; she never refuses a call to service.
Nominated by Shelley Mickle