BELLEVILLE — In the spring of 2013, Dr. Anil Shah died after a courageous battle with cancer. As an interventional cardiologist, Shah came to the area in 1984 and quickly became the driving force behind a new invasive cardiology program for the region. His vision was to provide accessible, life-saving heart care on this side of the river. He dedicated 29 years to caring for the hearts of people in this community.
On Friday, June 17, past patients, physicians, colleagues and the public are invited to honor Shah at the unveiling of a bronze bust of his likeness.
It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the Prairie Heart Institute Building at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 340 W. Lincoln St., Belleville.
“Dr. Shah was a proud St. Elizabeth’s colleague and wanted to provide the very best care for families close to home. I’m proud to be a part of the excellent cardiac care programs that he helped build,” said Bonnie Schnieder, MS RT, director of Heart and Vascular Services.
Funds for the statue were raised through special events such as the Dr. Shah Memorial 5K Run/Walk, put on by St. Elizabeth’s and Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants staff members in September 2016.
In addition to the bust, a grand piano, donated by the Shah family, was recently installed in the lobby space where the event will be held.
The unveiling ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
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