A bronze bust of longtime cardiologist Anil Shah, MD, was unveiled at a special dedication ceremony on June 17 at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. St. Elizabeth’s President and Chief Executive Officer Peg Sebastian, right, shared a moment with Jayshree Shah, wife of Dr. Shah, as she was presented with a donation from the Shah family.
BELLEVILLE – A memorial bust was dedicated to honor the late Anil Shah, MD, at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital on Friday.
He was a longtime champion in bringing high-quality cardiology physicians and advanced technologies to Southwestern Illinois.
Past patients, physicians, colleagues, the public, and members of Shah’s family were in attendance to honor his memory and unveil a bronze bust created in his image. It is located in the lobby of the Prairie Heart Institute building on St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Belleville campus.
Shah died of cancer in the spring of 2013. As an interventional cardiologist, he 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, lifesaving heart care on this side of the river. He dedicated 29 years to his work.
“Anyone who knew Anil knows that he was a caring, kind-hearted physician who loved his patients,” said Peg Sebastian, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital president and chief executive officer. “He was a pioneer for cardiac care in the region and truly set the stage for the growth and progress the program is experiencing today.”
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.
The plaque reads as follows, “Anil Shah, MD 1953-2013. Remarkable physician, mentor and role model. Friend to all colleagues and patients who knew him. Founder of St. Elizabeth’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, he was invaluable to our community and leaves us with his legacy of commitment to outstanding cardiac care. His endearing demeanor and vibrant spirit were his hallmark. He is dearly missed.”
The bust was designed by artist Thomas Foppe, of Foppy Visual Communications.
In addition to the bust, a grand piano, donated by the Shah family, has also recently been installed in the lobby space. The Shah family also presented a donation to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation.
— From the Illinois Business Journal