ARH Dedicates Surgical Center to Late Surgeon

BECKLEY, W.Va (WOAY) – A beloved surgeon at ARH in Beckley passed away last year. On Monday, friends, family and colleagues gathered at the hospital to celebrate Dr. R.C. Shah’s life by dedicating the surgical center to him.

The center will now be called the R.C. Shah MD Surgical Center. Before they officially unveiled the new signage and art, there was a ceremony held where family, friends and those who worked alongside Dr. Shah could share their memories and Shah’s legacy as a great surgeon and patient advocate. 

“Anybody who crossed paths with Dad really understood that this is somebody that didn’t look at you and define you by your faith, your race, your skin color,” Rina Shah, Dr. Shah’s daughter, said. “He was somebody that just believed in equality because he practiced it daily and I think physicians of today should take heed of that and perhaps his legacy will remind them of that over and over.”

The wall and picture of Dr. Shah can be seen on the second floor of ARH. 

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.