ARH Dedicates the RC Shah, MD, Surgical Center


BECKLEY, W.Va. (September 27, 2019) – Beckley ARH will hold a Memorial Tribute and Dedication in honor of the late RC Shah, MD, on Monday, Sept. 30. The tributes will begin at noon at the MK Hasan Behavioral Science Center gymnasium located near the emergency department entrance.

The ceremony will include words from Joe Grossman, President/CEO of ARH; Michael Chirico, Deputy Chief of Staff/Counsel Office of Congresswoman Carol Miller; and, tributes from area medical providers. Shah family members will also share memories and poems.

Dr. Shah passed away on April 30, 2018.

“We will pause to remember the life of the Dr. Shah,” says Rocco K. Massey, Community CEO for Beckley ARH. “He was admired and respected by the medical community, his patients, and most importantly his family. He was devoted to serving the medical needs of southern West Virginia.”

For more than 40 years Dr. Shah was a general surgeon in private practice. Beckley ARH will be dedicating the 2nd floor operating wing as the “RC Shah, MD, Surgical Center.”

Dr. Shah’s career included roles ranging from Board of Trustees member to Medical Director for both Beckley and Summers County ARH Hospitals. Dr. Shah served as president of the WV American College of Surgeons and earned many accolades and titles. Among them were Chairman of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and President of the Raleigh County Medical Society.

Shah spent decades teaching medical students and residents from institutions across the state and beyond, including 20 years as a Clinical Associate Professor for WVU School of Medicine.

Dr. Shah found great joy in consulting on surgical cases from around the world. He was described as a true visionary, taking great pride in being innovative throughout his lifetime. He was known for holding a tremendous desire to learn and share knowledge that was ahead of the times. His genuine belief in inclusiveness was evidenced by his advocacy for patient rights and his fervent work to promote the healthcare of all West Virginians. He dedicated his life to a great many causes; he cared deeply about education and serving the poor, sick and hungry at home and abroad.

“Dr. Shah will be remembered as more than a physician,” said Massey. “He will be remembered as a true intellectual who had a unique and rare ability to make all those he encountered feel as if they were members of his family.”

Tributes will begin in the gymnasium at noon and then move to the second floor lobby for the surgical center dedication. The event is open to the public.


Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), ranked as one of the Top 10 Employers in Kentucky by Forbes Magazine, is a not-for-profit health system operating 13 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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