Giving should be from the heart according to Ramesh Patel, PharmD, Senior Director of Pharmacy Services and Clinical Research at Swedish Covenant Hospital. It is this philosophy that inspires Dr. Patel to give back to Swedish Covenant Hospital, his employer of 36 years.
Dr. Patel’s commitment to philanthropy stems from his personal beliefs on giving back to the organizations that have made an impact in his life. He is also inspired by his father who taught him the importance of giving, particularly to schools and to health care. “Schools improve humankind and without hospitals, we couldn’t survive,” Dr. Patel said.
When it comes to philanthropy, Dr. Patel believes in leading by example. He hopes other employees give generously for the same cause. He understands that in order for the system to provide the best care for patients in the best environment, philanthropy is necessary. He knows that his support makes a difference for the hospital, and most recently he pledged to support the Women’s Health Initiative.
“We need donations for progress,” Dr. Patel said. “It isn’t patient dollars that pay for facility improvements, it’s donations.”
In addition to his philanthropy, Dr. Patel has made a significant impact on growing and shaping the pharmacy program. He is passionate about teaching future pharmacists patient-centered care and encourages education among his employees.