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We welcome you to our 'Donor Spotlight' series.
Donor Spotlight: Dr. Gita Shah
Hello, what is your name and your title?
Dr. Gita K. Shah, I am the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infusion Center.
How long have you been with the organization?
I started my internship in 1975. I have completed over 46 years working for UM Capital Region Health.
Are you originally from Prince George’s County?
Yes, I am from
What inspired you to donate?
I am inspired by the people of PG county everyday, and work to medically help them. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the hospital and the doctors in various specialties who mentored me along the way. I attribute my success to these teachers, who provided me the education I needed to help the patient population.
To what programs/services did you donate and why?
a) I believe strongly in education. As a result, part of my donation will go to lecture halls on the first floor of the new hospital. b) I started infusion center practices from my office in PG county in 1983 to provide outpatient infusion services. I would like to donate to the infusion center at the new hospital. c) Due to my strong belief in infection prevention, I am also donating to the isolation rooms in the CCC (Critical Care Center).
Why do you think it is important to support UM Capital philanthropically?
I owe a great deal to this hospital - it is where I spent the last 45 years serving the population of this great County. My donation is a continuation of my involvement and support of the hospital.
What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy?
My wish is that my donation will help the new hospital provide excellent medical care and experience for our patients, staff and providers. I also hope to inspire my colleagues and friends to give back to a place that has given us so much.
How do you describe this organization to others?
Our mission is to provide high- quality, accessible healthcare services in partnership with our community. Our focus is to provide the best experience and outcomes for our patients.
What do you wish everyone knew about UM Capital?
I want everyone to know UMCapital is a one stop medical center for outpatient and inpatient care. This is supported by our research, technology, best practices, amazing people, and our state-of-the-art new location.
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?
My father, husband, children and grandchildren inspire me. My father had a vision for me to become a doctor and go to America. His belief in me led me to where I am today. My husband and children have been my constant support since residency and to this day. My patients are also a constant source of inspiration.
Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?
I ’m proud of the work that I have been able to do with my Infectious Disease/Internal Medicine specialty. I have applied my knowledge to help patients through many epidemics/pandemics including HIV/AIDS and most recently COVID-19. I especially have always enjoyed training and mentoring residents and other doctors.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long-term?
I hope that the organization can expand to all specialties and subspecialties to provide a wide variety of care to our community. In the long term, I would like us to focus on education and research in the field of medicine and healthcare.
What other organizations or causes do you support?
I support various organizations (our hospital, religious organizations, and charity) in both countries where I spend my life in the U.S. and India.
Do you have a message to share?
The message for my colleagues and coworkers is let's make UM Capital Region Medical Center the best in patient care and outcomes. We are all blessed to work here and we will be stronger if we work together as a team to give back to our community through our new hospital.
A gift to UM Capital Region Health’s Together, We’re The Change Campaign is an investment in the healthcare of our community. Each gift strikes a balance between a visual monument of your commitment to the residents of Prince George’s County and your desire to support needs within our medical lines of service and specialty programs. Interested in Naming Opportunities within the New Region Medical Center