The South Asian Times

07 December 2019 21:55 PM

Humanitarian Award for Drs Neelima and Mukul Parikh

New York: The United Way of the Capital Region’s Tocqueville Society recently honored Drs. Neelima and Mukul Parikh with the 2016 Humanitarian Award.

The society said that the Indian American physician couple, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., were honored for their outstanding commitment to improving lives throughout the region.

The Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a local leader, or leaders, who meets the criteria of having a commitment to voluntary systems of human services; having a creative approach to serving the community; are outstanding in providing leadership and working with others; provide sustained service over a period of years; are inspirational in encouraging others to serve; their actions have had or will have a major impact on changing and saving lives; and, produce results that are clearly visible and tangible.

The two doctors have practiced anesthesiology since 1984 at West Shore Anesthesia and Riverside Anesthesia Associates, respectively, and both have served in leadership positions within their profession.

Since the 1980s, Neelima and Mukul have used their medical talents, as well as their spirit for philanthropy, to take medical mission trips to parts of India, Africa, Haiti, the Philippines and Thailand. These trips are financed using personal vacation time as well as personal funds. The couple strives to complete two mission trips a year, according to the United Way news release.

In 2013, Mukul and Neelima founded Operation Medical, a nonprofit organization comprised of trained professionals and volunteers committed to providing high quality medical care and education to the most at-risk communities around the globe.

Mukul, president of Operation Medical, along with Neelima conduct surgeries, help secure financial resources, medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals, and inspire others to join in this life-changing work, it said.

Both are very active with the Hindu American Religious Institute. Neelima served as the first female president of HARI and on its board of directors. Mukul has served as chair of the board of HARI, where he also taught Sunday school for 25 years and coordinated youth group activities for a decade.

Additionally, the Parikhs are longtime donors of the United Way, providing the largest individual-given gift in 2015 at $100,000

Update: 24 Dec, 2016