Shri Prabodh Mehta at the launch
Recently Indian Postal Department issued special Postal Stamps in memory of Late Smt. Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta and Late Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta. The stamps, priced at Rs. 5 have images of Late Smt. Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta, Late Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta and Lilavati Hospital building. The stamps have been issued under ‘My Stamp’, a personalized stamp scheme run by the postal department.
Shri Mehta, born in Palanpur on Feb 7, 1907, was a pioneering Indian diamantaire, the first to start a company in Belgium in 1953 - Gembel NV as well as in Israel, and had a network across all the major diamond centres of the world.
In 1964, his wife Smt. Lilavati passed away in Chandigarh while they were on a pilgrimage to Haridwar. She passed away at a very young age as at that time there was lack of medical facilities in India. He therefore asked his sons to build a hospital under Lilavati’s name as she didn’t get proper medical care at that time.
Shri Chetan Mehta at the launch
Lilavati Hospital set up in 1997, was a culmination of the philanthropic activity he was also involved in. It was envisioned by him in memory of Late Smt. Lilavati K. Mehta with the aim of improving healthcare for the common man.
During his stay in Thailand, Late Shri Kirtilal Manilal Mehta observed that though it was a tiny country it had much better medical facilities than India. Lilavati Hospital building was modeled on hospital in Antwerp called Middleline Hospital. At the time it was set up, many described it as a ‘white elephant’, since the model of an expensive fully air-conditioned hospital was then unknown in India.
Unfortunately the Lilavati Hopsital building was just being constructed when Shri Mehta passed away on July 20, 1993.
Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, an NABH Accredited premier multi-specialty tertiary care hospital is today widely acknowledged as centre of medical excellence.
Felicitation of postal officials
To celebrate the release of the stamps, a get-together was held by the Hospital Trustees on Aug 21, 2018 coinciding with the birthday of Shri. Prabodh K. Mehta. Function was attended by Trustees’ family members & well-wishers and staff of the hospital.
The trustees were welcomed by Lt. Gen. Dr. V. Ravishankar, Chief Operating Officer and Shri Ajaykumar Pande, Vice President; followed by a welcome note by Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan, IAS (Retd.) - Principal Advisor to the Board of Trustees and Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre.
Members of the Board of Trustees - Shri Prabodh K. Mehta, Shri Nanik Rupani and Shri Chetan P. Mehta also paid their gratitude to the founder and thanked the staff for their contribution.
On behalf of the Board of Trusrees, Shri. Prabodh K. Mehta, Smt. Rekha H. Sheth and Smt. Sushila V. Mehta, all of them Trustees, felicitated Smt. A. S. Joshi - Post Master of Bandra Post Office, Smt. G. Shetye - Postal Assistant of Bandra Post Office, Shri Chindarkar and Shri Gaonkar - postmen from Bandra post office who deliver post to Lilavati Hospital.
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