Sahai is designated a Hospital Hero

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship
After an award presentation Wednesday, Dr. Subhash Sahai poses with his mother, Urmilla Sahai; Lisa Ridge, Van Diest Medical Center chief executive officer; wife, Dr. Sushma Sahai; and sister-in-law, Nutan Sahai.

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City physician was named one of 10 Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Heroes at a ceremony held at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City Wednesday.

Dr. Subhash Sahai, M.D., was recognized by VDMC Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge at the ceremony that was attended by hospital employees, representatives of the board of trustees and Sahai’s family.

“Oh look, my mom’s here too,” he said as he walked to the front of the conference room.

His mother Urmila Sahai; his wife, Dr. Sushma Sahai, and his sister-in-law, Nutan Sahai, witnessed the presentation.

“The Iowa Hospital Heroes program is a celebration of people of integrity and compassion whose habits of the heart consistently place others before themselves,” Ridge said. “It’s my honor and privilege to recognize Dr. Subhash Sahai.”

Subhash Sahai has been practicing family medicine in Webster City since 1976. He was previously honored by the Iowa Academy of Physicians as the Physician of the Year in 2008.

Ridge said Sahai has given back to the community in multiple ways.

“Generous in giving back to the community, he has supported numerous projects, including schools, churches and the library in Webster City,” she said.

He and his family were also instrumental in building the Hindu Temple at Madrid, she said.

“He’s served as an officer with the Iowa Air National Guard, as a school board member and as a member of the Iowa Board of Regents. His work has distinguished him across the state,” Ridge said.

“Thank you, folks. I truly appreciate this,” he responded. “You guys all make me look good.”

He added, “Many people have preceded me and taught me over the years and I’m always appreciative of that. I’m still learning new things everyday.”

Addressing the staff who were present, he said, “You teach me things every day.”