"Nearly 600 guests filled the ballroom at the 53rd Annual Man O’War Gala to honor Hassan Vakil, M.D., and Virgie Vakil, Esq., for their lifetime of service to Riddle Hospital and community. A tribute video brought the crowd to tears with touching vignettes, recalling the couple’s generosity, mentoring, friendship, professional skills and kindness. Among the guests were 65 Riddle nurses and 95 Riddle physicians to congratulate Dr. Vakil’s 40 years as a surgeon and 30 years as Division Chair at the Hospital, where he pioneered laparoscopic surgeries and built a solid surgical system for excellent care. Among the special remarks were those delivered by Dr. William Ayers, who is now Chair of Surgery and has known the couple well: “I want to thank Virgie for sharing Hassan with us as we know the
sacrifices that were made by you and the boys. And of course extend my appreciation to Hassan for all he has done for me.” With dual careers in nursing and law, Virgie holds her own when it comes to healthcare and general law, and is
most proud of being the founding partner of Kelly Grimes Pietrangelo and Vakil of Media, PA. “Behind every successful man is a woman and the woman behind Dr. Vakil is Virgie,” stated Kathy Warren, President of The Associated Auxiliaries and lifetime friend. The accolades continued throughout the evening to stress the outstanding gifts of time, skill and passion that Virgie and Hassan have made to their hospital, family, patients, clients and community. “We are all better and forever grateful for their shared passion and sacrifices over the years as well as their enduring spirit, to serve and treat others in a manner that defines and inspires the highest standards of excellence, professionalism and compassion,” said Gary Perecko, Hospital and Foundation President. “Dr. Vakil is held in the highest regard by his friends and colleagues—it is indeed an honor and privilege to work and consult with him on any number of initiatives and plans to enhance care and service at Riddle Hospital,” continued Gary Perecko. “His vision, energy, laser focus and leadership skills are inspiring to me and others with whom he collaborates, in so many ways.” Hassan and Virgie Vakil love Riddle Hospital and have created The Vakil Emergency Department Fund, to benefit the planned Emergency Department expansion project." For information about this fund, please contact Steve Derby at 484-227-3651.
In September, Dr. Hassan C. Vakil was honored by the Board of Directors of Riddle Hospital for 30 years of service as Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Vakil, who began his medical career as a surgeon at Riddle in 1972, will continue his practice and devote more time to his role as a member of The Riddle HealthCare Foundation Board. “Riddle has a great future and I will continue to work hard to take this message to the community and members of our medical staff. I have observed the vision and foresight of Main Line Health...the emphasis on patient safety, quality care, patient satisfaction and above all a team work approach,” Dr. Vakil said. Dr. Vakil and his wife, Virgie M. Vakil, Esq, will be honored at the Man O’War Gala on April 28, 2012.
Member of the Board of Directors - Riddle Health Care Foundation