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CHICAGO (IL) — The Indian American Medical Association (IAMA) of Illinois held its 34th annual meeting and banquet on November 8 at the classy Meadows Club Grand Ballroom, 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL. Also Read - Women's Day 2020: President Kovind Presents 'Nari Shakti' Awards to Exceptional Women of India
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The IAMA is a non-profit professional organization comprising Illinois’s physicians of Indian origin committed to professional excellence in quality patient care, education and community healthcare.
Its motto is unity of purpose, collegiality in action, commitment to excellence and compassion towards fellow beings.
The banquet was attended by Congressman Danny K Davis, Dr Elliott Antman, president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Bharat Barai, AAPI president Dr Ravi Jahagirdar, ISMS president-elect Dr. Scot Cooper, Chicago Medical society president elect Dr. Kathy Tyneus, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykins, Cook County Commissioner Timothy Snyder, Mr Michael Jankowski, President Wealth Planning Network, LLC,
Also present were Mr. Anthony and Mr. Michael Pellegrino of Goldstone Financial Group, and Metro Events, Inc, Mayors of Oakbrook & Burridge, Schaumburg Township Trustee, Dr. Yash Amin, Illinois Board of Pharmacy, the Hospital CEOs From Jackson park Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital & Alexian Brothers.
There were different booths of vendors which included Wealth Planning Network – Grand Sponsor, Prudential, Novonordisk, Alexian Brothers, Global financial Group -Ashok Sanghavi, Modern Laboratory Inc, Mediquest Diagnostic center S.C, Carolina Liquid Chemistries, Goldstone financial group.-silver sponsor, Med Mal Direct insurance company, Medtronics, Samland Health Home Options, Boehringer-Ingelheim-unpaid, Bayer Medical, transition hospice and Chicago home health.
The keynote Address was given by Dr. Elliott Antman, president of the American Heart Association, who had specially flown in from Boston. Dr. Hemlata Bakane IAMA president, presented an appreciation plaque to Dr. Antman for delivering the keynote address and joining the IAMA event.
The crowning glory was the historic Congressional salute to 20 past IAMA presidents from 1981 to 2013 all of whom were present and were honored by US Congressman Danny K. Davis by presenting each president with a medal.
IAMA president Dr Bakane also presented each past president with prized official congressional cufflinks as a commemorative honor for their exemplary leadership.
The following awards were given away: Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Bharat Barai, Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Pratap Kumar, Distinguished Physician Award to Dr. Peter A Noronha, President’s Appreciation Award to Dr. Vemuri Murthy and Golden Stethoscope Awards Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, AAPl President.
The first prize went to Bhagya Puppala, the second prize to Christopher Nyugen and the third to Shikha Jain.
Dr. Hemlata Bakane passed the gavel to incoming president Dr. Kamal Patel.
Dr. Hemlata Bakane expressed her appreciation to those who helped her throughout the year, especially Chaya Patel, wife of incoming president Dr Kamal Patel, for creating beautiful centerpieces, Sayali Vilekar for her dedication and expertise, Neelesh Vilekar for excellent work as technology consultant.
She also praised Dr Sukanya Reddy for taking charge of registration, Tanya Prabhakar for organizing golden stethoscope award -poster presentation, Usha Vasa, and Bela Shah for their invaluable help and MCs Rachana Rawal and Radhika Chinmata.
Vote of thanks was performed by Dr. Tapas Dasgupta who thanked everybody, including exhibitors/ booth sponsors, the souvenir advertisers, Air India and all other patrons who bought tables and raffle tickets.
This story originally appeared on Hi India Live.