Dr. Henry Patel, a cardiologist with Cape Fear Heart Associates – NHRMC Physician Group and active member of the medical staff, passed away suddenly on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
A live stream of his services will be held and will be shared in the NHRMC Auditorium. Employees and providers may view the service in the Auditorium, where capacity will be extremely limited to ensure social distancing, or they may live stream on Zoom from their own electronic devices.
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Tribute from Dr. Hall
Dr. Patel touched many lives and his loss will be deeply felt. Below is a tribute written by friend, Dr. Sandra Hall:
Monday, August 3,2020 our community suffered a tremendous loss with the death of our beloved Dr Hemantkumar Patel, Dr Henry Patel.
Hemantkumar Patel, aka Henry Patel, aka Ninja, aka Dr Boom, ( ask Louise) was born in India, raised in Panama, trained in Hershey, PA, and to our good fortune decided to settle in Wilmington, NC with his beautiful wife Shital and his kids Drewv and Macy.
Henry was a brilliant and skilled EP cardiologist, but as we all know he was so much more. He was a gifted physician and educator who was dedicated to the practice of medicine and a valued colleague to all. What truly made him special were the qualities he possessed that you can not teach -- his kindness, caring, compassion, empathy, and generosity. He demonstrated these daily to everyone he came in contact or interacted with. He was loving and fun-loving!
His care and compassion reached well beyond the hospital and his practice, Cape Fear Heart Associates. He was actively involved in the community, at times as a cardiologist, other times as a citizen striving for community improvement and so often as a good samaritan with a random act of kindness (he liked most to stay anonymous). Quite simply, he led by example. He worked hard, he played hard! His love for life was reflected in all he did.
His death has shocked and rocked our medical community and beyond. Let's honor him by continuing to live as he did. He set an extraordinary example of love and compassion for all. There are so many memories and stories we all hold in our hearts. We will continue to share them all with one another as we honor him in celebrating a life well lived, even if it was over too soon.
Continued prayers for all his family as they grieve. Especially those in Wilmington, his wife Shital, his mother Indu (Ba), and his children Drewv and Macy.
Goodbye Ninja! BIG LOVE for you!!!!