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New Beavercreek Hospital Named Following Major Donation
By Kevin Lavoie
A Beavercreek, Ohio, family will be associated with healing and care in their hometown for decades to come following a presentation of one of the most significant gifts in Dayton’s history. Kettering Adventist HealthCare (KAHC) officials announced its new Beavercreek hospital will bear the name The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center when completed in 2012.
It will be the first full-service hospital in greater Dayton to be named for an individual or couple since Eugene and Virginia Kettering and other community donors contributed to the community through the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital. However, it will not be the first hospital to bear the Soin name. Raj Soin is the main contributor to the Sukhdev Raj Soin Hospital recently built in India in memory of his late father.
The Soins have a lengthy history of philanthropy in Dayton and abroad. Wright State University has the Raj Soin School of Business, Children’s Medical Center has the Soin Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center, and the Soins donated 88 acres for the Beavercreek Golf Club.
“Our philanthropic activities are typically concentrated in two areas: education and healthcare,” Raj said. “I strongly believe in the adage that once you provide a person with education, it gives them capabilities for lifelong earnings and they do not need any ongoing support. The only restriction they can have after that is if they are not in good health, which is why we focus our activities in education and healthcare. We chose to assist Kettering [Adventist HealthCare] in their project because we share a mission to improve the quality of life for the people in our community.”
Frank Perez, KAHC CEO shares his appreciation, saying, “We can’t thank the Soins enough for their commitment to their hometown and to Dayton in general. They are committed to making Dayton a better place to live and committed to making Beavercreek a complete community with recreational activity, higher education, business and now healthcare. Their support is so meaningful, and they are truly some of the greatest philanthropists this town has ever seen.”
Raj graduated from Delhi University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He moved to America soon after and earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University. He continued post-graduate studies in business and finance at Bradley and Illinois State University and the advanced management programs at Harvard University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Soins have lived in Beavercreek and the Dayton area for more than 26 years. Raj says his desire to give back was inherited. “I learned a lot from my father, who was a very giving man,” Raj adds.
In 1978, Indu and Raj Soin proudly became American citizens around the time Raj was concluding seven years with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. After working at Williams International in several roles, he decided to pursue his own business. Raj and Indu founded Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) starting with $1,700 cash, a handful of credit cards and a dream. The Soins’ new company soon grew to serve the Department of Defense with engineering and technical services. MTC quickly became an incubator that spawned numerous businesses in a variety of industries.
The Soins’ elder son Vishal is on the board of Dayton Children’s Hospital, and their younger son Amol is a physician practicing in the area. Raj has been active in shaping the healthcare landscape as well, as he has been a member of the KAHC Board for a number of years.
“TheSoins are a true American success story, and we are very grateful that they have chosen to support the Kettering Adventist HealthCare in such a meaningful way in advancing our mutual vision for taking quality healthcare to the people,” said Fred Manchur, KAHC president.
The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center is located at 3535 Pentagon Blvd. in Beavercreek, Ohio.