A conversation with philanthropist dr. kiran c. patel electricity quizlet

TAMPA — Six years in the planning, work has begun on a 17-acre family compound on White Trout Lake in Carrollwood, the future home of cardiologist Kiran C. Patel, who adds home builder, interior designer and landscape architect to his many titles.

It’s a monumental undertaking, but a labor of love, designed to house three generations now, with the goal of many more to come. Living in such close proximity will support and sustain their Eastern values, believes Patel, who arrived in the United States 36 years ago, on Thanksgiving Day 1976.

The palatial, two-story main house incorporates two 8,400-square-foot wings, one for Patel and his wife, pediatrician Pallavi Patel. The couple met in medical school in Ahmedabad, India, and will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in May.

Patel’s daughters, both physicians, will live in two separate 7,500-square-foot homes connected to the modern palace by covered walkways. There will also be three guest homes, a staff house, a 12-car garage and a 3,600-square-foot maintenance building.

Famous for his attention to detail, prodigious memory and hands-on omnipresence, Patel continues to run billion-dollar managed care companies, Freedom Health and Optimum Health, multiple real estate investments and target philanthropy to impact the most people possible.

Tampa Bay Times reporter Amy Scherzer attended a bhoomi (land) pujan (prayer) Hindu groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 4, where the Patels asked for forgiveness for disturbing the land and the lives underground, and blessings on forthcoming endeavors.

There will be at least four families on the property, my son and two daughters, adjacent and connected and independent. So, yes, it is very large, but in a way, not. Each person has their own independence here. In times of need and celebration, we are all there. That’s the most inspiring part of this, that the third generation will be very much bonded. My grandchildren, four now, can grow up together.

There are many challenges when you come from an Eastern culture to the Western world. It’s a tougher transition for children than for us. I have a rigid personality … as a parent I have firm expectations on behavior, certain etiquette and rules. My children all got used to it, in a good way. They know I am there for them and they for me, but I’m not a warm, fuzzy type of guy.

My father was not a man of means but I saw him do everything in his power to help anyone who came to his door. I remember when someone’s father died, and they came to him to write a telegram of condolence. … A simple instance of helping another human being.

I am a risk taker and creative financing guy. I knew I was never going to work for anyone but myself. I bought a family practice in 1982, right out of residency, very unusual. Then I bought my home, and by January, two Mercedes. Moonlighting paid $25 an hour so I could make $300 a night. I calculated 10 extra nights for my home. Four more nights for my cars. I was never scared of work.

Second is health. Intellectual capability without physical capability, you still have a problem. Arts and culture are more in the luxurious category, which it should not be, but I feel that way. It can play a unique role in integrating people, but if someone is starving, he’s not going to think of the arts.

Most people don’t understand sustainability; they think it’s just a problem for third world countries. They don’t realize the U.S. and Europe are most guilty of consuming resources. At the current rate the Western world uses natural resources, we would need six Earths to provide the rest of the world the same lifestyle. We must change.