It’s time to celebrate National Doctors Day
Whether saving lives, comforting family, conducting research or educating patients about healthy lifestyles, doctors play a central role in the nation’s healthcare system. If you work in a hospital, clinic, medical practice, laboratory or health system, you can celebrate your colleagues’ achievements tomorrow on National Doctors’ Day.
For more than 80 years, healthcare professionals throughout the U.S. have honored the contributions of physicians on March 30. The date of National Doctors’ Day was chosen to commemorate the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.
Eudora Brown Almond organized the initial celebration on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. She was the wife of a local physician, Dr. Charles B. Almond, and knew firsthand about the commitment doctors make to their profession. This observance by local community included mailing greeting cards to physicians and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.
The tradition of honoring the nation’s doctors gradually spread from state to state across the U.S. On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 1990 legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a National Doctor’s Day. It was overwhelming approved by Congress, and on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the bill designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”
In keeping with that tradition, many healthcare professionals, family members and friends send gifts on National Doctors’ Day to physicians who play an important role in their professional and personal lives. Popular gifts include food baskets, pens, writing pads, plaques, photo frames, and smartphone accessories.
Today, the staffing team at All Medical Personnel would like to say “thank you” to our nation’s physicians for your dedication to improving the health of our nation. We appreciate the invaluable contributions you make to individual lives every day of the year!