Many of us have close relationships with our doctors. They can be another line of support when battling a medical condition or by helping us stay on a healthy track.
One way to thank our medical professionals is recognizing them on Doctors’ Day. This national holiday is held every year on March 30th.
So how did this day come about?
The first Doctors’ Day was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance in Winder, Georgia.
According to online articles, Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, proposed the idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians and all they do for the community.
The reason for March 30th is this was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia in 1842. The Barrow County Alliance then adopted the following resolution:
“WHEREAS the Alliance of the Barrow County Medical Society wishes to pay lasting tribute to the Doctors, therefore, be it resolved by the Alliance to the Barrow County Medical that March 30th, the day that famous Georgian Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia in surgery, be adopted as ‘Doctors’ Day,’ the object to be the well-being and honor of the profession, its observance demanding some act of kindness, gift or tribute in remembrance of the Doctors.”
The first observance of Doctors’ Day included mailing cards to the physicians and their wives and placing flowers on graves of the deceased.
Doctors’ Day then went beyond the state of Georgia when on March 30, 1958 a Resolution honoring Doctors’ Day was adopted in the United States House of Representatives.
In 1990, Congressman Mike Parker, G.V. Montgomery and Senator Thad Cochran wanted to establish a National Doctors’ Day and introduced legislation in the House and Senate. Following the approval by the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush designated March 30 as National Doctor’s Day.
Make sure to remember the doctors at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center on this national holiday. A day to recognize all they do for patients and their staff.