Every March 30 people all over the nation honor doctors for their contributions and dedication to society. These amazing, courageous healthcare professionals who play a vital role in our overall well-being, deserve to be recognized.
Doctors’ Day was first observed on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia thanks to Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond. Seeing her husband’s commitment and sacrifice to his patients, she rallied the community to mail greeting cards and place flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. March 30 was specifically chosen because it marks the anniversary of the first administration of ether anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842. In 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Doctors’ Day, and on February 21, 1991, President George H. W. Bush designated March 30 as National Doctor’s Day. The red carnation became the symbol for the holiday, signifying the qualities of love, sacrifice, charity, bravery, and courage.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to thank the 3 doctors they currently employ, Ritchie Regional Health Center presented gifts and patient appreciation notes to Saad Butt, MD, Marilyn Horacek, DO, and Swathi Talla, MD. RRHC would also like to express their gratitude to doctors everywhere and to those who made this year’s National Doctors’ Day, extra special.