March 30, 2021: National Doctors’ Day
While we go about our day-to-day lives, the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and physicians are busy keeping our communities healthy. On a typical day, they work hard, but after the last year with the coronavirus pandemic, recognizing the many hours they put in and the personal sacrifices they make is more necessary than ever. March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, and we want to express our appreciation for all of the medical professionals who do so much to save so many lives.
The History of National Doctors’ Day
A woman by the name of Eudora Brown Almond was married to a doctor in Winder, Georgia. She believed that her husband, as well as other physicians, deserved more recognition for all of the work they did, so she worked to make National Doctors’ Day a reality. To start, she mailed out greeting cards to all of the local physicians, and placed flowers – specifically red carnations – on the graves of doctors who had passed. Other wives decided to get involved and helped Almond prepare a celebratory luncheon to make the appreciation public. This first Doctors’ Day took place on March 30, 1933.
March 30 was chosen as it is actually the anniversary of Dr. Crawford W. Long using ether anesthesia for the first time. The first celebration in 1933 was actually 91 years after this amazing medical breakthrough.
The day was celebrated unofficially for years until March 30, 1958, when the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution that commemorates Doctors’ Day, and on October 30, 1990, after House and Senate approval, George W. Bush signed the legislature to make it a legal holiday.
Today, people still enjoy honoring the doctors and medical professionals in their lives by delivering greeting cards, and share red carnations as a way to say “thank you.”
How to Celebrate National Doctors’ Day
Along with following the tradition of greeting cards and red carnations, you can celebrate doctors, nurses, surgeons, and physicians every day. Always say “thank you” during or at the end of a visit. Help promote doctors you like to friends and family on social media or through word of mouth, or leave reviews of great experiences for them online.
At Midwest Express Clinic, we know we are only as amazing as our doctors and medical staff. We are proud to have the industry’s highest patient satisfaction rating and enjoy having the chance to help our communities every day. To see what true patient care with heart is like, come visit us at one of our convenient locations today.