In observance of National Doctors’ Day on March 30, and in recognition of their commitment to high-quality care, St. Alexius Medical Center invited physicians to a special Doctors Day luncheon held Wednesday, March 26 in Boniface Auditorium. President and CEO, Gary P. Miller, offered his appreciation to St. Alexius’ physicians whom are dedicated to saving lives and improving health and quality of life, “My continued thanks to all of our doctors who use their medical knowledge and skill, and dedicate their time to make St. Alexius Medical Center a great place of healing.”
Dr. Shiraz Hyder, vice president medical affairs stated, “On Doctors Day, and every day, we salute physicians for their important contributions to our health and well-being 24/7 - 365.”
The Benedictine Spirit Award is presented annually to a physician who provides distinguished service to patients and upholds the mission and values outlined by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Annunciation Monastery. This year’s recipient is Benedict Roller, MD.
Doctor’s Day History
The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. (On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long of Barrow County, Ga, used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck.) The Barrow County Medical Society Auxiliary proclaimed the day “Doctors’ Day,” which was celebrated by mailing cards to physicians and their wives, and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors, including Dr. Long.
The United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day on March 30, 1958. In 1990, legislation was introduced into the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to establish a National Doctors’ Day. Following overwhelming approval by the House and Senate, then-President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated in 1991.