March 30, 2015 marks National Doctors’ Day and is a great opportunity to thank your own doctors for their service. Each of us, either personally or via family members, has been profoundly touched by a doctor’s compassionate care. Each doctor is committed to keeping us healthy or restoring us to health when sick, so it makes sense to take a few moments each year to acknowledge all they do to improve our lives.
The first event was celebrated March 30, 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond (wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond), set one day aside to honor physicians. From those humble beginnings in Georgia, the celebration spread and both the U.S. Senate and House officially declared March 30, “National Doctors’ Day,” in 1990.
As President and CEO of ThedaCare, it is my privilege today to recognize the significant contributions of our physicians, whose hard work and sacrifices make a huge difference for our patients and the communities we serve. Our mission is to help create healthier communities. We are active in many initiatives designed to make our communities stronger, and our physicians and physician partners – through their hard work – are essential in helping us achieve our mission. These men and women carry on the quiet work of healing each and every day, and we are honored to have them on our team.
There are many ways you can participate in National Doctors’ Day. Sometimes a simple, “thank you,” goes a long way to let your doctor know that you recognize the sacrifices they make to help you live your best life. Send your doctor a special note via MyThedaCare, letting him or her know that you appreciate them. A kind word can mean a world of difference in the lives of people who do so much for others.
Dean Gruner, MD
ThedaCare President and CEO