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Celebrating National Doctors’ Day

Photos8At JFK Health, it is our mission to improve the health of people and communities. Physicians play a vital role as we work toward fulfilling this mission.

When you are well, your doctor keeps you well. When you are sick, there is no person more important to you than your doctor! On Doctors' Day, we invite you to join us in expressing appreciation to the physicians that serve on our JFK Medical and Dental staff.

"The physicians on staff at JFK chose their professions because they want to serve, to care for patients, improve health and ultimately impact lives in a positive and personal way. Physicians seek to help others. They work long hours, late nights and have hectic schedules," says Bhudev Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist on staff at JFK and President of the JFK Medical and Dental staff. "In addition to their total dedication to the profession, they are asked to comply with regulatory guidelines, documentation and a never-ending volume of paperwork, which is ever increasing as the health care industry changes."

Dr. Sharma went on to explain, "Physicians also need to stay current not only on their clinical knowledge, but abreast of the fast-moving computer technology industry. This extra work is not what most physicians signed up for, and it directly affects patient care. In the end, physicians continue to focus their efforts directly on the most important thing: you, their patients."

The History of Doctors' Day

The first Doctors' Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors' Day.

On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day."

To find a physician who is on staff at JFK Health, visit www.jfkmc.org and click "Find a Physician."