An Apple A Day…..But Not Today

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

By Mary W. Poole

National Doctors’ Day, first celebrated in 1933, was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Georgia and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. Overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives resulted in the first National Doctors’ Day celebration in 1991. Doctors’ Day is acknowledged as one of the country’s largest healthcare recognition programs. Even more, Doctors’ Day instills pride among employees and physicians and builds a sense of confidence within our communities.

This year’s theme, “A Timeless Commitment to Excellence,” shines the spotlight on these very special people. This nationally recognized day, provides a wonderful opportunity to display our pride and gratitude to the people who keep healthcare strong.

National Doctors’ Day, designated as March 30, 2016, allows us to show our gratitude to these very special people for the skill and compassion shown to us and our loved ones. These remarkably busy individuals do more than care for our medical and surgical needs – they are our neighbors, civic leaders, the coaches of our children, volunteers, and our friends. Individually and collectively, physicians play the pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of our community.

Southeast Texas is blessed with outstanding physicians who constantly give of themselves. On National Doctors’ Day, set aside time to honor the men and women who help ensure that the right care and best care is available in Orange County. Please take time to say “THANK YOU” to our physicians for devoting their lives to this healing ministry, for answering the call to care and to serve and for making a positive difference in our lives. This special day is an excellent opportunity to take the time to make sure our physicians and their staff understand how much they are appreciated; not just today but every day.


Mary W. Poole is Director Public Relations at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas