Mar 30, 2024 | Notices & Announcements

Where we live, wide spaces separate our towns, our farms and naturally our hospitals. But with innovation, good planning and talented teams of professionals, health care systems like ours can help ensure everyone gets the care they need, when they need it. Much of that comes from rural health care providers, and this month, we celebrate National Doctors’ Day on March 30. In doing so, we want to highlight the “family docs” as well as the advanced practice providers who care for you and your loved ones. They’re the physicians who are always ready when you need help, no matter what health challenges you face.

Doctors’ Day began in 1933, in Winder, Georgia and since then it’s been honored every year on March 30th which was the 1st anniversary of a doctor using ether anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long. This month, some 90 years later, we continue to celebrate medical advances like these and thank all doctors everywhere who’ve spent so much time and energy mastering their field of expertise.

While we recognize the importance of innovation in medicine, we reflect upon the need for caring and compassionate men and women who are behind the new approaches and technology. Physicians may use different tools and techniques, but one constant remains between then and now – the need for dedicated empathy, coupled with expertise, in the face of myriad considerations that can affect our health.

While there isn’t enough space here to individually highlight each member of the medical staff that makes up our team at Community Memorial Hospital and Redfield Clinic. We can recognize the traits that bond them in service – their talent, knowledge, skill, and diligence. Physicians who work in rural areas, like ours, treat a vast range of illnesses and injuries. And while 20 percent of our nation’s population lives in the country, only about 10 percent of all American doctors practice in rural America.

That’s why their days can be long and packed with many appointments, and the “typical” day for them really doesn’t exist. But just ask them, and you’ll realize they are here for the right reasons. They recognize the important role they play in our lives.

We lift them up not just because of a tradition, but because deep down, we realize how committed and dedicated they are. As March unfolds and spring creeps closer, please join us as we show our appreciation to all our physicians and their great work. We may live in wide-open spaces, but we are served by a cadre of men and women who wouldn’t have it any other way.

We celebrate our physicians one and all, not just on the day with their name, but every day, because they have earned it.

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