First Posted: 4/2/2009
Local doctors received special recognition this week as part of Northern Hospital of Surry Countys observance of National Doctors Day.
In recognition of the occasion, NHSC officials have placed a plaque in the hospital bearing the names of physicians who have served the facility and its medical staff over the years as chief of staff.
The plaque will be permanently displayed for all to see in the hallway outside the medical staff lounge on the first floor of the hospital, which opened in 1957.
In honor of Doctors Day, Northern Hospital administrators issued a special statement expressing their gratitude to all local physicians for their role in caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge and promoting good health.
Doctors perform vital diagnoses, treatment and care for individuals and families. When you are well, your doctor provides information and testing to keep you well, says the statement released by the hospital this week. When you are sick, there is no other person more important to you than your doctor.
National Doctors Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. The honor originated with Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.
On March 30, 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating the special day. In 1990, Congress approved legislation that the president signed officially establishing National Doctors Day.