All physicians at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay were honored on National Doctors’ Day, March 30.
“Our physicians are a vital asset to not only our hospital, but throughout our community,” said Dan Newman, chief executive officer. “We are blessed with this amazing group of talented, compassionate doctors to care for our patients at Houston Methodist St. John.”
National Doctors’ Day was first observed in the 1930s in Winder, Ga., to recognize physicians for their work and contributions to society and the community. According to news archives, March 30, 1842, was the first recorded date that a physician administered ether anesthesia to a patient prior to surgery. Thus, on March 30, 1933, Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, organized a luncheon to honor local physicians, mailed greeting cards to physicians and placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed March 30, 1991, as National Doctors’ Day.
Today, National Doctors’ Day is a time for people to show appreciation to the doctors who care for them and their loved ones.
“Every day hundreds of patients and families from the Greater Bay Area put their trust in the hands of our physicians. One of the reasons is because of our doctors’ commitment to providing Leading Medicine care,” said Newman. “A heart felt thank you to all our Houston Methodist St. John Hospital medical staff members for all you do. We are grateful you are part of our hospital family.”