National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30 in the United States. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. The first Doctor’s 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 the mailing of greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor’s Day.

On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor’s Day. Following overwhelming approval by Congress, on Oct. 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed S.J. Res. No. 366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as National Doctor’s Day.

Since that time, National Doctor’s Day has become an annual celebration to publicly show appreciation for the role of physicians in caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge and promoting good health. As the chief medical officer and practicing physician at Auburn Community Hospital, I am proud to be a member of a dedicated and talented medical staff that works tirelessly to provide health care excellence close to home for our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On March 30, hospitals and communities around the nation will observe National Doctor’s Day. At Auburn Community Hospital, we will join this effort by celebrating the talented physicians who faithfully serve our community.

Dr. John A. Riccio is chief medical officer and a practicing physician at Auburn Community Hospital.

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