Rutherford Regional Celebrates Doctors Day on March 30

March 27, 2015

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is proud to express its gratitude to its physicians on National Doctors Day, officially celebrated on March 30. Doctors Day formally allows RRHS to recognize the hard work and dedication that physicians demonstrate in the hospital and in the community each day.

Doctors Day serves as a day to recognize the continuing contributions and advances that physicians give to the world. The roots of the celebration began on March 30, 1842, when Dr. Crawford Williamson Long of Jefferson, Georgia, used ether anesthesia to painlessly remove a tumor from the neck of a patient. Dr. Long is credited with the first use of general anesthesia during surgery, an accomplishment that would inspire the first Doctors Day a century later.

Eudora Brown Almond and the Barrow County Medical Society Auxiliary organized the first celebration of Doctors Day which was held in Winder, Georgia, on March 30, 1933. The purpose was to recognize Dr. Long's pioneering surgery, and to acknowledge the continuing contributions of the medical profession to society.

On October 30, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution of Congress establishing March 30th as "National Doctors Day," setting aside a special day to express gratitude to physicians for their compassion in ministering to the sick, promoting good health and the advancement of medical knowledge.

“Rutherford Regional is proud to have over 120 physicians on its medical staff,” said Cindy Buck, RRHS CEO.  “The physicians on the RRHS staff have a timeless commitment to excellence, and their professional dedication and sacrifice is remarkable. They are our friends and neighbors and are actively involved in various community organizations. For all they do that touches our lives, we ask you to join us in saying ‘Thank You’ to the physicians of Rutherford Regional Health System.”