Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Honors Its Physicians by Celebrating National Doctors’ Day, March 30 03/29/2012
On March 30, in celebration of National Doctors’ Day, Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) will recognize and celebrate the contributions of all Saint Joseph physicians, and will thank them for their commitment to patient safety and clinical excellence.
The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Edutora Brown Almond, a physician’s wife wished to set aside a day to honor her husband and other physicians. March 30 is also significant among the medical community because it marks the anniversary of the first surgery using anesthesia, performed by Crawford Long, MD in 1842.
Later, in 1958, Congress adopted a resolution commemorating National Doctors’ Day, and in 1990, official legislation establishing March 30 as National Doctors’ Day was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. He declared, “There is no greater reward than being entrusted with the care of others.”
“Twenty-two years later, this day continues to recognize the role of physicians in promoting health, caring for the sick, and advancing medical knowledge,” said Albert Gutierrez, President and CEO of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. “On behalf of our leadership team, nursing staff and entire Saint Joseph family, we thank our physicians for their dedication, call to excellence and commitment to service.”
To honor its physicians and say “thank you”, Saint Joseph will host several appreciation activities throughout the day at the Mishawaka, Plymouth, and Rehabilitation Institute campuses. In addition, SJRMC will host its annual Physician Longevity Recognition Dinner at Knollwood Country Club. At the event, physicians will be recognized for their dedication to Saint Joseph Hospital, their community and the medical profession.
The evening’s special appreciation will thank Dr. James E. Wack, a retiring family medicine physician and native of South Bend, for his 55 years of service to the Michiana community. An Air Force veteran, family practitioner, and physician at the Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center on Chapin Street, Dr. Wack has considered his profession as a blessing, privilege and honor. In total, 29 physicians will be acknowledge for 20-30 years of service, 17 will be acknowledged for 30-40 years, two will be granted emeritus status, and one will be recognized for 55 years of service.