Delta Health System Celebrates Doctors' Day

The Delta Health System hospitals and clinics will celebrate and honor physicians on Doctors’ Day, Thursday, March 30, 2023. On this day, physicians are recognized for their contributions to enriching the healthcare lives of their patients and families.

“On behalf of Delta Health System, I would like to thank our physicians for the care and compassion that they each give to their patients and families to improve and enrich the quality of lives of our community,” said Iris Y. Stacker, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “My father and grandfather were physicians so my gratitude for their profession is both personal and professional. I am proud of our physicians and am confident to say that the Delta has some of the finest healthcare providers in the state.”

Historically, the first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842.

In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate by Congressmen Mike Parker (D-Mississippi) and G. V. Montgomery (D-Mississippi) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed a resolution designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day”.

“As healthcare professionals, we have the honor and privilege of caring for our patients in their time of need, and it is a responsibility that we take seriously. I am proud to stand alongside other physicians as we continue to navigate the complexities of healthcare and work together to improve the health and well-being of our communities,” said Dr. Paul Jackson, The Medical Center Chief of Staff.

Doctors’ Day is celebrated in 15 other countries with dates depending on the event of commemoration used to mark the day. In some nations the day is marked as a holiday. Stacker adds, “Our physicians continue to be supportive of our hospital system and we are all on the same team of providing superior care to all we serve. We are grateful and appreciative for their profession 365 days a year but officially say “thank you” on Doctors’ Day.”

Delta Health System is honoring the 90-year tradition Thursday, March 30, 2023. For more information, contact Kim Dowdy, Community Development Manager, at 662.725.2830.