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Published on March 27, 2013

National Doctors Day

By Pamela J. Rezac, Ed.D., FACHE
President & CEO
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

On Saturday, March 30, we will celebrate National Doctors Day. The Yankton region has every reason to celebrate this national day of observance.

We have a wealth of physicians in Yankton practicing a wide variety of specialties – something most cities the size of Yankton cannot claim. Most all of these fine doctors are also board certified in their specialties.
At Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, we are grateful for the role physicians on our medical staff play in the health of our region. In addition to their expert knowledge in their specialties and their direct patient care, our local physicians are also mentors to future doctors through The University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine.

All medical students from the school utilize the medical resources and the knowledge of our physicians during their four years of medical school. In addition, 11 third-year medical students, based on the Avera Sacred Heart Yankton Campus of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, participate in the Yankton Ambulatory Program. This program gives these future doctors a chance to do rotations at all Yankton health care facilities in a wide variety of medical specialties. All of our physicians, in one way or another, give their time and expertise to educate these future doctors.

We are proud of the physicians in the Yankton community and grateful for their dedication to the health of our patients and families throughout the region. Whether they are doing a patient assessment, conducting rounds at the hospital, performing surgery or coming in to answer call in the middle of the night, the physicians in the Yankton region are top notch and we salute them.

Doctor’s Day History

The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Auxiliary 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 day was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia.

On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a National Doctors' Day.  Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on Oct. 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors' Day.
Once again, thank you to all of our physicians who make such a wonderful difference in the lives of so many people.