SkyRidge Medical Center will honor members of its medical staff in celebration of National Doctors’ Day today.
National Doctors’ Day annually recognizes the contributions of doctors around the country for their role in healing, patient safety, medical research and advances, and respect for human life and individual dignity.
SkyRidge has 285 affiliated physicians in more than 35 specialty areas, including: Allergy/Immunology, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General and Vascular Surgery, Hand Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, Nephrology, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pain Management, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Sleep Disorders, Urology and Wound Care. “One of the key factors in a strong and vibrant community is quality medical care,” says Bernadette DePrez, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer. “SkyRidge’s physicians represent a broad range of medical expertise, right here, in the Cleveland community.”
“Physicians play a key role in their patients’ lifelong health and well-being,” says Lisa Childers, Assistant Chief Executive Officer. “They have extensive knowledge of their patients’ individual health histories, experiences, and areas of concern or health goals. They work collaboratively with each patient to help achieve and maintain good health, through all stages of life.”
National Doctors’ Day was first observed on March 30, 1933, spearheaded by Eudora Brown Almond, a physician’s wife who wished to set aside a day to honor her husband and other physicians. March 30th is also significant among the medical community because it marks the anniversary of the first surgery using anesthesia, performed by Crawford Long, M.D., a Jefferson, Georgia physician.
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. The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. However, in addition to the doctors whose names we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States – indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, is hard work, stress, and sacrifice.”
If you’re looking for a new doctor or a specialist, or simply interested in learning more about the skilled professionals at SkyRidge Medical Center, visit www.SkyRidgeMedicalCenter.net. Click on the “Find a Physician” link, where you can search for a doctor by last name, gender, specialty, and location.
For more than 58 years, SkyRidge Medical Center has been serving the community of Bradley County and its surrounding areas. Accredited by The Joint Commission, SkyRidge is a two-campus, acute-care facility with 351 beds. The facility offers a full range of services including a 7,000-square-foot, 23-hour emergency care unit.