GHS to honor physicians in observance of Doctors Day March 30
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Georgetown, S.C. – A doctor wears one white coat, but many hats –including that of counselor, confidante and champion. Since 1933, March 30th has been set aside as Doctors Day to recognize the many contributions physicians make every day not only to their patients, but also to their communities.
This Doctors Day, Georgetown Hospital System is honoring the nearly 300 experienced, caring physicians who compose the medical staffs of Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital.
Dr. Philip Dulberger, vice president and chief medical officer for GHS, said physicians at GHS display remarkable dedication and talent every day.
“Today’s health care environment is among the most challenging in the history of medicine,” Dr. Dulberger said. “Rapid advances in technology, new business models and a growing, aging patient population coupled with a physician shortage have combined to create a new normal for today’s doctors.
“Yet our physicians at GHS never lose sight of their priority – their patients. Our physicians’ skills, talent and dedication are incomparable, and I am proud to be associated with such a fine group of professionals.”
GHS physicians represent 30 specialties and have earned degrees from, and trained at, such prestigious institutions as Harvard University, the Cleveland Clinic and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Outside their medical practices, many GHS physicians also give freely of their time and expertise to support public and private agencies and organizations. GHS physicians hold free sports clinics for high school athletes, staff Georgetown County High School football games, volunteer at the Smith Medical Clinic and help with physicals for Special Olympics physicals.
Many also participate in annual fundraising events, such as the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the March of Dimes’ March for Babies.
According to historical documents, Doctors Day commemorates the date in 1842 when Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery to remove a tumor.
The first Doctors Day was observed in 1933 in Winder, Ga., by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a Dr. Charles B. Almond, by sending cards to physicians and putting flowers on physicians’ graves. The practice spread, and in 1958, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution to commemorate Doctor’s Day. In 1990, a bill passed by both houses of Congress was signed by then President George H.W. Bush, designating a national Doctor’s Day.
To read more about GHS physicians, visit georgetownhospitalsystem.org.