Community Enthusiastically Joins With UC Irvine Health To Celebrate National Doctors’ Day.
Each year on March 30th, our nation sets aside a special day for the community to show appreciation for health care providers who have dedicated their lives to improving health and saving lives. It is called National Doctors’ Day.
The first Doctors’ Day observance dates back to 1933. It was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, who put together a luncheon for local physicians in Winder, Georgia. March 30th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the day that anesthesia was first administered to a patient, also in Georgia.
In addition to the luncheon, the first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. Over the years, the red carnation has become the Doctors’ Day symbolic flower, signifying sacrifice, charity, courage, bravery and love.
This year, UC Irvine Health launched our first inaugural Doctors’ Day, inviting the community to join us in expressing gratitude to our skilled and compassionate health care providers. We asked each patient whose life had been touched by a dedicated doctor to pay tribute with a personal note of appreciation, along with a monetary gift to UC Irvine Health Advancement in his or her honor.
Patients enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to give thanks to health care providers who offered them comfort, hope and health. Within a few short weeks, UC Irvine Health Advancement received over 250 tributes, honoring over 125 dedicated doctors. Doctors were presented with a hand-written tribute from each grateful patient as well as a special certificate and custom lapel pin.
The recognition meant the world to our hard-working doctors, providing affirmation that their hard work had not gone unnoticed. Dr. Ken Linden – Co-Director of the Melanoma Center at UC Irvine Health, said, “To know as a physician I have made a difference in someone’s life is all the thanks I need. It is very nice to read all the notes and kind words from my patients.”
At the same time, the gifts helped support the vision of UC Irvine Health: to improve the lives of people in our community and beyond with the highest quality research and treatment advances