We are so lucky to live in Utah where we have access to some of the greatest health care professionals, resources, and research across the country. Aside from their typical responsibilities of keeping us healthy and happy, doctors also devote incredible amounts of time helping maintain justice in our communities. Without their advice and expert opinions, our legal system simply could not operate.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with doctors all across Salt Lake, Utah, and Davis County who are so dedicated to their patients, they are willing to put in the extra time to make sure their patients are taken care of not only physically, but emotionally and financially as well. Their contributions demonstrate that they are committed to our well-being in every possible way, and for this we should be grateful.
A Day All Their Own
National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on March 30th and honors the efforts of doctors across the United States. These doctors fill an essential in our communities and serve our country by caring for its citizens.
National Doctor’s Day was first celebrated in Widner, Georgia on March 30, 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, the founder of the holiday, was the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. The date chosen was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery, used by Dr. Crawford Long in the process of removing a tumor. As part of those first celebrations, the Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary mailed cards to physicians and their wives and placed red carnations on the graves of deceased doctors.
Despite all they do, health professionals can sometimes be under-appreciated. National Doctors’ Day is the perfect opportunity to thank your own doctor or physician for their service.
Fun Gift Ideas for Your Doctor
There are countless ways you can participate in Doctors’ Day. Here are just a few simple gift ideas you can use to help show the doctors who care for you just how much you care for them:
- Send them a card. There’s nothing so simple, but nothing quite so needed as a few words of appreciation and gratitude. Don’t let this March pass without making the effort to say what matters most.
- Make them some trail mix. Nuts and berries are some of the best foods to maintain a healthy heart. Why not throw together some of your favorite nuts and dried berries together to create a fast but healthy treat for your doctor. You could also attach a note that said, “Here’s a little treat straight from the heart to help take care of yours.”
- Send them flowers. A box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers are classics for a reason. They’re the perfect way to brighten up your doctor’s waiting room and give them a little extra boost.
- Make them paper carnations. Real flowers fade fast. Why not show your doctor your gratitude by giving them something that lasts. With just a little red tissue paper and some green pipe cleaner, you can make your doctor flowers that are easy and inexpensive. Check out wikihow.com to learn how.
- Give them hand cream. Hand sanitizers and high-powered hospital soaps are hard on the hands. So why not help heal and keep healthy the hands that heal you? Give your doctor some nice hand cream or lotion to show them you are thinking about them and all they sacrifice to help you.
- Visit the cemetery. Keep tradition alive by placing red carnations on a deceased doctor’s grave. Show you still care by remembering those who cared for you.
Make sure your local health professionals do not go unnoticed this National Doctor’s Day. Show your appreciation for those who help keep your community healthy, whether it’s giving a gift or simply telling them how much you appreciate their services.
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