Saluting Our Physicians on National Doctor's Day

March 30, 2017

We all have been profoundly touched and our lives improved by the care of a physician. They often work long hours, weekends and holidays providing outstanding medical care and sometimes the sacrifices they make go unnoticed. Today, we pause and recognize all that they do. 

March 30th marks National Doctor’s Day, and on behalf of Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC), and the thousands of men and women we serve each year, I want to thank our exceptional team of physicians.

Now in its 84th year, National Doctor’s Day originated in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor her husband and other physicians. Twenty-five years later, a resolution commemorating Doctor’s Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives; however, it was not until 1990 that former President George H.W. Bush officially established March 30 as National Doctor’s Day.

I am thankful that Mrs. Almond started this annual tradition, and I am even more appreciative that our nation’s leaders recognized the significant contributions our physicians make to our communities, and the care and compassion they show daily. To put it in perspective, our team of 164 physicians saw more than 45,000 patients in the emergency room, performed more than 4,800 surgeries, and delivered nearly than 700 babies in 2016. Our physicians are the healing hands of DRMC, and they are essential in helping us fulfill our mission of making communities healthier.

We thank them for their continued commitment to our hospital and for the invaluable knowledge, expertise and level of care they bring to our community. Their hard work, care and compassion is greatly appreciated -- not just today, but every day of the year. It is a true honor and privilege to serve our community alongside each of them.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Alan Larson
South Central Virginia Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO)