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Day Kimball Hospital Celebrates Doctors' Day 2009

April 1, 2009

PUTNAM, CT – Day Kimball Hospital proudly joined in Doctors' Day, a national initiative recognizing physicians for their hard work and dedication to patient care. The national celebration takes place annually on March 30th.

"Doctors' Day is a time when we at Day Kimball can openly and publicly thank each and every member of our medical staff for the commitment they make to caring for our patients, and indeed, for each of us," said Douglas Waite, M.D., Vice President for Medical Affairs at Day Kimball Hospital. "What we do for our patients here at the hospital would not be possible without the caring partnership from our doctors."

Day Kimball Hospital is proud to have more than 200 physicians on its medical staff. Each day, these healthcare providers work hard to ensure the good health of the communities of Northeastern Connecticut. Growing demands and changes in healthcare can make the doctor's job challenging. Doctors' Day is one of the ways the nation can pay tribute to those who make a difference in the lives of others.

According to the American Medical Association, President George Bush signed a resolution in 1990 designating March 30th as National Doctor's Day. It was first observed in 1933 as a local celebration in Barrow County, Georgia, to commemorate the date on which Crawford W. Long, M.D., administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery (March 30, 1842). The red carnation has become the symbol of Doctor's Day because it denotes the qualities of love, charity, sacrifice, bravery, and courage.

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