NVRH Celebrates Doctor’s Day With Donations

Dr. Richard Sexton, Vice President of the Medical Staff and Medical Director of Emergency Services at NVRH, center, presents donations to Diane Coburn, director of St. Johnsbury Meals on Wheels, right, and Jonathan Ross, Youth Development Coordinator at NEKYS. (Courtesy Photo)

National Doctor’s Day, celebrated on March 30, is a day to honor physicians for the work they do for their patients, the communities they work in and for society as a whole.

It is the physician’s hard work and dedication to their patients that can make such a difference in the lives of people.

This holiday can be traced back to March 30, 1933. This is when Doctor’s Day was first observed in Winder, Georgia. It was originally started by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a prominent Georgian doctor, who wanted to create a day just for recognizing and honoring doctors. She decided the best way to do that was to mail greeting cards to all of the doctors she knew of and to place flowers on the graves of deceased physicians.

Brown Almond chose March 30th because that’s the day Dr. Crawford W. Long used an ether anesthetic for the first time during surgery in 1842. Although Doctor’s Day would remain an unofficial holiday for the next 58 years, it wouldn’t become an actual National holiday until Congress passed Proclamation 6253 in 1991.

NVRH gives to local non-profit organizations in honor of its doctors. This year, donations were made to Northeast Kingdom Youth Services and to the Meals on Wheels program in St. Johnsbury.

Jonathan Ross, Youth Development Coordinator recently started a Youth Advisory Council to help your build leadership skills and learn to be effective advocates for their counterparts; the donation they received will be for training and outreach.

Diane Coburn, who has been in charge of the local Meals on Wheels program for 20 years will put the donation toward the purchase of food. Dr. Richard Sexton, Vice President of the Medical Staff and Medical Director of Emergency Services at NVRH presented the donations.


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