Doctor's Day


April 1, 2014

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Sweetwater Reporter
Weekend Edition, March 29-30, 2014 Page B1
Celebrated nationally on March 30 every year, Doctors’ Day is the perfect time to say “thank you” to a doctor or other caregiver. The tradition began in 1933 with Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of physician Charles B. Almond, and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery (1842). Nearly six decades
after this first tribute, in 1990, President George Bush formally signed legislation that declared March 30 as “National Doctors’ Day.” The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day. Other countries, like India, also show special appreciation for their physicians by celebrating Doctors’ Day.
Although March 30 is set aside for observance, physicians care for us all year long with a dedication, compassion and commitment that is unique to their profession. Their willingness to serve their community, and devote themselves to the health of others, is something worth recognizing — and celebrating.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) building Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) has been busy the last couple of years with renovations and expansion projects to meet the growing healthcare needs of Nolan County. The hospital is currently on its next phase of its growth plans with construction for a new cardiac rehabilitation and wellness facility underway. "We're in a busy and exciting era here at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital," said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. "Our construction projects have been the result of the growing and evolving healthcare needs of Nolan County. Residents should be pleased to know that superior medical care can be found locally. That's not a convenience many rural communities have." RPMH launched its cardiac rehabilitation
program in 1995. Since then, they have expended hours for the program and worked to find enough space to meet their patient volume. The new facility will combine their cardiac rehabilitation program with space for their wellness program. The new 7,300-square-foot facility will significantly increase workout area for patients and provide room for fitness and aerobic exercise. Boatright said that the new facility will include space for the hospital to provide more public education seminars and programs. The hospital's diabetes support program will also benefit with more space, the prescription assistance program can finally be brought oncampus and other health- and fitness-related education programs can be added once the
center opens. "The amazing thing about our growth projects is that all projects have been funded from reserves and other revenue sources, as well as from performance contracts," Boatright explained. "Our use of local contractors and staffing additions add extra value to our community's economy." Increasing preventative services such as post-acute care, accessible wellness initiatives, and promotion of healthy living is imperative to creating a strong community. As the hospital continues to expand and add much-needed services, residents benefit by having muchneeded healthcare resources locally without the need of having to travel to nearby larger communities.
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Sweetwater Reporter
The Sweetwater Reporter joins in celebrating Doctors Day and thanks local doctors and all doctors for their dedication to the medical field. Your continual giving and sharing of expertise touches many lives. You make a difference every single day. May you always receive the recognition that you deserve.
Happy Doctors Day from the Sweetwater Reporter
National Doctors’ Day proclaimed in 1991 by President George Bush
A Proclamation by President George Bush More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the tremendous responsibility it entails. Referring to the work of physicians, Dr. Elmer Hess, a former president of the American Medical Association, once wrote: "There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has assigned to a few of us the responsibility of keeping in good repair the bodies in which this life is sustained." Accordingly, reverence for human life and individual dignity is both the hallmark of a good physician and the key to truly beneficial advances in medicine. The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. Many of those pioneers have been Americans. Indeed, today we gratefully remember physicians such as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Charles Drew, who not only advanced their respective fields but also brought great honor and pride to their fellow Black Americans. We pay tribute to doctors such as Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk, whose vaccines for poliomyelitis helped to overcome one of the world's most dread childhood diseases. We also recall the far-reaching humanitarian efforts of Americans such as Dr. Thomas Dooley, as well as the forward-looking labors of pioneers such as members of the National Institutes of Health, who are helping to lead the Nation's fight against AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening diseases. These and other celebrated American physicians have enabled mankind to make significant strides in the ongoing struggle against disease. However, in addition to the doctors whose name we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quite work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States -indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice. All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life. As we recognize our Nation's physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to those who serve as members of the Armed Forces and Reserves and are now deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Whether they carry the tools of healing into the heat of battle or stand duty at medical facilities in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, these dedicated physicians -- along with thousands of nurses and other medical personnel -- are vital to the success of our mission. We salute them for their courage and sacrifice, and we pray for their safety. We also pray for all those who come in need of their care. In honor of America's physicians, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 366 (Public Law 101-473), has designated March 30, 1991, as "National Doctors’ Day" and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 30, 1991, as National Doctors’ Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fifteenth.
Doctors’ Day is March 30
“We at Sweetwater Healthcare Center would like to thank the referring physicians of Fisher and Nolan Counties for all they do!”
1600 Josephine • Sweetwater • 325-236-6653
Sweetwater Reporter
Weekend Edition, March 29-30, 2014 Page B3
National Doctors’ Day celebrated March 30
National Doctors’ Day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community. National Doctors’ Day falls on March 30 each year. The holiday was officially signed into U.S. law in 1991 by President George Bush. The history of Doctors’ Day dates back to the early 1930s, however. The holiday was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, a physician’s wife in Georgia. The date of March 30 was chosen to celebrate Doctors’ Day because it is the anniversary of the day that anesthesia was first administered to a patient, also in Georgia, by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842. On that day, Dr. Long administered ether anesthesia to a patient and then operated to remove a tumor from the man’s neck. Later, the patient would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware the surgery was over until he awoke. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day. The very first Doctors’ Day in 1933 consisted of a few doctors’ wives putting together a luncheon for the local physicians in Winder Georgia, northeast of Atlanta. On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors’ Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30, 1991 as "National Doctors’ Day." Today, National Doctors’ Day is commemorated in a variety of ways. Some hospitals and employers offer a variety of perks to doctors on this day, including luncheons, gifts or pampering them with spa treatments. As with any holiday, a number of companies have contributed to the commercialism of the holiday, with greeting cards from Hallmark, and other companies selling products specifically for Doctors’ Day.
Doctors play an important role in our lives
A doctor is a medical professional who examines the sick and tries to find a way to help them. Doctors can prescribe medicines, different treatments, and can give health advice. A doctor will usually make observations first, then make a list of possible causes and perform tests to find the right treatment. Most doctors have a doctor of medicine, or an M.D. Role of Doctors Family doctors or general practitioners are often the doctors we would go see when we are sick. These doctors treat common problems and perform general checkups. When a more serious problem is present, these doctors can send their patient to other doctors who are specialists. Specialists include pediatricians, neurologists and gynecologists, among others. Doctors often work long hours and may have to rush to a hospital in cases of emergencies. Education To become a doctor, four years of college, four years of medical school and four years of hospital work are often required. Doctors study physics, chemistry and math, as well as biological sciences.
Choosing the right doctor is a critical decision that requires some in-depth research. Very often individuals make this decision purely by which names turn up on a health insurance plan, while others choose the doctor who is closest to their homes. Although managed care has changed the way many look for and use doctors, this doesn't mean a person should remain hands-off in the selection process. Narrow down potential doctors by their specialty, academic history, proximity to home, and whether the doctor is board-certified. A doctor who
Choosing a doctor
is board-certified has taken several extra years of training and passed a difficult board examination. To remain board-certified, he or she sometimes must complete continuing education and periodic recertification. After the list is made, you can select two or three eligible doctors and make appointments for non-care-related interviews. This way there is the chance to gauge the doctors' personality, how well the interaction goes, and how comfortable you would feel in his or her care. The doctor who best meets this criteria is likely going to make the best fit.
On Doctors Day, we want to say
Thank You...
to our exceptional physicians for your time, dedication, and commitment to improving the health of our community.
Frederick Kassis, MD Internal Medicine George Lindsey, DO Family Practice Luther Martin, DO Family Practice Larry McEachern, MD Family Practice Jeremy Smola, DO OB/Family Practice Karen Vaughn, MD Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Thank you also to our mid-level providers, Elizabeth Burnett, FNP, and Cheryl Kelley, FNP, for your support.
Shannon Clinic Sweetwater
201 E Arizona Ave., Sweetwater, TX 79556 | (325) 235-8641
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Saluting Our Physicians
National Doctor’s Day – March 30, 2014
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is proud to salute the doctors who work hard to bring you the best healthcare possible.
Ronnie Dennis, M.D. OB/GYN George Lindsey, D.O. Family Practice Jeremy Smola, D.O. Family Practice/OB
Robert Eaker, M.D. Family Practice
Luther Martin, D.O. Family Practice
Ellen Walthall, M.D. General Surgery
Timothy Jones, M.D. Family Practice
Larry McEachern, M.D. General Practice
Karen Vaughn, M.D. Pediatrics/Internal Med.
Frederick Kassis, M.D. Internal Medicine
Lufkin Moses, D.O. General Surgery
Elpidia Balbastro, M.D. Oncology Edward Brandecker, M.D. Pain Medicine
Jeanne Bayless, D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry Samia Benslimane, M.D. Cardiology
Robert Dickey, M.D. Orthopedics Larry Linn, M.D. Cardiology
James Marvel, M.D. Orthopedics Nic Patel, M.D. Cardiology
Mark Phelan, M.D. Opthamology Jose Vega, M.D. Oncology
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