SGCMH celebrates Doctor’s Day


On Doctors’ Day, March 30th, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital will honor and thank the SGCMH medical staff.

“Their dedication and expertise help us deliver high-quality, compassionate care to our patients,” said SGCMH CEO Steve Pautler. “This special day provides us with an opportunity to thank the members of our medical staff and recognize their many contributions to our hospital and community. This year, especially, we’ve seen more than ever the importance of local hospitals and we salute our medical staff for tackling the COVID challenges head on.”

March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors’ Day in Winder, Georgia. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians. On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day.

The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors’ Day. On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia. Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

In 1991, National Doctors’ Day was proclaimed by President George Bush.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital will treat the medical staff with a catered lunch in honor of their special day.

The hospital also invites you to share your own salutes to your medical provider on the hospital’s Facebook.

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