VA Palo Alto Health Care System
National Doctors Day is March 30
March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day. The day was established to recognize physicians for their work and their contributions to society and their communities. On National Doctors Day, we as a nation thank our physicians. Among this special group of medical professionals are the more than 25,000 physicians at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who care for our nation’s Veterans.
On February 21, 1991, President George Herbert Walker Bush signed the proclamation that made March 30, 1991, the first National Doctors Day in the United States of America.
The proclamation stated, “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.”
On this day, VA Palo Alto Health Care System says “thank you,” to its doctors and encourages others to take the opportunity to thank the doctors who respond to after-hour e-mails and calls, and work day-in and day-out in order to provide the compassionate and outstanding care needed to serve our nation by using their talents and skills to save lives and heal others.