Each year, Dallas County Medical Society celebrates National Doctors’ Day to recognize the service and dedication of its members in promoting a healthy community.
The first Doctors Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga., when a physician’s wife decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased physicians. The red carnation is used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.
Doctors Day marks the date that Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery — March 30, 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 swore that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware the surgery was completed until he awoke.
On March 30, 1958, the US House of Representatives adopted a Resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors’ Day, and President George H.W. Bush signed the resolution designating March 30, 1991, as “National Doctors’ Day.”
You Can Honor a Physician Colleague on National Doctors Day
Give online to the DCMS Foundation in honor of a physician. For more information or to donate directly, contact Jackie Campbell, DCMS director of finance, at 214-413-1428 or email@example.com.
DCMS Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Dallas County Medical Society, has supported healthcare-focused community service efforts in the Dallas area for decades. Click here for information about the programs the foundation supports.
Many DCMS physicians volunteer in charitable clinics and for other community activities. Physicians who cannot volunteer their time can support these community activities through tax-deductible contributions to the DCMS Foundation. Your generous tax-deductible gift will enable DCMS to develop and expand its community programs and health outreach efforts. Regardless of the size of your gift, your contribution is important.
Tribute donations are a wonderful way to acknowledge a special person in your life. Make a donation in memory or honor of someone or to commemorate a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or other occasion. A letter acknowledging your donation will be sent to the person(s) you designate, and a copy of the letter will be sent to you for tax purposes.
DONATE ONLINE or contact Jackie Campbell, DCMS director of finance, at 214-413-1428 to make a contribution or for more information about the DCMS Foundation.
DCMS Leaders Establish Disaster Relief Fund - Dec 2015
The DCMS board of directors has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist DCMS member physicians and staff who have been severely impacted by the December 26, 2015, tornadoes. The fund will be managed as a program of the DCMS Foundation, DCMS’s charitable foundation. We are asking for your help to assist these colleagues, society staff and their families. Read the letter to DCMS members announcing this fund.
Contribute online to the DCMS Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. The DCMS Foundation can receive tax-deductible donations to the DCMS Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions can also be mailed to DCMS Foundation, PO Box 4680, Dallas, TX 75208. For assistance, contact Jackie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-413-1428.