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‘Hard Work, Stress and Sacrifice’

In his 1991 proclamation declaring March 30 as National Doctors Day, President George H.W. Bush said, “…in addition to the doctors whose names we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet 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, is hard work, stress and sacrifice.”

This statement still holds true nearly 30 years later. Many physicians work way more than 40 hours a week – often sacrificing time with their families, sleep and much more – to make health care better for their patients. That includes taking call late at night and spending long hours in our hospitals. But it also includes leading committees focused on improving quality and championing new technologies.

As we approach the 28th annual National Doctors Day, I want to recognize and thank our physicians for all they do. Your support, commitment and contributions mean so much to Baptist and to me. You make us better, and I am so grateful that you’re more than providers. You’re our partners.

I encourage everyone to join me in thanking our doctors today, and, as always, if you have any questions or comments for me, email them to me, tweet me @jason_m_little or find me on LinkedIn.