Celebrating Physicians on National Doctor’s Day
March 30, 2020
In recognition of the many physicians who commit to the health and wellness
of our community, Kaweah Delta Health Care District would like to say
THANK YOU. Today and every day we are grateful for your dedication, compassion and
quality service to our patients.
We invite you to join us in thanking the more than 550 physicians who partner
with us to bring the highest levels of care to our community, every patient,
every time. With doctors by our side, there is always someone to help
whether you have the flu, need life-saving care, or are about to hold
your child for the first time. At Kaweah Delta, doctors are part of a
family caring for yours.
Proclamation 6253 - National Doctors Day, 1991
February 21, 1991
By the President of the United States of America
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
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 ital 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
Citation: John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters,The American Presidency Project
[online]. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California (hosted), Gerhard
Peters (database). Available from World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=47267.