National Doctors' Day will be celebrated nationwide on March 30, 2013.  This is a day set aside to honor the physicians who tirelessly work to help their patients gain control over chronic and perhaps even life-threatening illnesses. One of the strongest of all relationships is that of a physician and patient, especially if you've ever entrusted your health or your life to a skilled surgeon or compassionate personal physician.

Honoring your physician is easy. You can make a financial gift in support of the healing mission of Ochsner Health System. Your gift will be used to help maintain and strengthen the healthcare services we provide to our entire community. In no way will your gift financially benefit these physicians. It only will be used to advance quality healthcare at Ochsner. There is no better way to honor the skill, commitment and compassion of your physician than through this special act of gratitude and recognition.

Click here to make a donation and write a special note of appreciation to your physician:

Click here to download appreciate cards to give to your physician.

Your gift will be put to good use, and your heartfelt notes will be delivered personally to your physician honorees. Without mentioning the amount of your gift, those you honor will receive an appropriate acknowledgment of your thoughtfulness.

History of Doctors' Day

The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933 by the Barrow County Auxiliary in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Barrow County, Georgia in 1842.

On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as National Doctors' Day.

The official symbol of Doctors' Day is a red carnation.