“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford
This Saturday, March 30, we’ll honor and celebrate the work of physicians who serve our communities as part of National Doctors’ Day.
While it officially became a day of national recognition in 1991, the observance of National Doctors’ Day dates back to March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set a day aside to honor physicians.
Nearly 60 years later, President George H.W. Bush signed Proclamation 6253, establishing National Doctors’ Day to “recognize our Nation’s physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury…”
Traditionally, people celebrate the day by thanking their physicians, mailing greeting cards, or sending flowers.
The red carnation is commonly associated with the National Doctors’ Day. The first observance in 1933 included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.
To celebrate and recognize the work of the physicians at Henry Ford Hospital and throughout our System, I’ve sent the following card:
While National Doctors’ Day celebrates our country’s physicians, I want to also extend my gratitude to our health care teams that support our physicians in patient care.
If you’d like to send a special message to or thank a Henry Ford physician, please feel free to do so in the comments section below.