Celebrating Doctors Day

March 30, 2019

Editor: March 30 is National Doctors’ Day, a date set aside to recognize physicians for their work and contributions to the community. Commonwealth Health’s staff and administration would like to say “thank you” to our outstanding physicians for leading the care our network gives, for your commitment to healing and the difference you make in our communities. National Doctors’ Day is typically marked by a special meal in the physician lounge or the presentation of a token of our appreciation. These gestures pale in comparison to the contribution physicians make to the communities they serve and do not even come close to expressing the gratitude we have for our doctors. Doctors’ Day is unlike many other observances which allow for a day off from work. People still visit their doctor’s offices because of illness or a routine examination. Surgery schedules continue, the emergency department and walk-in clinics remain open and x-rays and other diagnostic tests must be reviewed. In a sense, doctors never really stop working. They do not have the luxury of punching out at the end of the day. They may have to leave the family dinner table to respond to an urgent call from a sick patient or be called out in the middle of the night to deliver a baby or perform an emergency operation. Even on their scheduled days off — vacations and holidays — it’s not unusual for relatives and friends to ask for some quick advice or health tip at a gathering. Most doctors are where they are for one reason: They want to help people. We hope they accept our small gestures this March 30 and understand they are appreciated for their compassion, admired for their wisdom, and applauded for their dedication. Cor Catena CEO, WILKES-BARRE GENERAL HOSPITAL Ron Ziobro, INTERIM CEO, REGIONAL HOSPITAL OF SCRANTON & MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITAL Ann Marie Stevens CEO, TYLER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Donna Powell CEO, COMMONWEALTH HEALTH PHYSICIAN NETWORK