An early celebration of ‘National Doctor’s Day’ was held at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington Wednesday afternoon.
St. Mary’s honored the white coat professionals with a luncheon.
Organizers say it’s important to honor doctors and physicians alike because it is easy to forget what they do behind the scenes, like taking phone calls in the middle of the night asking them to come into work for emergencies and sacrificing so much to help their patients heal.
During Wednesday’s luncheon, St. Mary’s also made a $5,000 dollar donation to the Huntington City Mission on behalf of all their doctors.
“[The Huntington City Mission has] a good reputation for the support they provide for the community and there’s definitely a need [of funds],” said Mary Ann Brown, Director of Provider Relations.
President and CEO of Mountain Health Network, Michael Mullins, spoke to 13 News about why it’s imporant to honor these life-saving individuals.
“A lot of what goes on behind the scenes, especially [with] what our physicians do, is pretty unsung,” said Mullins. “I have a thing that I say, ‘we’re not known by what we do when nobody is looking and physicians epitomize that with the sacrifices that they make for their patients.'”
Event organizers say the luncheon to honor doctors and physicians is a long standing tradition at St. Mary’s.
President George H.W. Bush recognized ‘National Doctor’s Day’ back in 1991.