Gratitude spotlight: National Doctors’ Day

A portrait of Kevin CroweKevin Crowe, Director, Grateful Patient and Family Fundraising

Nationally recognized in 1990 by legislation that was passed by the United States House and Senate and then signed by the president, National Doctors’ Day has a much longer history dating back to 1933 in Winder, Georgia. The Southern Medical Association Auxiliary in Barrow County, Georgia began a tradition of celebrating physicians with a red carnation at an annual dinner in their honor. The auxiliary’s resolution adopted the March 30 date “to pay lasting tribute” and in “honor of the profession” with observance of “some act of kindness, gift or tribute in remembrance of the doctors.”

Eighty-six years later we continue the practice and offer an opportunity to recognize and celebrate our physicians with a gift in their honor. Many of our patients and their families are often incredibly grateful to their physician. The next video in our gratitude series is representative of one patient talking about one physician at one hospital and is a touching example of the thoughts shared by hundreds of patients every day, across our entire ministry. We hope you enjoy hearing Bette’s gratitude story, featured below, and encourage you share your story with your social network using #GratitudeEveryDay.

We continue to gather new stories and welcome your contacting us with ideas, suggestions, and recommendations for people with who we should connect. Please contact Kevin Crowe, grateful patient and family fundraising director, or Christina Vanoverbeke, philanthropy communications director, with any leads you wish to explore.


Kevin Crowe
Grateful Patient and Family Fundraising


Hear Bette’s story of gratitude

Learn about Bette’s experience as a Dignity Health patient and why she is thankful for her doctor. For more stories like this, please visit our YouTube channel