Miami-Dade County Health Department Recognizes National Doctors' Day

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The Miami-Dade County Health Department recognizes March 30, 2007 as National Doctors' Day in celebration of our local physicians and the commitment they show to their patients and the community each day.

"I would like to personally thank all of our doctors for their hard work and devotion to the residents of Miami-Dade County," said Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, Administrator, of the Miami-Dade County Health Department. "Today is an opportunity for us to express our appreciation to public health physicians who strive every day to keep our community safe and healthy. I am very proud to work with the best group of physicians in public health."

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Some of the responsibilities of the Miami-Dade County Health Department public health physicians include preventing epidemics and the spread of disease; promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; and preventing injuries.

National Doctors' Day has been held annually since 1933 when Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, had the idea to commemorate the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford Long.

A resolution was adopted by the United States House of Representatives in 1958 to memorialize Doctors' Day. And in 1991, President George Bush, Sr. signed a resolution designating March 30 as a nationally-recognized day to publicly thank physicians for their work and dedication to the communities they serve.

Miami-Dade County Health Department promotes and protects the health of our community through prevention and preparedness today, for a healthier tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.dadehealth.org

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