doctors’ day 2018

During many milestones in our lives, a doctor was in the picture. From birth to broken arms to end of life, doctors have been making a difference in our lives. And while any day is a good day to say thanks to these individuals, it’s especially fitting to say so on National Doctors’ Day

On Friday, March 30, 2016, we have a chance to recognize their work and commitment during National Doctors’ Day.

The first Doctors’ Day observance was on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond.  The red carnation is the symbolic flower used for this holiday. The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated in 1991, and it is observed every year on March 30.

Some of CHRISTUS Health’s top doctors recently gave their thanks to those modern day physician leaders, advance practitioners and other important providers for transforming the health of the communities CHRISTUS serves.


John A. Gillean, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Executive Council

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“Each year, CHRISTUS has made a point of pausing on March 30, National Doctor’s Day, to recognize our doctors in various ways. CHRISTUS Health is blessed to have some of the best physicians, physicians’ assistant, nurse practitioners and other skilled providers serving within our health care ministries. These are the health care leaders who have the best interest of the patient constantly in mind. We thank them for their incredible roles in transforming healthcare and the health of the communities we serve.”


Sam Bagchi, MD                                                                                                                              Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer

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“CHRISTUS Health greatly appreciates the compassionate care and clinical excellence that our physicians provide to our patients and communities.  We know you will never get all the credit you deserve for the personal sacrifices you make for our ministry.  We thank you for your hard work, and we want you to know that we are completely committed to helping bring joy and ease to your caregiving whenever we can across CHRISTUS Health. THANK YOU!”

David Engleking, MD CPE, System Medical Director – CHRISTUS Health Plan

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“As physicians we have an honored place in society. Our patients & fellow healthcare professionals look to us to uphold that honored status. Although frustrations are frequent, stay the course committed to the Institute of Medicine’s call for excellence, equity in care, professional demeanor & thoughtful stewardship. Thank you for all you do.”