Celebrating Doctors’ Day

When I think of Doctors’ Day, I too think of why we celebrate this profession. We celebrate so that providers and the community can continually be more aware of the miracles we see in our hospitals and practices every day. The miracles of birth, of recovery from injury, of diseases that are turned back and even in the miracle of discovering hope amid a serious difficulty, when a cure seems unlikely.

During this challenging time in health care, I am even more aware that my colleagues are passionate about serving others; they are passionate about making a meaningful difference in their patients’ lives; and they are passionate about helping each other with patient care and with issue beyond patient care. I am humbled and honored to work side-by-side with those in our medical community who give so much of themselves to raise the level of healthcare for our families, friends, neighbors and visitors.

I think about colleagues and the countless hours of research, continuing education and on-call schedules that take them away from their families. I too am acutely aware of the nights and weekends they spend at the hospital so they can attend to their patients.

So why do we celebrate Doctors’ Day? We do so not for ourselves, but for our colleagues, we do so to recognize our collective contributions. With a deep appreciation and respect for those who have served as care providers, mentors, friends, co-workers, and partners, I thank you and celebrate you!

Dan Snell, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Portneuf Medical Center. Dr. Snell has his Medical Degree and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah. He completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Arizona and is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.