"Friday was National Doctors’ Day, and I can’t think of a more perfect opportunity to honor our caring and committed physicians," said Western Plains Medical Complex CEO Kerry Tirman. "I am so proud of the meaningful contributions you are making to the lives of others each and every day.

"Through their unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of our patients, they are advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier in extraordinary ways."

According to doctorsday.org, is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve the U.S. by caring for its' citizens. It is held every year on March 30.

According to the website, the first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as National Doctor's Day.

"Our team of skilled physicians cares for thousands of people our community each year," Tirman said. "From diagnosing and treating medical conditions to helping patients and family members understand their illnesses and treatment plans, you are at the forefront of ensuring that our patients receive the quality care they deserve.

"They are the face of caring in our community, and your compassionate care and healing touch are essential to bringing our mission to life.

"On behalf of our administration, medical staff, employees and volunteers, thank you for your dedication to Western Plains and for the invaluable knowledge, expertise and level of care you bring to our community.

"Your tireless commitment to providing quality care close to home is greatly appreciated, and we are proud to serve our community alongside each of you."