March 11, 2013
Saturday, March 30 marks the annual observance of National Doctors' Day in the United States. This day is set aside as an opportunity to honor the medical profession by raising public awareness about the many active roles physicians play in their communities.
Doctors of all specialties are annually recognized in March because of the efforts of an anesthesiologist. On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery. This history-making achievement, first celebrated in the U.S. on that day in 1933, and the continuous efforts by physicians to alleviate human suffering, has become the basis for this national observance.
”There is no better time than now to highlight the many skills that the members of the Bronson Battle Creek medical staff bring to greater Battle Creek,” says Anne Regling, interim CEO of Bronson Battle Creek. “Our community is extremely fortunate for the outstanding care that our dedicated local physicians and supported by our team of associates and volunteers deliver to us. We appreciate the commitment, skill, and service that they provide our patients every day of the year.”
In honor of Doctors’ Day, Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) is holding several events to recognize and to thank the medical staff for its significant contribution to supporting the healthcare needs of the community. BBC encourages others to take a moment and acknowledge your primary care and other specialty physicians that may be supporting your medical care. Please also take note of the many BBC physicians who volunteer their medical services to meet the needs of greater Battle Creek, and internationally to under-served regions of the world.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.