National Doctor's Day observed Monday

Friday, March 27, 2009

National Doctor's Day is celebrated every year on March 30. This is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic during surgery.

The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Georgia. The holiday was established to give reverence to Dr. Crawford Long of Barrow County, Ga. He performed the first surgery with anesthetic March 30, 1842.

Putnam County Hospital extends a thank you all of the local physicians for the "tremendous care and support they provide Putnam County and the surrounding area."

"We are very fortunate to have such a talented medical staff that cares for the community," stated Jennifer Bedwell, clinic coordinator. "Not only do we have the local family physicians, but we have many specialists that travel to Greencastle to provide even more options for our local residents."

Currently, Putnam County Hospital has more than 60 physicians and eight nurse practitioners who currently see patients.

Residents looking for a physician or a specialist may contact the hospital at 765-653-5121 or visit its Web site at

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