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People around the region recognize National Doctors' Day

Published On: Mar 30 2014 01:30:25 PM CDT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Sunday is a special day for physicians.

It is Doctors' Day. It's been celebrated since March 30, 1933 to honor doctors for their services to the community.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared official recognition for the day.

Mountain States Health Alliance is celebrating by giving a special pin to doctors who receive positive feedback from patients.

The Washington-Johnson-Unicoi County Medical Alliance have been celebrating the day since their founding in 1949.

The members are spouses of physicians, and they say a day of gratitude is worth it. Beth Peterson is the chairperson for the event, and she believes doctors are an important asset to the community.

"They spend a lot of time going through school and getting their education to get to their position, and they still take care of you pretty much any time you need it," Peterson said.

She told us a red carnation or card is the perfect "thank you" gift. Red carnations are a symbol for Doctors' Day.

If you'd like to honor your physician, you can do so here: http://www.mshafoundation.org/events/doctors-day.