EMMC Celebrates Doctors’ Day


Eastern Maine Medical Center celebrated its doctors throughout the week of March 27, recognizing them for touching the lives of thousands of patients, visitors, and staff each year. EMMC has the largest medical staff in the region, with more than 450 doctors providing many types of care not found elsewhere in northern, eastern, and central Maine.

“While National Doctors Day is traditionally observed on March 30, this year, we decided to spread the celebration out over an entire week,” says James Raczek, MD, FAAFP, EMMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. “Several departments held potluck lunches for their physicians, while others presented their doctors with small gifts to show their appreciation for the vital role our physicians play in keeping patients healthy. Special thank you cards for doctors were completed by staff and patients and have been displayed throughout the hospital.”

National Doctors’ Day is recognized on March 30 of each year because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery in 1842. Doctor’s Day was first observed on March 30, 1933. In 1990, President Bush signed a law that officially designated Doctors’ Day a national holiday. EMMC celebrates their physicians on this day every year.

“EMMC’s physicians play such an important role in ensuring the best possible health for our patients,” adds Dr. Raczek. “They coordinate complex care with the entire care team, participate in leadership roles, and share new ideas to improve patient care. I am sincerely thankful for the work that they do every day to improve lives.”