National Doctor’s Day is celebrated locally
National Doctor’s Day officially began on March 30, 1991, when former President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation designating the day as a time to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve the nation by caring for its citizens. Pocono Medical Center (PMC) held its 9th Annual Doctor’s Day Celebration today, honoring the 235 medical staff members who provide care to our community.
At the Doctor’s Day Celebration, Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center recognized the 2014 nominees and recipients of the Physicians of the Year Award. William F. Ryan, M.D. was presented with the Physician of the Year award and Mohammad Chaudhry, M.D. was presented the G.L. Gupta M.D. Award. The hospital community submitted nomination forms for the Physician of the Year. Additionally, there were two parts to the nomination process that included both a rating of the following key qualities: excellence, compassion, integrity, respect, customer service, and collaboration exhibited by excellent physicians and a written narrative that described how the physician has demonstrated these qualities.
Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center, explains the significance of the awards, stating, “You have been given the most sacred trust of all when our patients and families put their lives in your hands; and you have honored that trust. We are proud to stand before you today and say from all of us at PMC – thank you. You have served well.”
Dr. Ryan has served the community since 1985 as one of the medical oncologists. Some of the excerpts from the nomination forms submitted for Dr. Ryan include, “He is a corner stone of this hospital and a strong patient advocate, compassionate, and community minded.” Additionally, “Dr. Ryan has set the standard for dedication to high quality, compassionate care for more than 20 years. He has done this while providing care for some of the most seriously ill patients in the region.”