March 30 is Doctors’ Day, a nationally recognized day to celebrate physicians, their work and their invaluable contributions to our community. This year’s celebration is much different than last year’s due to the pandemic.
Last March, when the world shut down and everyone was asked to stay home, Baptist Health Hardin physicians bravely answered the call to serve. Their courage and commitment to our patients and community have never been more appreciated as they are today.
Their heroism has effectively elevated the profession.
During the past year, doctors earned remarkable levels of public trust and were ranked nationally as the most influential in educating the public about the coronavirus and encouraging people to get the vaccine. This stature has had an impact. Today, medical schools across the country are reporting spikes in applications — including schools in Kentucky — upward of 50%. Prospective students are inspired and want to join in helping others while making a difference in their communities.
On this Doctors’ Day, please take a moment to reflect on the past year and the important role physicians have played in educating and caring for our communities. We are hopeful that brighter days are ahead, and we are grateful and honored to work alongside these outstanding physicians.
Allison Cardin, MD
Chief of Staff, Baptist Health Hardin Medical
John Godfrey, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Baptist
Matthew Stiles, MD
Chief Medical Director, Baptist Health Medical Group