WVU patients can honor their doctors online

Part of National Doctor's Day Celebration

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Often patients form a special bond with their doctors.  In celebration of National Doctor’s Day, West Virginia University has developed a way for patients to let their physicians know just how much that bond means.

Patients can write a brief personal message to one or more physicians, or make a gift in a physician’s honor to support WVU health care.  To show their appreciation, patients can go to www.hsc.wvu.edu/development, click on the Doctor’s Day icon, and submit their message.

Patients without Internet access who wish to show support for their physician can go to a Morgantown Kroger pharmacy or the Morgantown Mall office to pick up a Doctor’s Day brochure. Deadline for entries is March 26.

According to Susan Trantham, director of annual giving at the WVU Health Sciences Center, more than 158 physicians were honored last year, with 28 of those being honored by more than one individual.

“Last year, which was our third year for the event, we received approximately 179 comments and 50 gifts,” Trantham said. Donors can choose where to direct their donation within the Health Sciences Center.

National Doctor’s Day commemorates the first use of anesthesia in a surgical procedure on March 30, 1842.  The celebration has grown to honor doctors across the country.

For more information on WVU’s Doctor’s Day Celebration, call 877-766-4438 or (304)293-3980.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
rs: 03-10-08

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