National Doctors' Day
On Wednesday, March 30, with the help of SJMF board secretary,
Deb Cutler and volunteer Jane Banes, the SJMF staff delivered vases of
red carnations and thank you cards to physician offices throughout
Doctor Day was first observed on March 30, 1933 in Winder, GA. The idea was that of Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. The date was chosen in recognition of the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery in Jefferson, GA in 1842. ▼ (Scroll Down)
Congress designated March 30th as National Doctors' Day. An excerpt from the proclamation cites physician's hard work, stress and sacrifice and states, "All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life."
Welcome on Board - James Spence, MD
In 1978, UNM Medical School graduate Dr. James Spence completed his internal medicine residency program in Oklahoma. Soon thereafter,
Dr. Jim and his wife, Peggy took off on a New Mexico road trip in search for a place for Jim to establish his first practice.
"When we got to Farmington, I met Bill Cumberworth
(William Cumberworth, MD) and he gave us a tour of the town and of
San Juan Regional Medical Center," remembers Dr. Spence.
"Bill encouraged me to join the medical staff -- even though another ( ▼ ) seasoned medical staff member advised that we didn't need any more internists in Farmington."
Now, some 38 years and four grown children later, Dr. Spence is still practicing medicine while investing time and talent in Farmington. "My priority is and always has been the good of the community," he said.
In January, the SJRMC corporation elected James Spence, MD to the hospital's board of directors.
The San Juan Medical Foundation is also benefitting from the corporation's appointment and its vote of confidence. Dr. Spence has graciously accepted the opportunity to serve on the SJMF and Robert W. Umbach Cancer Foundation's boards as a representative and liaison with SJRMC.
San Juan Medical Foundation recently received a $40,000 grant from the Westmeath Foundation,
a locally directed 501c3 public charity.
The grant specifies that funds are to be used exclusively toward pediatric services at San Juan Regional Medical Center and the Hope Children's Fund administered by the San Juan Medical Foundation. ▼ (Scroll Down)
Additional grant funding provided for children and youth books, games and craft items for an Activity Card for the SJRMC Emergency Department. The ER staff deeply appreciates the generosity of the Westmeath Foundation its compassion for its smallest and sometimes restless patients.