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Monday Medical: Doctors’ Day — celebrating those who care for you

Susan Cunningham/For Steamboat Today

Monday Medical

Whether it's the middle of the night or early on a powder morning, Steamboat's doctors are available whenever they're needed. And on Wednesday, we have a chance to recognize their work and commitment during National Doctors' Day.

Doctors' Day was first celebrated March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.

In 1990, March 30 was officially designated National Doctors' Day. It's customary to give doctors cards and gifts on the day, and historically, red carnations have been placed on the graves of deceased doctors.

In Steamboat Springs, there's a lot to celebrate: With a range of devoted doctors who are experts in their fields, the level of care is top-notch.

Dr. Ken Lindsey, the new chief medical officer at Yampa Valley Medical Center, has been observing how care is delivered, and he's been impressed with what he has seen.

"People may not recognize how lucky they are to have such exceptional care in this part of Colorado," he said. "We have many board-certified providers that have fellowship training in their specific areas, especially in orthopedic surgery. One of our outstanding local medical practices provides care to our hospitalized patients. We also have one of the top ER groups I've ever worked with, all board-certified emergency medicine physicians with lengthy careers. They could practice anywhere in the United States, and they've chosen Steamboat."

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Having exceptional medical care close to home is important in any community, but especially in a more rural area such as Northwest Colorado, where the closest big city is more than a three-hour drive away.

"People can have their care delivered exceptionally and locally, both of which are very important," Lindsey said. "Especially for a group of folks who are highly active and need care due to injuries, and others who maybe are chronically ill or elderly, who need that kind of support."

But don't take Lindsey's word for it — rather, Lindsey encourages all community members to look into YVMC's National Quality Indicators and compare them to other facilities across the country. The numbers show that, when it comes to clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, YVMC does extremely well.

"As the chief medical officer of Yampa Valley Medical Center, and having worked in many large health systems, I would have no concerns bringing any of my family members here for any sort of medical or surgical care," Lindsey said.

Susan Cunningham writes for Yampa Valley Medical Center. She can be reached at

Thanks a doctor

Write a note or send a message, and let your doctor know that you appreciate him or her. National Doctors’ Day is the perfect time to show your thanks for the care you receive all year.

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