FREEPORT, Ill., March 21, 2016 — On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long of Barrow County, Ga., performed surgery to remove a tumor on a patient’s neck. He used ether to anesthetize the patient – a first for medical science.
Years later, Congress and the President would declare the anniversary of that surgery to be National Doctors’ Day, a chance to acknowledge all that our physicians do for their communities.
FHN is proud to salute its physicians March 30 for being the heart of community-based healthcare. To send a message to your FHN healthcare provider for Doctors’ Day, visit www.fhn.org and click on the link at the top of the page. Selected messages will appear on the site in the future.
“Our patients depend on FHN physicians for everything from one-time emergency care at the hospital to a lifetime of care as their family doctor at our healthcare center locations throughout northwest Illinois,” said Mark Gridley, chief operating officer of FHN.
57 physicians offer state-of-the-art healthcare at FHN’s 22 locations, in specialties ranging from anesthesiology to urology. FHN has 21 physicians dedicated to serving as primary caregivers for patients ranging from infant to elderly. If you would like help finding a provider, visit www.fhn.org or call the FHN Physician Referral Center toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 965.
FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.