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Celebrate local physicians on Doctor’s Day, March 30

To the editor:

Delivering medical care during a global pandemic has required teamwork at the highest level, and doctors are fundamental to this effort.

As the country celebrates Doctors’ Day on March 30, I invite you to join me in recognizing the heroic work of all physicians.

The COVID-19 pandemic has called upon the expertise and skills of our local physicians and many more in the larger medical community who have worked to detect, treat, cure and develop vaccines against this highly infectious disease.

Life has been disrupted by lockdowns and restrictions but chronic diseases and medical crises have kept going.

Doctors on our medical staff at Merit Health Natchez have been steadfast partners supporting the safety and wellness of patients and our community.

They’ve helped us adapt our practices as more is learned about the virus, its treatment and the prevention of spread.

I’ve never been more grateful for their support.

Their knowledge and skills helped the more than 2,400 patient visits to our Emergency Room and the more than 3,100 patients admitted last year.

While we cared for 300-plus COVID-19 positive patients, routine care also continued.

Women delivered their newborns, medical emergencies were treated, surgeries were performed and a myriad of other medical concerns were addressed.

Many providers adapted to new practices, using telehealth visits to ease access.

On this Doctors’ Day, please join me in reaching out to the physicians you know to say thank you.

Today we acknowledge their contributions, sacrifices, skills and unwavering concern for patients.

Let’s be sure they know how grateful we are.

Lance Boyd is CEO at Merit Health Natchez

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