HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 43
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegates Boggs, Perdue, Hatfield and Ellington)
[March 9, 2012.]
Recognizing the dedicated service of West Virginia’s Family Physicians to the Legislature, on the 23rd Anniversary of the “Doc for a Day Program” program.
WHEREAS, In 1989 the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians began a free medical service program to the West Virginia Legislature during its regular session, known as the “Doc for a Day Program;” and
WHEREAS, The “Doc for a Day Program” is provided at the State Capitol Building by volunteer family physicians from around the state during each day of the legislative session to legislators, staff, government officials and the general public visiting the Capitol Complex; and
WHEREAS, The “Doc for a Day Program” is an educational training and health service forum for medical residents and faculty from the Charleston Division of the West Virginia Medical School and the Marshall University School of Medicine; and
WHEREAS, In addition to providing medical care for cuts, bruises, coughs, colds and flu, the “Doc for a Day Program” has also provided medical treatment for serious life-threatening injuries and illness, including: hypertension, heart attacks, respiratory arrest, aneurysms, strokes, broken bones, head trauma, appendicitis, pneumonia, kidney stones, and major lacerations: and
WHEREAS, Over 42,500 patients have received high quality medical care without charge from the "Doc for a Day Program." The knowledge and expertise in family medicine by these physicians and the willingness to share their volunteer medical service has been and continues to be greatly appreciated; and
WHEREAS, The “Doc for a Day Program” has served as a model for free medical care programs by many other state legislatures across this nation; and
WHEREAS, The Second Regular Session of the 80th Legislature, marks the 23rd Anniversary of the “Doc for a Day Program;” therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere appreciation to the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians for its outstanding free medical program to the West Virginia Legislature on the 23rd anniversary of the “Doc for a Day Program;” and be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates commends all of the volunteer family physicians who have taken time from hectic medical schedules to participate in the “Doc for a Day Program” by providing free medical service and expertise to the Legislature; and be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.