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Illinois health officials thank physicians for their service on National Doctors Day

Doctors around the nation are celebrated for their life-saving efforts on March 30.
March 30 is National Doctors Day
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Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 3:03 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wish to thank physicians in Illinois in recognition of National Doctors Day for their dedication, commitment and selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to say thank you to all the doctors who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic and at times have put their own health at risk,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “There is a tradition of delivering greeting cards to physicians for National Doctors’ Day and I would like to encourage people to do that this year as a way to say thank you and to celebrate all physicians for the work they do and the sacrifices they have made during this pandemic.”

“For more than a year, Illinois’ brave physicians have worked tirelessly to perform COVID tests, treat patients who test positive, and now aid in administering vaccines,” said Deborah Hagan, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. “We are truly thankful for their service in helping the people of Illinois.”

“We salute our fearless doctors for their dedication during a time when the risks of treating the sick have never been greater,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “In addition to these doctors, we should thank their families for their sacrifice and courage. While the battle against COVID-19 continues, each day we are closer to ending this pandemic. None of this would be possible without our healthcare heroes.”

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois health leaders say they took proactive steps to increase the number of health care professionals in the workforce. In March 2020, IDFPR issued a variance allowing Illinois physicians whose license status was inactive, non-renewed, or expired that also satisfy an additional set of specific criteria to restore their licenses temporarily during the pandemic.

In addition, IDFPR also issued a proclamation allowing out-of-state physicians to provide care to Illinois residents affected by COVID-19, as long as they obtained a temporary practice permit and followed other guidelines. Because of these actions, more than 2,000 additional physicians are now allowed to provide care in Illinois.

There are currently more than 48,000 physicians who hold Illinois licenses.

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