George H. West, MD, was recognized for his vast medical knowledge, “dry wit,” teaching skills, staff support, and taking excellent care of his patients. Dr. West earned his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest). He began a solo practice in internal medicine in 1973 and later founded Kinston Diagnostic Group with partner, Roy Everett, MD.
Walter Sabiston, MD, was honored for introducing the day surgery concept at Lenoir Memorial and for pioneering new approaches to outpatient surgery in the eastern North Carolina community. Dr. Sabiston received his medical degree from the UNC-CH School of Medicine and founded Kinston Head and Neck Physicians and Surgeons.