This award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston physician H. Fleming Fuller, who died October 3, 1986. A founding member of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Dr. Fuller served on the Board from 1971 until his death. Born in Franklinton, Dr. Fuller graduated from Wake Forest College, where he earned a B.S. degree in medicine in 1934. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his M.D. degree in 1936.
Dr. Fuller, whose obstetrics and gynecology practice spanned nearly half a century, helped bring medical care for women into the mainstream of American medicine. A past president of the North Carolina obstetrics and Gynecological Society, he was recognized as a national leader in his field. As a founder and past president of the North Carolina Cancer Society, Dr. Fuller was an important force in changing attitudes about cancer from those of fear and rejection, to love and support.
Dr. Fuller is best remembered by his patients as a caring physician who always listened and responded with compassion. An outstanding teacher, he left an indelible mark on many young physicians and medical students. As a member of the Hospital's Board, Dr. Fuller was always the patient's advocate, and at the same time, an important source of insight into physician issues in hospital governance.
In establishing the Fuller Award, the Board sought to recognize members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller's lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community.
Criteria adopted by the Board for the Fuller Award state that nominees should be selected on the basis of the following attributes:
- Unwavering personal commitment to treating patients with compassion and respect;
- Ongoing service as a staunch advocate for maintaining clinical excellence including the highest standards of patient safety, satisfaction and wellbeing - both physical and emotional;
- Effectiveness as a professional role model for the students and young physicians responsible for the care of future generations; and
- Sense of civic responsibility through active participation in groups or organizations concerned with the health and well-being of North Carolina's citizens.