Bankston Receives Marie Brown Award
Published June 2003
Karen Bankston, RN, MSN, vice president of operations
for The University Hospital in Cincinnati, is this year's recipient of
the Marie Brown Award. The honor is named for Marie Brown who worked at
the UC Medical Center and The University Hospital for 16 years. Brown
was known for her successful collaborations within and across
departments and institutions. She passed away in October 1997. The
award recognizes an unsung hero who has enhanced the UC Medical Center
through continuing, ongoing efforts, including interdisciplinary
research efforts within or between colleges.
Bankston was selected for the award in recognition of
her problem solving efforts for the hospital. She is also working on
her dissertation for her PhD. Her focus is the relationship of female
nurses and physicians and its impact on the delivery of care. Bankston
serves on the board of the West End Health Center, the African American
Health Network and is a member of the United Way's Healthy People's
Vision Council. She is a visiting assistant professor in the graduate
program at the UC College of Nursing.
"Karen Bankston, currently the vice president of
operations at The University Hospital, is also the embodiment of Marie
Brown in so many ways," said James Hurst, MD, chief executive officer
of The University Hospital and vice chair of clinical trauma surgery in
the UC College of Medicine. "She has been fiercely committed to the
mission of the hospital, especially to those programs which provide
support for the underserved in Hamilton County."
"Receiving the award is a special honor because I
worked with Marie Brown as a professional colleague and knew her as a
personal friend," Bankston said. "I am humbled by this award because
Marie was such a role model."
Bankston was presented with a plaque and monetary award
during the 2003 "State of the Medical Center" address by Thomas Boat,
MD, interim provost for health affairs for UC Medical Center, and
William Martin II, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine and acting
senior vice president.
"Karen has in the past, and continues today, to serve
as a role model and mentor for many young professional women in the
area," Dr. Hurst said.