UC Health Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Honored with Nefertiti Award

Regina Jenkins Lynch, RN, left, talks to Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, RN, assistant chief nursing officer, at UC Medical Center.

Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, assistant chief nursing officer of Patient Care Services at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, was recognized during a ceremony Saturday as a recipient of the 2018 Nefertiti Award.

This annual prestigious award bestowed by the Cincinnati Herald “honors extraordinary women who exemplify the wisdom and inner beauty of the ancient African Queen Nefertiti.”

Crawford-Hemphill oversees all inpatient and outpatient obstetrics and gynecology services at UC Medical Center. She has been instrumental in expanding the hospital’s medical services to 13 community-based health centers across the region.

Crawford-Hemphill is a fierce advocate for women and children and a champion of social justice. She is a charter member and co-founder of the Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links, Inc. and helped launch the Women’s Health Fund.

What her professional and community peers have to say about her:

“I am so delighted to call Ruby Crawford-Hemphill my sister friend. She is so deserving of the Nefertiti Award because she truly is one who gives of her whole self by leading her team to be excellent in service. This is done quietly and with the grace representing those who have gone before. She is indeed royalty!”
Karen Bankston, PhD, MSN
Executive Director, The Child Poverty Collaborative
Adjunct Professor, UC College of Nursing

“Ruby is a powerhouse of compassion, who leads with the heart of a servant and fights with purpose. She believes in speaking up for what is right and advocates for those who will likely never have a seat at the table to advocate for themselves.  The epitome of poise and purpose, Ruby will fight alongside you for the good of the community. No matter what the problem, you can always find Ruby lending her skills to help her community heal.  She is a real hero.”
Stephanie Owens Boyd
Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links, Inc.

“The Herald could not have chosen a more deserving woman for the Nefertiti Award. Ruby works tirelessly for the advancement of young girls and women throughout greater Cincinnati, striving to provide them with opportunities most of them would never receive.  It makes me proud to know her efforts to create opportunities for the disenfranchised where none existed have not gone overlooked.  She is a community gem and should be celebrated.”
Regina Jenkins Lynch, RN
UC Medical Center
First Lady, New Prospect Baptist Church

Dr. Donna Shambley-Ebron, associate professor and director of the PhD Program at UC College of Nursing, was also honored with a Nefertiti Award.

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