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2016 Graduate: Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
What is your hometown?
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
Why did you choose to attend TTUHSC?
The program was cost effective, easy to incorporate into my busy work schedule and
provided health care related coursework.
Furthermore, since I already had the business background, I wanted to specialize in
a field versus incorporating a similar program like an MBA.
Where do you currently work?
I currently work at UMC Health System (UMC) as the director of Service Development and Regional Outreach.
What do you enjoy most about your job/area of interest?
The patient experience is infused into every aspect of care. As a result, my position
allows me to engage with staff throughout the organization to improve workflows, quality
outcomes and best practices.
The position also allows me to speak directly with our customers, whether through
advisory councils or one-on-one conversations; I¹m able to see firsthand the effectiveness
of our Service Is Our Passion culture.
What drew you to your current specialty?
The professional specialty truly evolved over time. I have worked at UMC for nine years, serving in four separate positions along my journey. Every position
had some form of patient engagement or interaction. That background coupled with my
desire to improve processes led to my current position. Ultimately, this was possible
since I work for an organization that recognizes employees, promotes from within and
provides leadership training.
Was there a particular professor who influenced you?
Sharon Hunt, MBA, (assistant professor and Executive in Residence) was a great influence throughout my graduate program. She has a great personality
and engages with students in a constructive manner. Also, I appreciated that she had
real-life experience in health care. Teaching a subject is one thing, but being able
to speak to something from experience carries a weight that can¹t be achieved through
School of Health Professions
Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, PhD, ('94); Sandra Whisner, OTR, PhD, ('97); and Craig Cox, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, ('00) received the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Interdisciplinary Team Award.
School of Medicine
Dustin Reid, MD, (’97) was named for the fourth consecutive year to the Super Doctors list, published by
MSP Communications. He also recently received the distinguished Castle-Connelly "Top
Doctors" nomination by his peers. Reid is double board certified by the American Board
of Surgery and the America Board of Plastic Surgery. In 2005, he founded Restora Austin
Plastic Surgery Centre in Austin.
The Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society presented its 2016 Hippocratic Award
Damon Hill, MD, ('79).
School of Pharmacy
Kristopher Zepeda, MBA, PharmD, BCOP, ('04) has a new position with Seattle Genetics as associate medical director.
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