When Shelly Miland needed to give her career a boost, she turned to the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center.
She received her master of science degree in health care administration through the Fort Worth Center in August 2006, and on Oct. 1, 2007, she was named vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
“My degree has prepared me for the future of my career,” Miland said. “It has helped me balance my financial background with health system operations.”
Offered in a cohort format, the master of science in health care administration allows students to take two classes per semester but only one class at a time in accelerated 5-7 week sessions. Students complete the degree in just 24 months.
“The program was a great complement to what I was already doing in my career and now will help me be more effective in health care operations,” Miland said.
Prior to joining Arlington Memorial Hospital, she served as chief financial officer for Harris Methodist HEB Hospital. Before that she was the director of accounting/controller for (concurrently) Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Harris Methodist Northwest Hospital and Harris Continued Care Hospital. She also has served as general accounting manager/controller at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Miland has held these and other leadership positions at several North Texas health care facilities for nearly two decades, including Charter Hospital of Fort Worth, CareUnit Hospital of Fort Worth and Dallas Southwest Medical Center.
She encourages others to consider graduate school. Classes are arranged in a naturally progressive sequence, with related classes grouped together when possible. Integration of the material across the curriculum is an important part of the program philosophy.
“You get out of it what you put into it. My UT Arlington experience was worth all the hard work.”
Miland is a certified public accountant, certified health care financial professional and has a certificate of graduate studies from the Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Doug, have been married for 20 years with one grown daughter, Jennifer, who lives in Miami. Miland is active in her church, and she and Doug enjoy hiking and riding motorcycles.
She is proud to be a Maverick.
“UT Arlington has an outstanding educational program, and itís an honor to be a graduate.”