Spotlight on Excellence

image Krista Baty, M.S. Chief Nursing Officer, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

“The cohort program offered me the ability to earn my graduate degree from a prestigious, high-quality university in downtown.”

Krista Baty holds the position of Chief Nursing Officer at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, and has over 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare industry. Krista earned her BSN from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and later graduated with her M.S. in Healthcare Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has held various leadership roles in North Texas and across the state. Krista is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and the North Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

As CNO and mother of 3, Krista definitely understands how to juggle multiple commitments; however, adding graduate school to the equation definitely brought its challenges. Initially, she chose an online graduate program, which seemed to be the best option given her need for flexibility.  However, she quickly discovered that she preferred a more personable, face-to-face experience, which ultimately led her to the M.S. in Healthcare Administration Cohort Program at UTA. Krista said, “A major deciding factor was the condensed courses and the convenient location. The cohort program offered me the ability to earn my graduate degree from a prestigious, high-quality university in downtown.”

Accelerated courses, lock-step scheduling and instructors with industry experience, were all advantages of the UTA master’s program that Krista mentioned, but she said, “it was the relationships developed in the classroom that stood out the most, and many of them still exist today.” The networking can definitely prove to be quite valuable to your career, as Krista discovered when a classmate reached out to recruit her for her current CNO position at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

Krista Baty exemplifies the enthusiasm, leadership and passion of what it is to be a Fort Worth Maverick. As an alumnus, she appreciates any opportunity to mentor or guide current graduate students who are interested in advancing their careers in the healthcare industry.

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