Newman Regional Health

About Newman Regional Health

Newman Regional Health is committed to providing high quality healthcare to the people of Lyon County and the surrounding communities of Emporia. We also serve residents in Chase, Morris, Greenwood, Wabaunsee, Osage, and Coffey counties.

For more than 90 years, Newman Regional Health has expanded to meet the needs of a growing community and has established a tradition of excellent health care in east central Kansas.

Centrally located within the city of Emporia, NRH is a 25 bed critical access hospital, including a 10 bed acute rehabilitation unit. Newman is a governmental entity operated on a not-for-profit basis.

Newman Regional Health remains a local hospital, owned by the people of Lyon County and governed by a Board of Trustees made up of community leaders. Newman Regional Health is a teaching hospital and is home to the ESU Department of Nursing.

More than 500 employees , 225 volunteers, and 130 physicians, of which 28 are on our active medical staff, and many other professionals make up the patient care team at Newman Regional Health. The hospital provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services.

About Emporia, Kansas

Located in the heart of the famous Bluestem Region, Emporia, Kansas is known as the Front Porch to the Flint Hills. Open prairie stretches for miles with its tall grass prairie and peaceful rolling hills.

As the official founding city of Veteran’s Day, Emporia is also home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Granada Theater, Emporia Arts Council, and William Allen White, nationally known writer and journalist. Emporia State University serves 6,500 students in nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

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Our History

"They saw the best equipped hospital in the West. They saw a beautiful building architecturally, and they saw an interior decorated with taste, altogether a thing of beauty that shall be a joy forever." Emporia Gazette, March 6, 1922, on the open house.

Since 1922, Newman Regional Health has been a vital part of healthcare for a seven county area surrounding Emporia, Kansas. The Emporia Gazette used the Winston Churchill quote, "We live not by what we have, but by what we give," on March 5, 1922 to describe George Newman’s generous contribution.

The original 81-bed hospital was built largely as the result of a $50,000 bequest left by Mr. George Newman, a local businessman. Additional funds were raised with a two-year tax levy, and the hospital opened on March 6th, 1922. The hospital is named in honor of both Mr. Newman and the county.

Since the hospital has opened, there has been a nursing school, currently the Emporia State University Newman Division of Nursing, located on the east side of the hospital campus.

Planning for better facilities and community service included the additions of the:

  • East Wing, 1951
  • West Wing, 1963
  • South Wing, 1980
  • 5.9 million dollar renovation of the first floor, 1996
  • Newman Medical Plaza, 1996
  • A connector building between the Newman Medical Plaza and the hospital, 2002
  • Same Day Surgery Unit and Registration Area, 2002
  • The Central Care Cancer Center, 2003
  • Standardized color-coded ID wrist band alerting all staff to various patient precautions, 2008
  • Breast Care Center, 2012
  • W.S. & E.C. Jones Cardiovascular Lab, 2013

Working with other healthcare providers, the hospital will continue to be a leader in improving the health of our community.

Press Releases

Newman Regional Health is making news! Read about our latest news in the Press Releases below.

Emporia’s Newman Regional Health recognized as High 5 for Mom & Baby Hospital

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Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

To improve health in our communities by providing high quality care.

Our Vision

To be a valued, trusted partner and regional provider of exemplary services.

Our Values

QUALITY:   We dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement of quality throughout our organization.  We are committed to delivering a range of comprehensive services offering timely access and convenience.   

SERVICE: We pride ourselves in delivering compassionate inpatient and outpatient care.

PEOPLE: We recognize the contribution of all and foster an atmosphere of trust and collaboration.

GROWTH: We value growth within our organization to meet the specific changing needs of our community. 

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:  We honor the communities’ trust by using resources wisely and having an unwavering commitment to financial integrity.

Strategic Initiatives

Growth / Community Relations

To deliver comprehensive healthcare services to Lyon County and the surrounding area, and to effectively partner with the community to improve the health of the region

Medical Staff Development

To provide opportunities to expand the medical community through an integrated delivery model

Finance / Facility and Technology

To achieve “meaningful use” in collaboration with the healthcare community

Service / Quality / Safety 

To publicly commit to measurable quality improvement


To deliver care in a coordinated, collaborative environment where all members of the healthcare team feel that they contribute to the whole patient experience as well as the organization's success

ESU Department of Nursing

Newman Regional Health has earned a reputation as an exemplary clinical and educational site for students pursuing health-related professions.

Located on the hospital campus, the ESU Department of Nursing is a 4-year, baccalaureate program. It is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. For more information about the program, please call (620) 343-6800, ext. 5641 or visit

The ESU Department of Nursing also houses a full nursing library for students, professionals, and community members interested in learning more about nurses, medicine, health, or wellness issues. The library can be reached at (620) 343-6800 ext. 5650.

Newman Regional Health does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment. In case of questions, please contact: Kathy Orear, Director of Human Resources, (620) 343-6800, ext. 1100, or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (800) 842-0078.

All interpreters, translators, and other communication aids shall be provided without cost to the person being served, and patients/clients and their families will be informed of the availability of such assistance free of charge.

Newman Regional Health
Newman Regional Health (Hospital)
1201 W. 12th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: (620) 343-6800
Newman Medical Plaza
1301 W. 12th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801