Newman Regional Health is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of community leaders.


  • Robert Wright, MBA, CPA, Chief Executive Officer
  • Holly French, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
  • Cathy Pimple, RN, MSN, DNP, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Heather Aylward, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer


  • Luke Arndt, Chairperson
  • Nancy Wells, Vice Chair
  • Larry Bucklinger, Treasurer/Secretary
  • Linda Adams-Wendling, PhD, Member
  • Bill Barnes, Member
  • Caron Daugherty, Ed.D, Member
  • Rebeca Herrera, Member
  • Diana Kuhlmann, Member
  • Charisse Symmonds Arndt, D.O., Member

2023 Medical Staff Officers & Committee Members

Officers/Executive Committee

At Large Members:

  • Bryce Heitman, DO
  • Brock Kretsinger, DO
  • Rebeca Douglass, MD
  • Charisse Symmonds, DO

Medical Directors

  • Cardiopulmonary Services: Brock Kretsinger, DO
  • Emergency Department: Kevin Brinker, DO
  • Hospice: Cy Anderson, MD
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation: Alana Longwell, DO
  • Laboratory: Susan Speaks, MD
  • Radiology: Frank Yackovich, MD

Section Chairs

  • Medical Section: W. Timothy Duncan, MD (to 12/24)
  • FP/Peds Section: Derek Brown, MD (to 12/23)
  • OB/Gyn Section: Christine Faulkner, MD (to 12/23)
  • Surgery Section: Matthew Turner, MD (to 12/23)

Infection Control Committee

  • Ryan LaSota, MD
  • Derek Brown, MD

Ethics Committee

  • Roland Darey, MD
  • Jerald Campbell, CRNA

MSQIC/ UR Committee

  • Tim Harris, DO
  • Deshala Castille, DO
  • Oyeladun Oyenuga, MD
  • Anna LaSota, DO
  • Michael Lloyd, DO
  • Larry Finley, CRNA

Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

  • Brock Kretsinger, DO
  • Christy Jansen, MD
  • Kimberly Schmid, MD
  • Robert Davis, CRNA

Opioid Stewardship Committee

  • Kaitlin Tennyson, MD
  • Robert Davis, CRNA

Physician System Integration Group

  • Ryan LaSota, MD
  • Derek Brown, MD
  • Krista Ohmie, PA
  • Brian Tackitt, CRNA

We are always ready to answer any questions you may have about donations, gift options, or general questions about how we make decisions for the future of the hospital. Contact Newman Regional Health’s Board of Trustees by mailing to the below address:
Newman Regional Health
c/o Administration Office
1201 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801

View Newman Regional Health’s audited financial statements.

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Newman Regional Health
1201 W 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
Newman Medical Plaza
1301 W 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801