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


  • Richard Duncan, Chairperson
  • Luke Arndt, Vice Chair
  • Larry Bucklinger, Treasurer/Secretary
  • Michael Argabright, Ed.D, Member
  • Caron Daugherty, Ed.D, Member
  • Rebeca Herrera, Member
  • Diana Kuhlmann, Member
  • Charisse Symmonds Arndt, D.O., Member

2022 Medical Staff Officers & Committee Members

Officers/Executive Committee

  • President: Charisse Symmonds, DO
  • VP/President Elect: Jennifer Esau, DO

At Large Members:

  • Bryce Heitman, DO
  • Brock Kretsinger, DO
  • Ryan LaSota, MD
  • Derek Brown, MD
  • Richard Duncan, Board member

Section Chairs

  • Medical Section: Scott Smiley, MD (to 12/22)
  • 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
  • Catherine Grote, DO

Ethics Committee

  • Roland Darey, MD

MSQIC/ UR Committee

  • Tim Harris, DO
  • Deshala Castille, DO
  • Oyeladun Oyenuga, MD
  • Anna LaSota, DO
  • Alana Longwell, DO
  • Michael Lloyd, DO

Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

  • Todd Detwiler, MD
  • Catherine Grote, DO
  • Brock Kretsinger, DO
  • Christy Jansen, MD
  • Kimberly Schmid, MD

Medical Directors

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

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