Two Newton Medical Center employees were recipients of the 2013 Friends of Education Award, which is given to those who go to extra effort to support public schools. Rhonda Horsch and Karla Stauffer accepted the award at a reception on April 13 in Goddard.

Horsch, the director of dietary at NMC, received the award in part for her presentations on nutrition and learning at teacher in-service days, as well as tutoring high school students through the Project Search program.

“Rhonda is a teacher at heart,” said Todd Tangeman, vice president of human resources at NMC. “She understands the personalities and strengths of each team member and works with each accordingly so that each team member is successful in his or her role. I was pleased to hear that she was a recipient of the Friends of Education Award, as she is deserving of such recognition.”

Stauffer, director of patient services, demonstrates the importance of education daily, according to her supervisor, Jeff Barton. As a nurse and unit director, Stauffer excels at helping both her nursing colleagues and patients succeed.

“Her patience and empathy, coupled with acute listening and persuasion skills, create an excellent environment for education to thrive,” said Barton, vice president of patient services. “There could be no greater example of, advocate for or friend of education.”

Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information about Newton Medical Center, call 283-2700 or visit