Newton Medical Center’s John F. McConeghey, MD, has attained his board certification in general surgery from the American Board of Surgery.

Board certification is a voluntary process that demonstrates a surgeon's commitment to lifelong learning and quality patient care. Surgeons certified by the American Board of Surgery have completed at least five years of residency training following medical school, met all board training requirements and successfully completed the board’s written and oral examinations.

A physician with Newton Surgical Group, McConeghey treats a broad spectrum of diseases that may require surgical treatment. He also is certified in the use of the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, and in August 2013, McConeghey performed the first da Vinci Single-Site robotic procedure in Newton.

After earning an electrical engineering degree with a bioengineering emphasis from Kansas State University, McConeghey completed both his doctorate of medicine and his general surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Outside of work, McConeghey enjoys spending time with family. His hobbies include golf and photography, and he also is active in his church.

For more information about Newton Surgical Group, contact 283-0027.

Newton Medical Center also announced Michelle McAhren, BSN, RN, recently fulfilled all the requirements to attain her Certified Diabetes Educator credentials.

McAhren currently works as a diabetes educator at the hospital, alongside Lindsey Elder, BSN, RN, also a Certified Diabetes Educator.

“Not many hospitals can boast having two Certified Diabetes Educators on staff,” said Val Gleason, vice president of physician services at Newton Medical Center. “I am very proud of Michelle and Lindsey and their professional achievements. They both worked very hard to earn their credentials.”

McAhren and Elder facilitate an accredited diabetes education program at the hospital and host a diabetes support group each month. The group meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the north end of the Newton Medical Center cafeteria. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information regarding Newton Medical Center’s diabetes education program and events, contact 804-6147.