Gleason recognized as leader

Newton Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer Val Gleason has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 60 rural hospital CEOs to know in 2019.

Following multiple recent five-star ratings and various other recognitions for NMC, Gleason is being featured as a CEO that leads a hospital which is “consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions.”

“I am honored to be recognized for leading such an amazing team at Newton Medical Center,” says Gleason. “I don’t stand alone in this honor. I stand on the shoulders of everyone who has ever worked work at NMC. I am truly thankful for the excellent care and service that all of our providers and staff provide each and every day.”

The complete list of this year’s honorees can be found at

Newton Medical Center is a 103-bed hospital in Newton providing medical care to those in Harvey and surrounding counties. Services and specialties include emergency medicine, surgical services, occupational medicine, home health and more. The hospital also includes 10 primary care and specialty clinics.


New assistant principal to join NHS

Blake Smith will be joining the Newton High School team at the start of the 2019-20 school year as an assistant principal. Smith has spent the last nine years as a science teacher at Maize South High School.

While he was there, he was the science department head and served on a number of committees including a technology committee. In that committee, he helped bring curriculum-enhancing technology into the classrooms. Smith also was a lecturer at Wichita State University where he taught second-year teachers who have transitioned into teaching.