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Newton to Serve as Chairman of NRMC Board of Commissioners

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) announced the NRMC Board of Commissioners has elected Michael Newton to serve as Board Chairman.

The seven-member Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Parish President to govern and provide direction to the health system. The Board of Commissioners ensures legal and regulatory compliance and is responsible for the oversight of hospital operations. NRMC Chief Executive Officer Kirk Soileau works closely with the Board to ensure the health system’s continued success.

Interestingly, Newton was born in Natchitoches Parish Hospital. His family lived in Grant Parish, and he graduated from Grant High School in 1982. He then continued his education at Louisiana College and graduated in 1986. Since then, he has pursued a career in banking. Since 2007, Newton has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Exchange Bank. Prior to that position, he was President of Colfax Banking Company in Colfax, Louisiana. An active member of the community, Newton has served on the NRMC Board of Commissioners since 2020 where he has helped shape policy decisions regarding healthcare in the community. He has also served on the Demons Unlimited Foundation. Mike and his wife, Michelle, are active members of Westside Baptist Church in Natchitoches.

Newton succeeds Ronald Corkern as Chairman and joining him on the Board are commissioners: Corkern, John Luster, Dr. Chris Ingram, Samuel Jackson, Valencia Sarpy Jones, and Parish Council Representative Wayne Halm.

“We greatly appreciate Mike accepting this role and for his continued work on the Board of Commissioners,” noted Soileau. “Mike understands the challenges of today’s healthcare industry, the priorities of NRMC within that framework, and the importance of having excellent care and services for the families in our parish and region. He joins other Board members in their absolute dedication to ensuring the sustainability and long-term success of NRMC while focusing on our community’s health care needs.”

“I would also like to thank Ronald Corkern, our immediate past chairman,” Soileau said.  “Ronald and the Board helped guide and steer NRMC through many post-Covid challenges and kept everyone focused on ensuring that our health system remained strong. He and the rest of our Board deserve our greatest thanks.  I’d also like to welcome our newest Board member, Wayne Halm. He joins an exceptional group of leaders who all want the best for our community. It is a blessing to have their expertise here at NRMC.”

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