Barta Named WNH CEO

Dec 14, 2022

On Wednesday, William Newton Hospital’s board of trustees named Brian Barta, CPA as Chief Executive Officer. His appointment as CEO is effective immediately.

“Brian’s unique experience with Critical Access Hospitals as well as his knowledge of WNH make him the right candidate to move the hospital forward. We welcome Brian to the position,” shares William Newton Hospital Board Chair Joan Cales.

Out of 51 applicants for the CEO position nationwide, the trustees selected six to interview. The top two candidates were selected for forum-style interviews held last week with William Newton Hospital staff.

Barta joined William Newton Hospital as Chief Financial Officer in August 2018 and has been serving in the interim CEO role since June. In his role as CFO, Barta brought with him a wealth of knowledge about Critical Access Hospitals and experience as a public accountant. Not only was he the controller at another Kansas Critical Access Hospital, but he was a financial auditor for William Newton Hospital during his tenure at Wendling, Noe, Nelson & Johnson from 2010 to 2016.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving William Newton Hospital in my new role as Chief Executive Officer. It is our mission to continue the work of our skilled and dedicated healthcare team to provide exceptional patient care to everyone in our community,” states Barta.

Barta says stabilizing hospital finances and building teamwork across the William Newton Hospital network of facilities and clinics are among his first priorities.

“Focusing on financial stability and investing in our staff will help build upon the legacy of William Newton Hospital over the past 95 years.”

Barta is a Kansas native, hailing from La Crosse, and a Pittsburg State University graduate. He earned his CPA license in 2011. Barta currently resides in Winfield with his wife Ellie and their three boys.

Posted in In The News on Dec 14, 2022