News Release

Norton Regional Health Foundation announces new executive director

March 31, 2023

NORTON, Kan. – The Norton Regional Health Foundation (NRHF) Board of Directors has named Caryl Hale as its new executive director. Hale brings 10 years of experience working in the Norton community, both professionally as the grant coordinator for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas’ Pathways to a Healthy Kansas program, and personally with a passion for arts, civic interests and volunteerism.

“I am honored to be joining the Norton Regional Health Foundation as the executive director,” said Hale. “Working throughout the Norton community, I have always respected the work of the Foundation with its focus on supporting the health and wellness of the community through philanthropic endeavors at Norton County Hospital and in projects throughout the county. I am thrilled to be learning from Katie (Wagner) through this transition and excited to continue her work in fostering relationships in the community.”

“Seven years ago, I moved to Norton knowing no one, but it quickly became a wonderful place to call home,” said Katie Wagner, former executive director. “I have truly enjoyed working alongside the Board of Directors and generous donors to build the Foundation and fund many worthwhile projects to enhance the capabilities of health care delivery at Norton County Hospital. It really came full circle for me when I had my baby girl at NCH in 2021 and was able to experience optimal care with optimal equipment that we worked hard as a Foundation to purchase.”

“We’ve also funded several community endeavors, such as sidewalk improvements and the Kids’ Café summer food program,” Wagner added. “There will be more to come under Caryl’s leadership, and I couldn’t be more excited to assist her and cheer her on!”

Hale will assume the role starting April 1st with Wagner taking on a mentorship role to assist Hale in transitioning to her new role. Hale will continue to carry out duties as grant coordinator for Pathways while also learning the day-to-day functions of the Foundation, and meeting with donors and community partners.

After 7 years serving as the communications director for Norton County Hospital and the executive director of the Norton Regional Health Foundation, Wagner announced her resignation from her roles to pursue an exciting new opportunity.

Hale added: “The Norton Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors and Norton County Hospital staff have expressed sincere gratitude for all that Katie has done to build the Foundation while also being “the voice” of Norton County Hospital. We all will miss her and we wish her the best in her new endeavor.”

The Norton Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors include: Terry Nelson, president; Jill Edgett, vice president; Karen Griffiths, secretary/treasurer; Jill Hall; Megan Keiswetter; Jennifer Miller; and Chris Tanner.