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200 South 8th Ave East Newton, IA 50208

(641) 792-7440

Meet Our Staff

Newton Health Care Center is fortunate to have such a dedicated team to serve our Residents. We understand by choosing Newton Health Care Center, Residents and families are placing their trust in us to provide excellence in care. Managers and staff are empowered to create a home-like environment in the facility. Caring staff, combined with continuing education, ensures our facility is working to improve upon the services we provide seniors. We believe in a holistic approach to care by meeting the needs of our residents medically, emotionally, and socially.

Administrator – Ian Christy
Ian was born and raised in Newton. He is excited to call Newton home for his career and family. Ian attended college at University of Northern Iowa, where he earned his degree in Gerontology: Long Term Care Administration. After graduating, he started his career in banking, doing commercial lending for small business in the Des Moines Metro. It was a lot of fun meeting with small business owners and figuring out their goals and finding ways to help them achieve those goals. In 2018, Ian made my entrance back into long term care as a Marketing Director for Polk City. From there he worked as an assistant administrator at University Park in Des Moines. In 2019, he became a licensed nursing home administrator and started at Granger Nursing and Rehab. At Newton Healthcare, he looks forward to engaging with the residents, staff, and the community.

Ian is married with three boys, and when he is not at work, he spends time with them. They enjoy sports like soccer and baseball, and outdoor activities like fishing and hiking. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and spending outdoor time with his family.

Director of Nursing- Kayla Elam, RN
Bio coming soon.

Assistant Director of Nursing –   Justi Dhondt
Justi grew up in Kellogg, IA and continues to live there raising her 4 children: Krayton, Tatum, Kenzli, and Trigg. She has been in the nursing field since 2001 starting in dietary and working her way up to nursing. Justi has experience in hospice, OB, med surg, working in local clinics and finding her passion in long term care with the elderly. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and her 2 dogs: Remi and Louie!

MDS Coordinator – Pam Sockriter
Pam grew up in Newton and has lived there all her life. She has 1 daughter and 2 granddaughters. Her daughter, Melissa, is a nurse. Her oldest granddaughter is Madelyn and her youngest granddaughter is Grace. Being a grandma is the best thing about her life. Pam enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. Family is number 1 in her life!

Community Liaison Director – Katie Kuhn
Katie started her healthcare career at Urbandale Health Care Center as the Payroll, Accounts Payable Manager.  She has a degree in Sociology from Central College in Pella, Iowa.  Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog Murphy.

Human Resources Manager – Kim Bates
Kim had several years of experience working as a business office manager before joining the team at Newton Health Care Center.  Kim enjoys spending time at family gatherings, grandchildren’s sporting events, and community play.  Kim joined the NHCC team in April of 2013.

Dietary Manager – Mark Howard 
Bio coming soon.

Business Office Manager – Barb Birkenholtz
Bio coming soon.

Life Enrichment Director – Kim Judge
I graduated from Ottumwa High School and attended college at Indian Hills Community College. I have worked in Long Term Care for 19 years, 11 of them being here at NHCC. I started off in housekeeping/laundry, then went on to be a nursing assistant and restorative aide, and finally an Activity Director. I basically grew up in Nursing homes, as my mother and grandmother were both nurses there. My favorite part of working in nursing facilities is being able to hear our resident’s stories and spending quality time with them. They have amazing stories and adventures if you take the time to listen. As for my hobbies, I love spending my summers in my pool and at the lake. My husband, Eric, and I enjoy jet skiing, camping, swimming, traveling, mowing, and spending time with family. My other passion in life is remodeling, decorating my home, and DIY projects.

Rehab Coordinator – Nichole Dearborn, LPTA
Nichole has 17 years of experience working in long-term care. Nichole received her Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. She has extensive experience in both orthopedic and neuro rehab.  Nichole enjoys gardening and attending her children’s sporting events.  Nicole joined the NHCC team in September of 2012.

Mariah Fox – Social Worker
Mariah was born and raised in Northwest Iowa, receiving her Baccalaureate of Social Work in 2007. Mariah moved to Central Iowa in 2007 and has resided in Newton since 2012. Mariah has 15 years experience as social services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health and long term care. Mariah enjoys spending her free time with her children, hiking and kayaking.

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Long Term Care

Long Term Care

By choosing Newton Health Care Center for long term care, we understand that residents and families are placing their trust in us to provide quality care and customer service. Our dedicated medical team provides a full spectrum of nursing and specialty services 24-hours a day.
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Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services

As a service of Newton Health Care Center, our TruRehab therapy program offers unique rehabilitation services to all of our residents. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapies with our own full-time staff.
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Specialized Services

Specialized Services

In addition to our short term and long term care services, Newton Health Care Center offers specialized services. At Newton Health Care Center we believe in a holistic approach to care by meeting the needs of our residents medically, socially and mentally.
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