New leadership assumes hospital reins following current CFO’s advancement to

fellow Duke LifePoint hospital

Roxboro, NC (August 25, 2014) – Person Memorial Hospital announced today that Jessica Ayers has been appointed its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective September 1, 2014. Ayers succeeds departing CFO Melissa Packer, who has accepted a CFO position at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson, N.C., another hospital in the Duke LifePoint system.

Most recently, Ayers served as controller for Atlanta Medical Center, a two acute care-hospital campus in Atlanta, Georgia, that encompasses six medical offices, a Level I Trauma Center, four physician practices and a Research Education Foundation. Prior to that, she served as controller for Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County in Martinsville, Virginia, an inpatient and outpatient acute care facility that also is part of the LifePoint Hospitals network. She will assume CFO duties at Person Memorial concurrently with Beemal Shah moving into the top leadership position as CEO.

“Jessi brings a solid base of healthcare finance and operations experience, as well as familiarity with community hospitals and their needs,” said Victor Giovanetti, Eastern Group Chief Operating Officer for LifePoint Hospitals® and Duke LifePoint Healthcare, of which Person Memorial is a part. “We are grateful to Melissa for her contributions and wish her well as she continues to advance her career within our hospital system. We are excited to have found a talented and capable successor in Jessi.”

“Beemal and Jessi
are the right team at the right time for Person Memorial and Roxboro, and we are confident they will be an asset to our hospital and our community.  We look forward to a strong future under this vibrant leadership team,” said Robby Jones, chairman of the Person Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. “Jessi has a demonstrated track record in financial operations, and we look forward to her contributions in helping Person Memorial grow and deliver the very best care possible to our community.”

Ayers holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.