Ashe Memorial Hospital has appointed Brian Yates as chief executive officer.

The Ashe Post and Times reports Yates appointment January 2 became effective immediately.

Yates has over 20 years experience in executive leadership, hospital management and integration, physician practice operations, physician recruitment and service line development.

Previously he was Yates was vice president of managed hospitals for Adept Health, formerly Novant Health Shared Services.

Yates replaced former CEO Laura Lambeth, who retired December 31.