Clayton News-Star

Business Briefs for Feb. 3


Farm Service Agency has new leader

The Johnston County Farm Service Agency in Smithfield has a new director. The agency named Matthew Ellis as the new County Executive Director. Ellis replaces Joe Gregory who is now a district director. Ellis’ first day was Dec. 31.

Ellis joined the FSA in Robeson County in 2002 as a program technician and he completed the County Operations Trainee Program in November.

Matthew and his wife, Brandy, currently live in Lumberton but have plans to move to Johnston County. They have one son, Zachary, and are expecting a new baby in June.

Johnston Health names new VP

Johnston Health has added a vice president of medical affairs to its executive team.

Dr. David F. Boerner of Raleigh, began work Jan. 7. He brings to the job more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in private practice and hospital settings.

Boerner will focus on working with the medical staffs at Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton to maintain and improve patient safety and quality of care. He will also help physicians add services and expand their practices.

Boerner, who is a board-certified internist and pulmonologist, was most recently the vice president of medical affairs at Wilson Medical Center. In addition to overseeing medical staff issues, he managed hospital-owned and affiliated practices during his three-year tenure there.

For 17 years, he oversaw many of the business activities of Wake Internal Medicine Consultants, a practice he founded with four other physician partners back in 1981. In 1999, he and three other physicians started West Raleigh Internal Medicine, which was acquired five years later by Duke Medicine.

During his career, Boerner also worked for Duke Medicine, overseeing and developing private practices in Wake County. And for a short time, he was a market medical director for United Healthcare of the Carolinas, a large health insurance company in Greensboro.

Boerner earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He also has a master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Shop adds new service

Affordable Auto Repair, located at 103 Lee Court., recently added U-Haul moving supplies to the auto repair business.

Affordable Auto Repair can now offer its customers a variety of moving equipment in Clayton and supplies designed specifically for moving household furnishings, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. Affordable Auto Repair also will offer sales items to protect their customers’ belongings and make moving easier.