Recent news from Burke Primary Care.

Burke Primary Care and Mental Health Provider Connect to Offer Collaborative Care

MORGANTON, NC (Feb. 18, 2014) -- Burke Primary Care recently expanded its services through a collaborative partnership with A Caring Alternative, a local behavioral health and substance abuse service provider, to better assess and manage mental health concerns in its patients.

The early February 2014 initiative promises many benefits of integrating physical and mental health in one location, at Burke Primary Care’s office located at 103 Medical Heights Dr.

The combined clinic approach largely eliminates the need for referrals. Burke Primary Care’s patients will be able to see their primary care physician and a mental health provider on the ...


Morganton, NC – Burke Primary Care recently named Dr. Deborah Waechter as Partner in the Morganton-based independent family practice.

As a Partner, Waechter participates in the management, oversight and strategic growth of Burke Primary Care. She joins S. Keith Smith, MD, Tim M. Robinson, MD, Martin T. Gessner, MD, G. Michael Gould, DO, John F. Sallstrom, PA-C and Bill G. Vaassen, PA-C as partners.

“Aside from delivering exceptional care to her patients, Dr. Waechter is a strong proponent of Burke Primary Care’s Medical Home philosophy and of women’s health,” said Scott Gallagher, the practice’s Chief Operating Officer. “Additionally ...

Flu Symptom Study

Burke Primary Care is current conducting the FAVOR medical research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational flu medication for its ability to manage symptoms of the Flu.

To pre-qualify, you must:

  • Be between 18 and 80 years of age.
  • Have a fever of at least 100.4 degrees F (if over 65 years of age, at least 100.0 degrees F). *Have 2 or more of the following symptoms: -- Cough, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, body aches and pains or fatigue.

All study-related care is provided at no cost, and payment for your time and travel ...

Bill Vaassen, PA-C, Inducted Into Duke Physician Assistant Hall of Fame

DURHAM, NC – The Duke University Physician Assistant Program recently announced that Bill Vaassen, a Burke Primary Care of Morganton Physician’s Assistant, was selected to be a 2013 inductee into the Duke Physician Assistant Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place during the PA Day ceremony held at the Duke University Physician Assistant Program on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

Vaassen is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program. He worked with Drs. Dellinger and Withers for many years in Drexel, NC. Then he realized his special interest/calling in Occupational Health and began the ...


WASHINGTON, DC (April 8, 2013) – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Burke Primary Care of Morganton has received Recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.
“Though Burke Primary Care has been ...

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