Recent news from Burke Primary Care.

Quality Lab Services

Burke Primary Care has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization, the COLA organization announced recently.

COLA accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations,” said Scott Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer for the Morganton-based independent family practice. “Recognized medical laboratories must demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.”

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation. The Maryland-based organization is approved by the ...

Quality Diabetes Care

Burke Primary Care recently received national recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to its patients with diabetes.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced the recognition recently.

Designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive, the Diabetes Recognition Program recognizes clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of care.

“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal ...

Weight Loss Clinical Trial

Burke Primary Care of Morganton, NC is offering a new clinical trial targeting medications and treatments for weight loss. For three years, the independent family practice has participated in national and global clinical trials with pharmaceutical companies and selected sites to study future medications and treatments. The practice’s latest clinical trial focuses on weight loss for people who are overweight and have additional, specific medical conditions.

Offered in its Morganton, NC office, and supervised by its team of doctors, the weight loss clinical trial is open to men over the age of 45 years and women over the age ...

Gessner Attends Conference

Morganton, NC (June 4, 2012) - Dr. Martin Gessner of Burke Primary Care recently participated in the 36th Annual Internal Medicine Conference in Chapel Hill, NC that is jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

The 3-day conference focused on recent developments in diagnosis and treatment in various areas of internal medicine. The conference targeted developments considered the most useful to primary care physicians and practicing specialists.

Dr. Gessner joined Burke Primary Care in 2004 and focuses his practice on caring for adult patients (over 18 ...

Plyler Receives Recognition

Morganton, NC (April 25, 2012) - In conjunction with annual observation of the National Day of Recognition for Long Term Care Physicians, Dr. Edward Plyler of Burke Primary Care in Morganton was recognized for his service as the Medical Director at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Dr Plyler has served at Grace Ridge for the past 23 years and helped establish the facility’s Healthcare Center. In 2001, he began providing patient care at Grace Heights LTC and Rehab.

As medical director at Grace Ridge, Dr. Plyler helps oversee care policies, monitors quality care indicators, acts as liaison with other physicians, as ...

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