Please note that Burke Primary Care evening Urgent Care Clinic will be temporarily closed. Hours are Mon – Thurs 8am – 5:30pm and Friday 8am – 5pm. Saturday hours 8am – Noon


April 1, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Morganton, NC (May 19, 2020) – Morganton resident, Denise W. Baker, recently joined Burke Primary Care as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), bringing over 20 years of experience in nursing, operating room care and long-term resident care.

She will team with Dr. Keith Smith in the treatment of his patients. A person wearing glasses

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Burke Primary Care’s nurse practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who work in collaboration with the practice’s other healthcare professionals to deliver family-focused care.

Baker earned her Master of Science in Nursing (NP) from Simons College in Boston, MA in 2018; her Bachelor of Science Degree - Nursing from Western Carolina University in 2012, and her Associate Degree - Nursing from A-B Tech Community College, Asheville, NC in 1997.

In 2018, Baker earned her NC Department of Transportation Medical Certificate to assist patients applying for their Commercial Driver’s License.

Most recently, Baker was employed by Carolina Caring / Catawba Regional Hospice as NP/Team Lead, and in the CVS Minute Clinic assessing and diagnosing patients at the CVS Hickory location. Additionally, Baker developed and managed care plans at the Center on Aging and Health in Erwin, TN, and as Case Manager and Nursing Rehabilitation Supervisor at Lutheran Home West.

An avid gardener, Baker enjoys spending time with her family and 10-year-old Labrador, travel, and reading.

“Denise Baker brings a wealth of valuable and broad patient care experience that reaches back over 20 years,” said Scott Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer for Burke Primary Care. “The blend of her administrative nursing management and her experience in senior citizen care make her a great fit for our growing practice.”

ABOUT BURKE PRIMARY CARE: Burke Primary Care is a locally owned, independent practice dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to Burke County residents and industry. The Morganton, NC-based practice offers a comprehensive list of ancillary services under one roof to support the needs of industry and patients of all ages including: Occupational health; primary care; radiology services; 3D mammography; laboratory pediatric and geriatric care; same-day visits for acute care needs; wellness and preventative visits; care for chronic illnesses, and sports medicine while being supported by a local hospitalists program for all admissions.

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