Wilson Medical Associates marks 30th anniversary
Brie Handgraaf | Times
Dr. Christine Barton, retired Dr. Richard Burdick and Dr. Charles Baio, left to right, are familiar faces around Wilson Medical Associates. Burdick, Baio and two other doctors founded the Glendale Drive practice 30 years ago.
Three decades ago, four doctors came together to form a Glendale Drive practice for their patients.
“It’s hard to realize how long the practice has been around. I have looked at the departure of my colleagues with a certain amount of sadness,” said Dr. Charles Baio, who founded Wilson Medical Associates with Dr. Richard Burdick, Dr. Kent Anderson and the late Dr. Harvey Grode. “The four of us were determined to have a strong practice that would service the Wilson community for many years.
“We have been fortunate enough to lay down a strong foundation, which has enabled us to meet our goals and to continue to serve the community after their departures.”
Las Vegas native Dr. Christine Barton joined the practice around 2001, and Burdick retired in mid-2020.
“The practice of medicine is hard, with a lot of pressure and stress, so I was ready to retire,” Burdick recalled. “I have known a number of physicians over the years who pretty much practiced until the day they died, but I wasn’t going to do that.”
Since his retirement, Baio and Barton balance care for a daily load of about 140 patients with the rest of their staff.
“The original four have always had the attitude of rising to the occasion, and we have been blessed with people who have had the same outlook surround us. I am proud of the staff in our ability to adapt to changing times and maintain our purpose and culture,” Baio said. “Our office managers have found people who are well qualified and have the outlook that creates a strong and supportive culture.”
Barton said it was a bit of an adjustment from handling inpatient care at Wilson Medical Center to more of a health maintenance perspective at Wilson Medical Associates. She has enjoyed the switch and building rapport with patients.
“Most of our patients have been coming here for over 20 years,” she said. “We intend to keep delivering high-quality care for years to come.”
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