Stephen Wolk, PA, to retire after 40-year medical career

Mar 12, 2024

Spring Green, WI – In March of this year, Stephen Wolk, PA, will retire from the Spring Green Medical Center. Wolk has been providing care to area residents as part of The Richland Hospital and Clinics for 35 years.

Wolk grew up in St. Louis and came to medicine after a short, initial career in social work. Reflecting on his four decades caring for patients, Wolk says his career has been “a blessing.”

In his 30s, Wolk took a risk and pursued what at that time was a relatively new path into medicine—a physician assistant program. While completing his preceptorship on the Crow Reservation in Montana, Wolk met his wife, Martine, who has also provided medical care for area residents for more than three decades, as a nurse practitioner. In 1986, the couple moved to the area and Wolk began working for what was then known as the Richland Medical Center in 1988.

Wolk was first hired to treat walk-in patients, a role that grew into what was later formalized as the clinic’s urgent care department. In addition to those responsibilities, Wolk assisted in surgeries and C-sections, spent years making monthly rounds on the skilled nursing and assisted living residents at Schmitt Woodland Hills, and traveled to Haiti, Ecuador, and Jamaica on mission trips to provide care to underserved populations. Seventeen years ago, Dr. Balink asked him to join the practice in Spring Green. The timing was right for Wolk, who had two young children at the time. “Living in Spring Green allowed my kids to walk to school every day and me to work,” Wolk says.

Quick to credit his success to those whose guidance and support have afforded him experience and opportunities, Wolk says he has been fortunate to work with many exceptional people through the years. “The team I work with now in Spring Green is totally different than the first team I belonged to 35 years ago, except in one important way: their caring dedication shines through.” That dedication shines through when interacting with Wolk, too.

Wolk’s two children were both born in The Richland Hospital and his mother spent her last months being cared for at Schmitt Woodland Hills. “The medical community in this area has come through for me at important times in my life,” he said. The relationship has been reciprocal. “I put my whole life into medicine,” Wolk says, “and I’ve never regretted it.”

These days Wolk’s practice is focused largely on internal medicine. “Caring for old guys like me,” he says with a laugh. At 70, he’s grateful to have had a fulfilling career, one that has kept him mentally sharp and allowed him to get to know so many patients over time. “That’s the best part of the work, developing relationships with patients over the years,” Wolk says, reflecting. “I have been so lucky.”

Patients of Stephen Wolk will be transferred to other experienced providers at the Spring Green Medical Center. Those who have questions are encouraged to call 608-588-7413.

The Richland Hospital and Clinics is a nationally awarded health care facility dedicated to caring, educating, and healing. Providing compassionate care for nearly 100 years to residents of the greater Richland County area, TRHC operates an independent, integrated group medical practice in three locations, including rural health clinics in Spring Green and Muscoda and a critical access hospital at its primary location in Richland Center, WI.