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The Wright Center for Women’s Health CHA

Here at The Wright Center for Women’s Health we want to give you a higher quality of service. We will be doing a Complete Health Assessment on all of our patients in order to truly give you the best care possible.

What does the Complete Health Assessment consist of?
Blood Work
We will start by doing your routine blood work. Along with the routine labs we will also check your hormones as well. Here is a list of the blood tests we will be running:

CBC
CMP
Lipid Panel
Vitamin D
TSH
Free T3
Total T4
TPO
Testosterone
Estradiol
FSH
Vitamin B12
Please make sure to let our Phlebotomist know if you would like any additional tests added before she draws your blood.

ANS and Max Pulse Test
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is the nervous system that controls involuntary bodily functions such as Appetite, Mood, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Digestion, Bladder Function and Sexual Function. Endothelial cells form the lining of all blood vessels, enabling the vessels to dilate as needed for increased blood flow, as well as to protect them from inflammation and cholesterol plaques. Damages to this endothelial lining or Endothelial Dysfunction are associated with increased risk of diabetes, strokes and heart disease. Damage to the ANS can cause problems to above functions. ANS testing can help detect these problems.

Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and Endothelial Function Testing assess the following Risk Factors:

Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction: Involuntary functions
Sudomotor Dysfunction: Sweat Gland function
Endothelial Dysfunction: Risk of heart attack and stroke
Insulin Resistance: Risk of developing Diabetes
Cardiometabolic Risk: Risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders such as metabolic syndrome
Small Fiber Neuropathy: Can start as numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy: The nerves that innervate the heart
Cardiovascular disease via plethysmography: Combined total of the other 7 risk factors
Diagnostic Ultrasounds
We will be performing both an external and internal ultrasound before your appointment. The purpose of this is to rule out any abnormalities such as Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, etc. If you no longer have your uterus then you do not need to have an ultrasound. Please make sure to drink at least 32 ounces of water 1 hour before your ultrasound. A full bladder will help the Sonographer view the pelvic organs. Be sure to drink the water slowly to prevent abdominal discomfort and arrive at your appointment with a comfortably full bladder.

Are You Tired of Being Tired?

It happens to all of us.

As we reach our mid to late 30s our bodies begin to change. Some of the changes we can deal with, but for the most part, these changes don’t really strengthen our quality of life or overall well-being.

Many of these changes are brought on by disruptions to our hormonal makeup. They include but are not limited to:

  • feeling constantly tired
  • weight gain
  • urinary incontinence
  • irregular bowel movements
  • sweating
  • diminished sexual desire

Until the last few years, traditional synthetic hormone replacement was seen as one of the only treatment options for hormonal imbalance. At The Wright Center, however, we’ve moved from traditional treatment methods to a new system called BioTe Therapy.

What is BioTe Therapy?

Developed by medical pioneer and expert, Dr. Gary Donovitz, BioTE® Therapy was designed to deliver the right kind of hormone (biologically identical) in the right amounts (doses based on accurate testing and proper analysis of the results) using the right delivery system (pellets – which deliver straight into the bloodstream whenever the body needs it). Benefits of BioTE include:

  • Regain your healthy sense of well-being.
  • Rediscover your mental focus and clarity.
  • Ignite your passion with improved libido.
  • Protection against heart disease and stroke.
  • Relief of menopause and PMS symptoms.
  • Prevention of osteoporosis, senility and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Improvement of cholesterol levels, muscle mass and strength.

If you’re dealing with what you think may be hormonal imbalance, we invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our partners to learn more.

Meet our Sonographer Ashley!

Ashley Ekis is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and one of the newest members of The Wright Center for Women’s Health.  She compliments our team  well with over 13 years of progressive experience in both acute care and outpatient settings.  She is extremely passionate regarding patient care with a focus on providing the highest quality exam with a truly personal touch.

Click here or call and make your appointment to meet Ashley today!

The O-Shot Procedure And How It Works

The O-Shot procedure begins with a simple blood draw. Then, using a proprietary technique, platelets are separated and concentrated.

The Platelet Rich Plasma containing growth factors extracted from your blood is then injected into an area near the clitoris and into an area of the upper vagina that is most important for the sexual response (the “o-spot”).

These areas are numbed with a local anesthetic cream before injection, causing patients to experience little or no discomfort during the procedure.

Click here or call the office at 630-687-9595 to schedule an appointment today!

The Wright Center Continues Precautions Against COVID-19

Even though the State of Illinois recently moved into Phase 4 of its reopening process, that does not mean the risk of COVID-19 lessened.

In the last couple of weeks alone the amount of COVID cases hit a staggering milestone. As of June 26th, 2020, there have been 2.47 million  Americans that have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 126,000 children, siblings, spouses, and parents have passed away. Per Johns Hopkins, Cook County is the county in the US with the most cases of COVID-19. This disease is still here and is still something that we need to respect.

Here at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, we are continuing to do everything in our power to help keep our guests and their families safe from COVID-19. We screen every patient before they walk in the door and we are minimizing the number of patients that we have in the office at a given time.

During slightly busier times, we are utilizing a virtual waiting room where our guests are checked in outside and if need be, wait in their car until we are ready to immediately room them and minimize contact.

We also have each guest who enters The Wright Center wear a face mask for added protection to everyone in the building. We are also offering telehealth visits with all of our providers and we regularly monitor members of our staff for symptoms.

Lastly, here is some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on helping protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your community from COVID-19.

Important COVID-19 Facts

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How to Slow the Spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Keeping Your Environment Clean

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household will work.

If you have more questions about what The Wright Center is doing in the fight against COVID-19, please feel free to call our office today at (630) 687-9595.

My Audacious Plan to Grow The Wright Center for Women’s Health

My Dearest Reader,

Dr. Kimberly WrightI am embarking upon an exceedingly difficult task. The world thinks I am insane. But I see what I want out there and I know I can get it. Sure, there are obstacles in my way, but I know I can make this happen. My 10-year target is to be recognized as America’s Preferred Women’s Center for Executive Level Testing and Quality Care. Notice, it is not about money, it is just about getting it right.

I have talked to team members, advisors, friends, business coaches, mentors, and strangers. I have been told repeatedly this is not right. You cannot do this; it will never work. I feel like I am alone, and no one can understand. Everyone thinks I am crazy.

The truth of the matter is what I am doing does defy all logic. Not 100% sure it is the right thing to do myself, but my gut is telling me it is right. My gut is saying this is the way to go. And why should I not hire for what I want as opposed to hiring for what I currently have?

My experience too, albeit minimal due to cost constraints, has also played a role in me seeing that this undertaking is the right path.  I hired our Chief Operations Officer, Chas. Everyone always said that a small doctor’s office, a tiny practice like mine has an office manager and at times not even that.

And truly when I did have an office manager, I had someone who was my babysitter, turned personal assistant and then became my office manager and that took me so far. But then I knew I needed something someone with more experience, so being that shoot for the moon person that I am,  I went for a COO.

Even the recruiters who I used to hire Chas said my company was too small for a COO, but now I have him and he has made a huge difference! Surely that counts for something toward this Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) of “hiring up”. If it worked for one position, why not try it for 10 more? Would I not get 10 times the result or even better?

Oh sorry, I guess I have not told you what my BHAG is yet. I want to hire a team of Superstars! Here is the problem, this team of superstars, it would be like hiring Einstein to dig holes. Einstein is not trying to dig any holes. However, I believe in my heart that there is an Einstein out there, that would be fine with digging holes and dig them better, easier, faster, simpler, than the best hole digger in the world.

I believe that it would be easier to find a superb premium hole digger among hole digging Einsteins than it would be to find the same among hole diggers. Not to mention the fact that being a small company, it is more likely there are other things that Einstein can help with in addition to digging the holes.

Perhaps he can dig in on writing the policies and procedures behind digging those holes. There is less of a chance that the hole digger has a multitude of other capabilities in which he can contribute in other ways. Why would one not hire Einstein to dig the holes if there are other ways that he is more likely to contribute to the growth of the organization?

Some may say this is a waste of money, or in my case financial suicide. My naysayers say why hire Einstein when the hole digger would be a lot more affordable? Because it is not about the money. It is about getting it right. Worst case scenario, Einstein gets bored of digging the holes, but in the meantime, he has written the best standard operating procedures and intellectual progression so that the next person who comes along, any hole digger can get this right. He makes it foolproof. Therefore, I am willing to pay for the best. One day hiring the hole digger may make sense, but right now, I am looking for Einstein.

Okay, you are probably thinking how all of this talk about hole diggers and Einstein relates to a medical practice. Allow me to put the rest of this into a simpler question and answer form regarding our practice and personalized luxury healthcare.

What type of positions are we trying to fill?

We are looking for roles that you would typically see in a small medical practice, but we are looking for credentials that would have expertise and credentials that typically would be at a higher pay scale than someone typically filling such role. For example:

  • CFO for Biller and Coder
  • Chief Experience Officer for Greeter
  • Lab Manager for Phlebotomist
  • Nursing Supervisor for Clinical Lead
  • Operations Manager for Receptionist/Scheduler
  • Physician for Provider Lead
  • Registered Nurse for Medical Assistant

Why not hire for the exact role that you are looking for?

At The Wright Center all roles must be carried out in a much more advanced way than the traditional roles of that particular seat. This is a must to meet our core values and aspirations of Personalized Luxury Healthcare. I guess this is answering a question with a question but why would we not hire for where and who we want to be in 10 years as opposed to where we currently are now?

Why would anyone choose to work in a place where they are required to work in a seat that is typically below them on the accountability chart?

  • You want the opportunity to get it right.
  • You love the idea of helping to grow a company and perfecting the processes and procedures of that seat so that one day it will be that much easier for you to lead, manage and hold accountable the next person in that seat.
  • It is a part of your job and you have a great work ethic.
  • You really enjoy that particular seat and it may be a part of your Unique Ability.
  • It can potentially be less stressful than the seats you have held in the past.
  • You find it rewarding.
  • You want to be a part of something that is growing and where your contribution makes a big impact.

I am intrigued by this concept of “Hiring Up”, What should I do if I want to learn more?

Go to our hiring page and see if any of the positions are right for you and if so, please apply!

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more of The Wright Center’s growth, filling you in on how this “Hiring Up” plan evolves and if following my gut was truly the right way to go.

Appreciatively yours,

Dr. Wright

Exceptional Staff Member of the Month!

Our Exceptional Staff Member of the month is Katie! Here is what the staff had to say:

  • I love Katie, so sweet and cheerful!
  • Well deserved! Katie is a great leader!
  • She’s always willing to help and does a great job with guests and ultrasounds
  • Katie is so sweet and always willing to help out everyone in the office. She also is extremely personable to all our guests and makes them feel welcome and special. I LOVE working with her!
  • Katie is awesome! She’s hardworking and is always ready to help whenever needed. She deserves it.
  • Katie is always willing to take time out of her day to help others with anything they need!
  • Katie is one exceptional person: gentle, humble, always on top of ultrasound follow ups! To me she is the exceptional team member every month with the way she handles everything!
  • Katie is one of the most hard working people I know. She is kind and compassionate and very easy to work with!

Request an appointment or call 630-687-9595 and experience why our clients made Katie the Exceptional team member of the month!

EOS Quarterly Meeting

Our Leadership team, which includes Dr. Wright, Chas Manning: Integrator/COO, Darchell Darby PA-C: Clinical Director and Katelyn Mais: Sonographer lead met for 12 hours straight last Thursday, working through lunch and dinner for their EOS Quarterly meeting. 

During this EOS Session many things were covered but the bulk of this particular conference was spent on refining an effective accountability chart, reviewing the core values, and setting our quarterly rocks. 

It is infinitely exciting to be a part of an organization which employs such productive quarterly planning sessions that helps our leadership team become healthier, execute better and resolve issues permanently. It’s truly a powerful beautiful thing.

Curcumin SF

All curcumins are not created equal. Although used for centuries as an ingredient in Asia, most forms are poorly absorbed in the bloodstream, whether coming from food or a nutritional supplement. Curcumin-SF has a 29x greater absorption rate compared to ordinary curcumin.
When taken daily, Curcumin-SF helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body. Curcumin enhances the activity of the COMT enzyme, which helps metabolize estrogen via methylation (the main way gene activity is adjusted during life!) in both men and women. In turn, it protects cells from DNA damage from improper estrogen metabolism.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

COVID-19 Updates

The Wright Center for Women’s Health remains open as we closely monitor the detection and spread of Coronavirus-19. There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you are sick with fever, cough, or having trouble breathing. If you are sick with these symptoms, please do not come to the office and call us to let us know at (630) 687-9595. If you have reason to think you might have been exposed to Coronavirus, do not come to the office – please contact us at (630) 687-9595. Please click here for more information.

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