Michelle has a Biology degree from Aurora University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Colorado Tech University. She brings 20 years of healthcare experience to the company and is excited to return to her passion in clinical care. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her 2 children, her two newfoundland dogs, and her husband. She loves to be active and loves to be outdoors.
When I joined The Wright Center for Women’s Health as the Provider Lead in early June of this year, I was knee-deep in Coronavirus guidelines and updates.
As an OB Hospitalist, I was on the front line of what I knew would be a long battle so I decided to explore alternative options for providing women’s healthcare during the pandemic. The Wright Center piqued my interest as it offered “exceptional, personalized luxury healthcare every day all day.”
I wasn’t quite certain what to expect at my first in-person visit and subsequent visits to the office. How, I wondered, was this unique Ob/Gyn practice adhering to the evolving COVID guidelines? How was guest and staff safety prioritized? I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is it possible to receive exceptional care during the pandemic, it is necessary and TWC is getting it right!
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about profound changes in healthcare within an astonishingly short period of time. This has certainly been evident in obstetrics and gynecology, both in doctor’s offices and in hospitals.
Because the majority of my work had been primarily on Labor & Delivery units, my primary concern was protecting myself from COVID-19 given my proximity to COVID patients. I read as many articles, news reports, studies, and commentaries specific to COVID-19 as possible. I relied heavily on social media from those in the medical field and resources from COVID-19 interest groups, which were an amazing source of real-time learning and story sharing.
What I quickly learned was that I did not need to know it all. The medical community was learning about COVID together. We learned to trust in the power of PPE, handwashing, physical distancing and we practiced with an abundance of caution. What we soon learned was COVID transmissions were as likely to occur outside of the hospital as they would within the inpatient setting. In my now dual role of a practicing Ob/Gyn at 2 Chicago area hospitals and a clinical administrator at TWC, my front-line knowledge and experience would be useful in both settings.
My initial impressions of The Center amid the Covid pandemic were overwhelmingly reassuring and I continue to be impressed with our wonderful staff. We are healthcare professionals who have heightened precautions to ensure the safety of our guests and staff.
We clean meticulously, wear masks, screen our guests, test our staff regularly and limit the number of guests in the office at one time. Everyone knows that these measures mitigate the spread of the virus.
Daily, we discuss and plan our office and telehealth visits daily so that we continue to provide care that is over and beyond our guests’ expectations. Additionally, we follow recommendations from the CDC, ACOG, IDPH and government officials. We counsel our guests to do the same. These efforts are working.
Finally, during these unsettling and stressful times, taking time to personally recharge with family and friends amid work responsibilities provides the strength to persevere. We continue to look for ways to provide our guests with unique, modern, and compassionate options for care. It is my hope and prayer that what we learn about ourselves and others from this pandemic will allow us create a healthier world.
Hello! My name is Joy West and I am very excited to join Dr. Wright, the team of providers and the wonderful staff at The Wright Center for Women’s Health. I am a board-certified OBGYN with more than 25 years of general obstetrics and gynecology experience. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College and my Medical Degree from The University of Iowa. My residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology was completed at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and I have been a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1996. My entire career has been dedicated to identifying and meeting the needs of women throughout the continuum of their life cycle. Though my primary dedication has been in underserved communities, I am excited to bring that knowledge, experience and awareness to The Wright Center‘s team, it’s guests, Naperville and the surrounding areas. I join Dr. Wright in the belief that every woman deserves high quality, individualized, executive level medical care. The guests at The Wright Center are promised an exceptional level of care and a unique, personalized office experience.
In my spare time, when I am not keeping up with the latest Covid 19 updates, I enjoy empty nesting with my husband and catching up with our 4 daughters.
As you might imagine, our office has been getting a lot of questions about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them are being directed to our Front Desk staff and a member of that team, Amanda (pictured above on the left), has taken the time to answer some of them in this blog.
The questions range from simple ones to some that are a little more complicated. So, over the next week or so we’re going to answer the ones that have come up the most often to help our guests feel safe and secure.
1. Are you keeping normal hours?
Yes. View our regular office hours here.
2. What measures are you taking for guest and employee safety?
We are taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of not only our guests but of our entire staff. These include:
- Now offering telehealth services to our guests. Click here to discover more.
- Practicing social distancing to the best of our ability while still servicing those in need.
- Limiting the number of staff that we have in the office at any one time.
- Rotating paid time off to help limit the number of people in the office.
- Team members who are able to work from home are doing so.
- We have suspended most, if not all in-person gatherings and are meeting virtually when possible.
- Anyone with possible exposure to or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are being told to not come to the office and call to let us know.
- Outfitting ourselves with appropriate personal protective equipment
- Taking guest temperature with a laser thermometer outside our front door and conducting quick pre-health screenings before entry into the office.
- Extra vigilance with cleaning after each guest, paying extra attention to high touch areas such as doors, doorknobs, countertops and faucet handles.
3. Have members of the staff been tested for COVID-19?
All members of the staff are being tested on a consistent and rotating basis.
4. Are many guests canceling appointments or moving them to later dates?
We are actually encouraging telehealth visits with our providers as we prefer to stay on top of our guest’s conditions and health. We are also conducting pre-health screenings the day before appointments and as guests enter the facility.
5. Do guests still use the waiting area?
No, our parking lot now acts as our waiting area. We will contact you when it’s your time to come into the office.
6. Do you have someone on staff who is an expert in COVID health issues?
Yes. Dr. Joy West is a member of the Chicago COVID Task Force and is ensuring that we are always adhering to all CDC COVID guidelines.
Please reach out to us at 630-687-9595 or complete our contact form if you any further questions. We are eager and grateful to be able to work together with you to provide a safe environment for all.
On behalf of the entire team at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, we wish you and your family good health and continued well-being.
The Wright Center Team
Joe is a graduate of Indiana State University and has worked in the Telecommunication industry for the last 14 years. He has over 10 years of management experience and is happy to start a new career at the Wright Center. Joe has lived in the area for the past 11 years. He is a huge sports fan, loves spending time with his wife and son, and also golfing with his brothers while visiting family in Indiana.
Hi, my name is Jenna and I am a newly graduated RN and I got my BSN from The University of Saint Francis. In my free time I love to watch movies, spend time with my family, and hang out with my dogs (a yorkie and a lab mix). I’ve always been very passionate about women’s health and I am excited to start my nursing career with The Wright Center for Women’s Health!
With the addition of 9 new healthcare professionals in the coming months, The Wright Center for Women’s Health will continue to be one of the fastest-growing healthcare facilities in the Chicagoland area.
Founded by Dr. Kimberly E. Wright in 2012, we operate on the principle of providing exceptional Personalized Luxury Healthcare to the Naperville and surrounding area. With the addition of about 30 percent more staff, The Center will continue on its path to being one of the largest women’s healthcare providers in the area.
In recent weeks, The Center has hired an additional Board Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, an Operations Manager and two Registered Nurses.
“I am embarking upon an exceedingly difficult task,” said Dr. Wright. “My 10-year target is to be recognized as America’s Preferred Women’s Center for Executive Level Testing and Quality Care. Growing our team with the very best healthcare providers available will ensure we reach our audacious goals.”
In addition to those already hired, by the end of 2020 the practice also will have hired a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Experience Officer, Lab Manager, and Physician’s Assistant.
Most notably, The Center’s plan to hire a CFO will allow the practice to effectively manage risk and provide an organizational structure to long term financial stability.
“For a small practice the positions of CFO and COO may seem out of place,” Dr. Wright said. “However, we are positioning ourselves for much more growth in the coming years and filling these positions today make that growth all the more possible.”
For those interested in a future career at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, please visit our Careers page to view our open positions and discover links to our application process.
Our exceptional staff member is our sonographer, Padma! ✨ We are so lucky to have her incredible ultrasound skills at The Wright Center for Women’s Health. Make your appointment today to experience the difference!
We wanted to wish Darchell a Happy Birthday!
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?
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:
- Lipid Panel
- Vitamin D
- Free T3
- Total T4
- 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
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.