Start 2021 Off The Wright Way – With a CHA Exam!

The new year is almost here, start it knowing you’re healthy with the help of The Wright Center For Women’s Health. With a yearly examination and our Complete Health Assessment, you can be sure you’re 100% healthy.

Our Complete Health Assessment(CHA) is very thorough, with blood work, an ANS and Max Pulse Test, Diagnostic Ultrasounds done, and more. You’ll also meet with our providers to discuss your test results, any problems or concerns you may have, treatment options, and more.

What is Included in My Lab Work?

The first part of your Complete Health Assessment will include your routine blood work. Once the tests are sent to the lab, we’ll also check your hormones as well. Aside from the usual tests we run, you can request any additional tests at the time of scheduling your appointment. The blood tests you’ll be receiving are:

  • CBC
  • CMP
  • Lipid Panel
  • Vitamin D
  • TSH
  • Free T3
  • Total T4
  • TPO
  • Testosterone
  • Estradiol
  • FSH
  • Vitamin B12
  • LH
  • Hemoglobin a1C
  • Urine Culture

You’ll receive the results of your lab work in a meeting with your provider 3-7 days after your CHA.

ANS & Max Pulse Test

Another component of the CHA exam is an Autonomic Nervous System or ANS test. This test will evaluate your nervous system which controls your involuntary bodily functions including, appetite, mood, blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, bladder function, sexual function, and more. Any damage to the Autonomic Nervous System can cause problems to the previously listed functions, and ultimately cause problems for the rest of your body.

In addition to the Autonomic Nervous System test, we’ll also be testing the Endothelial Function to ensure there are no damages to the endothelial lining or Endothelial Dysfunction to make sure you’re not at risk for diabetes, strokes, or heart disease.

When we perform an ANS and Endothelial Function Test, we’re essentially looking for any of 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 the hand and feet
  • Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy: The nerves that innervate the heart
  • Cardiovascular disease via plethysmography: Combined total of the other risk factors

The ANS test and Endothelial Function Test is designed to help prevent any issues your body may be having or could have in the future. By having these tests done yearly, you could be saving yourself a lot of time and prevent health issues in the future.

Diagnostic Ultrasounds

Before your appointment begins, we’ll perform both external and internal ultrasounds to rule out any abnormalities, including Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Polyps, etc. These ultrasounds will give us (and you) a better understanding of what’s going on with your body and what we need to watch out for. We do recommend drinking at least 32 ounces of water 1 hour before your ultrasound. The Sonographer will be able to view the pelvic organs better when you have a full bladder. Remember to drink the water slowly to prevent discomfort in your abdomen.

What Should I Do To Prepare for My CHA?

We know you’re probably wondering if there is anything you need to do or know before your CHA exam, and the answer is yes, please prepare yourself ahead of time.

Before your appointment, please make sure you have notified us if you would like any other blood tests done, so our Phlebotomist can be prepared. Also, please make sure you have a mask for your appointment, and if you’re sick or starting to feel sick please reschedule your appointment. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy.

After your CHA is completed, we will sit down with you to review your results, identify any red flags, and tailor a treatment plan custom to your needs. We cannot stress enough how important it is to schedule your yearly Complete Health Assessment and any other routine exams you may need. Schedule your CHA to start the new year off with great test results and a healthy outlook.

Meet Our New Provider Partner, Kasey!

Kasey is a new Physician Assistant graduate who will be joining us as a provider partner. She received her degree from Marquette University. In her free time, she enjoys visiting new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her new Aussiedoodle puppy. She is eager to start her career and contribute to the enthusiastic environment at The Wright Center! 

Do You Know Your Family Health History?

November — a month that’s all about family!

But for us at The Wright Center, the celebration of family is also about your health. November is national Family Health History Month and a time to take stock in what you need to learn about the health of your family members and how that may impact you as you age.

This is why we’re excited to announce that coming soon The Wright Center will provide genetic testing. Assessing your genetic risks and understanding their implications can help you make informed medical management decisions and lifestyle choices.

More importantly, genetic testing is the best way to assess your future risk of many forms of hereditary cancer. The information from genetic testing can help you develop a cancer prevention plan, prevent secondary cancers, help us determine which treatment options are best and provide life-saving knowledge for you and family members.

We will begin completing genetic testing in December, but appointments may be made now to get you on the path to a clearer medical future. Click here to make your appointment!

Meet Our New Registered Nurse Angelica!

Angelica is a new member of our clinical support team! Her nursing career has focused mostly in the area of perioperative procedures at Edward Hospital as well as a medical/surgical unit at Morris Hospital. She also held a director of nursing position in an assisted living facility. Outside of work, she keeps busy with three amazing teenagers. She also enjoys taking her dog for a walk, reading as much as possible, and listening to music preferably outdoors.  In her short time with us, she was already selected as October’s Exceptional Staff Member due to her incredible value to our organization. Welcome, Angelica!

Meet Our Guest Intake Coordinator, Cecilia!

Cecilia (Cece) is our new guest intake coordinator. She has a wealth of experience in pharmaceuticals, customer service and sales. She joins our team with her infectious positivity and love for service. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, gardening, and doing hair and makeup.

Meet Our New Lab Manager Michelle!

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.

The Wright Center’s Ongoing Work to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

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.

Meet Dr. West

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.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

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.

Stay safe

The Wright Center Team

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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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