Happy Holidays!

First and foremost, The Wright Center for Women’s Health would like to extend our gratitude and best wishes to you this holiday season.

We will be closed on Thursday, December 24th, Friday, December 25th, and Friday, January, 1st.

Our office is open on Saturday, December 26th, and Thursday, December 31st from 9 AM to 2 PM for our guests.

Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our providers! Once again, happy holidays from The Wright Center family to yours!

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.

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!

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.

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

The Wright Center Continues To Add New Staff!

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.

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.

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

Feeling Stressed? Consider Autonomic Nervous System Testing

As we continue to make our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we are hearing from many of our guests that they feel their levels of stress and anxiety has increased.  You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?

Because the “fight or flight” response that is manifested through stress and anxiety is so powerful, it can cause your body to react in extreme ways. Typically, patients who are exhibiting symptoms of long-term, chronic stress will often complain of:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sexual desire

A powerful side effect of stress and anxiety can be a break down of the body’s immune system. Something none of us need as we work to avoid COVID-19. 

One test that can help us get a look into a guest’s nervous system Autonomic Nervous System Test or ANS. There’s a lot to know about this test, and we’ve provided a pretty comprehensive look at it on our website where we answer questions like:

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The ANS is comprised of the nerves that control the function of the internal organs including our heart, intestines, stomach, bladder, sexual organs, and sweat glands. The ANS plays an essential role in keeping the body’s internal environment optimal via monitoring and maintaining proper temperature, electrolyte balance, blood glucose, blood oxygen concentration, blood carbon dioxide concentration, pH, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate to name a few. As you can see, the nervous system is complex and the ANS plays a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy.

What is an ANS Test?

An ANS test is a simple, painless, and essentially effortless test that we perform in our office. This test consists of having you sit down and place your feet on metal plate. There is also a component where you have your blood pressure monitored. Your heart rate and vascular health can easily be assessed with a pulse ox device on your finger while you perform different breathing patterns. It takes less than 15 minutes and is painless and non-invasive while providing us with important information.

Why is an ANS Performed?

We perform ANS testing because of the vast amount of information it gives us. ANS testing looks at ANS activity, mental stress, vascular health, insulin resistance, and sudomotor function. We get individual scores for each of these components of the ANS and are then able to assess these areas individually. ANS testing allows us to identify areas of the ANS that could be improved on and help you optimize your health.

What Are the Benefits of an ANS Test?

The main benefit of this test is the early detection of ANS diseases, damage, and dysfunction. Since the ANS is not a system that is easily observed, early detection of dysfunction can enable medical providers to help you make changes in your life to prevent disease or early death. Every disease state affects the ANS in some way and this testing helps us identify early, subtle signs of disease.

How Often Should I Get an ANS Test?

Generally, we recommend having an ANS test performed once per year, usually during your Complete Health Assessment prior to your annual. There are some circumstances where the frequency of ANS testing is increased and if necessary, your provider will discuss this with you.

How Much Does an ANS Test Cost?

Here at the Wright Center for Woman’s Health, we bill your insurance for the cost of the ANS test. Since we see so much value in this test and the powerful information we receive, we make the ANS test available to all of our guests at no out of pocket cost to them.

Should You Keep Your Regular Doctors Appointments During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

As we continue to navigate our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we’re often asked about whether our guests should continue to keep their regularly scheduled doctor appointments.

The short answer is yes. However, like everything else these days, the longer answer is a little more complicated. 

We absolutely want all our guests to continue to make and keep their regularly scheduled appointments and we want you to know that we are taking every precaution to keep guests safe when they visit The Wright Center. 

You can view those precautions in our COVID-19 FAQs. 

As you plan your next appointment we would like for you to consider beginning it as a telehealth visit. Our providers will perform an initial consultation via phone and bill the visit to your medical insurance, just like a standard in-person visit to our office. From there, we will determine after talking with you if you need to visit the office for an in-person appointment. 

Whether you need to travel to our office will be determined by a number of factors including the nature of the visit, the immediate need to see the doctor in person, and your personal exposure to those with Coronavirus, if any. 

We truly hope to be able to see all of our guests in person very soon. We miss seeing you.

But in the meantime know that all of us at The Wright Center are working hard every day to ensure the safety of our guests and each other. To schedule your next visit call us at (630) 687-9595 or complete our Request an Appointment form. 

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