News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Sep. 30,  2010

New Medical Director of Neurosciences ICU Named at Emory University Hospital Midtown

News Article ImageWendy L. Wright, MD, has been named the medical director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM).

Wendy L. Wright, MD, assistant professor of neurology, neurosurgery and pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, has been named the medical director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). As a neurointensivist, she will directly care for critically ill patients with brain and spinal cord illness or injury.

Wright has been on the faculty at Emory since 2005, primarily caring for patients at Emory University Hospital’s (EUH) Neurointensive Care Unit.

“I am very excited about this new position and look forward to working with a talented group of nurses, physicians and other medical professionals who take superb care of patients in this unit every day,” says Wright.

Before coming to Emory, Wright was a clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also completed her fellowship in critical care neurology. She received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, followed by residency training at the University of Maryland Medical System.

“Wendy Wright is a perfect leader for the Neurosciences ICU at Emory University Hospital Midtown,” says Timothy G. Buchman, MD, PhD, director, Emory Center for Critical Care. “Her vast knowledge, clinical skills, and boundless energy will transform an already excellent unit into one of the very best in the nation. We are delighted that she has accepted the appointment and look forward to a future of extraordinary care for our patients and their families.”

Wright will focus on the continued high level of service for critical care patients in the ICU, while adding her expertise at the bedside during daily rounds with patients and their families.

“Having a highly coordinated level of care, combined with thorough communication among our multi-disciplinary team, is critical for an intensive care model, and is one we will continue to follow,” explains Wright. “We will also integrate patient and family-centered care in the unit, along with research, education and training of the next generation of physicians.”

Also joining Wright in the Neurosciences ICU at Emory University Hospital Midtown is Michael Sterling, MD, FCCM, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Emory. Sterling comes to Emory from Central Maine Medical Center. He will serve as a general intensivist in the unit, bringing a vast array of knowledge and decades of experience in critical care.

Earlier this year, a major renovation was completed in the Neurosciences ICU at EUHM. All patient rooms, the family waiting room, the nurses’ stations, the medication station and the staff lounge were updated and revamped. Additional high-tech equipment and technology has also been added to deliver outstanding patient care and quality to patients.


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