Munson Health
 
David Wright, MD

As a long-time member of the local medical community, David D. Wright, MD, brings valuable perspective to the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Wright is a founding member of Northwood Obstetrics & Gynecology in Traverse City and has been part of the medical staff at Munson Medical Center since 1987, serving in leadership roles for the past four years. Dr. Wright is passionate about providing quality health care to women and children, and sees improving maternity and pediatric services as a critical need. “If that truly is going to be one of the next projects, I want to be part of the planning,” Dr. Wright said.

Dr. Wright and his wife, Julie Quinn, MD, also an obstetrician/gynecologist, moved to Traverse City to join another husband-wife OB/GYN team in practice. When they arrived in town, Munson Medical Center’s maternity facilities were outdated, but were later improved with the opening of the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion in 1994. Now, nearly 20 years later, upgrades are needed again to meet current standards of care and an increasing demand as other hospitals discontinue obstetric services. Munson Medical Center currently has the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in northern Michigan.

Dr. Wright now limits his practice to gynecology and is a certified menopause practitioner. He frequently sees patients who have retired to the region from Detroit, Chicago, and other major cities, and they ask about the level of medical care available in northern Michigan.

“I tell them it would be very difficult to reproduce this medical staff anywhere else. This is a pretty unusual medical staff in terms of what they have to offer. The physicians are here because they want to be here. People are pleased when they see the level of care we have here.”

“A major challenge facing the medical community is closer integration and efficiency between inpatient and outpatient settings,” he said. “Physicians and hospitals have to work together more closely and as a region. We sometimes become isolated as physicians.” “If I am bringing anything to the table, it will be educating medical staff about why it’s important for physicians to invest in projects that meet the needs of the community.”
         

David Wright