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Women Veterans

We offer the right care at the right time in the right place using state of the art equipment and technology. Each of our primary care clinics – including the Community Based Outpatient Clinics – offers comprehensive primary care for women Veterans by a Women’s Health Primary Care Provider (WH-PCP) who is proficient and focused on women’s health. General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (pap smears), birth control, and preconception counseling. If you receive your primary care from a WH-PCP, you have the option to receive gender-specific care within your primary care team.

For those who need gender-specific specialty care, the Amethyst Clinic at the Phoenix VA offers a private entrance for our women Veterans to receive their care in a convenient, single location. Services offered include screening and diagnostic mammograms (including 3D mammography), breast ultrasound, breast MRI, imaging-guided breast biopsy procedures, Well-Woman exams and specialty gynecology services. Specialty gynecology services include gynecologic surgery, contraceptive needs, limited infertility treatment, screening for sexually transmitted infections and hormone replacement therapy. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either abortion services or in-vitro fertilization (with the exception of those who meet specific eligibility requirements for IVF).

The VA also offers maternity benefits and obstetrical care to eligible women Veterans via the Purchased Care program. Newborn coverage is extended to those receiving VA maternity care, to include medical care for the newborn child up to the first seven days of life. Breast-feeding education classes are available monthly for our expectant Veteran mothers - the classes are facilitated by an experienced RN. In conjunction with our breast-feeding classes, each expectant mother receives a breast pump and miscellaneous items geared toward newborn care, compliments of our dedicated volunteers and community donors. The VA also offers private lactation areas at the main Phoenix facility and the Southeast CBOC for both Veterans and staff who are nursing.

In addition to primary and gender-specific care, the VA offers a full continuum of comprehensive medical and mental health services for Veterans. For those who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST), the VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for related mental and physical health conditions. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health. Veterans can reach the MST coordinator for the Phoenix VA at 602-234-7157. The Women’s Health psychologist can be contacted at 602-277-5551, ext. 4216.

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help to coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. If you have any questions regarding the Women Veterans Health Program, call the medical center at 602-277-5551, ext. 2272 or 6764 to reach Kristen Nordquist, LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager. To make an appointment within the specialty gynecology clinic, call 602-277-5551, ext. 6359.

Positive changes are underway across the entire VA system and employees are embracing the message that: “It’s everyone’s job to care for women Veterans.” The Phoenix VA understands your unique health care needs and is committed to serving you with respect, compassion and the highest quality of care.

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Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

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Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.

Contact

Kristen Nordquist, LCSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
Amethyst Clinic
602-277-5551 Ext. 2272 or 6764

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