Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
VA serves fastest-growing Veteran population
Dawn Bates, a 38-year-old Navy Veteran, recently sought gynecological care at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) after prolonged issues with bleeding and anemia. Women Veterans may be interested to know just how extensively women’s CVHCS services have developed over the last few years.
In addition to the many female-specific routine exams and screenings offered to women Veterans through the medical center; including colposcopy, cervical cancer screening and prevention, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding issues, gynecological surgical care has been offered since 2017, when Dr. Jordan Hylton and her colleagues established the gynecology program. Surgical options include hysterectomy, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and others. Hylton is the Associate OB/GYN Residency Program Director at both CVHCS and Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Dr. Hylton always made time to talk to me,” Bates explained. “Her bedside manner is impeccable – it’s like talking to a friend more than a doctor.” Dr. Hylton is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Together, Hylton and her surgical colleagues possess more than 50 years of combined experience.
After first meeting with Hylton, Bates said she felt she could trust her skill and expertise. Following surgery, during her recovery, Bates discovered that others in the office afforded her the same level of comfort, when she needed to call in for help. “I’m grateful [staff] was so readily available to answer my call.”
Women Veterans in central and northern Virginia area are currently the fastest-growing population in VA’s Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), one of the nation’s fastest growing regions. VISN 6 manages Veteran health care in 44 sites of care in North Carolina and Virginia. The CVHCS currently serves approximately 10,000 women Veterans each year.
“As our population grows, we strive to make adjustments and ensure services are available in-house as frequently as possible to reduce care in the community and enhance continuity of care,” said Haisley Holden, Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM).The CVHCS Women’s Health Center offers specialized gynecological services to its patients and plans are underway to break ground on a standalone 12,000 square-foot clinic. Services at the Women’s Health Center include a complete list of services can be found here. For information about all Women Veterans programs and services, contact Haisley Holden at 804-675-5000 ext. 2799 or by sending a secure message to the Women Veterans Program.