Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
Women Veterans Health Program
Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.
The Richmond VAMC Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female veterans.
Exams and Services:
- History and physical, including pelvic exam and breast exam
- Menopause treatment including hormonal therapy if appropriate
- Family planning and contraceptive care
- Infertility evaluation and referrals
- Maternity care referrals
- Assessment for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke risk
- Tobacco use cessation counseling
- Sexual trauma referrals
- Flu and other vaccines
- Social work referrals
- Medication therapy education
- Referrals for other services as needed
- High blood pressure
- Breast cancer or fibrocystic disease – mammograms
- Cervical cancer – Pap test
- Colorectal cancerOsteoporosis
- High cholesterol
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Nutrition and dietary needs
- Psychosocial issues that impact your health
Patients will be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available at Richmond VAMC.
Mental health services, including treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, are also available for women. Treatment for substance abuse is available as well.
Women’s Specialty Services at Central Virginia VA Health Care System
The Gynecology Clinic provides special services including major or minor surgical procedures for treatment of women’s reproductive disorders, urologic-gynecology (for treatment of urinary incontinence) and oncologic-gynecology (for treatment of cancers of the female reproductive organs).
The Breast Care Clinic has been established for evaluation and treatment of breast diseases or abnormalities detected through breast examination or mammography.
Mental Health Services are available for treatment of many conditions, including depression and anxiety. An individual comprehensive treatment plan is developed with the patient. Referrals are made as needed for specific issues, including military sexual trauma, eating disorders, substance use and post traumatic stress disorder.
We invite women veterans to take advantage of our special programs. Your active and vocal participation in the health care process is important to our success. We value the opinions of veterans and want to listen and respond to your health care concerns.
OEF/OIF veterans, including activated Reservists and National Guard members, are eligible for a wide range of benefits, including free health care for conditions possibly related to your hazardous service. Timeframes are as follows:
Veterans currently-enrolled and new enrollees discharged from active duty on or after Jan. 28, 2003 are eligible for the enhanced benefits for five years post-discharge.
Veterans discharged from active duty before Jan. 28, 2003, who applied for enrollment on or after Jan. 28, 2008, are eligible for the enhanced benefit until Jan. 27, 2011.
For Women Veterans, VA is Here
Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.
Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.
Whole Health - It's All About You
VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.
Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:
- Health coaching
- Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
- Nutrition and weight management
- Peer support and community resources
- Programs to stop smoking
- Physical therapy and chiropractic services
- Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
- Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
- Gender-specific care
- Birth control
- Family planning and preconception counseling
- Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
- Osteoporosis screening and management
Gynecology Health Services
Evaluation and treatment for:
- Abnormal Pap test
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancers
Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:
- Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
- Alcohol and drug use and addiction
- Coping with illness
- Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
- Military sexual trauma (MST)
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Stress adjustment from deployment
- Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
- Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
- Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy
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.
Haisley Holden, BSN, RN
Women Veterans Program Manager
- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
- 804-675-5000 Ext. 2799
Hours of Operation
- Monday through Friday