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VA Hudson Valley Health Care System

 

Women Veterans

PRIMARY CARE

Primary Care is offered Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Physical exams include a full range of preventive health screenings and treatment. Shuttle service is available to Bronx Campus for Gynecological clinic. Pharmacy dispenses prescribed medications. Patients are referred to a variety of health education classes and specialty clinics.

WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC

The Women's Health Clinic is available Tuesdays at the Montrose Campus from 8am-11am and Friday's at the Castle Point Campus from 8am to 4:30 pm. Services include pelvic and breast exam, cervical cancer screening, pap smear, contraception, management of menopause, surgical consultation and procedures, referral for obstetrical care, gynecology and infertility care excluding in vitro fertilization.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Mental Health Services include evaluation and treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and post traumatic stress. All patients are screened for military sexual trauma. A support group, social work services, and other support services are regularly available.

ANNUAL WOMEN VETERANS HEALTH FAIR

The annual Women Veterans Health Fair is held yearly in the Fall at the Castle Point and Montrose Campus. This annual event provides women veterans the opportunity to network with others while learning about VA benefits and health resources. Speakers are invited to provide health education on important health topics.

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

Sharon F. Bailey, LCSW
Women Veteran Program Manager/Maternity Care Coordinator
Montrose Bldg 3, Rm 208-A1, 914-737-4400 x2757; Castle Pt Bldg 18, Rm D106,
845-831-2000 Ext. 5658

Melissa Halligan, PhD
Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator
845-831-2000 Ext. 4639

Maureen J. Martin, RN, MS
VISN 2 Lead, Women’s Health, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Palliative Care
113 Holland Ave, Bldg. 67, Albany, NY 12208, mobile 518-573-5447, office
518-626-7318

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Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN