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W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC

 

Women Veterans

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 Hefner VAMC Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female veterans.

Services Offered

The following services are provided in the Women’s Clinic at Hefner VAMC:

Medical Care

Gender specific issues

  • Reproduction/contraception
  • Menopause and Osteoporosis
  • Diseases of the reproductive organ and breasts, including cancers
  • Management of abnormal pap smears
  • Management of abnormal mammograms
  • Diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence
  • Infertility diagnosis & treatment
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • All pelvic ultrasounds for female veterans
  • Annual exams
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Mammography
  • Referral for bone mineral density test

Prenatal care is not provided, but is “fee based out” to community OB/Gyns at the VA’s expense.

GYN surgery provided at the Salisbury facility.

Gynecologic consultative and surgical services are provided to women veterans from Fayetteville and Asheville VAMC.

Mental Health

  • Sexual trauma counseling
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Evaluation and treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Programs for homeless women veterans
  • Programs for victims of domestic violence
  • Vocational rehabilitation programs

Staff currently includes a board certified gynecologist and a physician assistant with extensive experience in women’s health, two nurses, a program support assistant, and a program manager.

Patients will be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available at Hefner VAMC in Salisbury.

Mental health services, including treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, and sexual trauma counseling are also available for women. Treatment for substance abuse is available as well.

Women's Comprehensive Care is now being offered at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Comprehensive Care allows the female Veteran the opportunity to receive her primary care and her gender-specific care from one provider. If you are interested in finding out more about the Women's Clinic or Comprehensive Care at one of the CBOCs, please contact the Women Veterans Program Manager.

We would be pleased to welcome you as a new member of the Well Women’s Clinic. It is our desire to address your special needs as a woman veteran in a location that is sensitive to your privacy.

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.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

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.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop spoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • 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
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

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

Specialty Care

  • 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.