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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.

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.