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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

 

Women Veterans

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans benefits. The VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.

Located in Building 3, Room 139, the Coatesville VA Medical Center's Women's Health Program targets the unique needs of our female Veterans. We offer comprehensive primary care in a relaxing, private setting that maximizes a sense of well-being. Maternity care is also a covered benefit for eligible women Veterans.

To make an appointment, call 610-384-7711, ext. 3371 Monday thru Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

In addition to primary care and office-based gynecology services, Coatesville VA Medical Center also offers inpatient and residential treatment to eligible female Veterans. These programs include the POWER Program and the Mary E. Walker House.

The POWER Program

The POWER program offers residential treatment to eligible female Veterans with substance use disorders, mental health problems, and homelessness. The program's mission is to prepare female Veterans for a lifestyle which supports continued recovery of mind, body and spirit.

Our 18-bed residence provides a safe and substance-free environment for female Veterans to participate in their recovery and/or therapy and begin the journey to long-term sobriety and strong mental health. We are committed to the Veteran's long-term success.

Treatment provided in the POWER program begins with a complete admission assessment (history and physical, nursing admission assessment, behavioral assessment, psychosocial assessment, recreational assessment). A wide variety of therapy groups, educational classes, and individual counsel is available, along with a peer recovery approach and relapse prevention. The length of stay varies, depending on individual needs, but may run up to three months if clinically indicated.

The POWER program staff team includes: physicians, psychologists, pharmacists, physician extenders, nurses, therapists, social workers, chaplains, recreation therapists, health technicians, and support staff.

Each female Veteran is interviewed and then assessed by our team of nurses, psychologists, physician extenders, and social workers. The team develops an individualized treatment plan with active collaboration from the Veteran. At this meeting and throughout treatment, she is encouraged to provide her input and to address any concerns with the team.

Family involvement is encouraged and planning for life after the program are integral parts of the plan.

Through this program, Veterans support Veterans. Each Veteran is considered a family member and are encouraged to take advantage of the vast network available among fellow Veterans and staff. In group therapy and group classes, Veterans will benefit from sober social support and very importantly, discover they are not alone in seeking to conquer their addictions, mental health issues, and life circumstances.

The following criteria are used to determine an individual’s appropriateness for admission:

  • Female Veterans who are seeking substance abuse treatment for alcohol abuse or other substances (opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, etc.)
  • Female Veterans with mental health issues including such disorders as post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression
  • Female Veterans who are homeless
  • Female Veterans who have been unsuccessful in an outpatient setting

We recognize that every female Veteran is unique and has had a different experience with mental health issues and addiction. We take time and extreme care in developing and providing the most effective program possible, based on individual needs.

For appointments or information about the POWER Program, call 610-384-7711, ext. 5631.

The Mary E. Walker House

Operated by the Veterans Multi-Service Center, the Mary E. Walker House is a transitional residence program for homeless women Veterans located on the grounds of Coatesville VA Medical Center. It is funded by the VA Homeless Grant and Per Diem program and is the largest such program in the United States.

The program focuses on transitioning women Veterans back to independent living within the community. Services include employment counseling, addiction counseling, assistance with acquiring Veteran benefits, as well as mental and medical health care.

If you are interested in becoming a resident of the Mary E. Walker House, you must be referred by a VA clinician located at a medical center, vet center, or VA outpatient clinic. Please ask your clinician to call the Mary E. Walker House at 610-380-0704 for an application.

Women Veterans Program Manager

Anne L. Brown MSN, CRNP is the Women Veterans Program Manager and can be reached by phone at 610-384-7711, ext. 3660 or at Anne.Brown2@va.gov. The Women Veterans Program Manager is available to answer your questions about Coatesville VAMC services for women Veterans, and healthcare benefits available to eligible women Veterans.

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.

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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.

Contact

Anne L. Brown, MSN, CRNP
Women Veterans Program Manager
Building 3, Room 139
610-384-7711 Ext. 3660
Anne.Brown2@va.gov

Appointment Scheduling
610-384-7711 Ext. 3371

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