Women Veterans - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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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.

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

Kanchan Jindal, MSN, RN, WCC is the Women Veterans Program Manager and can be reached by phone at 610-384-7711, ext. 6242 or at Kanchan.Jindal@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

VA welcomes women Veterans. We are committed to providing high-quality services in a sensitive and safe environment at all VA facilities. Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA medical center to assist women Veterans with questions and coordinate services (see contact information on this page).

Each woman Veteran is assigned a Women’s Health Primary Care Provider. These experienced providers are trained to deliver comprehensive primary care, as well as routine women’s health care. You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) where a provider, nurse, and others will work with you to manage your health care:

  • Primary care: general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: immunizations and cancer screenings (breast and cervical), osteoporosis screening and management
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control, family planning, and preconception counseling

Learn more about the gender-specific services VA has to offer

Women Veterans Call Center

The Women Veterans Call Center provides women Veterans information about VA services and resources, benefits, and eligibility. The toll-free line is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. ET and on Saturdays 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m. ET. Please see our Women Veterans Call Center website or call 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636). Call, chat, or text are all available.

Contact

Kanchan Jindal, MSN, RN, WCC
Women Veterans Program Manager
Building 2, Room 219
610-384-7711 Ext. 6242
Kanchan.Jindal@va.gov

Appointment Scheduling
610-384-7711 Ext. 3371

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