Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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 2 on the 2nd Floor, 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.