Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
Wilkes-Barre's Women Veterans Clinic
Women are the fastest growing group within the Veteran population, and serve at all levels in the military, from front-line combat to leadership roles. Those who are Veterans are signing up for VA health care and benefits at higher rates than ever.
Since its opening in 1949, Wilkes-Barre has dedicated itself to providing the highest level of care to Women Veterans. Just as the roles of women in the military have evolved since then, so has the need to provide them with high quality routine and specialized care. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) leads the nation in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions unique to Women Veterans.
In 2016, Wilkes-Barre constructed a new Women’s Health Clinic, one of its patient centered care initiatives for the year. Although women’s health services were already offered within the Medical Center’s primary care clinic, the space that was allocated did not meet all of VA's standards for Women Veterans' care.
The new clinic eliminates barriers to Women Veterans' access to specialized health care services, and to their ability to use those services. It addresses those concerns by integrating care, promoting gender sensitivity, and providing a safe and comfortable environment in which Women Veterans' care is provided.
The clinic, which opened on October 31, 2016, includes 3 Exam Rooms, an OB/GYN Procedure Room, and a Mental Health/Pharmaceutical Consultation Room. Each room has a private bathroom for enhanced comfort. The waiting room includes a dedicated children's activity area.
The new clinic was constructed by Wilkes-Barre employees, 80 percent of whom are Veterans themselves, as a locally planned and funded project. It was a labor of love, recognizing the sacrifices and important contributions to our nation Women Veterans have made and are making.