Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of Veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize these benefits and services.
The VAMC Wilkes-Barre Women's Health Program targets programs and facilities to meet the unique needs of female Veterans.
Services Available - VAMC Wilkes-Barre and our Outpatient Clinics:
- Primary Care
- Women's Health Screen: PAP Exams & Mammograms
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Pregnancy / Infertility
- Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Adjustment Counseling
- Psychological Issues: Depression, Adjustment
- Family Life Issues: Domestic Violence, Financial Issues
Patients will be referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available at VAMC Wilkes-Barre.
Mental health services, including treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, are also available for women. Treatment for substance abuse is available as well.
All information is strictly confidential. No Appointment Necessary.
Contacts: Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center: 570-824-3521 or Toll Free: 1-877-928-2621
- Patricia Conroy, LCSW VA Women Veterans Program Manager x7517
- Janet Schmidt, LCSW, VA Social Worker x7527
Contacts: Outpatient Clinics/Scranton Vet Center:
- Catherin Korb, Allentown Outpatient Clinic 610-776-4414
- Donna Kahn, Sayre Outpatient Clinic 570-888-6803 x2149
- Karen Lenchitsky, LSW, Scranton Veterans Readjustment Counseling
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.
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.
Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:
- Health coaching
- Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
- Nutrition and weight management
- Peer support and community resources
- Programs to stop spoking
- Physical therapy and chiropractic services
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
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancers
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
- 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.