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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Women Veterans

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
  • Contraception
  • 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
    Service 570-344-2676

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:

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Primary Care

  • 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.

Specialty Care

  • 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.


Patricia Conroy, LCSW
VA Women Veterans Program Manager
570-824-3521 Ext. 7517

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