Women Veterans - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Women Veterans

Description of Service:

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center Women Veterans Health Program provides the highest quality health care services to women Veterans consistent with our focus on improving quality of life, improving functional status and providing excellent customer service. The Women's Health Clinic is equipped to address the unique needs of women Veterans, which emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. We have a women only lounge that is aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and relaxing for our Veterans. For Veterans with young children, the lounge features a "Kiddie Korner" with child-size chairs & tables, age-appropriate books to read, and coloring books and crayons, where young children can sit quietly and entertain themselves.

More than 2,500 women Veterans receive their health care annually at the Detroit VAMC Women's Health Clinic. To accommodate the large number of patients requires coordination, collaboration and teamwork. As part of the PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team), a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers who collaborate and coordinate patient care to deliver excellence in every aspect of patient care, we work hard to ensure that each Veteran receives her health care in a timely and efficient manner.

The Women's Clinic staff consists of two physicians, two nurse practitioners, two RNs, two LPNs and two clerks. The Clinic provides a full range of medical and mental health care services including:

  • Primary Care
  • Patient Education
  • Inpatient Medical/Surgical Care
  • Preventive Health Screenings (including Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Osteoporosis, Cholesterol)
  • Gynecology Services
  • Reproductive Health Care, Pregnancy Care, HIV Testing & Infertility Evaluation
  • Menopause Management
  • Screening, Counseling and Treatment for Sexual Trauma, Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Domestic Violence
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Programs for Homeless Women
  • Quality of Care Issues

Gynecology Services. The physician serving in the Clinic is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. We offer a variety of procedures that are performed either in our clinic or in our state-of-the-art surgical suite, including colonoscopy, endometrial biopsy, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, dilatation and curettage, hysterectomy. We also offer specialized services that include:

  • Pelvic pain or painful periods
  • Management of uterine fibroids
  • Contraception (temporary or permanent)
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Management of abnormal pap smear
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Treatment for hormonal imbalance
  • Removal of polyps (vaginal/cervical)
  • Treatment for STD
  • IUD insertion

Patients are referred to other VA facilities or to the community for any service not available at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center.

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center serves as a teaching facility for Wayne State University School of Medicine residents and interns, who are trained by clinic providers in all areas of women’s health.

The Women's Clinic has a Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) who assists women Veterans in establishing eligibility, understanding their benefits, and obtaining health care in the VA healthcare system. The WVPM focuses on quality customer service, improving the public image of the VA and women Veterans, expanding appropriate women's health care services, educating VA health care providers and students, case managing high-risk women Veterans, and monitoring clinical trends and outcomes.

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center Women's Health Center is a place where the dignity and well-being of every Veteran is preserved and where every Veteran receives personalized, high quality care.

For more information on Health Care for Women at VA, click here.

Location of Service in Medical Center:

3rd Floor, Red Tower

Contact information:

Brenda Finney, LISW, ACSW, Women Veterans Program Manager, 313-576-1000, ext. 65955

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clinic is open one Saturday each quarter, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

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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.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop smoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

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
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

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

Specialty Care

  • 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.