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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan


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.

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.