Description of Program:
The Women’s Health Program at SAVAHCS is a collaborative practice designed to provide gender specific comprehensive medical care. The incorporation of Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Nurse Practitioners, Psychology, Social Work, Pharmacy, Dietary, and other ancillary members, allows patients to receive care in a coordinated and consistent manner. The all female team of physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses have the immediate consultation of other members. The goal is seamless medical care to meet the special needs of females.
Within the Women’s Health Program, comprehensive preventative services, primary care, and gynecology are available at any one patient visit. Office gynecology procedures are readily accommodated. Prenatal care and infertility office services are the newest addition to the team. Scheduling is flexible allowing the patient ready access to providers.
The Women’s Health Care Program allows for gender specific issues to be addressed in conjunction with primary care. Many of our patients live a distance from the SAVAHCS, therefore effort is made to coordinate appointments with different services when possible. Continuity, consistency, and access to care are priority values with our team. Patient satisfaction and guidance have changed and will continue to change services.
- Management of chronic disease
- Gynecological examinations and related issues
- Health promotion
- Hormone therapy
- Birth control
- Gynecological surgery
- Basic Infertility
- Female Urology
- Gynecology Oncology
- Office gynecology procedures
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Federal holidays)
Location: Bldg. 80
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Point of Contact:
If you have questions regarding the Women’s Program, please call the Acting Women’s Veteran Program Manager, Sonia Perez-Padilla, MD at toll free 1-800-470-8262 or (520)792-1450, ext 5498.
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:
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.
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.