Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
You Served…You Deserve
The VA Women Veterans Health Program at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center focuses on women’s health, creating an environment that is welcoming, comfortable and personal. The program offers women Veterans the support you need and the best health care possible.
Women Veterans Program Manager
The Women Veterans Program Manager at the Charleston VAMC is here to help women Veterans—to listen and to answer your questions. The program manager works as your advocate to help you understand your benefits and coordinate your health care.
The program manager assists women Veterans in:
- Establishing your eligibility
- Understanding your benefits
- Obtaining your health care in the VA system
Contact Social Work Service at (843) 789-7635.
Eligibility for VA Health Services
- 2 Years Active Duty Service, or
- Deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), or
- Military Sexual Trauma
Best Health Care Possible
The Charleston VAMC offers women Veterans a full range of medical and mental health care services.
General Health Care
- Primary Care
- Gynecology Services
- Family Planning and Birth Control
- Maternity Care
- Infertility Evaluation and Treatment
- Midlife and Menopause Issues
- HIV Testing
- Cancer Screening, including Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer
- Wellness and Healthy Living
- Nutrition and Weight Management
- Stop Smoking Programs
Mental Health Services
- Management of Depression, Anxiety, or Stress
- Adjustment from Deployment
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Screening, Counseling and Treatment
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Family and Parenting Issues
- Interpersonal Violence
- Alcohol and Drug Dependence
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Education Opportunities
- Links to Job and Career Counseling
- Homeless Programs
A Promise Kept
The Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group will promote the health, welfare, and dignity of women Veterans and their families by ensuring equitable access to timely, sensitive, quality health care.
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 smoking
- 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.