James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
About the Program
Women who have served in the armed forces are eligible for a variety of veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital offers a variety of health services to address the unique needs of women Veterans. The Women Veterans Health Care Program focuses on wellness education, preventive health treatment, disease management and the emotional well-being of women Veterans. Our goal is to offer women patients quality healthcare in a concerned, compassionate and comprehensive manner throughout their life span. To make an appointment at the Women's Center, call (813) 972-2000 extension 3678 or 3679.
Women’s Primary Care Services
Exams and Services:
- History and physical, including pelvic exam and breast exam
- Menopause treatment including hormonal therapy if appropriate
- Family planning and contraceptive care
- Infertility evaluation and referrals
- Maternity care referrals
- Assessment for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke risk
- Tobacco use cessation counseling
- Sexual trauma referrals
- Flu and other vaccines
- Social work referrals
- Medication therapy education
- Referrals for other services as needed
- High blood pressure
- Breast cancer or fibrocystic disease – mammograms
- Cervical cancer – Pap test
- Colorectal cancerOsteoporosis
- High cholesterol
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Nutrition and dietary needs
- Psychosocial issues that impact your health
Women’s Specialty Services at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
The Gynecology Clinic provides special services including major or minor surgical procedures for treatment of women’s reproductive disorders, urologic-gynecology (for treatment of urinary incontinence) and oncologic-gynecology (for treatment of cancers of the female reproductive organs).
The Breast Care Clinic has been established for evaluation and treatment of breast diseases or abnormalities detected through breast examination or mammography.
Mental Health Services are available for treatment of many conditions, including depression and anxiety. An individual comprehensive treatment plan is developed with the patient. Referrals are made as needed for specific issues, including military sexual trauma, eating disorders, substance use and post traumatic stress disorder.
We invite women veterans to take advantage of our special programs. Your active and vocal participation in the health care process is important to our success. We value the opinions of veterans and want to listen and respond to your health care concerns.
OEF/OIF veterans, including activated Reservists and National Guard members, are eligible for a wide range of benefits, including free health care for conditions possibly related to your hazardous service. Timeframes are as follows:
Veterans currently-enrolled and new enrollees discharged from active duty on or after Jan. 28, 2003 are eligible for the enhanced benefits for five years post-discharge.
Veterans discharged from active duty before Jan. 28, 2003, who applied for enrollment on or after Jan. 28, 2008, are eligible for the enhanced benefit until Jan. 27, 2011.
How to Access These Services
All women veterans who have received an honorable discharge (or general under honorable conditions) from the military are eligible to apply for healthcare services. An eligibility specialist will process the request and the patient will be notified if she has met eligibility criteria. Eligible women patients are assigned to a primary care team. A co-payment may be assessed for treatment of non-service connected conditions. The fee is determined by the patient’s income and entitlement.
If you are NOT already enrolled for VA medical benefits at JAHVH, contact the Eligibility Unit at (813) 972-2000, ext. 1710 for assistance.
If you are already enrolled for VA medical benefits, contact your Primary Care team for information about how you can access the services available in the Women’s Clinic.
If you want to know more about the Women Veterans Health Care Program at JAHVH, stop by the Women Veterans Program Manager’s office in the RTU building on the ground floor, Rm. 041. She is also available by calling (813) 972-2000, ext. 6695.
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.