Veteran Health Indiana
Our full time Women Veterans Program Manager, Judith Kelly, is here specifically to help you. She can be contacted by phone at (317) 988-4642, and she is located within the facility in Room C-2103.
Richard L. Roudebush (Indianapolis) VA Medical Center services for women include:
- Primary Care
- Cervical Cancer Screening
- Mammogram (fee-basis service)
- Reproductive Health Care
- Birth Control
- Menstrual Problems
- Referrals for Maternity Care
- Infertility Evaluation
- Menopause Evaluation and Treatment
- Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment
- Treatment of Vaginitis and Sexually
- Transmitted Infections
- Urinary Incontinence
- Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
- Women’s Health Pharmacist
Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) consists of your primary care provider, mental health provider, social worker, medical support assistant and nursing staff. Our facility provides comprehensive women’s health primary care, where women Veterans receive routine primary care, gender-specific care, mental health, & social work services in a single location and on a single visit. Each of our primary care clinics has Designated Women Health Providers who offer primary care as well as routine gender-specific care (i.e. clinical breast exam, pap smear, birth control, menopause care, etc.) Congress has determined that VA cannot provide abortions or in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Mental Health Services including management of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as counseling and treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and substance abuse. Christina McNeely is the MST Coordinator, 317-988-3449.
Some women and men have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. VA refers to these experiences as military sexual trauma, or MST. Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively impact a person's mental and physical health, even many years later.
OB services are provided through fee-basis providers in the private sector. Our maternity coordinator, Tracy Mariano, Advanced Practice Nurse, 317-988-4917, will assist in the coordination of OB services.
Newborn care may be included for the first seven days after the delivery. Referrals will be given for maternity care in the private sector.
Our GYN Specialty Clinic provides gynecologic services - many of the procedures and surgeries are done on site. These gynecological services are available through consults initiated by your primary care providers.
Women Veterans Hotline
On April 23, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new Women Veterans hotline—1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)—an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about available VA services and resources.
“The Women Veterans Call Center is aimed at increasing women Veterans’ knowledge of all VA services and benefits that they deserve,” said Krista Stephenson, Army Veteran and Women Veterans Call Center Director.
Women Veterans Registry
Please register yourself as a Hoosier Woman Veteran. The registry is strictly confidential and used as a database to disseminate information among the Hoosier Women Veteran population. It serves as an informational bridge to connect you to the numerous resources and benefits that are available and that you are entitled to: Hoosier Women Veterans Registry
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.