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Syracuse VA Medical Center formally opens Women Veterans Wellness Center

By Eric Reinhardt

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.), second from right, and Syracuse VA Medical Center Director James Cody, right, help cut the ribbon to formally open the new Women Veterans Wellness Center on Monday at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Gillbrand’s Twitter page)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended the ceremony.

The Women Veterans Wellness Center (WWC) has two full-time providers — a physician and a nurse practitioner.

Together, they provide care, including primary and gender-specific care, for nearly 1,000 women. These two providers also offer gender-specific care to another 200 women in primary care teams, dubbed Red and Blue, respectively.

The Wellness Center also provides gynecology services four days per week, urology services three days per month, and mental-health services four times per week.

A pharmacist will be available in the clinic on a regular basis beginning in January. The WWC also provides rural health care with tele-mental health, tele-gynecology, and tele-primary care phone clinics.

“Women have served bravely and honorably for generations and the roles and jobs that women perform in our Armed Forces have expanded even more significantly in recent years and during the on-going conflicts. This center is devoted to ensuring that these Veterans get the care they deserve and have earned,” James Cody, director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center, said in the Gillibrand news release.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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