Warm sunlight shines through the windows of one of the most comfortable rooms in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Director Lisa Freeman stands just outside the door with oversized scissors, ready to cut the ribbon for the recent opening ceremony of the new Women's Resource Center at the VA Palo Alto campus.
"VAPAHCS is committed to ensure that all women Veterans receive equitable, high-quality, and comprehensive health care services in a sensitive and safe environment for the 6,000 women Veterans we serve each year," said Director Freeman while giving the opening remarks for the ceremony.
Filled with comfortable couches, various women's books, a flat-screen television for women's health videos, and a resource guide created by the Women Veterans Clinic, the resource center is a place where women Veterans can feel welcome. The women's health care team designed the room for women Veterans waiting for an appointment, meeting for a group session, or just wanting to relax.
The VAPAHCS Women Veterans Health Center has been in existence since 1988 and is nationally recognized as a "Center of Excellence in Women's Health" in VA. Care for women Veterans at VAPAHCS includes medical services, patient education, and mental health and sexual trauma counseling. Women Veterans care is led by Dr. Samina Iqbal, Director of the Women Veterans Health Center, and Linda Kleinsasser, Women Veterans Program Manager.
"The VAPAHCS has come a long way in developing and expanding its programs for women Veterans in the past four decades, with the most crucial part of its journey to success taking place since 1995," said Director Freeman. "Simply stated, the goal was focused on tearing down barriers and building strong relationships within VA, with the Department of Defense, and with the community, in an effort to provide the absolute best care possible to women who have served in the military."
For more information about women Veterans health care, visit our Women's Health Clinic page.