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Columbia VA Health Care System



March 9, 2017

Date: March 9, 2017
Release Number: 201703-03-07

Dorn’s first forum enlightens with information for Women Veterans

by Jennifer Scales / DORN VAMC Public Affairs

Approximately 135 women Veterans from around the Palmetto State packed the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center auditorium March 8, to hear about the services and programs offered to them.

The standing room only first Women Veteran Forum was coordinated and presented by the Dorn Women Veterans Program Manager, Rose Hutson. Other speakers from Dorn included Interim Director, David Omura; Women Health Medical Director, Dr. Kahlil Demonbreun; physician, Dr. Shane Rabin; Million Veteran Program manager, Isaac Holmes; and MyHealtheVet Coordinator; William Huffin.

“The purpose of the forum is to increase enrollment among women Veterans and to let them know of the services that are offered and available to all of them”, Hutson stated before the forum began.

In his opening remarks, Omura ensured the women that the team at Dorn is prepared to give them the best care possible. “We have over 9,000 females enrolled at Dorn, and we will do whatever is needed to best meet your needs. Dorn remains in the top 10 percent of all VA’s in term of quality, and we are committed to maintaining this high level of service,” Omura said.

“This is your forum,” Demonbreun said as his turn came to the podium. “We do recognize there are specific challenges you may face, but we are here to serve you because you have served us.”

Rabin stated that he has been in the Dorn Women’s Clinic for seven years and added, “We are your advocates.”

Huffin elaborated on the positive aspects of myHealtheVet program. “Once you have access, you are able to see your medical records, lab reports, communicate with your doctor and other functions. This helps streamline your process with your medical situation also.”

There are over 570,000 veterans in the Million Veteran Program, according to Isaac Holmes. “Dorn has about 9,000 enrolled in the program, and we are on our way to reaching a goal of 20,000.”

Hutson managed the rest of the forum by providing insight to changes and new programs offered to the women veteran within Dorn, instead of having to be outsourced, as has been for many of the services in the past.

“Comprehensive care exams are offered for women Veterans in such areas as infertility, menopause, mammograms, mental health, osteoporosis, hormonal management, and more,” Hutson said. “We are looking forward to having a women’s health provider on each team.”

Hutson reminded the audience that mammograms can be done on site now at Dorn, with Saturday appointments available.

“Other GYN procedures and surgical options include colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, essure, hysterectomy, tubal ligation, myomectomy, laparoscopy, hysterosalpingo gram, to name a few,” Hutson said.

There is a women’s health provider at each Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

“There are also various women’s groups at Dorn at your disposal also,” Hutson said. She pointed out the functions and points of contact, and meeting times for the Women Veterans Health Committee, Women Veterans Empowerment Group, Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Workgroup, and the Homeless Veteran Program.

At the end of the presentation by Hutson, the floor was opened up for an engaging session of questions and answers. Even though the forum had to come to an end, many of them left with one excited question in mind…and that was when the next forum would occur!

(MEDIA NOTE: Photos are available upon request.)