October 6, 2010
" From left: Pamela Swope, F.N.P., Women Veterans Program Manager; Amy W. Smith, D.N.P., F.A.A.N.P., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, South Central VA Healthcare Network; Betty Moseley Brown, Ed.D., Associate Director of VA Center for Women Veterans; Navy Veteran Joan Tulich; Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., Director, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; Air Force Veteran Emily Ojeda; Army Veteran Arlene Nash; J. Kalavar, M.D., Chief of Staff, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; The Honorable Edward M. Emmett, Harris County Judge; and Rola El-Serag, M.D., Medical Director, Women’s Health Center Photo: Shawn James, Media Section.
HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center celebrated the opening of its new Women’s Health Center with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 29, 2010.
In advance of the celebration, the Women’s Clinic moved in mid-September into a new, completely renovated space located on the 1st floor, east side of the building near the Spinal Cord Injury Entrance. The new clinic boasts its own private entrance from outside the building, and additional health care providers and support staff.
The new clinic is 2,800 sq. ft. with seven exam rooms as well as a larger waiting room to accommodate women in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. This “One-Stop Shop” for women includes routine primary care, gynecological services, patient education, and preventive medicine.
The keynote speaker for the Ribbon Cutting was Betty Moseley Brown, Ed.D., Associate Director of VA Center for Women Veterans. Moseley Brown’s passion for Veterans began during her United States Marine Corps service from 1978 to 1992. Her VA career began at the San Diego Regional Office, where she was a Veterans Benefits Counselor and served as the Women Veterans Coordinator. She is a 2004 Leadership VA alumnus and 2009 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Women make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population.
“In Houston, about 11 percent of veterans treated at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are women, up from about 5 percent a couple of years ago,” said Pamela Swope, F.N.P., Women Veterans Program manager. “As a whole, the VA is really trying to address the needs of our women, so I think you will find more and more of these clinics being opened.”
For more information about programs and services available for women Veterans, contact Swope at 713-791-1414, ext. 5783 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.