Groundbreaking for New Women Veterans' Health Clinic - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Groundbreaking for New Women Veterans' Health Clinic

Photo of the groundbreaking event

From left to right: Joan Bateman-Smith (Health Technician), Yolanda Tangui (Health Technician), Dr Michael Mayo-Smith (VISN 1 Network Director), Beth Grady (Women Veterans' Program Manager), Pilar Capili (Women's Health Nurse), Diane Taylor (Program Clerk), Vincent Ng (PVAMC Director), Bill Burney (Associate Director, PVAMC), Dr. Dawna Blake (Women's Health Medical Director), and Richard Pointon (PVAMC architect)

By Photo by Kim DiDonato-Ferro, Public Affairs Specialist
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This past week, the Providence VA Medical Center conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Women Veterans' Health Clinic.  This new, free-standing clinic will be a considerable upgrade from the existing Clinic in the Primary Care Special Populations area.  At 2,200 square feet, the new Clinic will feature three examination rooms, a GYN procedure room, and a multi-purpose room—all with state-of-the-art equipment.  “The new Clinic will allow for more personalized health care in a more private, yet relaxed setting to meet the healthcare needs of our women Veterans,” says Beth Grady, Women Veterans Program Manager at the Providence VAMC.   “It will be a place for women Veterans to receive comprehensive primary care by our dedicated team of professionals.”  All clinicians in the Women Veterans' Health Clinic are designated women’s health providers with specific training in women’s health.  Providence VAMC also recently hired a part-time gynecologist to reduce the need to travel to the VA Boston Health Care System to receive gynecological care.

“In order to meet the growing needs of our women Veteran population, we continue to explore ways to further enhance care to inculde some specialty care and mental health services,” adds Beth Grady.  "Our Veterans deserve the very best care, and this new Clinic is just one more example of our Medical Center's commitment to providing patient-centered care to the women who have proudly served our nation."  

The new Women’s Veterans Health Clinic is tentatively scheduled to open Spring 2013.

For more information about the new Clinic or the Women Veterans Program, please contact Beth Grady at (401) 273-7100, ext. 6191, or visit  


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