Health for women

News 21's Kelly West & the VA hospital's Julie Liss Photo by: Sherri Williams
"They are the caretakers for others. And in a rural setting it becomes less of a priority.”
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Julie Liss
Affiliation: 
Spokane VA Hospital

Women veterans are the fastest growing demographic among the nation’s veterans and the VA hospitals are trying to keep up with the growth and the unique needs of females in the service.

Our Friday visit to the VA hospital in Spokane underscored that.

The hospital there is now serving 1,428 women veterans and they have one physician who specializes in women’s health and one nurse practitioner, said Julie Liss, a registered nurse and the women veterans’ program manager.

Male and female patients both have to wait a while to see doctors because there has been a shortage of physicians at the hospital, Liss said. And all veterans living in rural areas have hours to travel to get care at the VA in Spokane.

But the health of women veterans living in rural Washington may become less of a concern in their lives because of their location, Liss said.

“They are the caretakers for others. And in a rural setting it becomes less of a priority,” Liss said speaking of women veterans’ health. 

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