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Fargo VA Health Care System

 

Fargo VA focusing on women Veterans

Courtney

Courtney, a Pennsylvania native and Air Force Veteran, has benefited from many services from the Fargo VA in recent years.

By Tammy Linn, Fargo VA Volunteer
Friday, March 9, 2018

North Dakota and northwest Minnesota is home to approximately 7,000 women Veterans.

To meet the need of this fastest growing group within the Veteran population, the Fargo VA offers a full array of medical, mental health, and specialty care services for women.

Courtney, a Pennsylvania native and Air Force Veteran, has benefited from many services from the Fargo VA in recent years after being medically retired in 2015.

Courtney and her husband, Patrick, met in the Air Force. In 2015, they moved to Grand Forks, N.D., where Patrick found a job. Courtney contacted the Fargo VA and immediately enrolled in a vocational rehabilitation program. This program has helped her while she’s attending school full time in the field of database management. Once she completes her four-year degree, the VA’s vocational rehabilitation program will help her find employment.

After enrolling in the Fargo VA, Courtney met with her primary care provider, and was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Rondeau, OB/GYN physician, and his team regarding her health and infertility issues. Dr. Rondeau is also the Fargo VA’s Associate Chief of Staff for Primary Care and Specialty Medicine. Courtney was able to receive community care for infertility treatments and was thrilled when she became pregnant. However, the pregnancy was plagued with difficulties and challenges. She was sick for nine months and required frequent trips to the emergency room. In addition, Courtney had to use a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line to maintain hydration, and required coordination of care with Grand Forks CBOC (Community-Based Outpatient Clinic), Fargo VA Infusion Center, Fargo VA Pharmacy, and community partners.

“Dr. Rondeau and his team were amazing as they helped me through the infertility treatments and then coordinated my care through a tough pregnancy,” Courtney said.

Then in late November 2017, Courtney delivered Arabella, a beautiful girl, after 39 weeks of pregnancy, and both mom and baby are thriving.

“The VA has helped me so much,” she said. “They were there to help me transition into school and a new career, as well as through my infertility and pregnancy struggles. I can’t thank them enough for their support and kindness.”

Margaret Leas, the Fargo VA’s Women Veterans Program Manager, said, “It was a pleasure to help support Courtney. She is an incredible young woman who endured much, but was strong enough to overcome the many challenges.”

To learn more about the full range of medical, mental health, and specialty care services for women, visit www.fargo.va.gov/services/women, or call 701-239-3700 dial 9 then extension 3893.

Women Veterans who have questions about their VA health care eligibility can call (701) 239-3700 dial 9 then extension 3428. In addition, for enrolled women Veterans, a VA health care professional is available by phone at each VA Medical Center to answer questions and advise on health concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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