Marion VA Medical Center
The Marion Illinois VAMC is committed to providing top quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. We encourage LGBT Veterans and families to be aware of these rights as you seek care in the Marion Illinois VAMC
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC)
Serves as a point-person, source of information, Veteran advocate, and problem-solver for LGBT Veteran-related health care issues at the medical center and associated CBOCs. Marion VA LGBT VCC: Kristina Smith, (812) 474-3522
Relevant Policies and Services
VHA Directive 1019 Patient Non-Discrimination Policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (actual and perceived).
Marion Illinois VAMC Visitation Policy allows for a same-sex partner, family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their stay. Same-sex partners are recognized as the patient’s family, even if the partners are not legally married.
Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you become unable to make these decisions yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. Advanced Directive agents are chosen by the Veteran and do not need to be biologically related. Please inform staff if you desire to create an Advance Directive.
Documentation in Medical Records
The Marion Illinois VAMC maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation and sexual behavior, as it does with all other private health information. We encourage you to inform your Healthcare provider of your sexual orientation/gender identity so appropriate care can be provided.
Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record
Your name in the medical record will reflect your legal name. The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS, please let your health care provider know so they can obtain a copy for you.
We are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible. Your provider may not know what terms you prefer to use. Let providers know how you describe yourself and your partner(s), and they will start to use those words. If they make a mistake, let them know! Your provider wants to make you feel comfortable, and using words that you prefer is an important step.
In order to care and advocate for you and your LGBT loved one, it is critical that you are knowledgeable about your rights and/or your LGBT loved ones rights. Seek support from the VA Caregiver Support line at 1-855-260-3274 or www.caregiver.va.gov
Helpful Links for LGBT Veterans
LGBT Veteran Resources*
- VA Patient Care Services (LGBT Veteran Health Care Fact Sheet)
- American Veterans for Equal Rights
- Transgender American Veterans Association
- VA National Policy on Transgender Care (VHA Directive 2013-003, revised 1/19/17)
- National Center for Transgender Equality (ID Documents Center for name/gender changes)
LGBT Health Resources*
- Human Rights Campaign Health Equality Index (HEI)
- Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
- The Fenway Institute – The National LGBT Health Education Center
- CDC LGBT Health Page
- 10 Things Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons Should discuss with Their Healthcare Provider
- Ten Things Transgender Persons Should discuss with Their Healthcare Care Provider
* Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked Websites. The link will open in a new window.
- Main Campus-CBOCs
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm