WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — The VA Medical Center in White River Junction has further increased mental health services available to local veterans by welcoming a new physician, Dr. Geraldine McWilliams.

McWilliams is a geriatric psychiatrist who will care for aging veterans with mental health needs unique to an older population.

McWilliams earned her medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., and went on to complete her residency in psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon, where she also completed an additional fellowship year for specialization in geriatric psychiatry.

“I am excited to contribute to the growing team of providers for older veterans at the White River Junction VA and Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington,” said McWilliams. “I am here to help veterans with the various psychiatric aspects of aging including age-related cognitive impairment as well as mood and anxiety disorders in older age.”

“We have an extremely well-rounded and robust team of mental health providers,” said Dr. Brett Rusch, executive medical director of the facility. “Dr. McWilliams’ expertise enables us to enhance our capabilities by serving the specific needs of the aging veteran population in our region. With only about 1,600 geriatric psychiatrists in the country, we are extremely pleased that Dr. McWilliams has chosen our VA and our veterans.”

McWilliams is currently accepting veteran patients. Please call (802) 295-9363 x6132 to schedule an appointment or speak with your primary care provider.

In addition, the VA is holding a community town hall on Monday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the White River Junction Medical Center. Veterans, those enrolled or not enrolled, families of veterans, stakeholders, and the public are all invited to attend. This will be an open forum offering the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback, ideas or suggestions with VA leadership. The event is free. Signup or pre-registration is not required. Parking is available on site. For more information call (802) 295-9363 and ask for extension 5890.

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