Ilana Steinhauer, FNP, is a nurse practitioner and Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, or VIM, a free clinic for income qualified adults who are uninsured and underinsured.

Dr. Jeff Blake is a retired cardiologist who was recruited to treat VIM patients when the free clinic opened its doors 13 years ago. Dr. Blake just stepped down after serving on VIM’s Board of Trustees for many years but continues to volunteer as a clinician.

Both are inspiring caregivers dedicated to promoting wellness. We recently spoke about VIM’s mission and its unique contributions to the community.

Full disclosure…I’ve been a volunteer nutrition counselor and patient educator at VIM for about eight years and I’m happy to say I’m starting my seventh year as a member of its Board.


To learn more about Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, visit

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