Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, Inc., (VIM) the free health care clinic in Great Barrington, today announced the appointment of Ilana Steinhauer, FNP, as its new Executive Director. Steinhauer, previously the Director of Medical Services, joined the organization in January, 2014 as its Clinical Care Coordinator. She had served at VIM as an intern in 2006-7, which led her to pursue a career in medicine.
“In the short time that Ilana has been with VIM, she has already had a lasting impact, launching several new programs and services and leading an amazing corps of volunteer clinicians,” said Arthur Peisner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Her intelligence, energy, enthusiasm and dedication to her patients, along with outstanding clinical and management skills, ensure her success in this new role.”
“VIM is a vital resource for our patients and the work we are doing is incredibly rewarding. I am looking forward to this new challenge,” said Steinhauer.
For the past decade, VIM operated without an Executive Director. A strong management team and a very active volunteer Board have kept the organization on track.
“A 60% increase in patient visits, the addition of new prevention programs and the expansion of our clinic space over the last few years has made clear the need for full time leadership,” Peisner said. “Ilana is the right person at the right time.”
Steinhauer earned a BA (cum laude) from Wesleyan University and her RN and MSN degrees and Nurse Practitioner Certification from Simmons College in Boston. She and her husband live in Sheffield with their twin boys.
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Volunteers In Medicine Berkshires, Inc. provides access to comprehensive free health care services for income-qualified, uninsured and underinsured adults at its clinic in Great Barrington. Since its opening in 2004, the clinic has served more than 2500 patients in over 35,000 individual visits with medical, dental, mental health, optometry, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and therapeutic massage services. More than 150 volunteers, supported by a small paid staff, provide these services under one roof. The organization is privately funded by generous donations from businesses, foundations and individuals and receives no state or federal funding or insurance reimbursement.