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The Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires free clinic provides access to quality health care for income qualified, uninsured residents of the Berkshire region in a respectful and caring manner.
Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM Berkshires) is a free, not-for-profit healthcare clinic that serves eligible, uninsured, adults in the Berkshires, MA region. VIM clinical volunteers provide dental, medical, mental health, optometry, nutritional counselling, acupuncture and massage therapy. Patient clinical services are supported by administrative volunteers who volunteer in the front office, communications efforts, fundraising, interpretation, and all other administrative roles needed to run a free healthcare not-for-profit.
VIM Berkshires is volunteer staffed, with about 150 active clinical and administrative volunteers. They are supported by 7 full-time and 3 part-time paid staff. Since opening in December 2004, the clinic has seen approximately 2,500 patients and provided over 27,000 patient visits. We work closely with other area healthcare facilities to provide specialist referrals and ongoing care.
VIM provides a respectful and caring atmosphere for patients and volunteers alike; appointments are scheduled to offer adequate time so that providers and patients are not rushed. Everyone - patients, volunteers and staff - are treated with dignity and respect, towards a goal of building community based on teamwork and collaboration.