Uninsured children and adults in Montgomery County will soon have access to expanded and improved healthcare services.
Plans for a free clinic were announced Thursday night during a League of Women Voters forum at Wabash College about health care in Montgomery County.
“This is a dream so many of us have had and have worked toward for many years and it’s finally moving closer to reality,” said Bill Doemel, president of the MCFreeClinic board of directors.
Efforts to provide health care to the uninsured in one Indiana county are receiving a boost. North Central Health Services of Lafayette has awarded a $900,000 grant to Montgomery County Free Clinic Inc. to convert an existing Crawfordsville building into a health care center. NCHS has also issued a challenge to the clinic’s board, which could push the total of the effort to $1.2 million.
North Central Health Services (NCHS) awarded a $900,000 matching grant to Montgomery County Free Clinic, Inc. (MCFreeClinic) to purchase and renovate an existing building in Crawfordsville to operate a free clinic to provide health care services for uninsured residents of the county.
In awarding the grant, NCHS of Lafayette challenged the MCFreeClinic Board to raise $300,000 which NCHS will match $3 for each $1, for a total of $1.2 million. A strategic fundraising plan is underway to create and endow the free clinic, which will be named in honor of Dr. Mary Ludwig, the Crawfordsville pediatrician who spearheaded creation of the Well Baby Clinic of Christian Nursing Service (CNS) in Crawfordsville in 1968. Financial gifts to the clinic may be made to the Dr. Mary Ludwig Building Fund in care of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, PO Box 334, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
At 7:00 PM in Baxter Hall 101, the Lovell Lecture Room, on Wabash College, the Montgomery County League of Women’s Voters will sponsor a Community Forum: Health Care in Montgomery County. Representatives from Franciscan St. Eleabeth Health will be here to talk about their role in Montgomery County. Panelists include:
- Terry Wilson, President/Regional Chief Executive Officer St. Elizabeth Health
- Jim Siemers, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer St. Elizabeth Health
- Tom Peck, Executive Director, St. Elizabeth Health, Crawfordsville.
MCFreeClinic will be giving an update on their work.