Community Foundation Awards Clinic $45,000 to Hire a Nurse Practitioner

June 28, 2013

This past Thursday, June 27th, the Montgomery County Community Foundation awarded the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic $45,000 to fund the hiring of a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse (APN).  The award was given at the Community Foundation’s grant presentations at the Vanity Theater.  At the presentation over 25 other agencies were recognized for their work in the community.  The ability to now hire an APN will give the clinic the ability to have a continuity of care with patients so that even if they are seeing a different volunteer doctor at each visit they will still have a friendly face in the newly hired nurse practitioner, Doris Bleah.  Assisting Doris Bleah will be Michele Thompson, a local nurse, who will be in charge of scheduling volunteer nurses as well as the day to day running of the clinic.  We would like to thank the Community Foundation for all of their support and ask you to help out by following this link and making any contribution that you can to enable us to make our great community a healthier place to live.


We’re Halfway There, Only $163K to go!

June 28, 2013

With the help of generous donations from all around the community we are pleased to announce that with pledges we are up to $187K and only $163K to go.  Help us reach our goal and keep Montgomery County Healthy.  If you would like to contribute please click here, and don’t forget to attend our open house on July 28th from 1-4pm.



Montgomery County Free Clinic Board Meets for Annual Meeting

June 25, 2013

The annual meeting of the Montgomery County Free Clinic was held on June 18th at the new Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic.  The Free Clinic is located at 816 Mill Street in Crawfordsville.  The Board had the opportunity to tour the new facility which has been under construction for several months.  The clinic includes several examination rooms for medical and dental patients, offices for volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners and dentists, administrative offices and a large public meeting space.  It is anticipated that construction will be completed in July, and that the Free Clinic will begin to see patients sometime in August. 

The Board elected Dr. Janet Rucker President, Candy Royer Vice-President, Chris Amidon Secretary, Keith Mason Treasurer, Dr. John Roberts Chief Medical Officer and Bill Doemel Executive Director.  Other board members include Dr. Mark Truax, Gary Lewis, Gil Tobias, Nancy Sennett, Ann Malott, Morris Mills, Harry Siamas, Chris Amidon, Rebecca Lang, and Suanne Milligan.

The Free Clinic will offer free primary care health and dental services to Montgomery County residents whose household income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  In addition, patients must not be eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or be covered by private health insurance.  The Free Clinic will continue the good work of the Christian Nursing Service that has provided free health care to Montgomery County residents since 1968.  The Free Clinic will also house the Meals on Wheels Program and will be the new immunization center for Montgomery County.

The Free Clinic will be staffed by an employed nurse practitioner as well as volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals.  In addition, volunteers from the community will fill many administrative and other positions.  Paul Pfledderer is the volunteer coordinator for the clinic.  Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Mr. Pfledderer at or call 362-4992 (leave a short message).  

An open house for the community to tour the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic is planned for Sunday July 28, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m.  We encourage you to connect with us on facebook by “liking” our page to stay up to date on our latest achievements and news as well as to view upcoming events for the clinic. 

The Clinic is going GREEN this summer, help us fight off the RED

June 19, 2013

Less than two months until the open house and we are wearing away the RED.  We have reached $88, 000 to date and there is only $206K to go.  If you wish to help us fight the good fight then click on this link to provide a better and healthier future for families in our great community.

Bake it or Buy it to Support the Clinic, 10 AM on Friday, 6/14, in front of Milligan’s Floral Shop

June 11, 2013


This Friday, 6/14, the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church will be holding a bake sale in front of Milligan’s Floral Shop starting at 10 AM.  All of the proceeds from the bake sale will go towards the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic.  So, whether you are in the mood to bake, buy, or both, come out and enjoy some good food for a good cause.

Items needed and to be sold include Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Brownies, Cupcakes, and Breads.  No milk or cream cheese based items (they usually melt!), and be sure to label any baked goods that contain nuts or peanut butter.  Baked goods can be dropped off either Thursday, 6/13, at Wabash Avenue Presbyterian or brought to Milligan’s on the morning of Friday, June 14th. 

We hope to see you there, but if you cannot attend but still wish to help out a great cause please click on this link to see how you can contribute.