Whom do we serve?
About 5,000 adults (ages 19-64) in Montgomery County lack insurance and as a result do not receive proper medical care. Individuals making less than 300% of the federal poverty income guidelines are not eligible for Medicaid. Most of these residents are employed; however, unless their employer provides insurance, medical insurance is prohibitively expensive. The clinic will not serve those who are covered by Medicaid.
New patients will be interviewed to determine:
- if they are residents of Montgomery County and;
- if they are not eligible for Medicaid and;
- if their income is less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Where is the clinic located?
We have completed a complete overhaul of the former MainSource Financial Group Branch Bank located on 816 South Mill Street at the northeast corner of Mill St. and Elmore St. The clinic is just a few houses south of the Milligan Memorial Church, site of the former CNS Well Baby and Adult Clinics. We expanded the building from 3,796 square feet to 5,631 square feet.
What services are offered?
As uninsured patients experience the “culture of caring” that our clinic offers. We anticipate that more of these patients will come to our clinic rather than to the hospital emergency room. Those uninsured who do enter the hospital will now have a medical home to provide follow-up care when they leave the hospital. For the uninsured, dental care is a luxury. We have a dental facility that enables volunteer dentists to provide examinations and prophylaxis to children and adults. We also plan to provide restorations and periodontal care, which will help to improve patients’ overall health. When combined with dental education, this should reduce the incidence of tooth loss. We also offer simple oral surgery when necessary.
We encourage our patients to contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 765.364.6440 for immunizations, or the local pharmacies. As of March 2020, the Montgomery County Health Department administers immunizations to children who are uninsured, underinsured, or who have forms of Medicaid insurance. They are located at 110 West South Boulevard, Crawfordsville, IN, 47933. Their telephone number is 765.364.6440. Website: https://www.montgomerycounty.in.gov/department/?fDD=8-0
This facility is a place where individuals can seek help in addressing chronic problems. Health education is an important part of this facility. We have a multi-purpose space where health professionals, community members and patients can gather for workshops and other health activities. Please review a list of Clinic services here.
Who operates the clinic?
We have established a collaborative effort between physicians, nurses, dentists, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, the Montgomery County Health Department, the Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, and other organizations within the community. We have a strong relationship with the national organization, Volunteers in Medicine, and are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We employ a nurse practitioner and a Spanish interpreter. All of the physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals are volunteers. Meals on Wheels & Faith Alliance services are also administered from this facility.
How did you pay for the new building?
We raised $300,000 from friends and residents of Montgomery County. This enabled us to obtain $900,000 from North Central Health Services of Lafayette (NCHS). The resulting $1.2 million has been used to purchase and transform the MainSource Financial Group Bank at 816 South Mill St. to the Dr. Mary Ludwig Clinic. We need to raise about $175,000 each year for operation of the facility. We also are seeking $1 million dollars for the Montgomery County Free Clinic Endowment Fund, to support responsibly the ongoing costs of the facility.
How much is needed per year for operations?
We need to raise about $175,000 each year for operation of the facility.
Where do we hold our endowment?
This fund was established to endow the ongoing operations of the Montgomery County Free Clinic. Our goal is to reach $1,000,000 for endowment. At a yield of 4%, this endowment once achieved would provide the clinic with $40,000 per year operating funds. We are pleased that this is now a regular fund at MCCF.