In Memory of Dr. Keith Baird

March 29, 2014

Community Loses Its Oracle

Memorial Celebration

Memorial to Celebrate the Life of Keith Baird to be held Saturday, April 5, at Detchon Center on the Wabash College campus – [Click here for map]. His obituary was published in the April 1 issue of the Journal Review – [Click Here].

Memorials Honoring Dr. Baird

The family suggests contributions be made to the Montgomery County Free Clinic. Dr. Baird was a long-time volunteer physician for the clinics operated by Christian Nursing Service and he was a driving motivational force behind the establishment of the new Montgomery County Free Clinic. You may make memorials securely on-line – Click HERE for MCCF On-Line Donation page then select either Ludwig, Dr. Mary Free Clinic Fund or Montgomery County Free Clinic Endowment Fund from the pull-down menu.

Remembering Dr. Baird

Dr. Keith Baird, former volunteer physician at Christian Nursing Service, family physician in Crawfordsville, Wabash College alumnus, emeritus member of the Montgomery County Free Clinic, Inc. Board, former Wabash College physician and graduate of Wabash College died this morning (3/29/2014). Dr. Baird truly made a difference.

In 2009, Dr. Baird talked about his service to Christian Nursing Service and the opportunity to start a clinic for the uninsured.  This is an edited clip of his comments. In the clip, Dr. Baird begins by talking about the possibility of a new clinic that incorporates CNS. He refers to St. Claire, the former name of Franciscan Alliance St. Elizabeth – Crawfordsville. Chris Amidon, then President of CNS, comments on his contributions. In the end, someone suggests that Dr. Baird be named oracle of MCFreeClinic and we hear Dr. Baird’s famous laugh. We will miss him. [Click here for Clip]

Obituary – Click HERE

Wabash Rememberances

Tom Runge – We Lost Keith Baird ‘56

Dr. Keith Baird ‘56 Shares Story of Apollo 13 

C’Ville and Wabash Shine Through the Free Clinic

Wabash College Magazine, Expertise Freely and Lovingly Given



Free Throws for Free Health Care

February 12, 2014

The men of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity at Wabash College, as part of their philanthropic work, organized a free throw competition which was held Friday, February 7 during the halftime of the Wabash College – Hiram College basketball game. They chose to donate all proceeds to two nonprofit organizations. Dean of Students, Michael Raters competed for Montgomery County Free Clinic, Inc. as his charity, while Visiting Instructor of Chemistry, Gregory Dallinger, competed for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The winner of the free throw competition (Dean Raters) received 60 percent of the $300 raised by TKE for his charity. The second-place finisher received the other 40 percent. 

Professor Gregory Dallanger with Dean of Student Michael RatersDean Rater’s makes the “Perfect Shot”

Suanne Milligan, Bill Doemel, Zach Haltom, Dr. Janet Rucker

Tau Kappa Epsilon President, Zach Haltom, presents Dean Rater’s “winnings” to Dr. Janet Rucker, President of Montgomery County Free Clinic, Inc. Suanne Milligan, Fundraising Chair and Bill Doemel, Executive Director celebrate the gift with Dr. Rucker. 

The men of TKE are Some Little Giants!

Paterson Dental Here

September 16, 2013

Billy Lewis, William and John from Patterson Dental are here at the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic today installing the equipment for the new dental clinic. We are close to the final steps in completing the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic. Click HERE for more pictures.

Humbling Insights from Steve Charles, a Dear Friend of the Clinic

August 2, 2013

Steve Charles, Wabash College Director of Publications, was a friendly face around the clinic through our four open houses this past weekend.  Steve photographed the great people that were on hand for the festivities.  Although, he did not just capture people’s smiles; he captured their stories.  Thursday night Steve released those heartfelt stories in an online article, featured on Wabash’s website.  The article is a humbling look at the development of the clinic and how so many great people since 1968, when the Christian Nursing Service was founded, have come together to make the dream of the Montgomery County Free Clinic a reality.  Please take a moment to read the truly inspirational and heart warming article by Steve Charles which can be found by following this link.

Open Houses Were a Huge Success

July 29, 2013

Thank you to all of the great people that came through during our open houses this past week.  We were glad to hear all of the well wishes and excitement towards our new clinic.  We are getting close to starting time, but first we must get our patients registered for care.  Patients can fill out an online application or show up to the clinic to fill out a paper copy on any of our registration days.  Registration dates and times can be found in both our contact as well as our eligibility and services pages.  Please refer to the same pages for information about our upcoming immunization days.  Starting on August 26th we will be opening our doors for our first day of seeing patients.  Please continue to spread the word to your friends and family members about the clinic, whether they are need of care or wish to support our mission.  Once again thank you to all of the great people that have made this dream, a reality for our community.


Volunteer with us!

July 24, 2013

The new volunteer application is online now and we welcome all persons interested in volunteering at the clinic to please sign-up today so we can start staffing the clinic for our registration and immunization days that start as early as August 6th!  Volunteer today to make a difference not only in our great community but in the lives and well being of our friends and neighbors.

We have plants, and lots of them, and a great crew from Master Gardeners to thank for them!

July 22, 2013

The great people from Master Gardeners were out today weeding, mulching and planting at the new clinic.  Through the rain these great people helped turn our weed ridden ground into a beautiful landscape.  The workers from Master Gardeners pictured appearing from left to right Susan Smith, Bob Smith, Kathy Smith and Donna Kelly.  Mel Kelly was also out today but is not pictured. Once again, much thanks to the great people from Master Gardeners!

Our Glass is Over Half Full!

July 22, 2013

That is right, no matter how you look at it, our glass is half full and continues to fill.  We only have 149K to go to meet our goal.  Everyone at the clinic is hard at work to prepare for our upcoming open house this weekend, July 28th from 1-4pm.  Please come out and continue to support the clinic as we prepare to open our doors for care.  If you are interested in donating please follow this link and as always thank you all for your continued support.

A Few Words From Dr. Mary Ludwig

July 21, 2013

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

My parents were born of Italian immigrants in small towns in New York State. They were married in 1925. I was born in 1926, my sister in 1929 and two other children in later years who both died in infancy. The depression had hit the area hard and they subsequently suffered a great deal for lack of jobs and the deaths of the two babies. My sister and I grew up aware of the hardships. She being three years younger did not understand them or realize why it happened. Little food, lack of medical care and no jobs available due to the depression, made me very aware of the hardships and pain that my parents underwent and those memories never left me. My parents’ deep faith in the goodness of God saw us through many difficult years together.

When the opportunity came to set up a free pediatric clinic in the Milligan Presbyterian church on Mill Street I was very excited and my husband and family were very supportive. The minister of the church, Reverend Charlotte Ho-Topp was very giving and pleased that her church would be used for this purpose. A group of eight women organized to form the Christian Nursing Service of which the free clinic was born. Volunteers were eager to help and the doors were open to the community in the fall of 1968. The community backed it, those in need used it, and volunteers kept the clinic alive and well.

A few years ago a few concerned citizens decided to raise the money to build a new clinic and make it a permanent gift to the community. The need for affordable medical care is stilt prevalent and a necessity for our most vulnerable families. In August 2013 the Dr. Mary Ludwig Montgomery County Free Clinic will open its doors and continue to serve this community. Financial support will always be needed to keep the clinic functioning. We pray that the community will continue its support of this endeavor.

Sincerely in Christ….Mary Ludwig

Please join us for the public open house at the Montgomery County Free Clinic on Sunday, July 28th from 1pm-4pm.  Come and support the clinic that Dr. Ludwig and many others have worked years to make a reality.

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.