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From the President
Dr. Laura Knudson
 December 2021

Happy New Year!

Today the sky is slate grey with blustery winds that make my nose tingly when I go outside. All that’s missing is snow… fingers crossed.

As we usher out 2021 and welcome 2022, MOCMS has some transitions of its own. Sadly, some of those transitions were the passing of revered community physicians. Please read more about the remarkable lives and careers of Dr Ruff, Dr. Habbe and Dr. Creek in the December newsletter. MOCMS appreciates their service and contributions to our community.

We also will have some changes in our leadership, including the presidency. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as MOCMS President these past few years. We couldn’t have predicted how these years would have gone, but I’m proud of our community’s resilience and caring. Each of us has been stretched in new and challenging ways, and though we have encountered hurdles and losses, I feel we have tried our best to support each other.

Two people who have supported me immensely are our MOCMS director Susan Richardson and co-director Kim Rudolph. We all started our new roles with MOCMS together, and I have felt so fortunate to work with such caring, knowledgeable, connected, thoughtful and driven individuals. They have been inordinately patient, incredibly kind and supportive, and wonderfully insightful and wise during our tenure together. I feel honored to have worked with them and lucky to count them as friends. Thank you, Susan and Kim.

I’d also like to thank your incoming MOCMS president, Dr. Christal Greene. Dr. Greene has cheerfully stepped up to the plate and I know she will be an excellent president for the next term. Dr. Greene has not only started the MOCMS book club but has led it for over 2 years with wisdom, curiosity and kindness– three attributes that I know will serve MOCMS well. Dr. Greene was raised in a small rural town near Atlanta, GA and completed her undergraduate work at Mercer University in Macon, GA, obtained her medical degree at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. She enjoys helping patients get through tough surgeries and the useful skills that she has developed in her job. When she’s outside of the hospital, Dr. Greene enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading voraciously, and exploring creation stewardship, working to treat her body and planet the way she feels called as a follower of Jesus. She’s adapting to our colder climates by enjoying cinnamon spice hot tea. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Greene over the years and I know you will, too.

And I’d like to thank you, the MOCMS members, for your service to our community and each other. Despite a pandemic and multiple other challenges, you have come to work every day and shown up for yourselves and your families, friends and colleagues. Throughout this time, MOCMS has continued to work to support our local physicians with social events (even over Zoom at times), educational and leadership programming, policy development and networking. We had a wonderful Fall Meeting in October, involving an informational update of the new IU Health Hospital and tour of the Regional Academic Health Center, and we look forward to many more in person gatherings, including the traditional Spring Baseball outing!

I look forward to seeing you around Bloomington and at more MOCMS events in 2022.

Thank you for everything. Let’s keep in touch.


Laura B. Knudson, MD
Monroe Owen County Medical Society

The Monroe Owen County Medical Society is dedicated to the provision of quality health care in our community.

The efforts of the society shall be directed toward: general supervision of the affairs of the medical profession of the county; improvement in the scientific and professional ability of each physician within its jurisdiction; dissemination of the attitudes and recommendations of the society on technical matters pertaining to the medical aspects of community life;  improvement in the general esteem and prestige which the medical profession possesses in the community; and the inclusion within the membership of the society of all physicians living in the county who are eligible for membership.