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DIAGNOSED INFLUENZA CASES IN CRAWFORD COUNTY SIMILAR TO STATE ACTIVITY

(Denison, IA) – With more than 115 diagnosed cases of influenza since January 1, Crawford County residents are advised to guard their health, according to the Infection Control department at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Heather Rasmussen, director, said the number of local flu cases mirror what is happening across the rest of the state of Iowa.

Rasmussen commented, “Eighty-one percent of patients with diagnosed flu cases at CCMH did not receive a flu shot. We should also keep in mind the number of flu cases could be much higher because patients don’t always see their primary care provider to receive a diagnosis.”

“It’s not too late to receive a flu shot”, said Rasmussen. “Those suffering from symptoms like fever, cough, fatigue and body aches are encouraged to see their family medicine provider for a diagnosis and potential treatment.”

Rasmussen said the best way for people to avoid the flu is to remember the 3 Cs – 1) cover your coughs and sneezes; 2) clean your hands; and 3) contain germs by staying home when ill, and especially for at least 24 hours after a fever stops.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported last week that influenza activity in Iowa is high and remains widespread. According to IDPH, there have been 25 influenza related deaths in Iowa since October 2, 2016. IDPH notes that all but one of the individuals who died had underlying conditions or contributing factors.

Those individuals still wishing to receive a flu shot are encouraged to contact the CCMH Medical Clinics at 712-265-2700 or 712-263-5071.

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Our Medical Staff

Attached to the hospital is the CCMH Medical Clinic – Main Campus, which is a provider-based rural health clinic. The Main Campus clinic currently has two board certified family medical physicians, John Ingram, MD and Todd Woollen, MD, and Dr. Elizabeth Brandt, a board –eligible pediatrician. In addition, three advanced practitioners, Kathy Berens-Brownmiller, PA-C; Julie Graeve, ARNP; and Jill Kierscht, ARNP, are available to ensure the best care for patients of all ages. Drs. Ingram and Woollen also provide diagnostic and obstetrics services for their patients.

The CCMH Medical Clinic – City Center is located at 115 North 14th Street in uptown Denison. The City Center clinic is staffed by two advanced practitioners, Erin Schechinger, DNP and MacKenzi Smith, PA-C. The City Center clinic also houses Jim Greenwood and Jill Wonder. Both are licensed mental health counselors who provide child, family and adult counseling services.

Our Specialty Staff

CCMH Medical Clinic – Main Campus provides 24-hour coverage for community-based services for orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery. A recent 6,000 square foot addition provides ample space to accommodate the needs of patients requiring these specialty services. Bradley Lister, MD, orthopaedic surgeon; Lori Johannsen, PA-C, orthopaedics; Douglas Bolda, MD, orthopaedic surgeon; Karl Hasik, MD, OB-GYN; Sarah Lundin, DO, OB-GYN; David Wright, DO, general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, general surgeon, staff these services for CCMH.