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CCMH Provides Growing Community Benefit -- $1.8 Million in Uncompensated Care and Health Care Services Given Annually

(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) provides $1,803,260 in community benefits to Denison and Crawford County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on 2018 figures, includes $1,437,682 in uncompensated care and $365,578 in free or discounted community benefits that CCMH specifically implemented to help Crawford County residents.

Community benefits are activities to improve health status and increase access to health care. With uncompensated care and charity care, community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutrition services and transportation programs.

The results for CCMH are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2018 valued at more than $945 million, including more than $253 million in charity care.

Erin Muck, CCMH CEO, said the hospitals and clinics are committed to provide care for all residents of Crawford County.

“Our mission at CCMH is to provide the highest quality healthcare and provide the best experience for all our patients in our community. We also strive to increase access to care and improve population health status and outcomes. The community benefits provided by CCMH help us meet our health care mission.”

The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of communities, counties and regions. Many of these programs and services would not exist without hospital support and leadership.

Uncompensated care and charity care also play roles in the community benefit for services provided by hospitals. Total uncompensated care at Iowa hospitals in 2018 was valued at $537 million. The survey also showed total Medicare and Medicaid losses (at cost) of $232 million.

The charity care and uncompensated care totals at CCMH also continue to grow. In the past year, charity care and uncompensated care grew by over $600,000.

Iowa hospitals, which employ more than 76,000 people, continue implementing strategies that increase value to their patients and communities by offering high-quality care, addressing the health needs of communities and employing process improvements that bend the cost curve. By seeking ways to raise quality, reduce waste and increase safety, Iowa hospitals have become value leaders, as shown in multiple studies, including those by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care and the Commonwealth Fund.

CCMH provides employment to 270 individuals with an annual payroll in excess of $17 million. The total economic impact of CCMH in Crawford County is more than $23 million.

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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 three family medical physicians, John Ingram, MD; Todd Woollen, MD, FAAFP; and John Lothrop, MD; and Dr. Elizabeth Brandt, a board –certified 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 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. The CCMH Emergency Department is headed up by Craig Simons, DO. Dr. Simons is the Medical Director of CCMH Emergency 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.