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(Denison, IA) – The annual Crawford County Breast Cancer Awareness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Yellow Smoke Park near Denison. Registration for the Walk begins at 8 a.m. and the Walk begins at 9 a.m. The registration fee for the Walk is $10 and includes a t-shirt, food and prizes. T-shirts can be purchased prior to the Walk at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Shirts can also be purchased the day of the walk.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is sponsored by local businesses and is organized by the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County (HFCC) in cooperation with the Check the Girls Foundation. Don Luensmann, executive director of the HFCC, and Tricia Roberts, the founder and president of the Check the Girls Foundation, noted the Walk is an excellent way to raise awareness for the disease and to bring together people who are committed to finding a cure.

“Hundreds of people from around Crawford County will buy and wear the shirts. It’s important we remember all of those who have suffered or died from breast cancer,” Luensmann said.

Roberts added, “We continue to raise money through the Walk to help with early detection and treatment of breast cancer until we can find a cure.”

Both Luensmann and Roberts said the money raised from the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is used to provide mammograms or other diagnostic tests for women who cannot afford them. Additional support for cancer patients and their families comes in the form of meals and gas cards.

“One of the toughest things to do as a cancer patient is to make sure your family is taken care of while you’re receiving treatment”, Roberts said. “By providing vouchers for prepared meals and gas cards to help cover the cost of driving to receive therapy, we’re able to ease the burden for these patients and their families a little.”

Luensmann commented. “We look forward to continuing to help women with their health care needs now and in the future.”

The Hospital Foundation of Crawford County was founded in 1993 and assists CCMH in its healing mission by helping to fund patient care equipment and programs. The Check the Girls Foundation was begun in 2010 to educate and inspire women of all ages to be proactive with their breast health.

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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.