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We Care About Women's Health

Crawford County Memorial Hospital believes all women deserve high quality and comprehensive care. From annual exams and prenatal care to managing the symptoms of menopause, we are proud to offer personalized care for women in all stages of life. View Women's Health Services →


Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month. Many companies around the Iowa and the United States are encouraging workplace wellness. CCMH is implementing its own health conscious program for its employees this month.

Any employer can use this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of a good diet and regular exercise. Better health habits lead to happier and more productive people.

One of the reasons employers have an interest in employee health is to reduce the incidence of serious disease and physical ailments. Regular exercise helps prevent issues like type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Exercise keeps weight in check and prevents and helps treat obesity. It also helps slow down the body’s aging process, which can help reduce the chance of disability by improving strength and agility.

Staying active also improves mental and cognitive health – which leads to bette...

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May 6 - 12 is recognized as National Nurses Week, an opportunity to celebrate the service of nurses to their patients and community. CCMH joins in this celebration for its entire nursing staff. Douglas Hollander, VP of Clinical Services, discusses topics surrounding the nursing profession today, and how more people, men and women included, can join the nursing profession. Happy National Nurses Week!

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – The Board of Trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) is pleased to announce that Eric W. Simons, MD, FACOG, Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has begun his OB-GYN practice at the CCMH Medical Clinic.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Simons join our medical staff,” said Erin Muck, CCMH President and CEO. “He will bring a significant amount of experience and expertise to the care of women and their babies.”

Dr. Simons most recently was an employed OB-GYN specialist with Stilwell Memorial Hospital in Stilwell, OK. Patients can call the CCMH Medical Clinic at (712) 265-2700 to schedule appointments with Dr. Simons.

Dr. Simons earned his undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and  achieved his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He completed his internship at Health East Affiliated Hospitals in Allentown, PA, and his OB-GYN re...

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Our Medical Staff 1

Attached to the hospital is the CCMH Medical Clinic which is a provider-based rural health clinic (RHC). The CCMH Medical Clinic currently has two full-time family practice physicians: John Ingram, MD; and John A. Lothrop, III, MD. Dr. Lothrop also provides obstetrics services for patients. In addition, five advanced practitioners are available to ensure the best care for patients of all ages: Julie Graeve, ARNP, MS; Jill Kierscht, ARNP, MSN; Erin Schechinger, DNP; Leah Trautman, DNP; and Lori Johannsen, PA-C. The CCMH Emergency Department is headed up by Craig Simons, DO. He is joined in the Emergency Department by Joshua Storey, DO, and Michael Luft, DO.

Our Specialty Staff

CCMH Medical Clinic provides 24-hour coverage for community-based services for pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and general surgery. Elizabeth Brandt, MD, a Board–certified pediatrician; Karl Hasik, MD, OB-GYN; David Wright, DO, general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, general surgeon, staff these services for CCMH. Anesthesia services are provided by Richard Hill, PhD, CRNA and Edward Cutler, CRNA.