By Erin Muck, President and CEO of CCMH
As we near the end of 2020, COVID-19 continues to warrant much of our attention as test positivity rates rise, and local and regional hospital activity continues to escalate. We have and continue to be able to manage the care of our patients in a way that has helped to keep our hospital and clinic from being totally overwhelmed. The next two months will be a challenge; hospitals are already at or near capacity, and upcoming holiday gatherings will likely result in more COVID-19 cases to strain an already stressed workforce. Many hospitals and care facilities are facing staffing shortages due to COVID positive employees. This has limited the amount of staffed beds. Even with the predictions of a vaccine,
we look to our community to help us by wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, covering coughs, getting a flu shot, and staying home when sick.
The first fou...
FLU IMMUNIZATION - HEATHER RASMUSSEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CARE INTEGRATION
The first week in December is traditionally Flu Immunization Week. With the advent of the COVID-19 virus in 2020, it is more important than ever to receive a flu shot this year. Heather Rasmussen, Executive Director of Care Integration, discusses the need to receive a flu shot and how it can help keep you healthy this winter.
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24TH ANNUAL CRAWFORD COUNTY EMS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY
(Denison, IA) -- The 24th Annual Crawford County EMS Conference, sponsored by Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), is being held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic rules regarding crowds and social distancing. This year’s conference will begin with the first session on January 7, 2021 and conclude with the final presentation on March 18, 2021. Each of the seven presentations last one hour and begin at 6:30 pm on the scheduled date. There is no cost to attend any of the virtual sessions, but pre-registration is required.
Jason Franklin, Director of Emergency Services for CCMH, said the EMS conference is designed to provide Emergency Services personnel with up‐to‐date life savings skills and information from outstanding instructors. While providing the EMS conference virtually presents unique challenges, Franklin says the change is worth it to provide training safely to the greatest number of volunteers.
Bruce Musgrave, CCMH Ambulance de...
Our Medical Staff
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.