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 →


Psoriasis Awareness

Psoriasis Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that many people do not understand psoriasis, which makes it difficult for those with the condition to cope. Many people mistakenly think this condition is contagious when, in fact, it is not. Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic, autoimmune disorder that is passed down through genes.

Many common skin conditions, including psoriasis, can all be triggered and worsened by stress. And who isn’t stressed these days? Your skin mirrors on the outside what is happening inside. Mental stress causes your body to release chemicals that boost your inflammatory response. Scientists and physicians suspect this is what causes stress-induced psoriasis flare-ups.

In addition, psoriasis tends to worsen with weight gain, with the use of certain common medications, such as beta blockers used to control high blood pressure or heart rate, or lithium u...

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Erin Olson, OB Coordinator at CCMH, talks about the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and moms, how long babies should breastfeed, how to store breast milk for later consumption, and what to do if a mom is unable to breastfeed their baby. Erin also shares information on the Prenatal Class being held at CCMH on September 8.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – The Board of Trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Patrick Luft, MD, will begin his Family Medicine and OB practice at the CCMH Medical Clinic in August 2022. Dr. Luft is already serving CCMH as an Emergency department physician.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Patrick Luft to family practice and obstetrics at CCMH alongside his father, Dr. Michael Luft”, said Erin Muck, CCMH President and CEO. “We continue to build our medical staff to meet the increasing needs in our community and county.”

Dr. Luft noted, “I became a family doctor because of my dad. He’s someone who I’ve always admired and wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

Dr. Luft earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and completed his pre-med studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After obtaining his Master’s in Business Administra...

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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 four full-time family practice physicians: John Ingram, MD; John Lothrop, III, MD; Michael Luft, DO; and Alisha Mor, MD. Drs. Lothrop and Mor also provide obstetrics services for patients. In addition, six 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 Eck, DNP; Sarah Luft, ARNP, MSN; and Lori Johannsen, PA-C. The CCMH Emergency Department is staffed by John Lothrop, MD; Michael Luft, DO; Kyle Brown, MD; Stephen Israel, MD; and Patrick Luft, MD.

Our Specialty Staff

CCMH Medical Clinic provides 24-hour coverage for community-based services for pediatrics, obstetrics, and general surgery. These services are staffed by Elizabeth Ranniger, MD, a Board–certified pediatrician; John Lothrop, MD, a Board-eligible family medicine physician; Alisha Mor, MD, a Board-certified family medicine physician; and David Wright, DO, a Board-certified general surgeon. Anesthesia services are led by Edward Cutler, DNP, CRNA.