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(Denison, IA) – The Crawford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Association recently approved the appointment of new officers to their Board of Directors for two-year terms to 2020. Appointed as president was Larry Dreesen of the Vail Fire & Rescue while the vice-president is Terri Patrick of the Manilla Ambulance service. Also appointed to the Board as secretary is Marge Gordon from the Dow City/Arion Ambulance service.

The EMS Association representative to the Crawford County Fire Fighter Association is Terri Patrick from the Manilla Ambulance service. Bruce Musgrave, Ambulance director for Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) will continue to serve as liaison and advisor to the EMS Association.

The Crawford County EMS Association was founded in March 2015 with the first appointed officers. The EMS Association voting members are associated with a Crawford County volunteer department that serves at least at a first responder level. This includes the communities of Charter Oak, Deloit, Dow City/Arion, Kiron, Manilla, Schleswig, Vail, and Westside. The EMS Association also has non-voting membership affiliated with the Crawford County Ambulance Service, Crawford County Medical Director, Crawford County Emergency Manager, Crawford County Law Enforcement, Crawford County Public Health, Hospice & Home Health, and the Denison Fire Department. Input from guests within the community or surrounding allied services are also welcomed.

The Crawford County EMS Association offers the framework for enhancing the emergency care, procedures, and processes throughout the county by providing annual emergency medical skills verification for providers at all levels.

Additional projects for the EMS Association including celebrating EMS week, sponsoring an open house and EMS provider dinner, continuing education opportunities, and education and awareness programs in schools throughout Crawford County.

The EMS Association meets every other month, on the second Tuesday. To learn more about the Crawford County EMS Association, contact Bruce Musgrave at CCMH by phoning 712-265-2517 or emailing at

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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.