× To protect the health of the patients and families we serve, Crawford County Memorial Hospital is implementing visitor restrictions at all our inpatient and outpatient centers, effective immediately.   Read More→

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 →


Lung Cancer Prevention

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. More people die from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, after skin cancer.

Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but many cannot. For example, both smoking and inheriting certain genes are risk factors for some types of cancer, but only smoking can be avoided. Regular exercise and a healthy diet may be protective factors for some types of cancer.

Lung Cancer Prevention

The following are risk factors for lung cancer:

  • Cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoking. People who smoke have about 20 times the risk of lung cancer compared to those who do not smoke.
  • Secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from a burning cigarette or other tobacco product, or that is exhaled by smokers. People who inhale secon...

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Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. There is no formula that comes close to mimicking breastmilk; a mother’s milk is customized for her baby and contains every vitamin, mineral, and nutritional element that a baby needs! On today's podcast, we visit with Ashley Donscheski (CCMH Nurse Director of Obstetrical Services and Certified Lactation Counselor) about the importance of breastfeeding, the "formula vs. breastmilk" debate, and her advice for breastfeeding moms. 


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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – The Board of Trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has announced the hiring of Douglas Hollander, MSML, BBSN, RN as VP of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Hollander began his new duties on August 3, 2020.

 “Doug is a high-performing nursing executive who brings a hands-on leadership approach and proven experience within critical access hospitals,” said Erin Muck, President and CEO of CCMH. “The hospital and community will benefit from Doug’s strong communication skills and dedicated focus on delivering high-quality patient care.”

Prior to coming to CCMH, Hollander served as the Hospital Administrator for Integris Community Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of the team at CCMH,” Hollander noted. “I look forward to complementing the positive aspects of our current success and embracing whatever challenges the fut...

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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 two full-time family medical physicians: John Ingram, MD; and John Lothrop, MD. They are accompanied by Dr. Elizabeth Brandt, a board –certified pediatrician. In addition, two advanced practitioners, Julie Graeve, ARNP; and Jill Kierscht, ARNP, are available to ensure the best care for patients of all ages. Dr. Ingram also provides obstetrics services for 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; David Wright, DO, general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, general surgeon, staff these services for CCMH.