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(Denison, IA) – According to Dexur, a nationwide healthcare data analytics company, Crawford County Memorial Hospital is the top ranked hospital in Iowa for Length of Stay (LOS) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) hospitalizations over the past three years.

Dexur analyzed Medicare claims data in Iowa from October 2015 to September 2018. Based on the data, the top ranked hospitals in Iowa for COPD hospitalizations for Length of Stay include Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Denison; Allen Hospital, Waterloo; Unity Point Health Trinity, Bettendorf; Trinity Muscatine, Muscatine; and, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, Cherokee.

Rankings were only done for hospitals which had more than 50 hospitalizations during the time frame noted. Hospital rankings are also adjusted for risk based on the diagnosis-related group (DRG) and related quality outcomes.

Length of Stay (LOS) is a critical factor in managing hospital quality and economic outcomes in healthcare. The metric is calculated by summing the total number of days for all discharges and dividing it by the total number of discharges. Insurance programs such as Medicare are moving to a model where compensation for hospitals is the same amount for a specific surgery (e.g. joint replacement) regardless of the number of days spent in the hospital. Therefore, hospitals and the overall healthcare ecosystem are motivated to reduce LOS.

ABOUT DEXUR: Dexur is a data-driven hospital and healthcare news, and research, service. Dexur ( uses large scale data sets such as medical claims data to show detailed healthcare insights about hospitals, physicians & diseases.

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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.