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 →


September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have – in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else – triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. While most sepsis is caused by bacterial infections, it can be a complication of other infections, including viral infections. Even though sepsis is a complication of an infection that can be contagious, sepsis is not itself contagious.

Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection, can lead to sepsis. In a typical year:

  • Almost 2 million adults in America develop sepsis.
  • Just under 400,000 adults who develop sepsis die during their hospitalization or are discharged to hospice.
  • About one-third of those who die in a hospital had sepsis during that hospitalization
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September is a month to recognize the value of Information Technology (IT) in our everyday lives. For example, computers and technology play a huge role in healthcare. Justin Mumm, Network Administrator for CCMH, discusses how technology is used in hospitals and healthcare settings, and why information technology is important to patient care.

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In all, Iowa’s hospitals provided 145,252 jobs statewide

(Denison, IA) –– Last year, Crawford County Memorial Hospital generated 550 jobs, both direct and indirect, that added $67 million to the Crawford County economy. That’s according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. This figure represents just over 9% of the entire gross domestic product for the entire county.

Of the $67 million economic impact, over $38 million dollars in direct and indirect wages were paid which represents more than 12.5% of all wages paid in Crawford County. At the same time, those 550 jobs, both direct and indirect, made up almost 8.5% of all jobs in the county.

Erin Muck, President and CEO of CCMH, noted the dollars generated by the health care industry provides a firm foundation for further economic growth in the county.

“What we do here is vital to our community and county. CCMH...

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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 Patrick Luft, MD. Drs. Lothrop and P. Luft 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; 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; Eric Simons, MD, FACOG, Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology; and David Wright, DO, a Board-certified general surgeon. Anesthesia services are led by Edward Cutler, CRNA, DNP, APRN.