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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner -- frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at the neighbor's, or chocolates in your stocking. All these extras add up, and if you're like most Americans, you'll put on a pound or two by New Year's Day. The old saying, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”, is a self-fulfilling prophesy. According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity.

Here are a few tips to keep the holiday pounds off this year:

  • Never arrive hungry at a party. Have a nutritious snack beforehand. Drink water to fill up your stomach and silence your appetite before filling your plate.
  • Keep your attention on something other than food. Many people ...

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Stress around the holidays can increase whether it's at home or at the office. Terry Welker, Executive Director of Human Resources at CCMH, discusses the resources available to help manage emotions and stress at the office through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Welker also notes there are professionals available to help with those same emotions when it comes to dealing with the holidays at home.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently conducted an ambulance inspection at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH).  According to IDPH, CCMH passed the inspection without any deficiencies noted in the report.

A significant number of items are included in an ambulance department inspection.

Cori Rayevich, Paramedic Coordinator, said the preparation work in anticipation of an inspection is very comprehensive. 

“Everything you can possibly imagine is a part of the inspection. Not only does that include items you would normally think of, like up-to-date certifications for all emergency personnel, it also means providing the maintenance logs for all of our vehicles (we received a compliment that our ‘ambulances were the cleanest they’ve seen’), and reports on any personnel changes.”

Rayevich also noted the inspection focuses on submission of patient care reports an...

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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.