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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is March 7 – 14. The prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the United States has long been thought to be about 400,000 people, but recent research puts the number of Americans living with MS closer to 1 million.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can cause symptoms throughout the body. In MS, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that normally protects nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. As the myelin sheath is gradually destroyed, the resulting scar tissue (sclerosis) disrupts the electrical impulses between the brain and other parts of the body.

Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.

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Podcasts

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARESS - MICHAEL THORSTENSON, MD, GENERAL SURGEON

03/04/21

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Michael Thorstenson, MD, a General Surgeon at CCMH, discusses the signs and symptons, risk factors, and prevention of colorectal cancer as well as screening options for the disease including colonoscopy.

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News & Events

CCMH ADDS JULIE DEKKER-FLINT TO CRNA STAFF

(Denison, IA) – Julie Dekker Flint, MS, MBA, CRNA, (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), has been added to the medical staff at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH). CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities like CCMH to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals.

Erin Muck, CCMH CEO and President, said the hiring of Dekker Flint completes the CRNA team at the hospital.

“On behalf of the CCMH Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to have Julie on our staff. We have been working for the past couple of years to find the CRNAs that fit our needs, and Julie is a wonderful addition to help in the operating room,” Muck said.

Julie Dekker Flint, MS, MBA, CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and is nationally certified to provide all aspects ...

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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 two full-time family practice physicians: John Ingram, MD; and John A. Lothrop, III, MD. Dr. Lothrop also provides obstetrics services for patients. In addition, five 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 Trautman, DNP; and Lori Johannsen, PA-C. The CCMH Emergency Department is headed up by Craig Simons, DO. He is joined in the Emergency Department by Joshua Storey, DO, and Michael Luft, DO.

Our Specialty Staff

CCMH Medical Clinic provides 24-hour coverage for community-based services for pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and general surgery. Elizabeth Brandt, MD, a Board–certified pediatrician; Karl Hasik, MD, OB-GYN; David Wright, DO, general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, general surgeon, staff these services for CCMH. Anesthesia services are provided by Richard Hill, PhD, CRNA and Edward Cutler, CRNA.