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 →


Safe Handling of Chemicals

It’s always safety first when handling and using chemicals.

Accidental chemical exposure can result in death, so taking the necessary safety precautions when handling chemicals is a must. If you work with hazardous substances, be sure to adhere to all safety measures to help reduce the risk of an incident. This is especially true for any lawn care chemicals like pesticides or herbicides.

The documentation on using any chemical is an important consideration.

Be sure to keep up-to-date information on any chemicals being used in the workplace. These are called SDS or Safety Data Sheets. The SDS should include the amounts of chemicals being used and the risks associated with each chemical. If it’s at work,  a thorough risk assessment should be produced for each chemical. Once complete, it is imperative that this information is distributed to all those who require it as part of their training in regard...

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This week is CRNA Week - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Ed Cutler, CRNA, Director of Anesthesia Services, discusses what CRNAs do, the training required to become a CRNA, and how CRNAs can help manage chronic pain conditions.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) –Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has been notified John Lothrop III, MD has passed the certifying examination and is now Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Lothrop joined the CCMH medical staff in October 2016.

Family Medicine Certification (FMC) serves to ensure patients and the public a physician is highly skilled and effective at improving their health by having met the specific residency training requirements and continuing to maintain high professional standards. Established by family physicians, FMC is a voluntary specialty credential beyond state licensure that demonstrates an ongoing proficiency in the competencies required of a family physician.

Patients and their families benefit from Board Certified physicians through:

  • Improved quality of care for patients through participation in the Family Medicine Certification process,
  • Recognition by p...

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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; Stephen Israel, 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; John Lothrop, MD, a Board-eligible family medicine physician; and David Wright, DO, a Board-certified general surgeon. Anesthesia services are led by Edward Cutler, CRNA, DNP, APRN.