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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 →


Thyroid Awareness Month

An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. In addition:

  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
  • The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Most people have heard about the thyroid gland but may not have been taught about the huge importance this gland plays in our bodies. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that is located at the base of the neck. This gland influences the function of our most essential organs in the body: brain, liver, heart, kidneys and skin.

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Glaucoma Awareness Month - Jon Hoaglund, O.D.


Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. Jon Hoaglund, Doctor of Optometry with Vision Care Clinic in Denison, discusses the syptoms of glaucoma, how to diagnose glaucoma, and treatment options for the disease.


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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has announced a Freedom From Smoking Quit Program which will commence on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 7 pm at the hospital. Patrick Stevens, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at CCMH, will lead the American Lung Association program. The cost of the 7-week, 8-session program is $25.00. Class size is limited. For more information or to register to attend, call 712-265-2501.

Stevens says the Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program has been used effectively around the United State for many years to assist people with breaking the habit of smoking, using any sort of tobacco products, and vaping. Each session will last about 1.5 to 2 hours. The FFS sessions will focus on the psychological, physical, and addictive aspect of tobacco use and vaping. Sessions will also discuss methods to stop smoking, the use of over-the-counter medications like nicotine gum and patches, and, if necessary, prescription medications.


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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 Alisha Mor, MD. Drs. Lothrop and Mor 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/gynecology, and general surgery. These services are staffed by Elizabeth Ranniger, MD, a Board–certified pediatrician; Eric Simons, MD, FACOG, Board -certified OB-GYN; David Wright, DO, Board-certified general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, Board-certified general surgeon. Anesthesia services are led by Edward Cutler, DNP, CRNA. He is joined in the Anesthesia department by Julie Dekker-Flint, MS, MBA, CRNA.