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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 →


April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Over 40 years ago, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. 

According to recent studies, the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020.  

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.

Based on evidence and professional evaluations of patients, it is acknowledged there is not one autism but many subtypes. People with autism learn, think and problem-solve differently. Cognitive and verbal abilities can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.


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Organ donation is an opportunity to share life with up to 30 different people. What is organ donation? What holds us back from becoming an organ donor? Madeline Knoff, Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa Donor Network, answers these questions and more. For more information about organ and tissue donation, and to find out how to become an organ donor, contact the Iowa Donor Network


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In all, Iowa’s Health Care Sector Provides More Than 340,000 Jobs Across State

(DES MOINES, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) generates 442 jobs that add $27,636,933 to the Crawford County economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  In addition, CCMH employees by themselves spend $4,786,478 on retail sales and contribute $287,189 in state sales tax revenue.

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

“As the population in rural Iowa continues to age, the economic impact of healthcare continues to grow,” Muck said. “Our continuing efforts to bring medical specialties and up-to-date technology closer to our patients means better accessibility, convenience and quality of care.”

Evan Blakley, Executive Dire...

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Our Medical Staff 1

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.