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(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that it has successfully completed the categorization and verification process as a Community (Level IV) Trauma Care Facility in Iowa. IDPH notes the verification as a Level IV Trauma Care Facility will be valid for CCMH for three years until 2020.

According to the American College of Surgeons, a Level IV Trauma Center has demonstrated an ability to provide advanced trauma life support (ATLS) prior to transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center. It provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients.

“Achieving categorization and verification as a Level IV Trauma Care Facility is an expectation in providing quality care to patients”, said Bill Bruce, CCMH President and CEO. “Our Emergency and Ambulance departments are to be commended for their work in this accomplishment.”

As a part of their report summary, IDPH offered these comments, among others, about CCMH:

• “Dr. (David) Wright’s involvement as EMS Medical Director and Trauma Medical director provides great oversight and ties together pre-hospital and hospital care.”

• “Hospital-based ER physicians show a commitment to high quality care.”

• “Full time general surgery and orthopedic coverage is wonderful for the community.”

• “Updated facility with 2 trauma bays provides proper emergency readiness for the community.”

• “EMS education and hospital education is robust.”

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Our Medical Staff

Attached to the hospital is the CCMH Medical Clinic – Main Campus, which is a provider-based rural health clinic. The Main Campus clinic currently has three family medical physicians, John Ingram, MD; Todd Woollen, MD, FAAFP; and John Lothrop, MD; and Dr. Elizabeth Brandt, a board –certified pediatrician. In addition, three advanced practitioners, Kathy Berens-Brownmiller, PA-C; Julie Graeve, ARNP; and Jill Kierscht, ARNP, are available to ensure the best care for patients of all ages. Drs. Ingram and Woollen also provide obstetrics services for their patients.

The CCMH Medical Clinic – City Center is located at 115 North 14th Street in uptown Denison. The City Center clinic is staffed by two advanced practitioners, Erin Schechinger, DNP and MacKenzi Smith, PA-C. The City Center clinic also houses Jim Greenwood and Jill Wonder. Both are licensed mental health counselors who provide child, family and adult counseling services. The CCMH Emergency Department is headed up by Craig Simons, DO. Dr. Simons is the Medical Director of CCMH Emergency Services.

Our Specialty Staff

CCMH Medical Clinic – Main Campus provides 24-hour coverage for community-based services for orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery. A recent 6,000 square foot addition provides ample space to accommodate the needs of patients requiring these specialty services. Bradley Lister, MD, orthopaedic surgeon; Lori Johannsen, PA-C, orthopaedics; Douglas Bolda, MD, orthopaedic surgeon; Karl Hasik, MD, OB-GYN; Sarah Lundin, DO, OB-GYN; David Wright, DO, general surgeon; and Michael Thorstenson, MD, general surgeon, staff these services for CCMH.