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 →


Developing Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are things you do daily, frequently, or routinely that have a positive impact on your physical and mental well-being. Habits form over time from repeating the same routines and behaviors. Eventually, they become things you do by default or subconsciously without having to think them through.

Developing positive habits such as eating healthy and exercising helps protect you from chronic physical and mental problems. You'll feel and function better and get closer to achieving a better work-life balance.  

How Is a Habit Defined?

Habits often become automatic—they happen without much thought.

Often times, these are the defining characteristics of habit:

  • It's efficient
  • You're less aware that you're doing it
  • It's unintentional
  • It's less controllable

Creating Healthy Habits


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Sleep is not something you really think twice about until it becomes disrupted or difficult to achieve.  It’s estimated that 33% of adults do not get enough sleep. Sleep helps the brain and body to rest and reset.  Without it, fatigue begins to set in, causing decreased alertness and other negative outcomes. Patrick Stevens, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at CCMH, discusses sleep disorders, sleep apnea, sleep studies, and options for treatment.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) -- The 26th Annual Crawford County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Conference, sponsored by Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Denison High School in the Fine Arts Center. The conference begins at 8 am, with registration beginning at 7:30 am. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

For the first time in three years, the conference will be in person. There is no online option.

Dana Neemann, Nurse Director of Education for CCMH, said the EMS conference is designed to provide Emergency Services personnel with up‐to‐date life savings skills and information from outstanding instructors. Several vendors will also have products on display for purchase.

Cori Rayevich, CCMH Ambulance department manager, said the investment in the expertise of each First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and nurse is vital to providing the best emergency care poss...

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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.