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(Denison, IA) – The Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Board of Trustees has announced Bill Bruce, President and CEO, has decided to retire effective December 31, 2019. Bruce has served in his current role since April 2012. The CCMH Board has asked Bruce to assist them during the search for a new President and CEO, and to coordinate the transition to new leadership.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are truly grateful for the commitment and dedication Bill has shown in leading CCMH over the past seven years”, said Tom Gustafson, Chairman of the CCMH Board of Trustees. “We look forward to Bill remaining with us through the end of the year to support our recruitment, selection and transition to a new CEO.”

Gustafson noted during Bruce’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer, he played a critical role in helping CCMH to add new providers for obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, general surgery, family medicine, family and child counseling, pediatrics, and emergency services. Bruce also led CCMH on a $2 million expansion of the Main Campus clinic in 2014 to accommodate new physicians and service lines.

Bruce was instrumental in equipment upgrades at CCMH including a new CT Scan, new fluoroscopy, digital patient monitoring system, new ambulances, and 3D mammography, among others.

According to Gustafson, Bruce’s work ethic, command of the complexity of today’s healthcare demands, devotion and patient focus have been exemplary.

“Bill’s influence has made a significant, and positive, impact on CCMH and its future. I want to thank him for all he’s done for the development and progress of our hospital and it services”, Gustafson said.

Prior to coming to CCMH, Bruce had served in leadership roles for a number of healthcare organizations, including serving as the President and CEO at hospitals in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

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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.