× The CCMH Visitor Policy has been updated. Please see the revised visitor restrictions Crawford County Memorial Hospital is implementing effective on Thursday, July 1. Read More→

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 →


Winter Driving Tips

Regardless of the recent stretch of warmer weather, and a lack of snow on the ground, the first day of winter is now less than three weeks away! As we all know, winter in Iowa can come quickly and hang around for a while. Being a safe driver in winter weather is a good thing!

Cold Weather Driving Tips

  • Keep a bundle of winter weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.
  • For electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, decrease the drain on the battery. I...

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Handwashing is one of the easiest things we can do to keep ourselves free from illness and infection. December 1 - 7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week. Heather Rasmussen, Executive Director of Care Integration for CCMH, discusses why handwashing is important, the proper techniques for handwashing, and when using hand sanitizer is a good substitute to keep hands clean.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce Leah Trautman, DNP, ARNP, NP-C is now Leah Eck, DNP, ARNP, NP-C. The name change is a result of her recent marriage to Mr. Kelby Eck of Denison, IA. While her last name has changed, Mrs. Eck continues to accept new patients as well as see existing patients on the same schedule as before at CCMH.

Mrs. Eck is Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. Previously, she had received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from Nebraska Methodist College as well.

The DNP designation is used by those providers who have achieved the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The ARNP designation signifies a graduate degree in advanced nursing practice. The NP-C designation refers to a Certified Nurse Practitioner. For ...

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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.