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 →


Meet Eric Simons, MD, OB-GYN

Eric Simons, MD is a doctor who specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH). Growing up in a military family meant Dr. Simons lived all over the United States with a variety of experiences.

“My dad was in the Air Force and our family spent most of our time in the Washington, DC area. Once I graduated from high school, I worked construction and had a little tile company. Eventually, I earned my undergraduate degree and then went to medical school in Norfolk, VA. I completed my residency in Allentown, PA. Following my two years in Allentown, I completed four years of OB-GYN in Baltimore, MD at Harvard Hospital, which was really a great opportunity.”

Dr. Simons noted he has been practicing at Crawford County since 2021, first as a full-time OB-GYN then working as a fill-in OB-GYN where needed most, sometimes at CCMH and sometimes at other hospitals that also needed OB-GYN coverage.  He returned ...

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Keeping healthcare information private and secure is one of the most important tasks of any hospital, clinic, or doctor's office. Angie Andersen, Director of Information Technology Services at CCMH, discusses the way healthcare organizations work to protect  a patient's private health information. Angie also points out what consumers can do to protect themselves from revealing their information to spammers and scammers across the internet. 

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – The Board of Trustees of Crawford County Memorial Hospital is proud to announce Eric W. Simons, MD, FACOG, Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, is returning to his full-time OB-GYN practice at the CCMH Medical Clinic. Dr. Simons had been working part-time for CCMH, and for a variety of other healthcare providers, providing OB-GYN services.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Simons come back to full-time on our medical staff,” said Erin Muck, CCMH President and CEO. “He brings a significant amount of experience and expertise to the care of women and their babies, and well as providing other reproductive and gynecological healthcare services.”

“I am glad to be coming back to full-time employment with CCMH”, said Dr. Simons. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to continue to serve the fine people of Denison and Crawford County. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of the community.&...

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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.