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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 →


Sepsis Awareness

Research shows sepsis affects more than a million Americans each year and kills up to half of them. And the number of cases has been increasing. But fewer than half of all Americans have ever even heard of the term ‘sepsis.’

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication which develops when the body goes into overdrive to fight an infection, such as a pneumonia, or even something as innocuous as an insect bite or a small cut. The body’s unusual response to such infections can injure tissues and organs. In severe cases, sepsis can weaken the heart, shut down other organs, and may lead to death.  If treated quickly, most cases lead to a full recovery with no lasting problems.

Who is at greatest risk from sepsis?

Those at higher risk for sepsis include people with weakened immune systems, infants and children, elderly people, people with chronic illnesses, and those who suffer severe burns or physic...

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Healthy aging can be a challenge as we get older. Jill Kierscht, ARNP, MSN, and a gerontologist at CCMH, discusses what each of us can do to stay healthy and age gracefully.

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News & Events


(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital and CHI Health are pleased to announce Dane E. Klett, MD is conducting a Urology clinic twice monthly at CCMH beginning in September 2021. Dr. Klett is assuming the practice of Herman M. Greenwald, MD. Dr. Greenwald retired from his practice in August 2021.

Dr. Klett earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE graduating with honors.  Dr. Klett then completed his Clinical Research Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Following this, he finished his Internship and Residency at the University of Utah before completing a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery and Endourology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His research articles have been published in numerous scholarly journals, and he has given presentations at medical conferen...

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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 three full-time family practice physicians: John Ingram, MD; John A. Lothrop, III, MD, and Michael Luft, DO. Dr. Lothrop also provides obstetrics services for patients. In addition, five 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 Trautman, DNP; and Lori Johannsen, PA-C. The CCMH Emergency Department is staffed by John Lothrop, MD, and Michael Luft, DO, among others.

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 Brandt, 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.