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CRAWFORD COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES PERFECT CLINICAL LABORATORY SURVEY

(Denison, IA) – Crawford County Memorial Hospital recently received a ‘no deficiencies’ report for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) survey as reported by Terry Brockman, CCMH Lab Manager.

The on‐site CLIA survey is regulated by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and includes all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. In total, CLIA covers approximately 260,000 laboratory entities.

“The CLIA survey is a comprehensive review of the CCMH laboratory policies, procedures, quality control, and quality assurance,” Brockman said. “It’s to check and make sure that we’re giving out quality lab results. The surveyors come in and inspect all of our records, and they look at our operational processes to make sure everything is in order.”

Brockman noted the CCMH laboratory department undergoes a CLIA survey every two years.

“When looking for deficiencies, the surveyors are examining records for accuracy and quality. They look at more than just policy and procedure, they’re looking for quality control and quality assurance,” Brockman commented.

A CCMH lab employee for 38 years, Brockman explained the CLIA survey is also designed to be an education tool for lab personnel.

“The survey is designed to be both a quality review and educational. We didn’t have any deficiencies this time. The surveyors said it doesn’t happen very often that they find a lab with no writeups or deficiencies. This is a really important survey for CCMH from a quality standpoint. CMS sets the rules and regulations but for us it’s all just good lab practice that everyone should be doing ‐ that everyone should want to be doing.”

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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.