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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 →


Myasthenia Gravis Awareness

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease that causes periods of muscle weakness. It works by keeping your nerves from passing signals to your muscles.

Myasthenia gravis happens most often in women ages 20 to 40, and men ages 50 to 80, but it can happen at any age. The most common form of MG is a chronic, autoimmune, neuromuscular disorder characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.

In the U.S., it is estimated that 20 in 100,000 people have MG or approximately 36,000 to 60,000 cases. However, as myasthenia gravis often remains underdiagnosed, the prevalence is most likely higher.

What causes myasthenia gravis?

MG results from abnormal immune system activity. Individuals with other auto-immune diseases or an abnormal thymus gland are more likely to have MG. Physicians suspect there may be a combination of factors that trigger the onset of MG symptoms in a susceptible indi...

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Grief is an emotion all of us experience at some point in our lives. Whether its the loss of a loved one, loss of a job or home, or a loss of another sort, grieving is a normal part of the process of living. Emilee Lakner, Hospice Social Worker with Crawford County Home Health, Hospice, and Public Health, discusses grief, how the greiving process effects us, whether children grieve, and local resources available to those who are seeking help with grief recovery.

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News & Events


(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 perfect survey is the second in a row received by the CCMH Lab.

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. “The survey is used 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 ...

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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.