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CCMH expands specialty clinic offerings


Crawford County Memorial Hospital has announced expanded offerings for two of its specialty clinics. Beginning February 25, the hospital will increase the frequency of its Oncology clinic from once a month to once a week and will double the number of monthly Orthopaedic clinics that it offers.

"We believe this expansion will help us better meet the needs of our patients," said Marcy Larson, RN, BSN, Outpatient Clinic Coordinator at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. "We feel the addition of more oncology and orthopaedic clinics will help reduce the amount of time patients have to wait for an appointment and will also help our residents achieve the care they need locally."

Oncology increase will allow expanded chemotherapy services

The Oncology clinic will continue to be staffed by medical providers from Hematology & Oncology Consultants, P.C., based out of Omaha. These providers include Dr. Samer Renno, Dr. Inaganti M. Shah, and Dr. Joseph Verdirame.

By adding more frequent Oncology clinic dates in Denison, Crawford County Memorial Hospital will be able to increase its chemotherapy treatments available for patients. In preparation for that, three nurses from the hospital, Kim Wilken, RN, MS; Cheri Thomsen, RN, and Linda Christensen, RN, have been undergoing specialized training for chemotherapy administration.

"The oncologist will evaluate the patient needing therapy in the morning and will be able to approve moving forward with the treatment that day," said Larson. "Our staff nurses will then administer the chemotherapy while the oncologist is still in our facility seeing other patients. This helps provide an extra layer of assurance for all involved with the procedure."

With the schedule increase, oncology patients will see two changes. First, the location of the clinic will be on the second floor of the hospital (in the Surgical Consultants office space). Patients should check-in at the main business office and will then be escorted to the clinic location.
Second, the format of the clinic will change to a provider-based clinic offered directly through CCMH. This means all patient billing for the Oncology clinic will sent from CCMH and not Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.

For CCMH Oncology clinic appointments, patients should continue to work through their preferred family provider.

Dr. Thomas Dulaney and Dr. Christopher Nelson to staff new Orthopaedic clinic at CCMH

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C., will offer satellite clinic services at Crawford County Memorial Hospital beginning February 25. Dr. Christopher Nelson will be available three Fridays per month and Dr. Thomas Dulaney will be available one Friday per month.

CCMH will also continue to offer weekly Orthopaedic clinics staffed by physicians from Miller Orthopaedic Affiliates based out of Council Bluffs.

"We have seen a large need for our community to increase the number of orthopaedic clinics that we hold," said Larson. "We're excited to provide our patients with a choice of two outstanding orthopaedic physician groups"

Dr. Dulaney's practice encompasses all areas of orthopaedics. He has special interests in joint replacement, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and trauma injuries. Dr. Nelson's practice focuses on reconstructive surgery of the adult hip and knee, sports related injuries, knee and shoulder arthroscopy and musculoskeletal trauma. In addition to primary hip and knee replacement, he has interest in complex joint replacement, revision athroplasty, hip resurfacing, hip arthroscopy, and pelvic and femoral osteotomies.

Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons will accept self referrals or referrals through physicians. Appointments at Crawford County Memorial Hospital should be made by calling 263-1608.

The new clinic will be held on the second floor of the hospital. Patients should check-in at the main business office and will then be escorted to the clinic location.

For more information about these, or any other specialty clinics provided by CCMH, please call 263-1608.