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Denison Native Dr. Dennis Crabb Recognized By Iowa Hospital Association As “Hospital Hero”


Ten outstanding Iowa healthcare professionals, plus the full staff of one hospital, will be honored October 11 at the Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting as “Iowa Hospital Heroes.” Among those to be recognized with the award is Dr. Dennis Crabb who has served most of his 40-year medical career in Denison. Dr. Crabb has been a member of the medical staff at Crawford County Memorial Hospital since 1977, and has exhibited his passion for his patients, students and community ever since.

Dr CrabbDespite his enormous responsibilities as sole practitioner in operating his family medical and surgical practice, Dr. Crabb has eagerly mentored many high school and college students as they consider careers in medicine. According to one former student, now a successful plastic surgeon in Virginia, “He simply changed my life. I would not be a physician without his guidance and direction.”

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Crabb has also served as the Crawford County Medical Examiner for the past 20 years and as the volunteer medical director for all Crawford County Fire, Ambulance and First Responder Services.

Perhaps no other experience serves to demonstrate his dedication to serving others than his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. As the Scoutmaster for Troop 55 in Denison since 1990, Dr. Crabb has helped 64 young men earn the coveted honor of “Eagle Scout”. He was serving as the Chief Physician at the Pahuk Pride National Youth Leadership Training course at Little Sioux Scout Ranch when a tornado struck the camp on June 11, 2008 resulting in four fatalities and 48 Scouts injured. For his courageous and brave actions in the aftermath of the storm, Dr. Crabb was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, the Military Department of Nebraska, and the American Red Cross.

In reacting to the award announcement, Bill Bruce, CEO of Crawford County Memorial Hospital, said, “He is the epitome of everything you’d want in a doctor. Not only does Dr. Crabb show his caring and compassion toward his patients, he also gives generously of himself to the community.” Bruce went on to say, “It is truly an honor to count Dr. Crabb among the medical professionals at Crawford County Memorial Hospital.”

The Iowa Hospital Heroes Awards program was created in 2007 to recognize healthcare professionals who have performed a heroic act or tirelessly given their time, talent or expertise to better their hospital, patients or community, with measurable results. These everyday heroes are the role models for Iowa’s 70,000 hospital employees and the communities they serve.

Award recipients for this year represent hospitals of every size, both rural and urban, in all parts of the state. Recipients this year include nurses, physicians, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic and a social worker, all of whom have shown unique and selfless ways to contribute to their hospitals’ missions of caring. While a few have stepped forward in an instant to save a life, all have proven their dedication to improving the lives of Iowans.

This year's ceremony will also recognize the staff at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, who worked heroically when their hospital was struck by a tornado last spring. Their hard work continued afterward, helping to get the hospital fully open only a couple of months after the disaster.

The mission of Crawford County Memorial Hospital is to provide efficient and effective health care services to all persons within Crawford County and the surrounding area. These services are available to persons who suffer from acute or chronic diseases, traumatic injuries, or who are in need of education and/or training in order to maintain a positive lifestyle.