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(From time to time, the blog features recipients of the IHA Iowa Hospital Heroes Award. These outstanding hospital employees come from across the state and work at hospitals of every size. They exemplify the courage, caring and community focus that are the hallmarks of the hospital mission in Iowa.)

Talk about General Surgeon Dr. Timothy Breon at Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP) in Oskaloosa and people will smile… and often chuckle! It doesn’t matter what department staff work in, he makes an uplifting impression throughout the organization. (For a “dose” of Dr. Breon’s good humor, watch this video of him learning he will receive the Iowa Hospital Heroes Award.)

Dr. Breon truly is an excellent surgeon, but also a very selfless person. He swells with a wonderful sense of humor; he supports community fundraisers not just financially, but with his time and talents; he’s an educator at heart and a very good speaker; he puts his patients first and will often pray with them; he’s a family man who is immensely proud of his five children.

There is not one specific reason that makes Dr. Breon a Hospital Hero, but a thousand that span more than 14 years since he first came to MHP.

It wasn’t difficult to compile examples of the many lives he’s touched; a few phone calls resulted in a flood of personal accounts. One grateful family shared, “Dr. Breon had my brother-in-law scheduled for a Lap Nissen surgery. When the labs came back before surgery, it wasn’t good. He told us the results and talked to us about seeing a hematologist for the possibility of leukemia. We were in Des Moines for the consult very quickly, thanks to Dr. Breon. He also came to the house to explain to our family what it all meant and what the treatment plan was going to be. He would also frequently check on my brother-in-law throughout his rounds of chemo. My family will never forget his compassion and caring.”

The personal connections Dr. Breon makes with patients, the visits to a patient’s home or even showing up on his tractor in a snowstorm to pick up a stranded colleague are examples of his natural way of making health care personal.

MHP is a better health care organization thanks to Dr. Breon’s support and involvement. The hospital staff are inspired by it; administration and our board count on it and our patients and community see and feel it. We are thankful and proud now that the entire State of Iowa has the chance to know our Hero!

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