Jon Laverty – CRNA. Jon joined our surgery CRNA team from Kentucky after he and his wife Tracy visited Mahaska Health it was apparent to them that the hospital and community was a place that felt like home! Jon has 28 years of experience and has a very simple desire to help others and knew…

General Surgeon

Dr. Jesse Van Maanen joined the Mahaska Health Partnership medical team as a General Surgeon. Dr. Van Maanen grew up in Pella and Leighton and enjoyed the small communities in which he lived for their rural opportunities, close-knit friendships, and family values. He was first exposed to medicine and surgery when he had to undergo…

Surgical Services

  Matthew grew up in Lake Mills, Iowa and earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University in 2006. He began his nursing career at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, working as a Resource Nurse and later a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. He decided to further his education, becoming…

General Surgery

Rachel is a board certified Physician Assistant with a strong background in surgical services. Rachel joined the Mahaska Health general surgery team in 2020. She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College in Ohio. She most recently worked at Fairfield Medical Center in Cardiothoracic Surgery and holds years of clinical…

Paul Riggs, MD, FACS

General Surgeon

Paul Riggs, MD, FACS, has been serving the Mahaska community since 1985. A native of Illinois and after receiving his training in Kansas, Dr. Riggs chose Mahaska county because of its need for a surgeon to serve the community. Dr. Riggs has always enjoyed science, biology and chemistry, which lead him toward a pre-med education.…

Tim Breon, MD, FACS Chief Medical Officer, General Surgeon

Chief Medical Officer, General Surgeon

Chief Medical Officer and General Surgeon Tim Breon, MD, FACS, is an experienced, Board Certified Surgeon specializing in traditional, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgical treatments. Dr. Breon commonly performs operations on the colon as well as the gallbladder, female anatomy and appendix. Dr. Breon grew up on a farm near Hedrick, Iowa. He chose to practice…