Keitel Departs St. Anthony's


Published on October 10 2012 3:33 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital People Services Director Kal Keitel announced his resignation today to pursue other career opportunities.  The resignation is effective immediately.

Keitel has served St. Anthony's for 25 of his 31 years at Hospital Sisters Health System, having begun with St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1981.


During Keitel’s tenure at St. Anthony’s, he facilitated the implementation and subsequent upgrades to PeopleSoft, a human resource management system, and most recently implemented Position Manager, an automated applicant tracking system. He was also instrumental in establishing the St. Anthony’s Scholarship Program that has provided health care profession scholarships to more than 200 students since 1999 and was responsible for coordinating numerous annual colleague and leadership educational events for the organization.

As St. Anthony’s begins their search for candidates for this leadership role, Joe Bretz, Administrative Director of People Services at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, will serve as interim People Services Director for St. Anthony’s. St. John’s Hospital is a sister hospital to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital within the Hospital Sisters Health System. Bretz has been at St. John’s Hospital for almost 37 years and has nearly 35 years leadership experience. He most recently has been serving on an HSHS committee working to standardize job descriptions in the system. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.


Terriann Tharp, Community Relations and Marketing manager at St. Anthony’s, shared, “We are grateful to Kal for his many years of dedication to our organization. Changes in leadership are difficult. Our leadership team remains committed to continuing our mission and advancing St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital as a regional health care provider, “she said. “We wish Kal and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”