Leadership


Kelly Wetzler

Interim President & CEO

Ms. Wetzler joined St. Anthony’s in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Special Projects before being appointed Interim President and CEO in March 2017. She joined St. Anthony's from Viasystems Group, Inc., where she served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Risk Management. Previously, Ms. Wetzler held various positions with companies in the Hicks Muse private equity portfolio, and she worked in the audit department at Arthur Anderson & Co. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Bill Hoefer

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hoefer joined St. Anthony's in 2015 after serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Saint Louis University Hospital. His primary goals include ensuring clinicians, staff, and patients have a safe clinical environment; developing and maintaining systems to ensure patients receive high quality services; and working with hospital leadership to maintain a work environment that current and prospective employees and physicians enjoy, and that allows physicians, nurses, and other clinicians to provide cutting edge services to our extended community. His previous experience includes being President of St. Clare Health Center, Executive Leader for Neurosciences for SSM St. Louis, and Vice President of Operations at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University School of Medicine.

Rajesh Swaminathan, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Rajesh Swaminathan, MD, rejoined St. Anthony's Medical Center in 2017 when he accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Swaminathan brings more than 16 years of experience as an intensivist and medical director in the St. Louis area, including previously spending two years at St. Anthony’s as a hospitalist/intensivist. He previously served as the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. Dr. Swaminathan is board certified in both internal medicine and critical care medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and completed his fellowship in critical care at Mercy and Saint Louis University.

Russ Schroeder, MS, BSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Russ Schroeder has more than 20 years of nursing experience from bedside nurse in critical care and emergency medicine through various nursing leadership roles to his current position of Chief Nursing Officer. He is an engaged leader who adds to St. Anthony’s years of experience with patient safety, care management, critical care and emergency medicine. He joined St. Anthony’s in August 2016 after serving as Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Louis University Hospital, where under his leadership, the hospital’s safety culture improved and the nursing residency program grew. Schroeder earned his Master of Science, Health Care Administration from Lindenwood University and earned his Bachelor of Science Nursing from McKendree University.

Christopher Bowe, MD

President of St. Anthony's Physician Organization (SAPO)

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Dr. Bowe completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. He joined St. Anthony’s medical staff in 1999, and has been involved in numerous care management and quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Bowe has been named a Gold Level Quality Partner by Primaris, the federally designated Medical Quality Improvement Organization for Missouri.

Brent Singer, MS, FHFMA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Brent Singer has more than 35 years in the healthcare industry working at both the hospital and healthcare system levels. His senior level positions include Controller, VP of Finance, VP of Treasury Services and Chief Financial Officer, all of which have provided him experience in a wide range of issues and challenges facing the healthcare industry. He has worked for a number of healthcare organizations in both permanent and contracted capacities. Mr. Singer earned a BS in Accounting from Drexel University and an MS in Healthcare Finance and Accounting from Temple University. He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a licensed CPA.

Eric Appelgren, MD

Vice President of Operations & Clinical Services

Dr. Appelgren is a board-certified anesthesiologist in practice at South County Anesthesia Associates. Eric earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Prior to completing his residency at Washington University in St. Louis Dr. Appelgren served as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Dr. Appelgren’s operational experience includes providing leadership and medical support to Operational Noble Eagle, Operational South Watch in Southwest Asia, the U.S. Foreign Service and the U.S. Aero-Evacuation program.

Carol Ellis, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Vice President of Nursing

Carol Ellis has more than 30 years of nursing experience at St. Anthony’s, from float nurse to management. Most recently, she served as Director of Nursing Operations. She has also served as a nurse consultant, reviewing nursing operations at hospitals across the U.S. She is immediate past-President of the Council of Nurse Leaders of Greater St. Louis and a member of the Missouri Nurse Leaders Association. Ellis earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership from Webster University and is a Certified Nurse Executive.

Dennis Holter

Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Charitable Foundation

Dennis Holter is a healthcare and education executive with more than 30 years of fund raising, communications, marketing, and management experience. Prior to joining St. Anthony’s, he was the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Corporate and Industry Relations for the American Optometric Association, and he previously served as President of the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation. He earned his B.A. from the University of South Dakota and an M.Ed from Idaho State University.

Jim Snider

St. Anthony's Physician Organization (SAPO) Chief Operating Officer

Snider joined St. Anthony’s in October 2014 from Community Health Systems where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Physician Practice Management for Heartland Regional Medical Center and Crossroads Community Hospital. Previous to this role, Snider spent ten years with Carle Foundation Hospital as Administrative Director of Regional Health Services. He holds a masters degree from Western Illinois University.

Laura Frame

Vice President of Risk Management

Frame has been with St. Anthony's since 2002. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Maryville University and her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law. She has previously worked as a Risk Management Coordinator and a Nursing Coordinator for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Kathy Coombs

Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Coombs leads St. Anthony's team of human resources professionals. She works to ensure St. Anthony's hires the most qualified career candidates and provides competitive pay, benefits and training for our employees. She has more than 25 years of experience in human resources with focus in the areas of compensation, benefits and HRIS. Coombs earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Maryville University in St. Louis. She also holds a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification from World at Work and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Managment (SHRM).