One of the first events Beverley L. Ketel, MD, FACS, attended following her retirement this spring was the dedication of a new memorial at Rutherford Park near the OSF (Order of
Saint Francis) Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. This space
is filled with flowers, shrubs, and other carefully curated flora,
planted in recognition of all the tissue and organ donors that have
helped the Level I trauma and tertiary care center become the top
donor hospital in Illinois.
Tucked between all the tributes was another thank you, this
one honoring Dr. Ketel for her work as a transplantation surgeon,
1984–1990 and 2002–2015, with the medical center and the Gift of
Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. The inscribed paver stone
was placed in the garden and reads: “Dr. Beverley Ketel— 33 years of
dedication to donation & transplantation.” During the 12-year gap
in her service at Saint Francis, she served as chief of transplantation
at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and remained there until
her children had grown and moved out of the house.
Making dreams come true
“She actually had a better feel for what was needed more than the
typical transplantation surgeon,” said Jerry Anderson, chief executive officer of the Gift of Hope from 1987 to 2013. “When I first met
Beverley, she was running her own organ donation organization.
That certainly speaks to her as an advocate for patients.”
Hospital archives note the tandem successes shared by the hos-
pital and Dr. Ketel since she joined the staff in 1984, particularly in
Dr. Ketel (left) honored at her retirement from her career as a
transplant surgeon. At the podium is Karen Welborn, MSN, manager,
transplant services, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
TRANSPLANT SURGEON REFLECTS
Dr. Beverley Ketel:
Surgeon who brought
to Peoria, IL,
reflects on a
by Karen Sisulak Binder