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GUY A. MEDAGLIA President and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer

Guy A. Medaglia was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Anthony Hospital in July 2010 after he and his team led the financial turnaround of the hospital that continues to serve a patient population that is more than 60 percent Medicaid and Medicare.  During his tenure, Mr. Medaglia has led the hospital’s quality and operational performance, receiving three consecutive Illinois Performance Awards for “Commitment to Excellence” by demonstrating earnest efforts to adopt and apply continuous improvement principles, following the Baldrige Criteria.  Mr. Medaglia is also spearheading planning and research for the new Saint Anthony Hospital and Focal Point Community Campus development as President and CEO of Chicago Southwest Development Corporation (CSDC). 

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Medaglia was a Managing Director for FTI Healthcare. He has an accomplished background in healthcare, including executive management positions for an academic medical center and multiple urban community hospitals. He designed and implemented numerous strategic initiatives around expense improvement, product line evaluation and modification, revenue enhancement, quality improvement, physician relations, and physician contract management.

Prior to FTI, Mr. Medaglia held executive positions at Roger Williams Medical Center, Li Moran International, Inc., Montgomery Ward Corp., Hook-SupeRX, Inc., and Sara Lee Corp. He participated in the financial turnaround of two regional retail chains, managed the $50 million system integration of two merged corporations, and led the acquisition and integration of two retail companies along with the consolidation of two corporate headquarters.

Mr. Medaglia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Meyer University and Master’s degree in Management from Salve Regina University. He also is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. 

Bob Enkema Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Bob Enkema joined Saint Anthony Hospital in 2019 with over 25 years financial experience, with expertise in both for-profit and not-for-profit health care systems.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing financial planning and treasury functions, coordinating the duties of finance and accounting, patient financial services, materials management and information systems.

Prior to joining Saint Anthony Hospital, Mr. Enkema most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at FTI Health Solutions (a division of FTI Consulting), overseeing reporting for the Health Solutions Division, including forecasting, profitability by service line and contract negotiations.   Prior to FTI, he held executive leadership roles at Cambio Health Solutions and New American Healthcare managing teams for client engagements, including analytics, forecasting and valuation, as well as creating and administering tools to measure productivity and profitability for hospitals. 

Mr. Enkema holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Lipscomb University. 

Vice President, General Counsel and
Chief Administrative Officer

Christopher Alexander Kantas joined Saint Anthony Hospital’s Executive Leadership Team in 2021.  Christopher serves as General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Responsibility Officer, and Vice President.   

Christopher came to Saint Anthony from University of Illinois Health and Hospital System where he acted as Associate Director at the Office of Medicaid and Medicare Innovation.  In that role, he provided legal, operations, and health policy guidance to the U of I Health System and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  He previously served as Special Counsel and Senior Healthcare Advisor to the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois.  

Christopher earned his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  

ROMEEN LAVANI, MD Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Romeen Lavani, MD joined the Saint Anthony Hospital team in 2004. He is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric critical care. In his role, Dr. Lavani oversees pediatrics, our medical staff office, medical education and partnerships with health care institutions across the city. His bedside manner with patients and leadership style make him a role model for many of the students and staff at Saint Anthony.

Prior to Saint Anthony Hospital, Dr. Lavani completed his fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. After receiving his medical degree in India, he moved to the US where he completed his internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Lavani has received countless accolades for his work and research in the pediatric field, and provides pediatric critical care at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, as well. 

Cheryl Russell Vice President, Chief Development Officer Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation
Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation

Cheryl Russell joined Saint Anthony Hospital in 2022.  As the Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer she will establish initiatives and continue to build an internal infrastructure to grow philanthropic giving to the Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation. 

Prior to coming to Saint Anthony Hospital Cheryl Russell spent ten years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), serving as the Executive Director of Corporate, Foundation, Government, and Civic Affairs; and Registered Lobbyist.  

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in rural Southern Illinois, she received her undergraduate degree in History from S.I.U. in Carbondale and her Masters in Public Policy Administration from Roosevelt University.  Cheryl has served in an array of organizations to gain experience in diverse policy areas, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mayor’s Office – City of Chicago, and the Chicago Public School system. 

JAMES SIFUENTES Senior Vice President, Mission and Community Development
Senior Vice President, Mission and Community Development

James Sifuentes joined Saint Anthony Hospital in 2005, having previously served as the Executive Director for the storefront Pilsen YMCA in Chicago. He was instrumental in the planning and building of the Rauner Family YMCA, the first full-service facility for the Pilsen community and its surrounding neighborhoods. At Saint Anthony Mr. Sifuentes oversees government and community relations, our Community Wellness and Senior Wellness Programs, and the Pastoral Care Department.

Mr. Sifuentes has extensive experience in community relations, fundraising, and organizational development. As a leader within the nonprofit community, he has a proven track record of accomplishing major reorganization leading to profitable business models. Mr. Sifuentes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Xavier University. He serves on the board of directors of Illinois One Family One Child. He was a 2003 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.

Sherrie Spencer Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer

Sherrie Spencer joined Saint Anthony Hospital in 2008 and was appointed Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer in December 2016. With over 17 years of experience in nursing practice and leadership, Ms. Spencer leads the creation of strategic alliances with organizational leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. She maintains a strong reputation for achieving high quality indicator scores within nursing and patient care, including attention to hospital-wide survey readiness.

Prior to her role as Vice President of Patient Care and CNO, Ms. Spencer was the director of acute care and infusion center services, and clinical nurse manager, respectively. She began her career in primary care nursing, then moving into a nurse management position with Advocate Health Center – Southeast.

Ms. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) from North Park University Chicago.

EDEN TAKHSH, MD Vice President and Chief Quality Officer
Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

Eden Takhsh, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Chicago, joined Saint Anthony Hospital in 2000. Dr. Takhsh leads the organization’s quality and patient satisfaction initiatives, and is committed to ensuring our patients receive the highest quality care.

In addition to his obstetrics practice, Dr. Takhsh has developed an interest in monitoring and measuring the quality of care that Saint Anthony Hospital provides to its patients. He has helped lead our journey to include a comprehensive performance improvement framework in our everyday way of thinking. Under his leadership, Saint Anthony Hospital received the 2015 “Commitment to Excellence” bronze award by the Illinois Performance Excellence. Recipients of this award go to those organizations, which have demonstrated earnest efforts to adopt and apply continuous improvement principles, following the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Dr. Takhsh earned his medical doctorate at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland. While in Scotland, he finished an internship in general medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. He then moved to Chicago to begin his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Joseph Hospital.