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Leadership

Paragon Clinical's management personnel have been involved in providing care and medical systems design in nursing facilities for more than 25 years. Our providers include medical directors, SNFists (skilled nursing home care specialist doctors), and nurse practitioners, together creating seamless medical infrastructure management.

Management

Mary Beth E. Sutkowski, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Principal

Internist

SNF Specialist

Mary Beth E. Sutkowski

The owner and chief medical officer of Paragon Clinical, Dr. Mary Beth Sutkowski, is a board-certified internist and native of the Chicago metropolitan area. She received her medical degree and completed her residency at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where she was asked to stay an additional year as chief resident.

Dr. Sutkowski completed a two-year fellowship in internal medicine at Loyola University/Hines VA Hospitals, where she researched coronary risk prediction models and co-authored a study that was printed in the American Heart Journal in 1999. She worked 13 years at Advocate's Dreyer Medical clinic, pioneering their first Skilled Nursing Home Rounding Program. For more than a decade Dr. Sutkowski exclusively managed Humana Gold patients in skilled nursing facilities, a group for which Dreyer assumed full risk.

Dr. Sutkowski has held medical directorships in nursing homes and hospice groups and served on quality assurance and utilization management committees. As Paragon's medical director, she works with an outstanding team of caring and talented professionals who are driven by a passion for delivering quality health care to the elderly.

Dr. Sutkowski has helped develop medical infrastructures for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living residences in the Chicagoland area. She also works as a SNFist and is part of a telemedicine program that provides remote, after-hours clinical care in nursing homes. Dr. Sutkowski has a passion for providing state-of-the-art medical care and medical management systems for the elderly and disabled. 

Jennifer Edens, BSN, MSN, ACNP

Vice President of Clinical Services

Jennifer Edens

Jennifer Edens received both her Bachelor and Master Nursing degrees and completed her acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) training from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has more than 19 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner in pulmonary/critical care, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, and long-term care.

In recent years, she was integral in starting the pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She also managed a large pulmonary clinic at Northwestern and worked in cardiology at Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals.

Jennifer loves geriatrics and continues to see patients while leading her nurse practitioner team at Paragon.

Bob Sutkowski, BSEE, MSEE

Vice President of Business Operations

Bob Sutkowski

Bob Sutkowski, our VP of Business Operations, brings over 30 years’ experience in new product development and program management. He has used his analytical approach to management to improve efficiency, ensure profitability and increase productivity contributing to Paragon’s growth. Prior to Paragon, Bob worked at Life Fitness in various technical and management roles including managing an engineering group.

Bob graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor and Master degrees in electrical engineering. He also has completed graduate work in control theory and has training in the Lean Six Sigma methodology and project management.

Floy Haschke, MS, APN, CANP

Director of Quality, Team Leader

Floy Haschke

A board-certified adult nurse practitioner (CANP), Floy Haschke earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University. She has more than 25 years of experience as an adult nurse practitioner, in both inpatient post-acute settings and outpatient clinical settings, caring for adults with acute, complex, and chronic illnesses.

As director of quality for Paragon, she collaborates with the medical director, VP of clinical affairs, and the management team. She provides didactic and clinical orientations for new Paragon nurse practitioners, serving as preceptor and mentor. She functions as a consultant for company nurse practitioners. She manages, coordinates, and conducts chart audits for quality assurance. Her previous positions at Paragon included team leader and senior nurse practitioner.

Floy is involved in the NIU mentoring program for both undergraduate and graduate students. She is also active in NIU Alumni Association scholarship fundraising programs. Floy is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurses.

Mary Ann Kabat, BSN, MSN

Clinical Nurse Educator

Mary Ann Kabat

Mary Ann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Northwestern University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in rehabilitation nursing care, management and teaching. She was the clinical nurse specialist for the brain injury program and an educator in staff education and continuing education departments at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She started her own education and consulting business that developed and taught educational programs to prepare nurses for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse exam as well as provided educational and consultation services to rehabilitation units in acute care settings. 

As the clinical educator for Paragon, she provides Continuing Education in-services to long term care nursing staff on the care and management of patient issues.  She is driven by the conviction that effective education can affect outcomes for geriatric and disabled persons.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.  

 

Nelli Khallak, MSN, FNP-BC

Team Leader

Nelli Khallak, board-certified family nurse practitioner, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing at Purdue University. She has more than 10 years of nursing experience in a cardiovascular setting and four years of experience as a nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings, caring for adult and geriatric populations with multiple acute and complex chronic illnesses. Her specialty areas include cardiology and diabetes management.

As a team leader, Nelli serves as a resource person for NPs in her region and aids with clinical and administrative issues in the buildings while collaborating with the management team. She enjoys caring for the geriatric population.

Alexandra Sulik, BSN, MSN, APN-BC

Team Leader

Alexandra Sulik is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2005) and Master of Science in Nursing (2010) degrees from Loyola University in Chicago. She has more than 14 years of healthcare experience, with seven of those years as an adult nurse practitioner.

Alexandra started her nursing career in orthopedic/medical-surgical nursing in 2005. Since becoming an NP in 2010, she has worked with geriatric and primary care patients to promote healthy lifestyles and manage chronic care conditions. She also is a co-owner of an adult daycare facility that specializes in non-medical dementia care and assists families in prolonging independent and safe living for their loved ones. Geriatric care has been a long-time interest and passion that has guided her in her healthcare career.

Michelle Buikema, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC

Lead Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Buikema

Michelle Buikema, a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC), has over 12 years of health care experience and a passion for and expertise in palliative care. She established a palliative care program for Providence Hospice and is in the process of receiving palliative care certification and her doctorate of nursing practice at Wilkes University.

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne in 2004. She worked at Providence in various nursing management positions and was involved in mentoring and educating nursing staff for over eight years.

Michelle completed her Master of Science in Nursing and family nurse practitioner certification at University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne in 2011. She is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Gloria Werner

 Office Administrator

Gloria Werner

Gloria Werner has over 30 years of experience as a Business Manager with the Archdiocese of Chicago and a Manager/Assistant to Partner at an Engineering Consulting Firm in downtown Chicago. Her experience includes strong organizational skills, payroll experience, budgets, annual reports, benefits, organized events, campaigns and meetings, and management of several employees.

As Office Manager at Paragon Clinical, Gloria manages the office staff coordinating payroll, credentialing, billing, orienting, and bookkeeping administration.

In addition, Gloria serves as the facilitator for the Caring Team at Paragon Clinical. This Caring Team promotes a culture of caring for all employees that follows the Core Values of the Company.

Lina Karamaniolas, BSBA, MBA

 Human Resources Director

Lina Karamaniolas

Lina Karamaniolas has received both her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University. She has more than 16 years of experience in HR leadership, staff & operations leadership and training/teaching. She has diverse HR experience in leadership with regional and corporate environments, including leading functional HR departments and teams, as well as serving as individual contributor supporting critical business units and senior leaders.

In recent years, Lina has experience in consulting national and regional business units: strategy development, auditing, employee engagement, due diligence, risk, training/learning & development. Lina has helped regional and corporate organizations with talent and business solutions to implement best practices that support organizational growth.

Cindy Ludovico, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

 Team Leader

Cindy Ludovico

Cindy Ludovico began her nursing career in 2008 after obtaining her Associate Degree in Nursing from Harry S. Truman College. She then finished an accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program at Benedictine University in 2010. Following that, she earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013.

She has experience as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in Hematology/Oncology and Long Term Care.

Cindy exhibits clinical excellence, one of Paragon’s Core Values, by providing evidence-based medicine, comprehensive and patient-centered care.

Mary Hannan, MSN, APN, AGACNP-BC

 Weekend Team Leader

Mary Hannan

Mary Hannan is a board certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She received both her Honors Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2002) and Master of Science in Nursing (2005) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has over ten years of experience working as a nurse practitioner in both the inpatient and outpatient setting caring for chronically ill adults, primarily in nephrology.

Our Providers

The nurse practitioners who work with Paragon all have advanced degrees and have been specifically trained to provide care to the geriatric population. They are compassionate and talented providers who take great pride in helping to manage both acute and chronic care situations and to encourage healthy lifestyles in every one of their patients.