Leadership

Allegra C. Jaros

President

Allegra C. Jaros, MBA

Allegra C. Jaros currently serves as president of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital which relocated from Bryant Street to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in November 2017. She was initially appointed president in May 2014 after serving as chief operating officer at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Oishei Children’s Hospital is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services. It is the only access point for pediatric critical care as the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Oishei Children’s Hospital also serves as the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Western New York. The hospital enjoys a worldwide reputation for innovation and research and also provides highly specialized care and treatment through an array of outpatient services.

Allegra leads one of only 43 freestanding hospitals in the United States and the only freestanding children’s hospital in New York State. In addition to planning and executing the historic and successful move that saw 125 patients transferred from Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to Oishei Children’s Hospital in 2017, Allegra has been instrumental in the evolution of the hospital’s operational and business development strategies, resulting in physician recruitment, improvements in quality care delivery, the overall experience for patients, physicians and staff, successful clinical outcomes as well as increased market share and revenue generation.

Allegra is responsible for managing daily hospital operations, including clinical, ancillary and support services, community physician relations, all off-site pediatric and obstetric primary clinics, adherence to all regulatory requirements to maintain the Pediatric Level I Trauma program, the Regional Perinatal Center of WNY and the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Allegra serves on the boards of the Health Care Association of New York State (HANYS), Children’s Hospital Association Finance Committee, New York State Millennium Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) and UNYTS (Upstate New York Transplant Services). She earned a BS in finance and MBA, with an emphasis on healthcare, from Canisius College. She has been named to Buffalo Business First’s Power 250, Healthcare 50 and 40 Under 40 lists in recent years.

A Western New York native, Allegra resides in Williamsville, NY with her husband and two children.

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Stephen J. Turkovich, MD Stephen J. Turkovich, MD, was named vice president and chief medical officer at Oishei Children's Hospital in July 2014. Dr. Turkovich previously served as quality and patient safety officer and the co-medical director of the newborn nursery.

A resident of Buffalo, Dr. Turkovich received his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology as well as his medical degree from the University at Buffalo (UB). He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for UB.

Dr. Turkovich has won numerous awards and honors, including the Business First "Healthcare 50" designation and the UB School of Medicine's "Medical Alumni Award for Community Service and Commitment." He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dianne Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC

Chief Nursing & Clinical Operations Officer

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ha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BCDianne Susan Charsha, RN, DrNP, FACHE, NEA-BC, NNP-BC, was named chief nursing officer for Oishei Children's Hospital in October 2016.

In this role, Charsha oversees nursing operations, develop and implement nursing strategies and policies, nursing practice guidelines and quality indicators, all with a focus on delivering high quality care to patients and families.

With many years of senior nursing leadership and direct clinical experience, Charsha formerly served as vice president and chief nursing officer for Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Fairfax, VA, where she oversaw nursing practice and clinical operations for medical and surgical services, pediatrics, women’s health, emergency, critical care, progressive care, cardiology and ambulatory services. In addition, she served as the executive director for the opening of a new Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital with 330 private rooms, 108-bed single room NICU, 14 operating rooms and 33 labor and delivery rooms. Charsha led the orientation and training of all personnel working in the new hospital, which opened in February 2016.

Charsha also previously held roles as senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ; director of neonatal services at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO; and manager of nurse practitioner services at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

She is a certified neonatal advanced life support regional instructor and pediatric advanced life support instructor. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Perinatal Section, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

Charsha received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, PA, and her Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she also received her post-graduate certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.