Allegra C. Jaros
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, 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.
Cassandra Church, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Cassandra "Cassie" Church, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC, was named the chief nursing officer for Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) in January 2020. In this role, Church will develop and implement nursing strategy and policies to ensure quality patient care. With the site leadership team, she will oversee the integration of the care delivery system at the site so that patient care needs are met with the highest standard.
Church joined OCH in 2016 to oversee the clinical training and education of the move of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to the new Ellicott Street location, having previously led two other moves of children’s services into new locations. In 2019, she accepted the permanent role as the senior director for nursing at OCH responsible for overseeing care provided in the NICU, respiratory therapy for the campus and women’s services, with more than 500 clinical nurses, respiratory therapists and neonatal providers on her team.
A certified NICU nurse, Church holds a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on Healthcare Systems Management from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University.
Prior to coming to Buffalo, she served as senior director of nursing at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, a 226-bed pediatric hospital within the Inova Virginia system. In this role, she had responsibility for the patient safety, quality, and affordability of care, with oversight of more than 500 clinical nurses.
Pamela Trevino, PhD, RN
Chief QUALITY & SAFETY OFFICER
Pamela Trevino, PhD, RN, was named Chief Quality and Safety Officer for Oishei Children's Hospital in April 2018.
In her new role, Trevino is responsible for implementing unique and varied initiatives aimed at improving patient care quality, leading continuous improvement programs and engaging leaders and care providers to make the necessary changes to promote a safer environment for the patients, staff and visitors at Oishei Children's Hospital.
Trevino has over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience in settings across the US, and has a passion for improving patient care and health outcomes. Trevino was most recently the Clinical Risk Management, Patient Safety, and Quality Improvement Director at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She has been involved with multiple large, pediatric quality and patient safety collaboratives and is currently a national subject matter expert on event classification and cause analysis for the Children's Hospital's Solutions for Patient Safety and a member of the Child Health PSO Patient Safety Team.
She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN and her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School in Little Rock, AR.