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Jaros to Depart for Role with Baptist Health System, Jacksonville

Updated: 10/8/2022

Allegra Jaros has been named president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a freestanding children’s hospital, which has 276 pediatric beds, including a 75-bed NICU on the main hospital campus and a level II satellite NICU, five satellite emergency departments, seven rehab sites and five imaging sites in north Florida/southern Georgia. It is part of Baptist Health, a $2.5 billion, locally governed, not-for-profit, five-hospital hospital system with 13,000 employees.

Jaros will also carry a senior vice president title with Baptist Health.

“While it is a loss for us, it is a great career opportunity for Allegra,” said Don Boyd, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “It is no surprise that this national opportunity attracted her and that she was a strong candidate given her success here over the years. She has the opportunity to go to a larger market and larger health system and utilize her 25 years of service here at Kaleida Health. Not to mention, the move will also allow her to be closer to family in Florida.”

Wolfson is just one of four State of Florida-licensed Specialty Children’s Hospitals, designated as an essential provider by CMS/HHS. Named US News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospital” for the past 13 years, it is affiliated with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Southeast Georgia Health System and Colquitt Medical Center.

Home to a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, Wolfson Children's collaborates with a number of pediatric healthcare organizations, including Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Mayo Clinic for physician faculty, residency, teaching and research. 

“I am proud of the work, the service and the accomplishments that we have achieved together during my time here with Children’s Hospital and Kaleida Health,” said Jaros. “Buffalo will always be home. I am so thankful for the team of people who have supported and helped me serve our community; and I am proud of each and every member of the Oishei Children’s Hospital team for the dedicated, patient, and family-focused care they provide. I have great confidence in our team, who are well prepared to further advance the health and wellbeing of our communities’ mothers and children."

She added, “My career at OCH has set me on a path of personal growth, advancement, and advocacy for pediatric and women’s health. This is an exciting opportunity and adventure for my husband and me, and our family. I am thankful to Buffalo for trusting me to lead our children’s hospital. We’ve accomplished so many incredible things together for which I will forever be grateful and proud.”

Jaros was appointed president of John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, formerly Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo in May 2014 after serving eight years as vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to planning and executing the historic and successful move that saw 125 patients transferred from the Bryant Street facility to the new Oishei Children's Hospital in 2017, she was instrumental in the evolution of the hospital's operational and business development strategies, resulting in physician recruitment, improvements in quality care delivery, advocacy for children’s health, the overall experience for patients, physicians and staff, successful clinical outcomes as well as increased market share and revenue generation.

Jaros will remain in her OCH position until the end of this year to help plan for an orderly transition. More details will be forthcoming about the interim plan for her departure as well plans for her overall replacement.