CEO Georgia Fojtasek: Helping Save Infant Lives at Allegiance Health

Georgia Fojtasek, RN, has served as president and CEO of Jackson, Mich.-based Allegiance Health since 1994. She joined the 480-bed system in 1989 as COO and senior vice president.

During Ms. Fojtasek's career at Allegiance Health, the system has received national recognitions of excellence. In 2011, it was named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters. Last year, Allegiance Health received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades.

In May 2012, the system was one of two in the nation to receive the Leadership Award for Community Benefit Excellence from VHA. Allegiance earned the award in part because of the Jackson Prenatal Task Force, a collaboration with the Jackson County Health Department that works to reduce the number of preventable infant deaths. "Evidence shows that infant mortality rate is a reflection of the overall health of the community," Ms. Fojtasek said in a statement. "This award is very meaningful to us. It recognizes that many infant lives in Jackson are saved each year because of the collaboration of health providers across the county.

Ms. Fojtasek herself has received awards recognizing her history of strong healthcare leadership. Becker's Hospital Review named her on its 2012 lists of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know and 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Ms. Fojtasek is a member of the Michigan Hospital Association Foundation board and committee for hospital-physician alignment. She is also a past chair of the Jackson Community Foundation.

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