David E. Jaffe

David E. Jaffe

Chief Executive, Swedish/Edmonds


David Jaffe has held this position since February, 2012.

Prior to this role, Jaffe had served as iterim chief administrative officer of Swedish/Edmonds since June 1, 2011. He retired from his position as executive director and CEO of Harborview Medical Center Seattle after 16 years. He is also a retired clinical associate professor in the University of Washington’s Graduate School for Public Health and Community Medicine. Prior to Harborview, Jaffe was the chief operating officer at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y., a 615-bed Level I trauma center.

Under Jaffe’s leadership at Harborview, one major capital project totaling $179 million was successfully completed, and another, a $440 million project, was completed on the heels of his retirement. Throughout his tenure, Harborview’s reputation for quality and excellence grew appreciably in the local community, as well as nationally. In addition, the fiscal health and viability of Harborview, including its reserves, along with philanthropic contributions, increased markedly.

Jaffe has served on the boards and executive committees of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, the University Health Systems Consortium, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the National Association of Public Hospitals, the Washington State Hospital Association, Airlift Northwest, the Medic One Foundation, and the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee on Health Professions. He currently serves on the board of the Trauma Centers Association of America as an Emeritus member, having previously served as its chair.

Jaffe has also testified before the Sub-committee on Health of the House Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the AHA and its 5,000 member hospitals, and has appeared on the cover of Washington CEO Magazine. He is also a special consultant to the Trauma Centers Association of America on trauma legislation, and co-chair of its Advocacy Committee.

If you are a member of the news media and would like to speak with David Jaffe, contact Swedish's Corporate Communications Department at 206-998-5028 or via media@swedish.org.

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