Jennifer Graves

Jennifer Graves

Chief Executive, Nurse Executive, Ballard

Jennifer Graves currently works as the chief executive at Swedish Ballard, where she is actively engaged in leading all aspects of medical center operations and has spent more than four years successfully revitalizing the campus through deliberate quality, safety, operational and facilities enhancements. She also serves as one of the system’s nurse executives, and by employing a philosophy of servant leadership, she has created a safe and healthy workplace, clinical and workforce autonomy for nurses, open communication and positive relationships among the healthcare team, and exceptional patient care. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, Graves served on the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for nearly a decade, and after demonstrating a natural affinity for process improvement activities, she received one of the first fellowships of its kind and completed a 15-month intensive training program in the Toyota Production System as it applies to health care.

In addition to her work as a nurse practitioner, Graves has been a professor in the nursing programs at both Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University, teaching courses in pathophysiology, quality improvement, and finance. She has conducted clinical research in pulmonary and critical care medicine, with a special emphasis on venous thromboembolic disorders; participated on clinical teams investigating sleep patterns and nighttime hormone levels in women with irritable bowel disorders; and received grant support to implement evidence-based depression treatment delivered by nurse care managers in ambulatory care.

Graves is passionate about serving her community in the Pacific Northwest and is on the board of directors for the Washington State Nurses Association, Washington State Nurses Foundation, Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, MEDRIX; she also serves on the advisory boards for CRISTA Senior Ministries, Seattle Pacific University School of Health Sciences, Seattle University College of Nursing, and the School of Nursing at Northwest University.

Graves began her local career in health care nearly 25 years ago in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and worked as a board certified nurse practitioner for two decades. She received her bachelor of science degree at the University of Portland, returned to Oregon once again to earn a master of science degree with a dual focus on clinical care and education, and has most recently completed studies in human resources management at the University of Washington.

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