Jennifer Graves

Chief Executive, Edmonds

Jennifer Graves serves as chief executive at Swedish Edmonds, where she is actively engaged in leading all aspects of medical center operations. Prior to her role at Edmonds, she served as chief executive of Swedish Ballard, where she successfully revitalized the campus through deliberate quality, safety, operational and facilities enhancements. She also served as one of the system's nurse executives, and by employing a philosophy of servant leadership, she created a safe and healthy workplace, clinical and workforce autonomy for nurses, open communication and positive relationships among the health care team and an exceptional patient care environment. 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, completing a 15-month intensive training program in the Toyota Production System as it applies to health care.

In addition to her two decades of work as a board-certified 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. Her focus on diversity and transcultural health care called Graves to provide nursing education in overseas programs in both Costa Rica and Taiwan. 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 Trustees for CRISTA Ministries and the Boards of Directors for the Washington State Nurses Association, Washington State Nurses Foundation, Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives and MEDRIX. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seattle Pacific University School of Health Sciences, Seattle University College of Nursing, the School of Nursing at Northwest University and the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Graves began her local career in health care more than 30 years ago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Portland, returned to Oregon to earn a Master of Science degree with a dual focus on clinical care and education, and has completed the Human Resources Management program at the University of Washington. Highlights of her career include receiving the Nursing Leadership and Management Award in 2013 from the Washington State Nurses Association and attaining American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence Designation with her Ballard team in 2015, making it the first hospital in the state to achieve this prestigious acknowledgement. Most recently, in May of 2016, Graves received the King County Nurses Association Shining Star Award, which was given in honor of her excellence in the practice of nursing and health care leadership.

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