Swedish Edmonds names interim chief executive officer

December 15, 2014

Swedish Ballard chief executive officer Jennifer Graves to join Swedish Edmonds on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of David Jaffe

SEATTLE – Dec. 15, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Jennifer Graves, chief executive officer (CEO) of Swedish Ballard, as the interim CEO of Swedish Edmonds. Graves will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of current CEO David Jaffe.

“Anyone who has worked with Jennifer knows that she is a passionate advocate for our patients, families and caregivers,” said Anthony Armada, FACHE, president & CEO of Swedish Health Services. “I have great confidence that she will do a tremendous job leading Swedish Edmonds just as she has with Swedish Ballard.”

In her new role, Graves will lead all administrative and clinical operations at Swedish Edmonds. She will also continue to serve as CEO of Swedish Ballard, where she has spent more than five years successfully leading work to revitalize the campus through quality, safety, operational and facility improvements. Graves continues to be one of the institutions most respected nurse executives.

“It has been a privilege to be a member of this incredible team at Swedish and I am grateful daily for such meaningful work,” said Graves. “I am excited to support our campus and caregivers in Edmonds and look forward to fulfilling our goal of creating healthier communities together.”

Graves began her local career in health care more than 25 years ago at the University of Washington Medical Center and worked as a board certified nurse practitioner for two decades. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, she served on the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Graves has been a professor in the nursing programs at both Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University.

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About Swedish

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2013, Swedish provided nearly $143 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.