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Darcy Jaffe

Senior Vice President, Safety & Quality-Washington State Hospital Association

Darcy Jaffe

Darcy is the Senior Vice President for Safety and Quality at the Washington State Hospital Association. She was the past Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Administrator at Harborview Medical Center (HMC), University of Washington (UW) Medicine in Seattle and co-director of the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Safety and Quality. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumnus, an honorary Assistant Clinical Dean at the UW School of Nursing and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Darcy is board-certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center as both a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Executive. She has been a sponsor, leader or member of multiple national, state and local quality and safety initiatives in areas such as behavioral health, vulnerable populations, resiliency and building cultures of safety. Previous appointments include Washington State Speaker of the House Mental Health Task Force, the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight Committee, the King County-Seattle Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction, vice-chair of the Vizient/University Health System Consortium (UHC) Chief Nursing Officer, the Vizient/UHC Behavioral Health Advisory Board, and faculty of The Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Her past service includes the Governing Board for Fairfax Psychiatric Hospital, Rosehedge AIDS Housing and Healthcare Board of Directors, and the President of the King County Community Mental Health Association.


Scheduled Appearances

Micro Session

Emergency Rooms at the Epicenter

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 2:20pm

Our emergency rooms have transformed into epicenters of care for the overlapping crises of homelessness, substance-use disorder and mental health conditions. Washington State Hospitals Association’s Darcy Jaffe and Challenge Seattle’s Stephanie Formas will discuss potential solutions to the issue to better support patients and hospitals.

Sponsored session from Washington State Hospitals Association

Stephanie Formas
Darcy Jaffe
Featuring: Stephanie Formas, Darcy Jaffe

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About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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