Joyce Jackson received a bachelor of science in speech pathology and audiology from Pennsylvania State University and a master of science in audiology from Vanderbilt University. She worked as a screening coordinator and training advisor for Nashville’s Bureau of Education and later as a clinical audiologist for the children and youth program at Hubbard Hospital/Meharry Medical Center. Joyce went on to receive a second graduate degree, a master’s in health administration, from the University of Washington. She then worked in a variety of administrative roles at Virginia Mason Medical Center, served as interim executive director of the Virginia Mason Foundation, and later became an associate administrator. She completed 15 years of service at Virginia Mason in 1997. In 1998 Joyce became president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers (NKC), the position she still holds.
NKC serves 75 percent of people in the Puget Sound region who need kidney dialysis services. The nonprofit, founded in 1962, was the world’s first out-of-hospital dialysis program. NKC is a model for saving and sustaining the lives of people with chronic kidney disease and it focuses on improving the quality of patients’ lives. Staffed by a skilled, knowledgeable team of 550, NKC provides personalized care for kidney patients in King County and Port Angeles and is the central community resource for kidney disease prevention, treatment and education. A world pioneer in home dialysis, NKC is dedicated to developing innovative treatment options and promoting research to find a cure for chronic kidney disease.
For more information, visit www.nwkidney.org.