Deborah GrimesDeborah Grimes, UAB Health System Chief Diversity OfficerDeborah Grimes, RN, JD, CHC, CPHQ, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, has been named the UAB Health System’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Grimes, who serves as Associate Vice President Quality / Chief Compliance Officer at UAB Hospital, began her new appointment on April 1, 2017.

An article from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), said that in her 25 years’ experience in healthcare she has “demonstrated her passion and commitment to equity and inclusion by working with diversity professionals across the University.”

Grimes’ appointment includes a seat on the UAB Equity Leadership Council. Councilmembers serve as liaisons to the DEI and serve as resources for faculty and staff recruitment across UAB.

In 2016, Grimes was a member of the first graduating class of the MSHQS program. She was also a member of the first cohort to receive the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety from UAB in 2013.

At UAB Hospital, Grimes is responsible for monitoring compliance with state and federal law and corporate policies, overseeing the graduate medical education administrative office, and advising and directing staff on how to respond to regulatory audits and record requests.