Ochsner Announces Appointment of Deborah Grimes as Chief Diversity Officer


NEW ORLEANS –Ochsner announced the appointment of Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, MSHQS, to chief diversity officer. In her role, Grimes will be critical in leading workforce and employee strategy for Ochsner.

Grimes will support the ongoing development of policies and practices that promote focused attention to diversity and inclusion matters including recruitment, retention, workforce planning and career development. Grimes will also work within and across the communities we serve to emphasize the need to reduce disparate health outcomes and improve healthcare equity for all Ochsner patients.

Ochsner has several programs aimed at providing support, education and resources to employees and community members. These include Ochsner Resource Groups such as Women Empowering Women (WoW), African Americans Building & Leading Equality (ABLE) and PRIDE, which celebrate differences and inclusion across our organization. Ochsner also offers workforce training programs to help unemployed and underemployed find meaningful careers in healthcare.

Grimes joins Ochsner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System where she served as that organization’s first CDO since 2017. She brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience in diversity and inclusion, quality and compliance from her more than 33-year career at UAB. Grimes began her career as a nurse and later earned her law degree, serving as a risk management healthcare attorney. She also has held several executive leadership positions at UAB Hospital before being appointed to her current role.

Grimes is a member and leader of several professional groups, including Black Nurses Association, Society of Human Resources, Birmingham Society of Human Resources, Healthcare Compliance Association and the National Association Society of Healthcare Executives. Earlier this year, she was named as one of the 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

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