Deborah Grimes received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UAB . Worked as Registered Nurse for 10 years. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Law in 1995 with a Juris Doctor Degree.
Deborah worked at UAB Risk Management as a Healthcare Attorney for nine years. In 2004, she returned to Hospital Administration as the Director of Joint Commission/ Quality Resources. She was promoted to VP of Quality/Regulatory Affairs named Chief Compliance Officer for UAB Hospital. During this tenure she received a certification as a Healthcare Quality Professional, Certified Healthcare Compliance, completed leadership fellowship training with Momentum Inc. and graduated with Master’s in Science Degree in Quality and Patient Safety. Effective April 1, 2017 she was appointed as UAB Health System first Chief Diversity Officer. Named by Savoy magazine 2019 one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America. In March of 2020 was hired as Ochsner Health’s first VP Chief of Diversity and Inclusion.
Deborah also serves as a Board member of the Alabama Kidney Foundation and is Past President, for Momentum Inc. Co- Founder of Breast Cancer Support Group “The Courage Network to assist breast cancer survivor to thrive while surviving treatment. She is a member several professional groups, such as Black Nurses Association, Society of Human Resource, Birmingham Society of Human Resources, Healthcare Compliance Association and National Association Society of Healthcare Executives. She is married to Ernest Grimes Jr. for 27 years they have 2 children Ernest III and Jessica Grimes Patton.