Richard W. Grooms Jr., SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer
Richard “Rick” Grooms Jr., SPHR joined Southeast Georgia Health
System as its chief human resources officer in June 2022. His areas of
responsibility include Human Resources, Organizational Development and
Education, Clinical Education, and Health Promotion & Wellness.
Mr. Grooms has more than 30 years of human resources experience within
the health care industry. Prior to joining the Health System, he served
as senior vice president and chief people officer at Centra Health, a
five-hospital health system with 7,500 employees headquartered in Lynchburg,
Virginia. Before Centra Health, Mr. Grooms was chief human resources officer
at AnMed Health in Anderson, South Carolina.
In addition to extensive executive level experience, Mr. Grooms has successfully
achieved many accomplishments throughout his career. They range from implementing
organizational and leadership development programs, initiating team driven
cultural enhancement programs, enhancing health plan benefit designs,
to executing recruitment and retention programs and new talent acquisition
performance management systems.
Mr. Grooms earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from
The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He received a Master of Arts
in public administration and management from Midwestern State University
in Wichita Falls, Texas, and he also holds a National Society for Human
Resources Professionals Senior Certification (SPHR). Additionally, Mr.
Grooms enjoys being heavily involved in the community through volunteering
and by serving on and leading various boards.