Baldrige Foundation Recognizes CEO for Cyber Leadership Excellence

Congratulations First Health CEO Carter Groome for being recognized by the Baldrige Foundation with its 2024 Award for Leadership Excellence in Cybersecurity!

“The Foundation Awards for Leadership Excellence were established to recognize leaders who provide exceptional support to Baldrige and the Foundation’s mission, helping to sustain Baldrige into the future, and promoting the positive impact of Baldrige on organizational and community success,” said Al Faber, President and CEO of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, in the release.

Carter has dedicated his career to advocating for healthcare entities and the pursuit of a more secure healthcare infrastructure. From his tech beginnings at Adventist Health implementing and optimizing EHRs and best-in-class ancillary systems to his current role as CEO, his genuine passion and commitment to healthcare cyber is evident in every aspect of his industry relationships and the team of First Health associates.

“Carter dedicates 100% of his passion and attention to the betterment of the healthcare sector’s cybersecurity posture,” said Brad Marsh, RN, executive vice president of Government Health Security & Technology for First Health. “With his extensive experience within digital healthcare, he inspires those around him to exceed the expectations of those you serve.”

Under Carter’s leadership, First Health is the preeminent digital health risk assurance leader, protecting vital interests and accelerating efficiency from the board room to the operating room. Carter has brought on exceptional leaders who share the same missive: supporting entities in healthcare with improving their cyber resiliency and creating meaningful digital transformation with patient safety as moral and business imperative.

This award recognizes Carter’s hard work and dedication to improving sector resiliency.

“His ability to relate complex cybersecurity topics to non-technical people is unparalleled,” said Marsh. “He is a demonstrated professional that I attempt to emulate every day. Congratulations Carter, this is well deserved. I am honored to work with you.”

“Congratulations to my colleague, Carter Groome. I can think of no other person on the planet that is more “All-In” when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity,” said Toby Gouker, PhD, CHISL, CISM, GSLC, CPEM, First Health Chief Security Officer of Government Health Security & Technology.

First Health also congratulates the other recipients of the Award for Leadership Excellence in Cybersecurity, including our long-time colleagues and friends Julie Chua, Director of GRC, Greg Garcia, Executive Director of the Health Sector Coordinating Council Cybersecurity Working Group, and Mari Rose Savickis, MPA, Vice President of Public Policy for CHIME.

Read the full release to learn more about the honorees!