Officers looking forward to co-workers' appreciation of jobs well-done
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Providing security for a health-care system the size and as far flung as Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a large task, but it's one done well, around the clock and on a daily basis by its many safety and security officers.
To honor their efforts, LUHS will celebrate Healthcare Security and Safety Week and Officerâs Day, which takes place Oct. 10-16. During that week, officers will be treated to lunch and gifts. However, what officers are most looking forward to is the appreciation from their fellow co-workers for jobs well-done.
"Though they deserve credit year-round for the fine work they do, each of us should pause and take some time during that special week to thank our security and safety officers because often it's the little things we do or say that mean so much to others," said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and CEO, LUHS.
Healthcare Security and Safety Week and Officer's Day were created by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety to highlight the important role played by those responsible for the security of health-care facilities, hospitals and medical centers around the world. Security represents the first and last contact many patients, their families and visitors have at a health-care facility and it often sets the tone for further interactions.
At Loyola, the officers of the Safety and Security Department are responsible for fire and emergency response, locking and unlocking doors, evening and night escort services, motorist assistance, drills, hazardous material pickup and traffic control on campus. They also provide presentations on personal safety and domestic violence, identity theft prevention and active-shooter training.
"We have a very capable, well-trained staff of security and safety officers here at Loyola," said Gregory Moore, LUHS director of safety and security. "Our officers receive 280 hours of initial training plus in-service training and ongoing training, which is recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. In addition, many of our officers have or are pursing college degrees."
In commemoration of Healthcare Security and Safety Week and Officerâs Day, Loyolaâs safety and security officers invite you to complete the following quiz by circling the correct answer:
* Whatâs the speed limit on campus? 10 mph
20 mph 30 mph
* How many seconds does it take for a criminal to steal your belongings? 20
* What is the Emergency Code for Security response? Code Black
* What is the Emergency Code for infant abduction? Code Baby
Â· 15 mph Â· 20 seconds Â· Code Gray Â· Code Pink