One of Beaufort Memorial’s finest—security officer Krystal Brown—was chosen 2016 Security Officer of the Year in recognition of her dedicated and outstanding service to the hospital.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Security Directors of South Carolina both presented her with awards at the Security Directors’ breakfast meeting held recently in Palmetto Bluff.
|Krystal with members of the SC Security Directors Counsel|
Krystal joined the hospital staff last January and within her first 90 days on the job, she had passed the examination to become a certified health care security officer.
“It’s an extremely difficult test that more experienced officers have been unable to pass,” said Doug Rhodin, director of security and central transportation.
Although Krystal had been on the job for less than a year, she stepped up to the position of shift leader during a staff shortage.
“She’d come in on her days off to fill in as needed,” Doug said. “She’s a very dedicated employee.”
|Krystal with Beaufort County Sheriff's Department Capt. Bob Bromage|
But it was a small act of kindness that earned her recognition from her peers. Last December, she was driving a patient to her car when she noticed a visitor who appeared to be lost.
“She took the woman to the correct registration area and sat with her while she registered,” Doug said. “Then she led her to the place where she was going to have her test.”
The patient was so impressed with Krystal’s thoughtfulness, she called the supervisor of security to let him know the great lengths the security officer had gone to to help her.
The announcement released by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office stated: “Krystal, it is truly an honor to be chosen for this award by your managers and peers. Job well done!”