Officers of Security Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have increased their ability to provide top-quality safety and security to employees, patients and visitors of the hospital.
Four of the department’s newest officers recently received certification from the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) after passing the organization’s health and safety certification exam in June.
“This marks the first time all eligible officers of our department have been IAHSS-certified since I started working here in 2006,” Joe McKinnon, manager of Security Services at SOMC, said. “This certification means that our Security officers have demonstrated their commitment to meeting nationally recognized standards of professionalism and competency.”
The IAHSS is a nationwide organization dedicated to advancing excellence in healthcare security and safety through education, credentialing, growth and influence. Through the IAHSS’s basic, advanced, supervisory and health and safety certification exams, officers are given the opportunity to learn industry-wide best-practice standards of performance.
McKinnon says the health and safety exam is extremely challenging and demands a high level of competence to pass successfully. Officers must study a 304-page manual consisting of healthcare security topics, such as fundamental security skills, protective measures, customer service and emergency management. Once ready, they must then take a written exam and pass with a score of 75 percent or more to achieve certification.
“Certification through IAHSS exams is important because it strengthens our staff’s ability to perform and provide an enhanced quality of services at SOMC,” McKinnon said. “This is a great achievement and will help in providing our team with improved knowledge and uniform, industry-recognized education of hospital security for the future.”