In 1968, the MGH incorporated 12 sworn police officers and 18 watchmen, creating the hospital's first Security Department. In the 40 years since then, the department — now known as Police, Security and Outside Services — has grown to more than 300 members and includes not only units specializing in operations, special investigations and security systems and technology, but also the MGH Photography Department, Commuter, Parking, Volunteer, Interpreter, Ambassador, Financial Audit and Valet Services. On May 12 and 13, staff celebrated the department's birthday by hosting information tables at the main campus and the MGH Chelsea and Revere health care centers. Visitors were able to meet staff, learn about the history of the department through a photo collage and timeline and view the Lindbergh Bell Award, which the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety awarded the department in 1999 and 2007 for its outstanding health care security services.
For more information about MGH Police, Security and Outside Services, visit www.massgeneral.org/police or call (617) 726-2121.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: From left, department staff members Joe Green, Kerry Stevenson, Tom Murphy and Joe Crowley at the information table.