Recently, an SMC employee who wishes to remain anonymous wrote a letter to Dr. Tammy Torres, CEO, praising two nighttime security officers — Peter “PJ” Rowley and Chester Miller.
Early one morning, while monitoring the hospital’s surveillance cameras, Rowley and Miller noticed an employee who appeared to be struggling.
“I saw her walking down the hall and she put her hand on the wall to steady herself,” Rowley said. “I went to her at the same time Chester did. We helped her by taking her bags and walking with her.”
The pair promised the employee they would watch for her each morning.
“True to their word, they have taken turns assisting me when they see me coming in,” said the grateful employee.
In addition to Rowley and Miller, Christa Stegemann, Manager, Support Services, said she is thankful for the work ethic of her entire security team.
“I’m extremely proud of PJ and Chester for going the extra mile,” Stegemann said. “I’m very thankful and appreciative to all my security officers for their commitment and dedication to their jobs and for bringing their best to work each day.”
For Rowley and Miller, helping people is a natural response.
“I do this on a regular basis even if I’m not on duty here,” Rowley said. “If I see someone carrying a heavy load or having trouble, I’m happy to assist.”
And many SMC employees are thankful for that.