Morris Hospital Security Officer Finds Purpose in Helping Others
March 10, 2021 – After devoting 31 years of his life to public safety as an officer with the Minooka and Seneca Police Departments, Morris resident Harry Kosters wasn’t about to take a break. He wanted to continue serving others and is doing just that today as Morris Hospital’s stand out, roll model, Lead Security Officer. For all that he does to go above and beyond at all times, Kosters was selected as Morris Hospital’s Fire Starter of the Month for February.
“Harry is very passionate about his work, and everyone can tell that he really enjoys what he does,” wrote Morris Hospital Employee Health Nurse Barb Ragan in nominating Kosters as Fire Starter of the Month. “He is always willing to help anyone – staff, patients and visitors. He supports his staff of officers and is a good role model for them. He has a good attitude about work and is always willing to help others.”
Indeed he is. In addition to rounding throughout the hospital, responding to codes and helicopter traffic, preparing the department’s staffing schedule and security reports, and keeping the camera system in top order, Kosters steps in and helps out wherever he sees an opportunity.
“Harry goes above and beyond every minute that he is here,” says Jeff Brodbeck, Director of Facilities and Safety Officer at Morris Hospital. “He constantly makes it his mission to serve the organization and all of us.”
For example, if Kosters is walking through the hospital main lobby on his rounds and sees that a flower arrangement has arrived for a patient, he doesn’t hesitate to deliver it. He’ll step outside when he sees an opportunity to assist a patient in or out of a vehicle. And, he never passes an opportunity to greet everyone he encounters in the hallways of the hospital.
“It all comes down to Harry’s friendliness and attitude toward customer service,” says Brodbeck. “Any time anybody needs anything, or anytime he gets a call or notices someone struggling, Harry is there to assist. His attitude is infectious. He has established relationships all throughout the building. He’s just a guy who is special to a lot of people.”
As a Security Officer, Kosters believes that his purpose is to help others. He understands that he contributes to the hospital mission by serving others and making each patient’s stay as pleasant as it can be.
“I try to help employees and patients as much as I can,” says Kosters. “It’s my goal to make sure everybody is safe while they’re here so they can return home safely.”
After serving more than three decades as a police officer, Kosters says he can’t think of a better place to work than Morris Hospital.
“This is a beautiful hospital, and we’re really lucky to have such dedicated employees who are willing to help each other,” he adds.
In early civilizations, fire starters were individuals who had the important job of keeping the flame alive. With over 1,400 employees, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is the largest employer in Grundy County.
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