Published in the September/October 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Mike Siedzick wears a couple of important hats. He’s not only a regional director of operations for HSS, but also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He was mobilized for operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. Currently, he does his military duty as the instructor for a command and general staff college. He’s had two stints at HSS, with the current one lasting 15 years.
“I work with the site leaders of 14 different hospitals,” he said. “We provide a lot of the support for things like scheduling and communications. The site leaders run the security programs in the hospitals, and I help them make sure they can do their jobs safely and successfully.”
Because servicemembers learn a lot about security while serving in the military, they are a good fit for careers with HSS. “Each one of our leaders in the hospitals has a military mindset,” Siedzick said. “It’s not just those who were MP’s or security forces. Everyone had to pull guard duty. It’s a great fit for us, and we are a great fit for them.”
Founded in Denver in 1967, HSS has grown to become one of America’s leading sourcing companies, providing technical and professional service programs to customers nationwide. The company offers specialized expertise to customers in select markets. HSS services include healthcare/hospital security, aviation/airport security, government security, biomedical equipment management, security systems integration, and temporary healthcare staffing.
HSS employs 2,600-plus men and women in 13 states, and is one of Colorado’s largest employers. HSS was selected the 2010 Colorado American Legion Economic Commission Medium-Size Business Employer of the Year. HSS boasts a 91 percent customer retention rate. More than 30 customers have been with the company for over 35 years.
“We really like to hire servicemembers because they are typically organized, dedicated in what they do, and do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it,” Siedzick said. “That enables a lot of trust because, if you think about it, they are literally handed the keys to a hospital.”
While it might seem like handling security in a hospital might not be a challenge for a veteran who has been in a combat zone, Siedzick points out that’s not necessarily the case. “There can be a lot of violence in the emergency department,” he said. “The problems of society always seem to end up in the ER. There can be problems with drugs, criminal activity in the hospital, gang-related violence, the standard potential for workplace violence and, in some cases, our employees work in psychiatric facilities.”
The violence is rare, but all the more reason to have veterans working for HSS. “(Veterans) have seen it all and because of that, they are prepared to handle whatever is thrown their way,” he said. “We need calm employees who are ready to handle anything and veterans are great under pressure.”
Even though there is potential for plenty of excitement while working for HSS, Siedzick said that there’s a great working environment for veterans there. “This is a veteran-friendly company,” he said. “It’s respectful of making sure those in the Reserve and National Guard get the time off they need for their commitments. There is also a family feel about the staff. This job is interesting; no day is the same. We get to interact with VIP’s – nationally known celebrities and high government officials.”
The security side of HSS is a great place for veterans to start another career, according to Siedzick. “Most of the positions are entry-level security,” he said. “The company promotes from within, but it also allows employees to have the time they need to work on degrees and other aspirations. There’s a lot of flexibility. Plus, the organization is very stable, and will keep veterans as long as they want to be kept. There are plenty of training opportunities and ways to become even better at the job.”