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April 28, 2015 - Hughes Named Assistant Manager of Safety and Security


Tim Hughes, a 27-year veteran with USA Medical Center’s security team, has been promoted to Assistant Manager of Safety and Security at the Medical Center.

In fact, Hughes has been at the Medical Center even longer than those 27 years. He spent his first three years as a contractor, doing outside security, before the hospital hired him for inside security work.

Before he took on the job, fresh out of Mattie T. Blount High School, he says he kind of thought he might like security work.  Once he started the job, he knew he was in the right place.

“I enjoy helping people, being around people,” he says “I just have a passion for helping them.”

The obvious way the security team helps is by providing “ a safe and secure atmosphere” for patients, staff and visitors.

“But we do what we need to do to make this operation run good,” he says.

That might be anything from protecting patient valuables to escorting patients from one part of the hospital to another, to finding wheelchairs or chatting with visitors. “We play so many different roles,” he says.

As assistant manager he will oversee the department of 21 employees, serve on the hospital committees and help with payroll, staffing and daily operation of the department, reporting to Josh Hester, administrative project coordinator and manager.

Hughes will also make safety rounds, perform safety inspections and supervise the camera system  — “always trying to improve the hospital as a whole.”

When he started at the Medical Center, Hughes says, “I was the youngest little lad in the whole department.” But he had great mentors of the years, he says — former hospital administrator Elmer Sellers, Doug Fleming who preceded Hughes as assistant manager, and Joe Wooten, who Hughes describes as “the elder officer of the security department.”

“They inspired me a lot,” Hughes says.

Says Hughes:  “I am proud to be a member of the USA Health System serving this community.”

When he’s not working, Hughes is active in his church and enjoys spending time with his family.

About the University of South Alabama Medical Center 

The University of South Alabama Medical Center offers patient-centered care to the central Gulf Coast with unique services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center, plus Centers of Excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services. 

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