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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Long-time St. Francis Health engineering chief readies for retirement

Toby Orme (l) received the 2011 Indiana Society of Hospital
Engineers' "Engineer of the Year" award. Photo courtesy of ISHE

INDIANAPOLIS – Toby Orme, director of engineering at Franciscan St. Francis Health, will retire after more than four decades of service.

He will be honored by his colleagues and staff at an open house slated for 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, in the auditorium at the hospital’s Indianapolis campus, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Orme began his career in November 1971 as assistant director of engineering. He previously had worked as a test engineer for Douglas Aircraft in California and as project engineer for Allison Division of General Motors.

He was promoted to his current position in 1980, succeeding Carl Hancock. In that role, he oversaw the maintenance of all hospital facilities at Beech Grove and Indianapolis, which was opened in 1995. Orme is credited as being a strong advocate for using back-up resources for utilities and critical hospital systems to minimize downtime.

“Toby was involved in finishing construction of the original tower building at our former Beech Grove hospital and has played a leading role in virtually every construction and renovation project,” said Roger Barksdale, vice president of ancillary services. “His depth of knowledge, experience and forward-thinking will be missed.”

Orme, an Indianapolis resident, is past president of the Indiana Society of Hospital Engineers. In 2011, he was honored by the society as “Engineer of the Year.”