Longtime employee of Evangelical Community Hospital, Frank Orzolek, Utilities Engineer, was presented with The Donald M. Sauerman Award at the annual Pennsylvania Society for Health Facility Engineering (PSHFE) conference held in Harrisburg, Pa. recently. The Sauerman award honors facility engineers in Pennsylvania who have made outstanding contributions to the field of health facility or biomedical engineering.
With Evangelical for nearly four decades, Orzolek oversaw the design, planning, installation, and start-up of Evangelical’s Biomass Boiler System project, which provides the Hospital with an alternate fuel sourced boiler and has substantially increased boiler/chiller capacities. The installation required expansion of the boiler plant by adding a second story. All was done while maintaining existing natural gas fired boilers in operation.
Orzolek was in attendance at the recent PSHFE Conference to receive his award, where topics included recent code changes from the National Fire Protection Association, rightsizing healthcare and the power of optimization, and PA Department of Health updates.
“Frank is a key component to the successful operation of Evangelical,” said William Anderson, Associate Vice President of Support Services at the Hospital. “He often leads cost-saving measures in regards to reduced utility consumption and system reliability upgrades and we’ve come to rely on him to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone in the facility so our caregivers can focus on patient care.”
Orzolek currently serves as a founding member of the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association and Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools and Communities Organization. He remains an active member of PSHFE and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), all the while serving as an Occupational Advisory Committee member for SUN Area Technical Institute.
Anderson said, “Orzolek has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the Hospital’s systems and serves as a mentor to all of the Plant engineering staff. He embodies the personal and professional characteristics that all organizations hope to find in their personnel but rarely do – competence, ingenuity, foresight, ownership, integrity, and engagement.”
About Evangelical Community Hospital
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,600 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.
PSHFE is the advocate and resource for continuous improvement in the health care engineering and facilities management profession in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
On hand when Frank Orzolek of Evangelical Community Hospital received the Pennsylvania Society for Health Facility Engineering (PSHFE) award were William Anderson, Associate Vice President of Support Services at Evangelical Community Hospital; Orzolek, Utilities Engineer at Evangelical and recipient of the 2015 Sauerman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of health facility; Gene Hudelson, Assistant Director of Plant Engineering at Evangelical; and Marvin Smith, PSHFE Awards Committee Chair.
Frank and Dorell Orzolek of Bloomsburg, Pa. Frank Orzolek, Utilities Engineer at Evangelical Community Hospital, was recently presented the Sauerman Award by the Pennsylvania Society for Health Facility Engineering. The award honors engineers in Pennsylvania who have made outstanding contributions to the field of health facility or biomedical engineering. Orzolek has been employed at Evangelical for 38 years and was instrumental in the design, planning, installation, and start-up of Evangelical’s Biomass Boiler System project, which provides the Hospital with an alternate fuel sourced coiler and has substantially increased boiler/chiller capacities.