Arnold Receives Award

SpiriTrust Lutheran recently presented its 2017 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Robin Arnold, RN, Center Manager for the agency’s LIFE program in Cumberland County, PA.

The Karen A. Rohaly Award was established by SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice after the death of the agency’s first administrator, Karen Rohaly.  Leading the agency from its inception in 1978 until her untimely death in 1987, Ms. Rohaly was a visionary who defined the organization’s mission.  This award is presented annually to the employee who best upholds the ideals set by the work of Ms. Rohaly. The nominations are made by co-workers – those who are most familiar with the staff member and his/her work.  An Awards Committee, made up of individuals from throughout the agency’s service areas, evaluates the nominations and a recipient is selected.

Robin has been with the agency for 3 years.  She was nominated for the award because of her high level of creativity in her position keeping both staff and participants engaged, creating a family-like environment at the center, identifying potential problems and working to prevent significant issues from arising. During the last few years, Robin has often been asked to cover for both peers and subordinates as the LIFE program has developed and grown.  She has filled these roles exceedingly well and done so with outward calm, professionalism and expertise.

Her nominator said, “Robin is the person who everyone goes to and everyone can depend on…and she is well respected by her coworkers, peers, participants and the community. To that, I would add a huge “thank you” for the grace under pressure that she demonstrated numerous times over the past few years and the loyalty and support that she has exhibited herself and developed within our LIFE program.
Pictured below:  Robin Arnold, RN, Center Manager and Karen A. Rohaly award recipient, and Terry J. Shade, President of SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice and SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice provides home health care, home health telemonitoring, palliative care, hospice, and in-home support services.  The agency serves south central through northeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) is a creative program designed to enhance the ability of seniors in Franklin, Cumberland & Perry Counties in PA to live safely in their homes and communities with dignity and independence by providing access to the full range of preventative, primary, acute and long-term care services. For further information, or to start care, please call (800) 840-9081 or visit our website at or
Melanie Furlong
Director, Community Relations
SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice
SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE
Phone: 717-217-3504