SpiriTrust Lutheran Presents 32nd Annual Karen A. Rohaly Award


SpiriTrust Lutheran recently presented its 2018 Karen A. Rohaly Award to Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse in the agency’s Franklin County, PA service area.  

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.

Deborah has been with the agency for 3 years.  She was nominated for the award by three fellow team members.  She was chosen because of the nominations’ characterization of her strength, confidence, excellent clinical skills and dedication.   One nominator wrote, “Clinically, Debbie is an excellent nurse. She is a great resource for other nurses and is respected by her coworkers…When in tough situations, she uses critical thinking and often times has to think “outside of the box…”  Another wrote, “Families always feel so supported when she arrives.  She does a lot of the hospice admissions and is the first face that is represented by Spiritrust and always gives a wonderful first and lasting impression.”  A third nominator wrote, “Deb is our hospice on call nurse…a very stressful position: putting out fires, admitting patients emergently…handling sometimes very difficult situations…but she is strong and confident.”

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 www.SpiriTrustLutheranHomeCare.org or www.SpiriTrustLutheranLIFE.org.

Pictured in attached photo: (Left) Nina DelGrande, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, Vice President, Community Health Services of SpiriTrust Lutheran, and (Right) Deborah Giselman, RN, Hospice Nurse and Karen A. Rohaly award recipient.