Gaylord's Summer Sportsmetrics Progam, Call: (203) 230-9226, click for info - Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Webcast: New Advances in Research after SCI, June 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., click for info to register - Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Wine & Beer Tasting Event, May 17th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Click for ticket info & brochure - Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Gaylord Hearing Center Open House, May 7, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2880 - Monday, May 06, 2013
Free Lecture: Overuse Injuries in the Growing Athlete, April 25, 7 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
Creative Expressions Art Show, April 23 to May 24 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
WALLINGFORD, CT - Help support artists of every ability by attending Gaylord Specialty Healthcare's Creative Expressions Art Show at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford from April 23 to May 24. The opening reception will be held at Gaylord Hospital on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Brooker Lecture Hall. More than a dozen artists will have pieces on display and there will be more than 125 pieces of art for guests to purchase and enjoy.
The Creative Expressions Program is designed to accommodate artists of all abilities. The program is coordinated by the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Gaylord. Proceeds from the sale of artwork and prints will benefit the artists and the Creative Expressions Program.
This year's featured piece is "My Pad," by artist Ken Tackett. About 10 years ago Ken lost his short term memory following a surgical accident. He came to Gaylord for rehabilitation of both memory and related physical problems. A part of Ken's therapy took place in the Creative Expression Program for outpatients. The group, “Circle of Friends," uses art and creative expressions as therapy. The group has helped him with his self confidence and growth in his love for art. Ken has participated in the Creative Expressions Art Show for many years.
Please RSVP for the opening reception by calling (203) 284-2881.
Creative Expressions Art Show brochure
Have Fun While Supporting Gaylord! 2013 Special Events - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
WALLINGFORD, CT -- You can have fun while helping to support Gaylord. As a non-profit healthcare oganization Gaylord needs your support to provide outstanding care to our patients. Throughout the year we host a variety of special events that meet two goals - raising funds to support a variety of patient needs and providing you the opportunity to have fun as you help Gaylord.
Our fundraising events provide needed financial resources and they strenghten the strong community of caring individuals, businesses and organizations that are committed to Gaylord's vision of providing care beyond the ordinary.
Please join us for any of our special fundraising events and consider creating and hosting your own event to benefit Gaylord. We welcome your ideas. You can download our guide to creating and hosting an event at: http://www.gaylord.org/GeneralInformation/DonorSupport/SpecialEvents.aspx read more ...
Gaylord's Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System - Thursday, April 11, 2013
WALLINGFORD, CT - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has added the Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System to its inpatient and outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Program which is located on the Gaylord Hospital campus in Wallingford.
The Bioness is an ergonomically designed, easy-to-operate system that helps you to reach, grasp, open and close your hand. Patients appropriate for therapy with the system include those with primarily hemiparesis, one-sided weakness, from a stroke or traumatic brain injury and patients with certain levels of spinal cord injury.
The system is made up of a lightweight orthosis and a wireless control unit. The orthosis fits the forearm and wrist and delivers low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves that control the muscles in the hand and forearm. This precise stimulation helps the muscles relearn to respond to signals for movement. The wireless control unit lets you adjust the level of stimulation. read more ...
Gaylord has the Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation system available for both the right and left arms/hands and in medium and large sizes to accomodate patient needs. Our clinicians will custom-fit the orthosis and set up the control unit with a therapy program designed specifically for you. For more information contact Outpatient Therapy Services at (203) 284-2888, option 1.
David Rosenblum, MD, Named CT Top Doc - Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gaylord Uses iPads for Treating Aphasia - Monday, March 18, 2013
Health report from WFSB News, Channel 3 in Hartford, CT. read more ...
TBI Roundtable "Healing after a TBI" on March 21, 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP (203) 284-2881 - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: In conjunction with our TBI art show we are hosting a TBI panel discussion on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:00 pm. The topic is "Healing after a TBI,'" and panel members include Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger, Eliette Markhbein, artist and therapeutic arts practitioner, Carrie Cramer, brain injury services director of the Brain Injury Alliance of CT, Dr. Alyse Sicklick, Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Gaylord Hospital, and Timothy Pruce, outreach coordinator of the New York TBI Model System at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The discussion will be relevant to TBI survivors, their families and caregivers.
The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, March 18 by calling (203) 284-2881 or emailing: email@example.com. read more ...
Brain Injury Survivor Exhibits Her Portraits of Others with TBI - Thursday, March 07, 2013
By SUSAN DUNNE, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7, 2013
Eilette Markhbein became an artist by accident, literally. Markhbein, a journalist for Hearst Magazines, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2004 when she was struck by a speeding car. When she was in rehab, she was frequently asked how she felt. She got tired of that.
"I had a problem trying to express myself. I was feeling so down. I was in tremendous pain because my spine was fractured. I had headaches," Markbein, a native of France, said in a phone interview. "I drew a red stick figure swollen like a balloon and black picks going all over it. My face had tears coming out from it. Steel wool was all around me. I showed to them and they said, 'Oh my God, this is how you feel?' "
She liked expressing herself through art and started doing it more. As an outpatient, she began to take art classes. "I was not in pain when I painted. It took me to another place," she said. "I didn't feel the pain. I didn't have a TBI. My thoughts were flowing seamlessly, like they did before the TBI. It was exhilarating, addictive."
An exhibit of portraits by Markhbein, of people, famous and non-famous who have suffered TBIs and lived productive lives afterward, will open today at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. The exhibit is called "WHACK'ed ... and then everything was different." After the exhibit, the portraits will be donated to the Brain Injury Association of America. read more ...
Gaylord Center for Concussion Care Opens, Appointments: (203) 284-2888, option 1 - Wednesday, March 06, 2013
WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Evidence continues to mount about the short and long term consequences that can occur with a concussion. To help address and support recovery from the many obvious and often hidden effects of a concussion, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has created the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care.
Gaylord's Center for Concussion Care offers a comprehensive program featuring specialty trained experts who provide an individualized concussion management program for teens and adults. Initial appointments are held on the Wallingford campus. Each plan of care is then customized using resources on the Wallingford and/or North Haven campuses.
Contact the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care by calling (203) 284-2888, Option 1. To receive the free concussion information packet email: email@example.com.
See more information and details at Gaylord Center for Concussion Care
Art Show & Reception "Portraits of Legendary Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors," March 7-31. - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- March is Brain Injury Awareness month and as part of the celebration Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host an art exhibition titled "WHACK'ed ... and then everything was different," by Eliette Markhbein. Markbein's show consists of Portraits of Legendary Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors including Senator Gaby Giffords, ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff, NFL star Troy Aikman, Central Park Jogger Trisha Meili and others. The artwork will be displayed in the Milne Pavilion from March 7-31, 2013.
Markhbein was only 35 years old when she was struck by a car while riding her bike. She suffered a traumtic brain injury that ended her career as a journalist. But she discovered that as she created art her brain worked smoothly and a new world opened to her. Markbein now creates art work that depicts the transformation that TBI patients endure as they recreate and restructure their lives around brain injuries that are not always obvious or understood by family members, friends, and the larger world.
An opening wine and cheese reception for "WHACK'ed..." will be held on March 7th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Milne Lobby on the campus of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. The reception is open to the public. Please RSVP by March 4 by calling (203) 284-2881 or emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare in Antarctica! Free lecture, open to the public. 2/20/13, Noon, Brooker Lecture Hall - Thursday, February 14, 2013
Free lecture, open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 20th at noon, in Brooker Lecture Hall at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. Come hear Steven Holland, MD, Gaylord's chief medical officer, share about his experiences providing healthcare in Antarctica. No registration required. Just bring your lunch and join us!
New Portable Ventilator Available in CT - Thursday, February 14, 2013
NEWS 8, wtnh.com
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The latest technology for patients who depend on a ventilator to help them breathe is now available in Connecticut.
Portable ventilators have been around for some time but the latest one is enabling patients to live an even more independent life.
Glenn Landers is now a familiar face in the hallways of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.
"Before I couldn't get out of the room," said Landers.
A spinal chord injury has him dependent on a wheelchair.
"It goes pretty good," said Landers.
His new found freedom is thanks to the latest portable ventilator. read more ...
Thank You to Staff from Gaylord's CEO - Monday, February 11, 2013
A message from CEO to employees:
Dear fellow employees,
We have just experienced a storm of historic proportions. As impressive as this storm is, the dedication of our staff is even more impressive. Many employees have been on duty since Friday and have continued to put the needs of our patients first and create a safe environment for all. They have helped cook, shovel, and even walked or snow shoed into the hospital to help out. Two of our staff were stranded in a car for over 11 hours trying to reach the hospital to help. This is truly an example of the Gaylord spirit.
Gaylord and its patients are beholden to the employees who stayed throughout the storm and I want to express my personal appreciation to each and every one.
President & CEO
Gaylord Rolls Out Portable Ventilators - Thursday, February 07, 2013
By Luther Turmelle
email@example.com / Twitter: @lutherturmelle
WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has launched a new program to give patients who need ventilators to help them breath more mobility as they recuperate.
A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has helped the Wallingford-based rehabilitation hospital purchase three portable ventilators. The authority provides the state’s nonprofit institutions with access to low-cost financing and grants.
The ventilator units are a fraction of the size of bedside ventilators, which in some cases are the size of a small tool cabinet, according to hospital officials. read more ...
Winter Carnival on 2/21/13 by CT Whale to Benefit Gaylord, TICKETS AVAILABLE! - Saturday, February 02, 2013
HARTFORD, January 31, 2013: AEG Management CT today announced that the Connecticut Whale will hold a “Winter Carnival” event Thursday, February 21 at The Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St. in downtown Hartford.
The Winter Carnival will run from 5:00-7:30 PM on February 21, featuring a chance to meet all of the Whale players, and will benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. All ages are welcome to attend.
The Whale Winter Carnival will offer a Mardi Gras-style atmosphere as a happy-hour party, including music games, Mardi Gras beads and other celebratory fun. An admission charge of $20 includes a happy hour-style buffet and tickets for two complimentary beers (for those 21 or older), courtesy of Rogo Distributors. Whale players will be serving drinks from behind the bar, and fans can challenge the players to games of EA Sports NHL 2013 as well. The Labatt’s Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament will also be at the event, for fans and players alike to show off their bubble hockey skills.
In addition, there will also be a silent auction at the event, with proceeds going to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Any tips the players receive will also benefit Gaylord, and a percentage of beer sales from the cash bar will also be donated.
Tickets to the Winter Carnival will be available for purchase at Whale home games at the XL Center, at the Prize Den behind section 124, through February 20, and also can be purchased at the event. Tickets can also be purchased, and more information obtained, by contacting Frank Berrian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 541-4728.
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a premier long-term acute and chronic care hospital, located in Wallingford, CT. Gaylord provides a continuum of care, including inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, medically complex care, and sleep medicine.
Tickets to all Whale home games start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), and are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.
Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are also available. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.
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31 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep Calendar - Friday, January 18, 2013
Download our "31 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep Calendar" from Gaylord Sleep Medicine. Click the "read more" link below to download and print out your own calendar for a good night's sleep. read more ...
Branford Woman to Run Half-Marathon after Brain Injury - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Erin Spaudling suffered a traumatic brain injury over two and a half years ago. On January 12, 2013, she ran the 13.1 miiles of the Disney Half Marathon. Erin has been doing outpatient therapy at Gaylord and was fitted with a special brace to help correct her gait while running. Read more of her story of courage and perseverance on the link below. read more ...
Get Your Flu Shot - It's Not Too Late! - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
In December, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) predicted an early and serious flu season. It is very important to get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect yourself, your family members and your co-workers. It is particularly important to be vaccinated if you have contact with anyone who is immune compromised and at greater risk of serious flu complications. read more ...
According to the CDC, five states--Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas--reported higher-than-normal reports of flu, usually not seen until after Christmas.In Tennessee, three school systems closed for a week due to the amount of students and teachers stricken. According to the former president of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, this year's "strain "of the flu is more serious and is "caused by a virus that causes more serious illness." It is not too late to get a flu shot nor does the flu vaccine cause you to get the flu. It's in everyone's best interest to become vaccinated.
200 Most Popular Health News Articles of 2012 - Monday, December 31, 2012
Medical News Today has listed its top 200 most read medical/health related articles for 2012. The list covers a broad range of health topics. read more ...
Free Download (ends 12/31) "Musical Chairs" Film about Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing - Thursday, December 20, 2012
"When his dancer partner, Mia, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest."
Janet Carrus, the producer of Musical Chairs, is making this uplifting film free to download until Dec. 31, 2012 as a holiday gift. Please download the film fully before trying to view it.
http://www.musicalchairsthefilm.com/streaming/ read more ...
Step by Step: Walking with Bionic Legs from WFSB News - Sunday, December 16, 2012
Mike Loura continues to gain momentum using the Ekso bionic exoskeleton at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Watch this video story from WFSB news about Mike's efforts and goals for using the bionic exoskeleton. Mike, now 43, was paralyzed from the chest down in 2008 when he was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle while training for a triathalon.
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Wellness Lecture: Treat Your Neck Pain! Dec. 6, 7-8 PM, Call: 203-284-2829 - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Stop Hurting, Start Living: Treat Your Neck Pain!
Free Wellness Lecture, Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7 PM - 8 PM at the Gaylord Wellness Center, Healthtrax. 8 Devine St, North Haven, Exercise Room. Call 203-284-2829 to reserve your seat. Open to the public.
Peter G. Whang, M.D., from Yale Orthopedics and Gaylord Outpatient Physical Therapist Lindsay Holmes PT, MPT, MTC, OCS will discuss cervical spine conditions such as osteoarthritis, cervical radiculopathy, myelopathy, their causes and treatments. They will address clinical findings, surgical options, as well as non-surgical interventions such as exercises, stretches and body mechanics for the treatment of neck pain. Come ready to ask the experts what the next step is for your neck pain.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by calling 203-284-2829. read more ...
Paralyzed Man to Walk Soon - Bionics Device Offers Mobility - Monday, November 19, 2012
Double Your Giving Power: Board of Directors matches new or increased gifts to Gaylord until Dec. 31 - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Double Your Giving Impact Until Dec. 31
From now until Dec. 31 your new or increased gift to Gaylord will be matched by our Board of Directors. This opportunity doubles your giving impact! No gift is too small and every gift will help us continue to provide outstanding care to patients dealing with serious medical issues. Donate using the Donate button on our Donor page or send your gift to: Development, Gaylord Hospital, P.O. Box 400, Wallingford, CT 06492
Questions? Contact Tara Knapp, (203) 284-2838, or email: email@example.com read more ...
Gaylord and Ekso exsokeleton on CNN - Monday, November 12, 2012
The video taken by WTNH TV at the November 8 event at Gaylord showcasing the Ekso bionic suit was listed on CNN's "Just In" links on November 12, 2012. read more ...
Bionic suit helps paralyzed walk - Friday, November 09, 2012
Gaylord patient Mike Loura demonstrated the new Ekso bionic exoskeleton during an event showcasing this new technology on Thursday, November 8 at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, CT. The suit is strapped onto the patient and motors operate the knee and hip joints while a physical therapist operates the controls that adjust the pace. The suit is used during physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and keep the heart healthy.
The bionic suit cost $120,000 and it is the only one in Connecticut. The hope is that the technology will evolve so that the suit can be used at home.
Gaylord won $100,000 to help fund the purchase of the bionic suit in a contest sponsored this summer by the Stratton Faxson Law Firm of New Haven. read more ...
Exoskeleton suit gives man chance to walk again - Thursday, November 08, 2012
Click here to see the story on WTNH News 8.
To Dance with His Daughters: Four years ago, Mike Loura was paralyzed when he was hit by a car while riding his bike as he trained for an Ironman event. Mike showcased walking with the Ekso bionic skeleton at an event held at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare on November 8 to demonstrate the new technology. Gaylord is the only center in Connecticut to offer the Ekso bionic skeleton to patients with spinal chord injuries.
Dr. David Rosenblum the medical director of Rehabilitation at Gaylord described the bionic skeleton and explained it as a tool to work on balance to get someone with a spinal cord injury up and moving. The exoskeleton not only helps patients who are paraplegics to walk but also improves their wellness and quality of life. read more ...
Ex-patient helps Gaylord Hospital get $10,000 for bikes - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
"Kelly-Alexander spent 2½ months at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where her heart stopped twice and was resuscitated.
She was later transferred to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where she started rehabilitation. She is now giving back to Gaylord, where she spent many months.
Kelly-Alexander was host for a bike tour Saturday that raised $10,000 to donate “adaptive bikes” to the hospital. Adaptive bikes are designed to help those who have physical challenges."
STOP Limping! Treat Your Heal Pain, Free Lecture: Oct. 25, 7 p.m. - Friday, October 19, 2012
Surgical vs. Non-surgical Options Wellness Lecture
Heel pain slowing you down? Join us for a free Wellness Lecture on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Wellness Center, Healthtrax, Exercise Room located at 8 Devine Street, North Haven, CT.
Khristine Sparta, DPM, CWS from Associated Podiatrists of North Haven will discuss several heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs, and their causes and treatments. Gaylord Outpatient Physical Therapist Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS will dicuss non-surgical options such as exercises and stretches to address foot and ankle dysfunction. He will also discuss body mechanics involved with daily function that may contribute to your pain. Come ready to ask the experts what the next step is for your heel pain.
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. To reserve your seat call (203) 284-2829 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaylord Sports Association Cycling Tour: October 20, 2012 - Monday, October 08, 2012
2012 Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Cycling Tour
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Farmington Canal Linear Trail
Simsbury, CT 06070
Enjoy the fall foliage with a cycling tour along the Farmington Canal Linear Trail and help the Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital continue to bring quality adaptive sports programming to people with physical disabilities. Choose from the 10-mile ride ($50), 25-mile ride ($100) or 50-mile ride ($100). Registration deadline: October 18, 2012. Register at:http://www.active.com/cycling/new-haven-cheshire-ct/sports-association-of-gaylord-hospital-cycling-tour-2012.
This benefit event is coordinated by former Gaylord patient Colleen Kelly Alexander. Colleen was seriously injured when she was run over by a freight truck while biking home from work. Read Colleen's story and join her on Octoboer 20th. Proceeds from this event will help purchase adaptive bikes for the Gaylord Sports Association.
Sleep Eating Interview with Keith Dixon, M.D., of Gaylord Sleep Medicine - Friday, October 05, 2012
Backpack Basics for Students - Monday, August 23, 2010
WALLINGFORD, CT (August 23, 2010) – The end of summer signals the return to school and the need to purchase a variety of school supplies. Often at the top of the list is a comfortable, size appropriate backpack. The physical therapists at the Gaylord Outpatient Centers offer the following tips for safe backpack use for students of any age.
- Choose backpacks that have thickly padded shoulder straps that can protect against upper back and shoulder pain. Padded straps also protect against nerve compression or possible circulatory problems. If possible select a backpack with a lumbar cushion, which helps redistribute weight to the lower extremities and makes it easier to stand up straight. Opting for pack with a padded back offers protection from sharp edges or something poking through the pack.
- A waist belt on a backpack helps to distribute weight evenly and shifts weight off the shoulders, neck and upper back to the lower back. Selecting a pack with multiple compartments allows for better weight distribution.
- The rule of thumb is that the pack and its contents shouldn’t weigh more than 15% of the wearer’s body weight. A child weighing 50 lbs. should carry a backpack weighing no more than 7.5 lbs. An adolescent who weighs 130 lbs. should carry a backpack weighing no more than 19.5 lbs.
- Be careful where you put that backpack. Gaylord therapists report that they’ve seen injuries that happen when kids trip over them when they are on the ground or use them to hit someone, whether by accident or in fun.
- Students can stay safe and healthy by picking out a the right backpack, packing the heaviest items on the bottom, placing the pack out of the way and handling it carefully around others.
For more information about backpack safety, ergonomics and muscle and joint injuries, contact Gaylord Specialty Health Care’s Outpatient Center at (203) 284-2818 or check our resources on the web at www.gaylord.org.
Teens Asked to ThinkFirst - Thursday, July 01, 2010
Gaylord physical therapists Andrea Oberlander and Erin Prastine bring a message of injury prevention to area elementary, middle and high school children through the ThinkFirst program. They lead a classroom discussion devoted to informing kids of all ages about the risk of traumatic injury due to activities such as driving, bicycling, skateboarding and diving. As healthcare professionals, they believe that they must reach children and teens sooner to help them understand the causes and behaviors associated with traumatic injuries.
The ThinkFirst program is free and offered to area schools and community groups. Studies show that students significantly increase their knowledge related to safety behaviors and potential for injury after attending the ThinkFirst presentation. The importance of wearing a helmet, for example, jumped from 22% to 60%; safety belt use from 46% to 69%; and those stating injuries were almost always preventable increased from 22% to 49%.
For more information—or to bring ThinkFirst to your school—contact the program coordinators at email@example.com.