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2015 Connecticut Wheelchair Rugby Classic & CT Jammers

Sunday, Dec 06, 2015

The  2015  CONNECTICUT CLASSIC WHEELCHAIR RUGBY TOURNAMENT, was hosted by the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team & The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital on December 5 and 6 a... read more


The  2015  CONNECTICUT CLASSIC WHEELCHAIR RUGBY TOURNAMENT, was hosted by the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team & The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital on December 5 and 6 at Chapter 126, 47 Upson St. in Bristol, CT. This video clip highlights the tournament and players. 
 

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Inspire Hope for Spinal Cord Patients: Help Sonny from "General Hospital" Walk with New Technology

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

SIGN OUR Change.org Petition at: http://bit.ly/PetitionHope --- Every year an estimated 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. alone. For many living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), h... read more


SIGN OUR Change.org Petition at: http://bit.ly/PetitionHope --- Every year an estimated 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. alone.

For many living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), hope may be hard to find. But Gaylord Hospital, Connecticut's leading rehabilitation hospital, prides itself on helping severely injured patients regain their lives.

It has recently come to our attention that a character on General Hospital, Sonny Corinthos, has recently suffered a SCI.

Our doctors, nurses, and staff want to show the U.S. (via Sonny) that hope DOES exist for those living with spinal cord injuries by incorporating some of the latest technologies into his rehabilitation.

OUR PROPOSAL:

Our staff of world-class rehabilitation experts at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Ekso Bionics strongly believe that Sonny could benefit from the use of an Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton, a portable bionic exoskeleton designed to let people with paralysis stand up and walk (learn more at eksobionics.com).

Our Ekso representative in California has agreed to lend ABC / General Hospital an Ekso exoskeleton for filming and is willing to lend a trained professional from their company to run the exoskeleton – at no cost.

We hope that introducing the Ekso exoskeleton into Sonny’s story line to help him learn to walk again will bring much-needed awareness of the newest advances in treating spinal cord injuries as well as bring hope to those who are living Sonny’s story in real life.

We ask fans of General Hospital to sign this petition, contact General Hospital via their Facebook site, and reach out to GH writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman. Tell them that you want to inspire hope in others by helping Sonny walk again.

Thank you for your support!

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Gaylord Vice President Takes Top Honor at "Best in the State Connecticut Philanthropy Awards"

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015

November 12, 2015  Hartford Courant -- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medic... read more


November 12, 2015  Hartford Courant -- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is pleased to announce that Wallingford resident Tara A. Knapp, Vice President, Development and Public Relations, was named this year's "Outstanding Fundraising Professional" by The Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) Connecticut and Fairfield County Chapters.

Knapp was presented with the award at The Best in the State Connecticut Philanthropy Awards Breakfast held at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale in New Haven, honoring those who have helped change lives through their fundraising and philanthropic efforts.

Knapp began her fundraising career in 1988 and became Director of Development at Gaylord in 2003 and was later promoted to Vice President in 2012. Soon after arriving at Gaylord, Knapp helped launch a multi-million dollar capital campaign to expand the footprint, capacity and medical capabilities of the hospital. Opened in December, 2008, the Milne Pavilion offers a modern, technology-enhanced wing to care for the sickest among the patients in Connecticut.


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Eight Donors Share Why They Give to Gaylord

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015

Eight of our donors share their heartfelt reasons for why they give to Gaylord. They represent the wide array of our donors: patients and their families; community members; foundation and corporate ... read more


Eight of our donors share their heartfelt reasons for why they give to Gaylord. They represent the wide array of our donors: patients and their families; community members; foundation and corporate committee members; staff; and members of our Board of Directors. At Gaylord donors make extraordinary care possible.

"It's important to know that the things we've done in this world have an impact on someone else." Sam Chauncey
"People need to feel a sense of optimism in order to heal and feel better." Natalie Cheerman
"This a small hospital where your gift can make an enormous difference." Peter Deckers, MD

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Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD, Named Gaylord's Director of Neurobehavioral Medicine

Sunday, Aug 09, 2015

GAYLORD SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE NAMES JOSEPH TRETTEL DIRECTOR OF NEUROBEHAVIORAL MEDICINE Hospital Adds Only Neuropsychiatrist in CT to complete a clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsy... read more


GAYLORD SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE NAMES JOSEPH TRETTEL DIRECTOR OF NEUROBEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
Hospital Adds Only Neuropsychiatrist in CT to complete a clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

WALLINGFORD, CT (August, 2015) – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is happy to announce the appointment of new Director of Neurobehavioral Medicine, Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD.

Most recently, Trettel completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at the Center for Brain / Mind Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. In that position, he also served as Clinical Site Leader for the NFL Player’s Association / National Network of Depression Centers Partnership through Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is committed to bringing the best of the best to our facility, and welcoming Dr. Trettel to our distinguished team is a great example of that,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “We are focused on building a team of highly trained professionals whose vast experience and education will assure patients that they are in the hands of the very best.”

In his role at Gaylord, Trettel will assess and treat a wide range of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems as the only fellowship trained clinical neuropsychiatrist in the state. Trettel specializes in completing comprehensive evaluations of complex conditions such as Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Brain Tumors. Trettel received his medical degree and his PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Connecticut.


Gaylord Donation Aids New Wallingford Emergency Shelter

Thursday, Jul 09, 2015

By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register WALLINGFORD >> It took a little longer than expected, but the town’s emergency shelter now has additional space to help families in transition. The... read more


By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register

WALLINGFORD >> It took a little longer than expected, but the town’s emergency shelter now has additional space to help families in transition.

The shelter’s board, along with Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson Jr. and others, celebrated the opening of Fred Ulbrich Jr. Family Center Wednesday. The two-family dwelling sits next to the Martin B. Rubin Family Center, which opened in May 2012 and is identical to the new facility.

Officials of the emergency shelter, at the time the Rubin Family Center opened, had said they hoped to open a similar facility within two years... ...The new facility benefitted from a donation made by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, which donated mattresses, nightstands, lamps, armoires, mirrors, desks and garbage cans. The furniture became available after Gaylord received approval from the state Office of Health Care Access last summer to close its Sleep Medicine locations, sell its equipment and transfer the lease of the North Haven facility to Yale New Haven Hospital, said Sonja LaBarbera, senior director of therapy and outpatient services for Gaylord.

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Disability No Obstacle in Gaylord Gauntlet 5k

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015

Hartford Courant By Cathy Riley WALLINGFORD — Two years ago, at age 37, Mike Weed had a severe stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk or speak. Saturday, with a brace ... read more


Hartford Courant By Cathy Riley WALLINGFORD — Two years ago, at age 37, Mike Weed had a severe stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk or speak.

Saturday, with a brace on his right leg and people helping him, he jumped over a series of fire pits that were near the finish line of the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K obstacle race on the grounds of Gaylord Hospital, a long-term rehabilitation and chronic care hospital.

After the last one, he asked, "Anyone have a beer?" and everybody laughed.

Grit Rorrio Runs In The Gaylord Gauntlet 5K
Grit Rorrio of East Hampton, an Achilles athlete who has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was in her 20s, negotiates the fire pit obstacle at the second annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K obstacle race in Wallingford Saturday.
Weed, a local beer brewer from Cheshire, went on to finish the race, which featured 21 obstacles, including a couple of climbing walls, some junked cars to climb through, a spider web and a water slide. Weed, whose company supplied the beer for the race, wasn't sure if he would do the race or not, but his wife Heidi talked him into it.

"My wife — she's awesome," Weed said. "She said, 'You better do it. I'll take the beer and the kids.' We have three kids."

On his way to the water slide, Weed spotted Heidi and his kids and stopped.

"You," he yelled. "You. I did it for you. It was awesome.

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GHO has Adaptive Golfers Back in the Swing

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015

From Fox CT News, June 8 WALLINGFORD– The Travelers Championship might be just over two weeks away, but the GHO was Monday. No, not the Greater Hartford Open–we’re talking about the ... read more


From Fox CT News, June 8 WALLINGFORD– The Travelers Championship might be just over two weeks away, but the GHO was Monday. No, not the Greater Hartford Open–we’re talking about the Gaylord Hospital Open.

Every year at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, disabled golfers — part of the Gaylord Hospital’s Sports Association — tee ’em up in an adaptive golf tournament.

Katie Joly, the Sports Association’s program manager, said, “We have folks who have had spinal cord injuries, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and they are all out here.”

“I never thought I would play again,” said George Eldridge, a Marine vet who injured himself in a training exercise decades ago and had to have his leg amputated three years ago. Eldridge plays golf sitting down, thanks to an adaptive cart provided by Gaylord. “It’s unbelievable that I am out here doing this stuff, it’s awesome,” Eldridge said. http://bit.ly/GHOGaylord

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Offers Amputee Mobility Clinic on May 12

Monday, Apr 18, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 11, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is offering a free Amputee Mobility Clinic on May 12, 2016 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Pavilion, Roncari Hall... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 11, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is offering a free Amputee Mobility Clinic on May 12, 2016 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Pavilion, Roncari Hall, 2nd floor at Gaylord Hospital. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford, Conn.

The clinic is especially helpful for amputees who experience trouble walking or running, who would like to improve their walking quality, or who need advanced exercise techniques.

Participants will receive a free 30-minute walking analysis with physical therapists. Each individual will also receive one-on-one exercise instruction to provide them with quick tips and tricks to help achieve their goals.

This event is open to the community. Interested parties can register by sending an email to asammartino@gaylord.org by April 22 with your name, address, phone number and indicating first, second and third choices for the following time slots: 5:30 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Registration is required.

More information about the clinic is available by calling Lexi at (203) 284-2876.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord treats individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions through both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road in Wallingford, Conn.

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Gaylord Gauntlet, June 25, 2016 to Test Endurance & Support Athletes with Disabilities

Monday, Mar 07, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 9, 2016) — The Gaylord Gauntlet 5K, scheduled for June 25, 2016, on the campus of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn., is not for the faint-of-heart—or those w... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 9, 2016) — The Gaylord Gauntlet 5K, scheduled for June 25, 2016, on the campus of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn., is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean. In addition to 3.3 miles of ground to cover, the Gaylord Gauntlet includes wooded trails, mud and 20 natural and man-made obstacles to test an athlete’s strength and endurance.
Participants end the race tired, sweaty and muddy, but with a feeling of accomplishment, knowing they helped support the Gaylord Sports Association, which provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities.

Able-bodied and disabled athletes will participate in the day, which will feature 13 waves of runners, music provided by a local DJ and food available for purchase from on-site food trucks. This event will be held rain or shine.

The third annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K will take place on the grounds of Gaylord Hospital at 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford. Runners are encouraged to form teams, but individual registrations are also accepted. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Costumes are encouraged!

Registration is $45 per runner until May 1, when it increases to $50. Walk-in registration beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the event is $60. On-line registration closes at midnight on June 17, 2016.

To register or for more information about the third annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K, visit www.gaylordgauntlet.org.

About the Gaylord Sports Association
The Gaylord Sports Association has been providing adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast for over 20 years. The association currently offers more than a dozen different sports, including alpine skiing, quad rugby and rock climbing at no cost or for a minimal fee, thanks to donor and fundraising support.


Gaylord Hospital Opens First-in-State Spinal Cord Rehab Unit for Adolescents

Saturday, Feb 13, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 8, 2016 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital, announces the opening of Connecticut's only Adolescent Specialty Spinal... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 8, 2016 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital, announces the opening of Connecticut's only Adolescent Specialty Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit at their Wallingford campus.

Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development and Public Relations, explained that the new unit was created to meet the unique needs of adolescent spinal cord-injured patients and their families.

“Dealing with the aftermath of a life-altering trauma in a young person can be an immensely stressful and emotional experience,” Knapp said.

“We designed the unit with the ultimate goal of helping families stay together and focus one-hundred percent of their energies on their child’s recovery.”

The unit is staffed by clinicians who have received special training in the care of adolescent spinal cord injuries. Each of the private, adolescent-friendly patient rooms feature adjoining suites where families can stay close by, free of charge, for the duration of their child’s inpatient stay. The family suites offer a variety of amenities including private bathrooms, an in-room mini fridge, and available laundry pickup and delivery.

Knapp explained that helping the hospital’s youngest patients feel as comfortable and socially enriched as possible also factored into the unit’s design and function. Patients have access to the unit’s teen game room featuring XBOX ONE and a flat-screen TV, have access to free wifi and tablets to stream entertainment and video chat with friends, and can receive visits from Galya – the hospital’s working facility dog. Teenage patients also have the opportunity to speak with peer mentors for support and socialize with other patients on the unit.

“Choosing the best option for rehabilitation following an accident or illness is crucial to a teen’s long-term recovery,” Knapp continued.  

“As the only CARF-accredited (Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) Spinal Cord Program in Connecticut and with 100% of our patients rating Gaylord as “Very Good” in all areas of patient satisfaction, parents can be confident that their child will receive the very best care possible at Gaylord Hospital.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org.

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Hamden Couple Pays it Forward to Gaylord Hospital

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016

Former Patient Hosts Annual Halloween Fundraiser to Support Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury Care WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 1, 2016 - Hamden residents Kim and Richard D’Angelo presen... read more


Former Patient Hosts Annual Halloween Fundraiser to Support Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury Care

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 1, 2016 - Hamden residents Kim and Richard D’Angelo presented a check for $2,500 to Gaylord Hospital in support of the hospital’s traumatic brain injury and stroke programs.

The generous donation represents the net proceeds from the couple’s annual Halloween party held at the Elks Club in Hamden last fall and was attended by a crowd of more than 200. The family friendly event which has raised nearly $7,000 for Gaylord Hospital over the last five years, featured a buffet, DJ, children’s activities, scavenger hunt, raffles and costume contests.

D’Angelo explained that each year, the Halloween event honors a local community member who has survived a stroke and received rehabilitative services from Gaylord Hospital. This year’s honoree was Quinnipiac theater professor Crystal Brian of Hamden.

“This event is just as much about raising money for Gaylord stoke care as it is about providing information to attendees on stroke awareness,” said Kim D’Angelo who ensures that all attendees receive literature and pamphlets on stroke warning signs.

Twenty years ago, at the age of 37, D’Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former U.S. ballroom dancing champion and world championship hopeful permanently paralyzed on one side.

D’Angelo spent more than three months at Gaylord, regaining as much mobility as possible and learning how to adapt and overcome the challenges that her condition brought.

“Gaylord taught me how to live with my issues. They teach you how to go on with what you have, even if you aren’t totally 100% yourself again,” she explained.

“I always say, St. Raphael Hospital saved my life, but Gaylord gave it back to me. And that’s why it’s truly my honor to give back to Gaylord.”

In accepting the check Tara Knapp, Vice President for Development and Public Relations stated, “Gaylord is honored to be the beneficiary of this wonderful annual event.  It is a great example of patients giving back and also paying it forward.”


D’Angelo noted that planning for the 7th annual Halloween party is already under way and the event is slated to take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Hamden Elks Club. For more information, contact Kim D’Angelo at kimdangelo711@gmail.com.


Presentation of check from Halloween Party photo

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org

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Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Names Wallingford Resident as Site Supervi

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016

NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, January 20, 2016 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the promotion of Wallingford resident Jacob Hunter PT, MSPT, OCS to the position of Site Supervisor of the Gay... read more


NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, January 20, 2016 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the promotion of Wallingford resident Jacob Hunter PT, MSPT, OCS to the position of Site Supervisor of the Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinic in North Haven.

As Site Supervisor, Hunter is responsible for the clinic’s operational and budgetary functions, maintaining exceptional patient satisfaction and quality of care, and overseeing employee staffing and training.

“I look forward to helping my staff be the best that they can be at their jobs so that they, in turn, can give the best care possible to our patients,” said Hunter.

Prior to his promotion, the Wallingford resident served as staff physical therapist with Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for more than five years as the Orthopedic Aquatic Coordinator to oversee the aquatic therapy program in North Haven.

Hunter is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist recognized by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties and is among the few therapists in the area to be certified in the integrative dry needling technique for pain management therapy.

Jacob Hunter Gaylord Physical Therapy
Jacob Hunter

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org.

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Gaylord Sports Association Appoints New Quad Rugby Coach

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2016

Gaylord Sports Association Appoints New Quad Rugby Coach WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December xx, 2015 - The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital, a group that provides sports and recreation progr... read more


Gaylord Sports Association Appoints New Quad Rugby Coach

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December xx, 2015 - The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital, a group that provides sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in Connecticut and the Northeast, has recently appointed William Kornegay of Groton as head coach of the Connecticut Jammers quad rugby team.

Kornegay, a seasoned quad rugby player with more than two decades of experience playing for teams in Boston, Michigan, and Illinois, joined the Connecticut Jammers as a player in 2006. It was his teammates’ passion for the game and his prior experience as a recreational therapist, he explained, that inspired him to take the helm at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.

“The game means a lot to me, personally, and to all of our players,” said Kornegay.

“Whether we win or we lose, we’re in it together. We’re committed to this sport and that’s why I committed as coach,” he continued.

Katie Joly, Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager, said that the dozen-member Connecticut Jammers is the only team of its kind in Connecticut and had recently hosted three out-of-state teams in the 2015 CT Classic Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

“We’re thrilled to have Will step up as leader of the Connecticut Jammers and we look forward to him helping us continue to develop the program,” she said.

Off the court, Kornegay is employed as a home care nurse and lives with his wife Jackie and five-year-old daughter Robin who, he added, attended her first rugby game at the age of one month old.


About the Sports Association:
The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Northeast. The Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation. The goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and to reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports. We provide opportunities to participate in more than a dozen sports throughout the year including alpine skiing, archery, cycling, golf, kayaking, paratriathlon, quad rugby, rock climbing, sled hockey, tennis, veteran’s fishing, and water skiing. Individuals with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment are encouraged to join the program and participate in events.


Gaylord Sports Assoc. Appoints New Sled Hockey Coach

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

Gaylord Sports Association Appoints New Sled Hockey Coach WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 1, 2015 - The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital, an association that provides sports and recreatio... read more


Gaylord Sports Association Appoints New Sled Hockey Coach

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 1, 2015 - The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital, an association that provides sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in Connecticut and the Northeast, has recently appointed Damian Fox of Glastonbury as head coach of the Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team.

Fox, a seasoned ice hockey coach and player, stated that he is thrilled to be a part of an experienced team that “has a lot of heart.”

“Our players aren’t just here to have fun. They push themselves hard in practices and they’re super motivated to win. It’s a competitive bunch and I couldn’t be more proud,” he said.

Katie Joly, Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager, said that the team, which is comprised of four women and eight men ranging in age from 20 to 63 years old, is the only one in the country to have three women players on the National Sled Hockey Team.

“We’re thrilled to have Damian on our team and we look forward to him helping us continue to grow and develop our program,” she said.

Fox also volunteers as assistant coach of the Whalers Youth Hockey peewee AAA team in Cromwell. Off the ice, Fox is the owner of Foxy Fast Lube, an oil change center in Willimantic and lives with his wife Heather, daughter Ella (9) and son Luca (11).

About the Sports Association:
The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Northeast. The Association is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation. The goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and to reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports. We provide opportunities to participate in more than a dozen sports throughout the year including alpine skiing, archery, cycling, golf, kayaking, paratriathlon, quad rugby, rock climbing, sled hockey, tennis, veteran’s fishing, and water skiing. Individuals with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment are encouraged to join the program and participate in events.


Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD, Named Gaylord's Director of Neurobehavioral Medicine

Sunday, Aug 09, 2015

GAYLORD SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE NAMES JOSEPH TRETTEL DIRECTOR OF NEUROBEHAVIORAL MEDICINE Hospital Adds Only Neuropsychiatrist in CT to complete a clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neurops... read more


GAYLORD SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE NAMES JOSEPH TRETTEL DIRECTOR OF NEUROBEHAVIORAL MEDICINE

Hospital Adds Only Neuropsychiatrist in CT to complete a clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

WALLINGFORD, CT (August X, 2015) – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is happy to announce the appointment of new Director of Neurobehavioral Medicine, Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD.

Most recently, Trettel completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at the Center for Brain / Mind Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. In that position, he also served as Clinical Site Leader for the NFL Player’s Association / National Network of Depression Centers Partnership through Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is committed to bringing the best of the best to our facility, and welcoming Dr. Trettel to our distinguished team is a great example of that,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “We are focused on building a team of highly trained professionals whose vast experience and education will assure patients that they are in the hands of the very best.”

In his role at Gaylord, Trettel will assess and treat a wide range of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems as the only fellowship trained clinical neuropsychiatrist in the state. Trettel specializes in completing comprehensive evaluations of complex conditions such as Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Brain Tumors. Trettel received his medical degree and his PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Connecticut.


Wallingford's CT Archery Gives Disabled Athletes an Outlet

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–"Whether you’re standing or sitting in a wheelchair, the goal is the same. Hit that target. Hiram Gonzalez seems to be getting the hang of it. He was injured bac... read more


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–"Whether you’re standing or sitting in a wheelchair, the goal is the same. Hit that target.

Hiram Gonzalez seems to be getting the hang of it. He was injured back in 2004, while cutting some tree limbs in his backyard. Prior to his accident, he loved playing sports.
“Playing volleyball, softball, soccer and golf, and that was a way to blow off steam. I don’t have those avenues anymore like I used to, so this is a good way to compensate for that,” he said.

Gonzalez always wanted to try archery, so when this beginner’s class started a couple of weeks ago, he took a chance and decided to give it a try despite some apprehension at first." http://sportzedge.com/2016/03/25/ct-archery-gives-disabled-athletes-an-outlet/

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Sound Tigers try Sled Hockey with Connecticut Wolfpack

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

ctpost by Mike Fornabaio, March 15, 2016 BRIDGEPORT — Just because he was on a sled, Mike Halmo's game wasn't changing. Or at least, he wasn't trying to change it. The players of the&nb... read more


ctpost by Mike Fornabaio, March 15, 2016

BRIDGEPORT — Just because he was on a sled, Mike Halmo's game wasn't changing. Or at least, he wasn't trying to change it.

The players of the Gaylord Sports Association's Connecticut Wolfpack sled hockey team had a lot more experience in their sport than the Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward had, though.

"They're good at turning. It's really tough to do," Halmo said. "I thought it'd be like a canoe. I did a lot of tipping. I tried to line 'em up a couple of times, but they dangled me."

After the Sound Tigers practiced Tuesday at Webster Bank Arena, Halmo and a few teammates strapped themselves into sleds, a metal frame with a seat and skate blades attached, to play against five Wolfpack players.

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Wallingford Restaurant to Hold Benefit for Teen Tmpacted by Rare Condition

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016

By Leigh Tauss Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Skylar Vumback’s life changed forever last September after suffering a seizure brought on by a previously undiagnosed brain condition. ... read more


WALLINGFORD — Skylar Vumback’s life changed forever last September after suffering a seizure brought on by a previously undiagnosed brain condition. After a going into emergency surgery, she spent a week in a coma and has since had to relearn how to walk, talk and read.

“AVM (arteriovenuous malformation) is tough; a lot of people don’t make it,” Vumback, 19, said. “But I did.”

Double Play Cafe on Main Street will be holding a benefit this weekend for Vumback, who formerly worked at K. LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers in East Hampton, both of which are owned by Kevin Lamay. The benefit from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday is to help her family with mounting medical bills. Tickets are $20 and there will be food and drink specials, in addition to raffles with prizes that include Boston Red Sox tickets and a trip to Las Vegas.

LaMay said they will also be donating $1 from any sandwich purchase to Vumback at any of the three K. LaMay’s locations Friday to Sunday. LaMay hopes to raise up to $10,000 for Vumback over the course of the weekend.

“I can’t imagine what she’s going through,” LaMay said.

Vumback was born in Meriden and lives in East Haddam. At the age of 18 she was just a normal teenager who enjoyed going to the gym and juggled two jobs while attending school to be a dental hygienist. That all changed on Sept. 18, 2015, when she suddenly began to experience an excruciating headache and hearing loss. Her mother rushed her to a local clinic, where she had a seizure caused by a previously undiagnosed AVM condition.

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Wheelchair Rugby Team Raises Funds for Wallingford Hospital

Monday, Feb 22, 2016

FOX 61 News - POSTED 10:28 PM, FEBRUARY 21, 2016, BY JIM MCKEEVER FARMINGTON - Connecticut's only wheelchair rugby team competed in an annual match benefitting Gaylord Hospital Sunday. ... read more


FOX 61 News - POSTED 10:28 PM, FEBRUARY 21, 2016, BY 

FARMINGTON - Connecticut's only wheelchair rugby team competed in an annual match benefitting Gaylord Hospital Sunday.

The team, the Connecticut Jammers, competed against the able-bodied team the Greys from Farmington.

The Greys used special sports-adapted wheelchairs for the annual game.

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Match Raises Money for CT's Only Wheelchair Rugby Team

Monday, Feb 22, 2016

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s only wheelchair rugby team went head to head with an able-bodied team in Farmington on Sunday. The Connecticut Jammers played the Connecticut Grey... read more


FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s only wheelchair rugby team went head to head with an able-bodied team in Farmington on Sunday.

The Connecticut Jammers played the Connecticut Greys. The Greys are able-bodied rugby players, but they played using special sports-adapted wheelchairs.

The two teams play every year for fun and to raise money for the Connecticut Jammers through Gaylord Hospital. The friendly but competitive match also raises awareness for the sport.

“It’s really a pleasure to be a part of something like that, to be able to give back and help out where other spinal cord injury patients can just see that we are still pushing forward and you can still have a good quality of life despite what obstacles fall before us,” said Joseph Stone, a rugby player for the Connecticut Jammers.

The Connecticut Jammers beat the Greys 32-30 in overtime.

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Gaylord Hospital opens adolescent spinal cord unit

Friday, Feb 19, 2016

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford has opened what it says is Connecticut's only adolescent specialty spinal cord rehabilitation unit. The new unit was created to meet the unique needs of ... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford has opened what it says is Connecticut's only adolescent specialty spinal cord rehabilitation unit.

The new unit was created to meet the unique needs of adolescent spinal cord-injured patients and their families, according to Tara Knapp, Gaylord vice president of development and public relations for the not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital.

The unit is staffed by clinicians with special training caring for adolescent spinal cord injuries. Each of the private, adolescent-friendly patient rooms features adjoining suites where families can stay, free of charge, during their child's inpatient stay. Family suite amenities include private bathrooms, in-room mini fridge, and laundry pickup and delivery.

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State Players Hope Women's Sled Hockey is on Fast Track for Paralympics

Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

February 13, 2016 - by Lori Riley - Hartford Courant - When Kelly Lavoie of East Haven first learned she had primary lateral sclerosis, she was relieved that she finally had a diagnosis for the severe... read more


February 13, 2016 - by Lori Riley - Hartford Courant - When Kelly Lavoie of East Haven first learned she had primary lateral sclerosis, she was relieved that she finally had a diagnosis for the severe medical problems that had plagued her for years.

But the more she learned about it, the more depressed she became. Primary lateral sclerosis causes weakness in voluntary and involuntary muscles that control the arms, legs, the torso and speech. Compared with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it progresses slower, and in most cases it isn't fatal.

Lavoie had been an active athlete. After her diagnosis, she didn't want to get out of bed or be with anybody.

One of her friends, Jeff Lavoie (who is now her husband), let her mope around and then gave her an ultimatum. A paraplegic who suffered a spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, Jeff told her he got it. She could feel sorry for herself. Or look it square in the face.

"I would like to think you would do the latter," he told her.

"Of course I got pissed off," Lavoie said. "He made sense. It took me a little bit. I started coming around. There is an adaptive sports life. People are very competitive."

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State Players Hope Women's Sled Hockey is on Fast Track for Paralympics

Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

February 13, 2016 - by Lori Riley - Hartford Courant - When Kelly Lavoie of East Haven first learned she had primary lateral sclerosis, she was relieved that she finally had a diagnosis for the severe... read more


February 13, 2016 - by Lori Riley - Hartford Courant - When Kelly Lavoie of East Haven first learned she had primary lateral sclerosis, she was relieved that she finally had a diagnosis for the severe medical problems that had plagued her for years.

But the more she learned about it, the more depressed she became. Primary lateral sclerosis causes weakness in voluntary and involuntary muscles that control the arms, legs, the torso and speech. Compared with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it progresses slower, and in most cases it isn't fatal.

Lavoie had been an active athlete. After her diagnosis, she didn't want to get out of bed or be with anybody.

One of her friends, Jeff Lavoie (who is now her husband), let her mope around and then gave her an ultimatum. A paraplegic who suffered a spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident, Jeff told her he got it. She could feel sorry for herself. Or look it square in the face.

"I would like to think you would do the latter," he told her.

"Of course I got pissed off," Lavoie said. "He made sense. It took me a little bit. I started coming around. There is an adaptive sports life. People are very competitive."

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