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Hearing Exam Highlights Health Benefits of Early Detection

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

CHESHIRE HERALD - by John Rook - As we get older, our hearing begins to go.That’s just a part of the natural aging process, and no more controllable than a thinning hairline or a few more wrink... read more


CHESHIRE HERALD - by John Rook - As we get older, our hearing begins to go.That’s just a part of the natural aging process, and no more controllable than a thinning hairline or a few more wrinkles.

By the age of 65, most people have some level of hearing loss and, by the age of 90, everyone has expe-rienced a decline in what they can hear. Yet Lori Charette warns that people shouldn’t just accept hear-ing loss as a common part of growing old.Charette, an audiologist at the Gaylord Hospital Hearing Center, was on hand at the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine facility in Chesire.

Hearing and Early Detection Full Article


Ist Quarter 2017 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

The First Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are: Burt Fleischner Inpatient Therapy ... read more


The First Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:

Photo of Burt Fleischner Lindenmayer Award Nominee Burt Fleischner
Inpatient Therapy
   
Sue Goldstein, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Sue Goldstein
Outpatient Therapy
   
Kate Grevelding, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Kate Grevelding
Outpatient Physical Therapy
   
Jennifer Mordino, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Jennifer Mordino
Nursing Services


Congratulations to all of our First Quarter Nominees!
Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF


Free Hearing Screening at Gaylord Chesire on 8/9/16

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016

Join us for a free hearing screening at the new Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office in Cheshire located at 1154 Highland Ave. To schedule your Mobile Hearing Screening ap... read more


Join us for a free hearing screening at the new Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office in Cheshire located at 1154 Highland Ave. To schedule your Mobile Hearing Screening appointment call the Gaylord Hearing Center at (203) 284-2880. Appointments are available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Free Hearing Screening  


Meet Dr. Bernie Siegel - Free Event - May 12, 2016

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016

MEET DR. BERNIE SIEGEL: May 12 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a Wine & Cheese Reception, Lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Siegel (Books available for purchase) at Brooker Lecture Hall, Gaylord Hospital... read more


MEET DR. BERNIE SIEGEL: May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a Wine & Cheese Reception, Lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Siegel (Books available for purchase) at Brooker Lecture Hall, Gaylord Hospital. Limited seating! RSVP by Friday, May 6 by calling (203) 284-2881 Bernie Siegel Event at Gaylord


Sharon's Story: Do NOT Ignore the Signs

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016

Gaylord Hospital - March 2, 2016 - Do NOT ignore the signs   “Look what I can do... because of you!” is not your typical salsa label. But things are rarely typical at Gaylord. This ... read more


Gaylord Hospital - March 2, 2016 - Do NOT ignore the signs
 
“Look what I can do... because of you!” is not your typical salsa label. But things are rarely typical at Gaylord. This gift of love, in a glass jar, was delivered to 60+ therapists, nurses, and support staff at Gaylord Hospital. The gift represents a return of function, a return of independence and a return to being Sharon.

For two years preceding surgery to remove a brain tumor, Sharon’s husband and family noticed physical and mental signs of change in the 59 year old. It began with a “frozen shoulder” and advanced to an inability to move her entire right side. But never once a headache.

She repeatedly instructed loved ones to leave her alone, ignoring the severity of her condition, until her husband went against her wishes and called an ambulance. A CT scan showed an invasive tumor which was removed and later radiated upon regrowth.

Sharon’s surgeon cautioned that she might never walk again. After witnessing her move her fingers, he insisted she go to Gaylord for rehabilitation to maximize her abilities. At Gaylord she was surrounded by a team pushing her to work hard to regain her independence, transitioning from inpatient to outpatient services.

So upon her return home, she purchased adaptive equipment and with the help of her daughter and granddaughter, she made batches of salsa, using only one hand. She and Wayne then visited her Gaylord friends walking and delivering her message - “Thank you for giving me my life back.”
 
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Sharon's Story


Gaylord VP Recognized as "Woman of the Year" by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerece

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

Wallingford Resident and Healthcare Leader Receives Prestigious Award at Annual Event WALLINGFORD, CT, October 21, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care ... read more


Wallingford Resident and Healthcare Leader Receives Prestigious Award at Annual Event

WALLINGFORD, CT, October 21, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is pleased to announce that Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Public Relations and Marketing, was recently honored as “Woman of the Year” at the 2016 Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Achievement Awards.

Knapp was recognized for her proven track record in not-for-profit fundraising and for most notably spearheading 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 some of the state’s sickest patients.

Tara has been in Development for more than 26 years serving in both healthcare and educational fundraising. She serves as an active volunteer in her community. She serves on the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce; Mount Holyoke College as a Class Agent; the Independent Day School as a Trustee where she chairs the Development Committee; the Wallingford Historic Properties Commission; and the Connecticut Hospital Association on both its Development Directors Group and Communications Group.

Tara was awarded the 2015 Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the 2016 Hartford Business Journal “Women in Business Award”.

Knapp attributed her continued business success to having an open mind, willing spirit, and a can-do outlook.

“At Gaylord Hospital we encourage patients to ‘Think Possible.’ It’s a mantra I’ve always taken to heart when opportunities fall in my lap – and fall outside of my comfort zone. I think that saying ‘yes’ and never turning my back on opportunity has been critical to my career,” Knapp said.

“It’s an honor to be counted among such an amazing and talented group of women and to be recognized for doing something that I love.”

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, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.

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Family-Friendly Halloween Party to Benefit Gaylord's Stroke & TBI Programs

Saturday, Oct 01, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 22, 2016 – For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D’Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun. Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D&rsqu... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 22, 2016 – For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D’Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun.

Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D’Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time U.S. ballroom dancing champion and world championship hopeful permanently paralyzed on one side. Her brother Dennis DeMatteis Jr., the other half of this dance team’s career ended also.

D’Angelo spent more than three months at Gaylord Hospital, 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 Gaylord gave me back my life … and that’s why it’s truly my honor to give back to Gaylord.”

Kim and her husband Richard will host their sixth annual family-friendly Halloween Bash for the community on Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Elks Club, 175 School Street, Hamden. Admission price for ghouls and boys aged 10 under is $5, and admission for individuals 11 to 100 is $20.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Gaylord Hospital’s Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. Ticket purchases or donations can be made online before October 10th at www.gaylord.org/halloween.

Kim explained that last year, nearly 250 people of all ages attended the event which has raised nearly $10,000 to-date.

Attendees, she said, will enjoy a full buffet from two master chefs including braised beef, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, ravioli, salad, fruit salad, an enormous array of desserts and a much-anticipated candy buffet. Subway Sandwiches will also be available, a donation. from Subway locations: 315 & 320 Foxon Blvd. New Haven also Bridge Rd. Haddam Ct.

Kids and adults will also enjoy a scavenger hunt, a child and adult costume contest, piñatas, a professional DJ, free enormous children’s gift bags, a spook house, raffle prizes for a 50 inch TV and other electronics, and a 50 / 50 raffle.

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 will be Branford resident Ray Radovich.

“This event is just as much about raising money for Gaylord stroke care as it is about providing information to attendees on stroke awareness,” said Kim D’Angelo.

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.”

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, Cheshire, and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org.


Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Opens on Highland Avenue

Monday, Jun 27, 2016

CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, June 16, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the opening of its newest Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine location at 1154 Highland Ave in Cheshi... read more


CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, June 16, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the opening of its newest Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine location at 1154 Highland Ave in Cheshire. The office is located on the second floor of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Outpatient Center.

Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, Outpatient Site Supervisor said that opening a presence in the Cheshire community this June was important as Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is a preferred provider to many local sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons.

Hunter explained that referrals are not necessary and that the new location will offer same-day appointments.

“Our services can benefit patients with any orthopedic condition ranging from strains and sprains to those recovering from joint replacement or orthopedic surgery. Our therapists can help assess the injury and provide or recommend the next steps in treatment,” he said.

“Whether a patient is a serious athlete sidelined by a sports injury, a weekend warrior, or just wants to regain an active lifestyle, our therapists can provide the expert, personalized care that can help build strength, mobility and quickly return them to the activities they love.”

Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also comes highly recommended by its current and former patients, with more than 96% of those treated at the practice’s North Haven office reporting being highly satisfied with their therapy services.

A number of experienced Gaylord therapists are available for appointments, including:

Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, a Cheshire native and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist who was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties and was recently named Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s 2016 Employee of the Year. Hunter is among the few therapists in the area to be certified in the integrative dry needling technique for pain management therapy.

Kate Grevelding, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University with current research focusing on injury prevention in the high-level athlete. She actively works in the Cheshire sporting community to promote sports injury prevention and enthusiastically works with her patients, coaches, and athletes of all ages.

Philip Silverio, PT, DPT, who received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. He is a section member of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a certified provider for the selective functional movement assessment and functional dry needling. Phil is currently pursuing his manual therapy certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

Anyone interested in making an appointment themselves can call (203) 679-3533 or can be referred by any community healthcare provider. To learn more about Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s services, please visit www.rehabwithapro.org.


3 Gaylord Nurses Receive Nightingale Nursing Award

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 14, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that three of its nurses, Alicia Bosse, Senada Duracak and Lindsey Massaro, have been honored with the Nightinga... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 14, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that three of its nurses, Alicia Bosse, Senada Duracak and Lindsey Massaro, have been honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing at a gala event at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

The Nightingale Award is one of Connecticut’s most prestigious nursing honors and was created to celebrate outstanding nursing professionals and elevate the profession of nursing in the state. The three Gaylord clinicians were among 72 exceptional nurses from Greater New Haven health care organizations who received the honor.

Alicia Bosse, RN, of Wallingford, is highly regarded by her Gaylord colleagues for her “attention to detail.” Peers called Alicia “an amazing nurse” who regularly goes above and beyond for all of her patients. Jean Shutak, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, commended Bosse for her care of one patient in particular, a young man with a spinal cord injury and a complex wound.

“Alicia worked with the patient and family to solicit what they needed, make suggestions to increase comfort and gained their trust in a short period of time. As a result of her efforts and encouragement, the young man has made significant gains in his recovery,” she explained.

Senada Duracak, RN, also of Wallingford, is described as a focused nurse who always has her patients’ best interests at heart and gives more than “100% every day.”

Sandy Delong, Milne 2, Unit Manager said that Senada leads by example and is always willing to assist other staff through collaboration and problem solving. Senada is also a mentor to new nurses and has volunteered to participate in numerous committees that actively and directly impact patient outcomes.

Peers say that although Watertown resident Lindsey Massaro, RN, has been working on her current unit for only a short time, she stands out for her work ethic and commitment to the team. She is described as compassionate, competent and an “incredible” advocate for the brain injured patient population for whom she cares. She is known hospital-wide, it is said, for her exceptional standard of care.

“I am honored to have Lindsey as a part of the brain injury staff and look forward to her growth within the department,” said Rehabilitation Nurse Manager Heather Hancort, RN, BSN, CRRN. “She is a valuable asset to our team and she deserves to be presented with the Nightingale Award.”

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.


Gaylord Names Jacob Hunter, PT, as Employee of the Year

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wallingford, CT (May 10, 2016) - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2016 Employee of the Year.  The award was establish... read more


Wallingford, CT (May 10, 2016) - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2016 Employee of the Year.  The award was established in 1992 by the family of Joseph A. Lindenmayer, who had been a patient of Gaylord’s. According to his daughter, Josephine L. Gierer, the award acknowledges the kindness that was returned to her father by the employees at Gaylord.  This year’s award celebrates the 25th recipient of the award since its inception.

Hunter from Wallingford, CT is Gaylord’s Outpatient Site Supervisor for North Haven Physical Therapy and has been an employee since 2010. He was nominated for the award by a patient stating that he “was fortunate enough to benefit from Jacob’s expertise for a period of several months.  During this time Jacob was consistently compassionate, attentive and insightful.  His vast knowledge coupled with his innate sense of commitment and caring resulted in an exceptional care experience”.  His supervisor Sonja LaBarbera stated “Jacob is the type of therapist everyone wants to have and is frequently recognized by his patients and peers. He is passionate about his profession and holds himself to a very high professional standard, continually looking for ways to grow and develop his clinical skills. He is an advocate for Gaylord and is well respected by all who have the pleasure of working with him.  He leads by example and lives the ICARE values (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence) every day, in every way”. 

There is a rigorous selection process to receive this distinction starting with a nomination from either a patient or their family member or a fellow employee.  The employee’s performance record must be outstanding and supported by their supervisor. Finally a committee of employees reviews all the nominations for final selection. 

Jacob Hunter & Family, Employee of the Year Photo

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (GSH), headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed 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, North Haven and will be opening a physical therapy location in Cheshire on June 13, 2016.

 

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David Rosenblum, M.D., Named a Connecticut Magazine “Top Doc” for Tenth Year

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 19, 2016 – David S. Rosenblum, M.D., medical director of outpatient medical services at Gaylord Hospital, director of Gaylord’s spinal cord injury prog... read more



WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 19, 2016 – David S. Rosenblum, M.D., medical director of outpatient medical services at Gaylord Hospital, director of Gaylord’s spinal cord injury program and spinal cord injury research, and co-principal investigator of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (a Model SCI Center), has been named a 2016 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine.

The announcement, which will be featured in the April issue of the magazine, marks the tenth year that Dr. Rosenblum has been lauded with the honor.

Since 1992, Dr. Rosenblum has treated patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with a spinal cord injury or other types of neurologic injury or disease. As a physiatrist board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine as well as additional board sub-specialization certification in brain injury medicine, Dr. Rosenblum continuously seeks out new ways to improve the present and future quality of life for his patients.

His innovation and leadership has propelled Gaylord Hospital to the national forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation. In the 1990s, Dr. Rosenblum was instrumental in creating and directing Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. At that time he also brought intrathecal baclofen - a technologically advanced treatment for spasticity (a muscle control disorder in which muscles are continuously contracted) - to Gaylord and to Connecticut. Gaylord continues to have an active program in providing state-of-the-art care to people with spasticity.

Dr. Rosenblum also achieved his goal of helping Gaylord become an integral part of a Model Spinal Cord System. With only 14 model systems in the U.S. funded by NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research), the application process is rigorous and facilities must meet specific criteria. Dr. Rosenblum currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of this Model SCI System.

Dr. Rosenblum was also a key player in bringing exoskeletal robotic technology – a recent development in spinal cord injury therapy – to Gaylord. The wearable robot is used to help patients with spinal cord injury or lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Gaylord is one of the few facilities in the world to offer the Ekso bionic exoskeleton, which was named a top-ten invention by CNN and Wired and one of the “Best Inventions” by Time.

"Dr. Rosenblum is extremely deserving of this honor,” explained George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

“He is valued by patients and peers for his compassionate approach and forward-thinking vision. We are proud to have outstanding doctors like Dr. Rosenblum who help make Gaylord a national leader in rehabilitative health.”

The Woodbridge resident graduated summa cum laude and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Rosenblum is also an associate clinical professor at Yale Medical School.
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to Host Lecture and Book Signing with Surgeon and Best-Selling Author D

Monday, Apr 18, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 12, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare invites the public to attend a free lecture and book signing by pediatric surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel. T... read more



WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 12, 2016)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare invites the public to attend a free lecture and book signing by pediatric surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel. The lecture and book signing will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Gaylord Hospital, 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford as part of “Celebrate Hospital Week 2016.”

Dr. Bernie Siegel is an American writer and retired pediatric surgeon who writes about the relationship between the patient and the healing process. The Connecticut resident is known for his best-selling books, “Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients” and “Love, Animals & Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond.”

The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by Dr. Bernie Siegel’s lecture from 7-7:30 p.m. and a book signing from 7:30-8 p.m. (cash or check accepted for book purchases)

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, May 6 by calling (203) 284-2829.

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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Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on May 6 to Benefit Gaylord Hospital’s Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi En

Monday, Apr 18, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 4, 2016)— The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at the Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Co... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 4, 2016)— The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at the Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn.

The event will benefit the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund for Multiple Sclerosis and TBI, to provide equipment and care as well as financial assistance to patients.

The Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting will be held on May 6, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. inside and on the outdoor patio (weather permitting) of the Brooker Building at Gaylord Hospital, 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford, CT. The event will feature locally made wine, beer and cordials from the event’s presenting sponsor Ives Road Wine and Spirits, a carving station, pasta station, dessert and coffee station and a raffle.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available on-line at www.gaylord.org/wine. For more information, call (203) 284-2881 or email publicrelations@gaylord.org.

The annual Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting has raised more than $100,000.00 for the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund for MS and TBI since the event’s inception in 2008. The fund has helped purchase iPads for speech therapy session, a scooter for a patient who lost mobility, wheelchair accessories, equipment for gait training, and much more.

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 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.


Choate Boys and Girls Hockey Team Come Together for Charity Ice Hockey Game

Monday, Nov 07, 2016

SportsEdge.com--November 6, 2016 Nicole McGuigan has been playing hockey since she was 7-years-old. McGuigan is a junior at Choate in Wallingford and Sunday she organized a charity ice hockey game... read more


SportsEdge.com--November 6, 2016 Nicole McGuigan has been playing hockey since she was 7-years-old.

McGuigan is a junior at Choate in Wallingford and Sunday she organized a charity ice hockey game for the Gaylord Sports Association’s Wolfpack Sled Hockey team. After volunteering at a sled hockey game at her home in Long Island, McGuigan decided to do the same thing at Choate.

“I love hockey its my passion, I love hockey,” said McGuigan.

Members of the boys and girls varsity hockey team battled the Wolfpack in a sled game that was pretty one-sided

“I thought it would be really fun event so I came out and played and I got lit up a little bit, but it was fun,” said Jackson Elkins.

Elkins joined McGuigan and their teammates on the ice, but more important that the score, they raised money for the Wolfpack. Over $8,000.

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Choate Teams Up with Wolfpack Sled Hockey Players in Wallingford Charity Event

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016

November 6, 2016 07:24PM By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff WALLINGFORD — When she was just three weeks old, Choate Rosemary Hall’s Nicole McGuigan had to have open heart surgery and... read more


November 6, 2016 07:24PM
By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff

WALLINGFORD — When she was just three weeks old, Choate Rosemary Hall’s Nicole McGuigan had to have open heart surgery and over the past 17 years she has been giving back.

Whether it was donating hair for Locks of Love, being a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Foundation, serving as a Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association, helping out at the Building Homes for Heroes annual skate-athon or volunteering with the Long Island RoughRiders sled hockey team, she has always wanted to help.

Helping out with the Long Island RoughRiders inspired her to organize the first sled hockey charity game with the Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team on Sunday at Choate.

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Wallingford Native Named Woman of the Year by Q Chamber

Friday, Oct 21, 2016

MyRecordJournal.com, Oct. 20, 2016 By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — While volunteering as a candy striper at Gaylord Hospital as a teenager, Tara Knapp never imagined sh... read more


MyRecordJournal.com, Oct. 20, 2016
By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — While volunteering as a candy striper at Gaylord Hospital as a teenager, Tara Knapp never imagined she would one day become a vice president at the hospital.

On Thursday, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce presented Knapp with its Woman of the Year Award at the chamber’s annual Women’s Achievement Awards luncheon. Knapp has served as the vice president for development, public relations and marketing at Gaylord since 2003.

“I’m very flattered and humbled,” Knapp said. “I never thought I’d be here. It’s a wonderful, full arch.”

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Galya is more than a Therapy Dog at Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

FOX 61 - Jim Altman - WALLINGFORD – Instead of the Monday blues, it was a Monday celebration at GaylordHospital on October 17. The guest of honor? A 3 1/2-year-old Labrador R... read more


FOX 61 - Jim Altman - WALLINGFORD – Instead of the Monday blues, it was a Monday celebration at GaylordHospital on October 17. The guest of honor? A 3 1/2-year-old Labrador Retriever named Galya.

Galya is a beloved--and highly-trained--therapy dog officially known as a facility dog. She spends much of her day visiting patients and raising their spirits.

To celebrate Galya’s first year of service at the hospital, co-workers gathered in the courtyard, which was decked out in streamers and balloons.


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Back in the Game: Radovich's Recovery Inspires Others

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

BEATING ALL ODDS: After a heart attack Ray was unconscious and on life support for nearly a month. He recovered enough to come to Gaylord where he spent seven months. His rehab continued at Traurig ... read more


BEATING ALL ODDS: After a heart attack Ray was unconscious and on life support for nearly a month. He recovered enough to come to Gaylord where he spent seven months. His rehab continued at Traurig House, Gaylord's on-campus home that helps patients rebuild the skills to transition to independent living. Ray will be honored at the Halloween Party, on Oct. 15., 6 - 11 p.m., 175 School St., Hamden, CT. Proceeds will benefit the Traurig Challenge to update Traurig House. Join us and say "hi" to Ray, help a great cause and have a ton of fun! Tickets: http://bit.ly/GaylordEvents
T House Challenge info: http://bit.ly/THouseChallenge


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Hamden Halloween Bash to Raise Funds for Gaylord

Tuesday, Oct 04, 2016

HAVE FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE: When Kim D'Angelo had two strokes 21 years ago, she was treated at Gaylord and spent time recovering in Traurig House. Traurig is Gaylord's residential center for patients ... read more


HAVE FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE: When Kim D'Angelo had two strokes 21 years ago, she was treated at Gaylord and spent time recovering in Traurig House. Traurig is Gaylord's residential center for patients with stroke or acquired brain injury. Over the past several years, D'Angelo and her husband have organized a benefit Halloween party that has raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. This year's party, Sat., Oct. 15, 6-11 PM at the Hamden Elks Lodge, in Hamden, CT will help support the Traurig Challenge, a project for updating Traurig. www.gaylord.org/traurigchallenge. Halloween Party tickets: https://www.gaylord.org/Halloween

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Family Friendly Halloween Party in Hamden to Benefit Stroke & TBI

Saturday, Oct 01, 2016

For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D'Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun. Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D'Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time ... read more


For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D'Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun.

Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D'Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time U.S. ballroom dancing champion and world championship hopeful permanently paralyzed on one side. Her brother Dennis DeMatteis Jr., the other half of this dance team's career ended also.

D'Angelo spent more than three months at Gaylord Hospital, 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 Gaylord gave me back my life … and that's why it's truly my honor to give back to Gaylord."

Kim and her husband Richard will host their sixth annual family-friendly Halloween Bash for the community on Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Elks Club, 175 School Street, Hamden. Admission price for ghouls and boys aged 10 under is $5, and admission for individuals 11 to 100 is $20.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Gaylord Hospital's Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. Ticket purchases or donations can be made online before October 10th at www.gaylord.org/halloween.

Kim explained that last year, nearly 250 people of all ages attended the event which has raised nearly $10,000 to-date.

Attendees, she said, will enjoy a full buffet from two master chefs including braised beef, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, ravioli, salad, fruit salad, an enormous array of desserts and a much-anticipated candy buffet. Subway Sandwiches will also be available, a donation. from Subway locations: 315 & 320 Foxon Blvd. New Haven also Bridge Rd. Haddam Ct.

Kids and adults will also enjoy a scavenger hunt, a child and adult costume contest, piñatas, a professional DJ, free enormous children's gift bags, a spook house, raffle prizes for a 50 inch TV and other electronics, and a 50 / 50 raffle.

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 will be Branford resident Ray Radovich.

"This event is just as much about raising money for Gaylord stroke care as it is about providing information to attendees on stroke awareness," said Kim D'Angelo.

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."

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, Cheshire, and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their web site at www.gaylord.org.




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Woman Speaks Out After Massive Brain Bleed

Friday, Sep 30, 2016

1 YEAR LATER - Skylar Vumback is walking and talking again a year after suffering a massive brain bleed. She was a freshman in college when a malformation of the vessels in her brain ruptured, sending... read more


1 YEAR LATER - Skylar Vumback is walking and talking again a year after suffering a massive brain bleed. She was a freshman in college when a malformation of the vessels in her brain ruptured, sending her into a coma for a week. She had to relearn almost everything thing, including how to talk. Skylar came to Gaylord for her rehab and continues to come twice a week for outpatient therapy. Her progress has been remarkable and her goal is to eventually become an occupational therapist.

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Disabled Vets Compete in Fishing Tournament in Hartford

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Hartford Courant - Sept. 13, 2016 - by John Woike Twenty four disabled veterans were given the opportunity to compete in the Gaylord Hospital SAVES (Sports Association Veterans Events Series) Tournam... read more


Hartford Courant - Sept. 13, 2016 - by John Woike Twenty four disabled veterans were given the opportunity to compete in the Gaylord Hospital SAVES (Sports Association Veterans Events Series) Tournament of Champions Fishing Tournament.

Sgt. Joe Kowalski, president of Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program, teamed up with Gaylord Hospital and Riverfront Recapture to host the daylong event Tuesday at Riverside Park in Hartford. Each veterans that participated was paired with a fishing pro on their own boat and set out to catch the largest fish with a limit of five and the winner determined by weight.

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Gaylord Sports Association Wheelchair Tennis at CT Open

Friday, Sep 02, 2016

Video interviews of two wheelchair tennis athletes from the Gaylord Sports Assoc. during the Connecticut Open. read more


Video interviews of two wheelchair tennis athletes from the Gaylord Sports Assoc. during the Connecticut Open.

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Wheelchair Tennis Players Come Out to CT Open to Showcase Skills

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

THE REGISTER CITIZEN - By Benjamin Carroll - For Carlos Quiles, a wheelchair tennis player representing a team from Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, playing the sport is more than just a ga... read more


THE REGISTER CITIZEN - By Benjamin Carroll -

For Carlos Quiles, a wheelchair tennis player representing a team from Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, playing the sport is more than just a game — it’s about setting an example for others with disabilities. 

The wheelchairs were rolling all over the court at the Connecticut Tennis Center during the Connecticut Open on Wednesday, and Quiles understands the importance of showcasing what he can do with a racquet in his hands.


 

 

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Disabled Athletes Showcase Wheelchair Tennis Skills at CT Open

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

NBC CONNECTICUT - by Justin Schecker - Carlos Quiles from Meriden does not let his disability limit his love of sports. "I play organized wheelchair basketball, I coach and play on the team," he sa... read more


NBC CONNECTICUT - by Justin Schecker -

Carlos Quiles from Meriden does not let his disability limit his love of sports. "I play organized wheelchair basketball, I coach and play on the team," he said. "And I also do track and road racing as well." Now 35, Quiles has been wheelchair bound from an injury suffered when he was only two-years-old. "Sports overall, really helped me become who I am," Quiles said. "Shaped who I am today, helped me become independent." Source: Disabled Athletes Showcase Wheelchair Tennis Skills at Connecticut Open | NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Disabled-Athletes-Showcase-Wheelchair-Tennis-Skills-at-Connecticut-Open-391233231.html#ixzz4ISUywnlx
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Pooling the Resources to Heal

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

In Rehab Management by Susan Goldstein, PT, July 25, 2016 --- “I was never able to exercise until I did aquatic therapy.” --- “This is the first time I feel free to move with l... read more



In Rehab Management by Susan Goldstein, PT, July 25, 2016 --- “I was never able to exercise until I did aquatic therapy.” --- “This is the first time I feel free to move with little pain.”

Expressions such as these can be heard from patients who experience what they sometimes refer to as the “magical” effects of aquatic therapy. These patients sometimes have found they are able to walk in the water after unsuccessful attempts to ambulate on land due to weakness and pain limitations. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford, Conn, designed its aquatic facility and specialized programs with the aim of regularly providing these types of experiences for patients who receive treatment there.
http://www.rehabpub.com/2016/07/pooling-resources-heal/

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Through Yoga, Survivor Helps Those in Recovery with Disabilities

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016

By Lori Riley, Contact Reporter for the Hartford Courant WALLINGFORD — Tanya Sage is a yoga teacher. She has been a triathlete, a swimmer and a runner. She is also a survivor. On Thursday ... read more


By Lori Riley, Contact Reporter for the Hartford Courant

WALLINGFORD — Tanya Sage is a yoga teacher. She has been a triathlete, a swimmer and a runner. She is also a survivor.

On Thursday night, Sage, 49, of Prospect introduced a group of about 30 people, some in wheelchairs, some not, to adaptive yoga at Gaylord Hospital. She is familiar with the hospital, as a little over 10 years ago, she spent a month there rehabilitating from a car accident that left her in a coma for 23 days, paralyzed on one side, legally blind with a brain injury, a collapsed lung and a lacerated liver.

"I did my fair share of crying, punching pillows, yelling and screaming at home," Sage said. "You do what you got to do to get through it. But recovering from that, it just sucked. I just felt like my life was over.

"I was on an emotional rollercoaster, partially from the brain injury. Looking back, if I had this yoga available from the get-go, it would have given me a place to go."

http://bit.ly/DisabledYoga

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GAYLORD GAUNTLET: Record field runs (and climbs and dives) through third annual obstacle race

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016

June 25, 2016 11:43PM By Michael Hewitt Special to the Record-Journal WALLINGFORD — He’s spent most of his life strapped in a wheelchair. Yet that didn’t keep 35-year-old Carlos ... read more


June 25, 2016 11:43PM
By Michael Hewitt Special to the Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — He’s spent most of his life strapped in a wheelchair. Yet that didn’t keep 35-year-old Carlos Quiles of Meriden from climbing walls, pushing logs, and sliding into a pool of water at the third annual Gaylord Gauntlet on Saturday afternoon.

Quiles was not alone. He was one of 12 registered adaptive athletes at Saturday’s 5K race that combined running with a greuling obstacle course.

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All can compete in one-of-a-kind race in Wallingford

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016

FOX61 NEWS, June 25, 2016 WALLINGFORD - A special race in Wallingford was held Saturday, all to benefit people with physical disabilities. The third annual Gaylord Gauntlet race benefits the Gaylo... read more


FOX61 NEWS, June 25, 2016 WALLINGFORD - A special race in Wallingford was held Saturday, all to benefit people with physical disabilities.

The third annual Gaylord Gauntlet race benefits the Gaylord Sports Association.

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Wallingford Golf Course Offers Hole-In-One Opportunity for Golfers with Disabilities

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Fox 61 News - June 13, 2016 -  WALLINGFORD -- The weather has turned, the grass is green, and that means it's time for the Gaylord Hospital Open. The annual tournament at the Farms Golf Cl... read more


Fox 61 News - June 13, 2016 - 

WALLINGFORD -- The weather has turned, the grass is green, and that means it's time for the Gaylord Hospital Open.

The annual tournament at the Farms Golf Club in Wallingford brings adaptive golfing to the green. Golfers with physical disabilities from all over the area come to play for a day of competition and camaraderie.

"I love just coming out here and doing this, playing with these guys," said Todd Blosser, from Meriden,  who lost his leg 10 years ago after an infection from an operation.


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Adaptive Golfers with Disabilities Take Part in the Gaylord Hospital Open

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Channel 8 - WTNH - SportsEdge - June 13, 2016 (WTNH)–Monday was a great day to get out and enjoy a little golf. About two dozen golfers took part in the GHO on Monday at the Farms Country Club ... read more


Channel 8 - WTNH - SportsEdge - June 13, 2016 (WTNH)–Monday was a great day to get out and enjoy a little golf. About two dozen golfers took part in the GHO on Monday at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford.

And when we say GHO, we mean the Gaylord Hospital Open.

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Wallingford Couple Receives Nursing Award

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 5, 2016 11:47AM By Leigh Tauss Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Alicia Bosse spends her days inspiring patients recovering at Gaylord Hospital with her sense of humor and positivity, w... read more


May 5, 2016 11:47AM
By Leigh Tauss Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Alicia Bosse spends her days inspiring patients recovering at Gaylord Hospital with her sense of humor and positivity, while her husband Paul Bosse works tireless hours helping to manage nursing operations just miles away at Masonicare Health Center. The Wallingford couple now share more than just a home and career. Their professionalism and passion will be acknowledged at the 2016 Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, a statewide award.

The couple was among 75 nurses honored at the awards ceremony Wednesday night at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

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'Stopping to Smell the Basil,' Sled Hockey Team Gets New Coach

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Valley Life Magazine by Mara Dresner You might expect major differences between coaching a sled hockey team and coaching able-bodied players.  read more


Valley Life Magazine by Mara Dresner You might expect major differences between coaching a sled hockey team and coaching able-bodied players. 

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Rainmaker Tara Knapp helps fund life-changing services

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016

KAREN SACKOWITZ SPECIAL TO THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL Vice President of Development, PR and Marketing Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Tara Knapp is the vice president of development, PR and m... read more


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Woman Continues Recovery from Brain Tumor at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford

Monday, Apr 04, 2016

By Farrah Duffany Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Walking to the fridge to retrieve your favorite ice cream from the freezer or cutting up vegetables for homemade salsa may seem like simpl... read more


WALLINGFORD — Walking to the fridge to retrieve your favorite ice cream from the freezer or cutting up vegetables for homemade salsa may seem like simple tasks, but to Sharon Hannen they are huge victories. “It was Skinny Cow,” said Hannen, of Portland, laughing as she talked about getting the ice cream on her own. “And I opened it up with some scissors. I wanted ice cream. I’m doing more and more things like that.”

Less than a year ago, Hannen, 59, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and doctors suspected that she would never walk again or be able to use the right side of her upper body, including her hand and arm. She was diagnosed on July 8, 2015, and had surgery five days later.

With the help of occupational therapists and other staff at Gaylord Hospital, Hannen has already learned to walk again. On Friday morning, she was participating in physical therapy to strengthen her right arm. She has regained limited movement in her right hand and fingers, something doctors didn’t expect.

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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


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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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Labrador Retriever Helps Patients Recover at Wallingford Hospital

Friday, Jan 29, 2016

Published: January 29, 2016 | Last Modified: January 29, 2016 09:10AM By Farrah Duffany Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Sheldon Mayne sat in his wheelchair and tossed an orange tennis b... read more


Published: January 29, 2016 | Last Modified: January 29, 2016 09:10AM

By Farrah Duffany Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Sheldon Mayne sat in his wheelchair and tossed an orange tennis ball across a recreation room at Gaylord Hospital. After a few excited jumps, Galya, a Labrador Retriever,, raced after the ball.

“Here girl, here Galya,” said Mayne, smiling as he waved his hands to signal Galya to come back.

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The Other Side of the Stethoscope

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

Nurse Who Lost Limbs to Flesh-Eating Bacteria Finds Hope and Rehabilitation at Gaylord Hospital By Joy Savulak Fifty nine-year-old Jane Mezzatesta was enjoying a week-long vacation by the cry... read more


Nurse Who Lost Limbs to Flesh-Eating Bacteria Finds Hope and Rehabilitation at Gaylord Hospital

By Joy Savulak

Fifty nine-year-old Jane Mezzatesta was enjoying a week-long vacation by the crystal blue waters of Saint Lucia when a seemingly innocuous incident changed the course of her trip – and her life.

 

“I woke up one night with a sharp pain in my thigh. It felt like someone jabbed me with a syringe,” she explained.

Jane turned on the light and threw back the covers to find a large black bug crawling away.

“I went to sleep and really didn’t give it more thought,” she said.

But days later, Jane – a usually energetic and adventurous spirit – began feeling rundown.

“I didn’t want to do anything. It wasn’t like me at all,” she explained.            

  As she grew weaker, Jane noticed that the area around the bite was becoming inflamed. She consulted a pair of vacationing doctors who concurred that it appeared to be a case of cellulitis.


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Former NFL, college football players visit Gaylord

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016

By Bryan Lipiner Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — To former All-American offensive lineman Joe Garten, attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s annual weekend 25 years ago was ... read more


WALLINGFORD — To former All-American offensive lineman Joe Garten, attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s annual weekend 25 years ago was the greatest moment of his collegiate career.

“If you can uplift somebody’s spirits a little bit, help them out ... it’s rewarding,” he said.

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PHOTOS: 2016 Walter Camp Foundation Brunch & Hospital Visit

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016

(New Haven Register Staff Photos) Walter Camp Football Foundation Brunch at the Omni Hotel in New Haven and visit to the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Friday, January 15, 2016. read more


(New Haven Register Staff Photos) Walter Camp Football Foundation Brunch at the Omni Hotel in New Haven and visit to the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Friday, January 15, 2016.

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Football Greats Make Play for Patients at Gaylord Hospital

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016

Fox 61 News, Jan. 15, 2016 WALLINGFORD-- For football fans it's a big weekend ahead as the NFL playoffs move forward, and locally it's time for the annual Walter Camp Foundation weekend. Every Jan... read more


Fox 61 News, Jan. 15, 2016 WALLINGFORD-- For football fans it's a big weekend ahead as the NFL playoffs move forward, and locally it's time for the annual Walter Camp Foundation weekend.

Every January, football stars from the past, present and future descend on New Haven to celebrate Walter Camp weekend and the brotherhood of the game.

On Friday some gridiron greats took a detour from the pageantry and pizazz of the football events to visit patients rehabbing at Gaylord Hospital.

"This is a wonderful pick me up and right before the Super Bowl so people are in the football spirit," said Tara Knapp, the vice president of development at Gaylord Hospital.

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Renewed Focus on Concussions

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015

Renewed focus on concussions New movie might increase awareness, but could also lead to misunderstanding BY CARRIE MACMILLAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN In the last few years, Erik Lanese, athletic trai... read more


Renewed focus on concussions
New movie might increase awareness, but could also lead to misunderstanding
BY CARRIE MACMILLAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

In the last few years, Erik Lanese, athletic trainer at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed concussions. The key word is "diagnosed." Lanese, like many others who deal with head injuries, doesn't believe more concussions are happening, but that the condition is better recognized.
"Years ago, we graded them from one to five. There is no more of that. It is black and white: a concussion or not," said Lanese, who has been at Holy Cross for 19 years. "And if it falls under a concussion, we have a specific protocol for return to play. Kids have to be asymptomatic for 10 days before they can return."

Concussions have been in the news in recent years as many states, including Connecticut, have passed legislation regarding awareness and documentation among youth sports. Plus, the movie "Concussion," which opened Friday, has put the issue in the limelight. The film, which stars Will Smith, is based on the true story of a pathologist who exposed the effects of repetitive head injuries among National Football League players.

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