Connecticut Open Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition - Thursday, August 27, 2015

From the New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN >> Dr. Ryan Martin showcased some blazing shots and impressive moves at the Connecticut Tennis Center on Wednesday.

And he did it while competing in a wheelchair.

Wheelchairs were on the move in the seventh annual Magic Lincer Tennis Academy Adaptive Tennis Demonstration, one of the many supporting events throughout the week of the Connecticut Open. Most of the competitors were from the Gaylord Hospital Adaptive Sports Association, which joined forces with Lincer four years ago to provide tennis players for the event.



In a 1-up, 1-down tennis match, where an able-bodied tennis player pairs with a disabled player, Martin and Lincer defeated Dick Lane of Hudson, New Hampshire, and Steve Rogers of Deep River 6-3 in their exhibition match on the grandstand court.


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Joseph Trettel, MD, PhD, Named Gaylord's Director of Neurobehavioral Medicine - Sunday, August 09, 2015

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, July 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 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, June 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 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, June 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 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.

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Social Worker Fights to Get Life Back After a Massive Stroke - Monday, May 11, 2015

By Mary Ellen Godin Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — It’s been a long, dark winter for Michelle Ouellette who loves to sit on the beach and let the sun shine on her face.

But at the lush grounds of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in early May, Ouellette enjoys the promise of summer and the life she and her fiancé Sean Krofssik are rebuilding in whatever shape it might take.

“The doctors have no idea why this happened to me,” Ouellette explained during her speech therapy sessions last week. “We were supposed to go on vacation. I told Sean ‘I’m sorry about the vacation. We’ll go on a nice vacation someday.’”
The 34-year-old social worker suffered a massive stroke last August that nearly took her mobility and her life. Nine months later with the help of intense therapy, she can walk and talk, but can’t return to the job she loves as a shift manager at the Susan B. Anthony Project women’s shelter or drive a car. She has difficulty paying attention to multiple tasks, reading lengthy articles, and she struggles to complete simple tasks with her left arm and hand.
But she hasn’t lost her sense of humor; and whether it’s his driving or his handwriting, Krofssik is fair game.
“I’m sorry Sean, I just joked about your driving,” she tells a surprised Krofssik.
Krofssik drives her to her appointments, has taken on more of the household chores and notes her progress.
“Some of the doctors were pessimistic,” said Krofssik, a sports reporter for the Record-Journal. “They didn’t want to get her hopes up. There were doubts she would be able to walk and about her brain function. We weren’t sure what was going to happen. She doesn’t know it but she’s come a long way. It’s hard to see someone you love struggle. You definitely have a different perspective on life.”

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Gaylord Offers MARRTI to Patients for Medical Language Interpretation - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Offers MARTTI to Patients In Need of Critical Medical Language Interpretation 

New Cutting Edge Technology Allows One-touch Access to Specially Trained Medical Interpreters

WALLINGFORD, CT (April 29, 2015) MARTTI, or My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter, a unique tool to provide interpretation services for patients who have limited or no proficiency in English or who are hearing impaired is now available at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital located in Wallingford, Conn.

MARTTI is a monitor, camera and microphone on wheels, all connected wirelessly via the internet on a secure server, replacing the hospitals’ older telephone-based system. The interpreter, located at a remote, private office, will be visible and audible to the patient and staff, and vice versa. All parties can converse, with the interpreter providing the key link between patient and staff.

“By utilizing MARTTI and providing one-touch access to specially trained medical interpreters, we can make sure our patients understand what clinicians are saying and assure them that they are being understood by their caretakers, said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “We are confident that this will help develop greater trust and confidence in our patient/caretaker relationships.”

At Gaylord, MARTTI is used for a wide range of purposes such as to communicate during an exam or provide instructions during therapy, to convey findings or diagnoses, to explain financial issues or answer questions about insurance coverage, to obtain a patient’s history or condition, obtain informed consent, or to help plan discharge.

Gaylord Patient Receives 1st of Its Kind High Tech Prosthetic Leg - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HAMDEN– For Brenda Adelson, call it a step in the right direction.

Adelson lost her leg six years ago while on a humanitarian trip in the west African nation of Mali. Now, she is the first patient in the country fitted for what is called the C-4 Microprocessor Leg.

bionic legThe futuristic prosthetic leg is made by a company called Otto Bock, and like a Segway, the leg uses gyroscopic technology to help a patient walk. “The longer I wear it the more natural it feels,” Adelson said just two hours after trying it on in a Hamden medical office. “The leg just responds better.”

Dave Motycka, a prosthetist and orthotist from New England Orthotic and Prosthetic Systems, was proud to be the specialist chosen to outfit his longtime patient, Adelson, with the C-4 leg.
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Gaylord Raises Awareness of Brain Injury Month - Thursday, March 19, 2015

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, designed to raise awareness and educate the public on prevention, research, and treatment of brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. In fact, 2.4 million people sustain brain injuries in the United States each year, resulting in a lifetime of physical, cognitive, and behavioral challenges.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, is committed to helping people adapt to disability created by a brain injury.

“At Gaylord, our care team begins planning for the patient’s treatment even before his or her arrival, said Dr. Stephen Holland, Chief Medical Officer. “Since every brain injury is different, an individualized program is developed by consulting with doctors, family members, loved ones and other service providers to ensure a collaborative and personalized approach to care.”

The inpatient component of Gaylord’s Brain Injury program treats patients emerging from coma following injury. Patients with brain injuries are guided through a continuum of care that takes them from post-coma stages through community reentry. An Early Recovery Brain Injury program is available for patients who are not yet able to tolerate an aggressive therapy schedule, but are expected to progress to a traditional, intensive rehabilitation program. Gaylord’s outpatient rehabilitation maximizes independence and community reintegration skills.

For additional information on Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Brain Injury Program or to learn more about concussions, a mild form of a brain injury, please visit and download the concussion resources located on the front page designed for parents, coaches and athletes.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, 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 medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their website at
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Gaylord Recognized by CARF for Spinal Cord System of Care & Stroke Specialty Program - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

The only facility in Connecticut recognized by CARF for Spinal Cord System of Care and Stroke Specialty Program

WALLINGFORD, CT (February XX 2015) CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International is pleased to announce that Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has been accredited for a period of three years for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program, Spinal Cord System of Care and Stroke Specialty Programs. Gaylord Hospital has been accredited since 1986 under the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehab Program (CIIRP) and for many years has received accolades from CARF for the specialty work done for its Spinal Cord, Stroke and Brain injury patients.

This recognition represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

“It is truly an honor to be the only provider in the state to earn this accreditation for our stroke and spinal injury care program,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “This recognition is a testament to our advanced technology and hardworking staff that continuously proves that Gaylord is the region’s leading rehabilitation provider.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

Helping Weekend Warriors Prevent Injury on SportzEdge - Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

PREVENTING INJURIES FOR WEEKEND WARRIORS: "Cramming a week’s worth of fitness into two days can be costly, especially without a small amount of effort and preparation during the week." Our specialists at Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine see the results of jumping in without laying a strong foundation. We treat sprains, strains and ruptures but we would prefer to prevent it! Call: (203) 230-9226. Watch the interview on SportzEdge at this link:

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Walter Camp Foundation Players Visit Gaylord - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Professional and collegiate football players from the Walter Camp Foundation visited patients and staff at Gaylord on Friday, January 16. 

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How to Prevent Common Sports Related Injuries in Women - Monday, December 15, 2014

SportzEdge, Dec. 2014, by John Pierson - It’s become the hallmark injury of young female athletes, the ACL injury.

“The research shows that females are 8 times more likely to injure their ACL than a male athlete,” said Gaylord Hospital therapist Amy Morocco.

Sprains, strains, tears, the specialists like Morocco have seen it all. Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries in females is at the top of their list.

“It seems they’re more likely to get hurt because of being built differently and hormonal, girls generally tend to be not as strong as male athlete the good thing is we can address those things,” Morocco said.

Preventative, pre-surgery, post-surgery, Gaylord’s orthopedic and sports medicine practice in North Haven is staffed for every situation, male or female.

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Slideshow: Therapeutic Horse Event held Oct. 18 at Gaylord Hospital - Monday, November 17, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 the Therapeutic Horse event was held on the Gaylord Hospital Campus.
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Gaylord Named First Ever Vapotherm Center of Excellence - Thursday, November 06, 2014

Hartford Courant, Nov. 5, 2014

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Named First Ever Vapotherm Center of Excellence

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a long-term acute care hospital located in Wallingford, Conn. has been named a Vapotherm Center of Excellence, the first in the entire country to be recognized for its performance and outcomes with Vapotherm High Flow Therapy, which provides support for patients in respiratory distress.

Vapotherm, which provides the delivery of breathing gases for non-invasive ventilation for patients with acute or chronic respiratory disorders, was first introduced into the market in 2004. Since its introduction, it has been used on over half a million patients to provide a safe, comfortable and effective alternative to more invasive methods of ventilation support.

"Gaylord is truly a leader, and its use of Vapotherm at its facility to treat patients has had a positive outcome on all levels," said Joseph F. Army, President + CEO, Vapotherm. "The Vapotherm Center of Excellence is the highest recognition a Vapotherm provider can receive, and only the best of the best are considered. As the first Center of Excellence designee, Gaylord has set the bar very high."

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"Gold Star" Movie Being Filmed at Gaylord - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FoxCT News, Sept. 22, 2014 - "Gaylord Hospital was under the spotlight Monday but that was all part of the act.

The hospital doubled as a movie set as some indy film makers brought their Hollywood dreams to Wallingford. The production is called “Gold Star” which is about an elderly father and his young daughter struggling after the father suffers a stroke. The film stars Oscar nominee Robert Vaughn, a Ridgefield resident, and veteran of hundreds of roles including “The Man From Uncle” and “The Magnificent Seven.” "
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Therapeutic Horse Encounter, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Gaylord Hospital - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

THERAPEUTIC HORSE ENCOUNTER: Join us on Saturday, October 18, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on the grounds of Gaylord Hospital and learn about horses and how they are used in providing therapy. The event is free and open to the public. We will have Hoof Ball, therapeutic horse rides, horse education, horse painting (come and see!) and demonstrations. Info:, or (203) 284-2881

Therapeutic Horse Encounter, Oct. 18, 2014, Gaylord Hospital

Stations at the Therapeutic Horse Event:

1. Hoof Ball:

2. Therapeutic riding

3. Ferrier

4. Equine Vet

5. Parelli Seven games: & “Horsonality”

6. H.I.G.H. (Horses, Integrated Growth and Healing)

7. Paint the pony (where you can actually put paint on the horses)

8. Grooming

Wellness Lecture: CONCUSSION 101, Aug. 28, 7 p.m, RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Concussion 101, Free Wellness Lecture, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

Wellness Lecture: Weight Loss & Fad Diets, July 31, 7 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wellness Lecture: Weight Loss & Fad Diets, July 31, 7 p.m.

Blood Drive, July 29, at Gaylord, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., click info & link for an appointment - Friday, July 11, 2014

Save-the-Date to Save a Life: July 29, 2014, Gaylord Hospital, Brooker Lecture Hall, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To Make An Appointment to Give Blood:

See Colleen Alexander speaking about Gaylord, her care and why giving blood is so important: 


Gaylord is proud to partner with the American Red Cross on Monday, July 28 for a blood drive in the Brooker building on the Wallingford campus.

Former Gaylord patient Colleen Kelly Alexander has been a champion for both Gaylord and the Red Cross since her accident and hospitalization in 2012. Colleen was run over by a freight truck whileriding her bike home from work. She needed 78 pints ofblood. To bring attention for the need for blood Colleen iscoordinating a 78 mile ride and hopes to inspire at least 78 donors to come out on July 28 and to collect 78 pints.

Adaptive Running Clinic, July 28, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., (203) 284-2772 for info or click link - Friday, July 11, 2014

Adaptive Running Clinic, July 28, 2014 at Gaylord Hospital

Wheelchair Athlete Takes On the Gaylord Gauntlet - Monday, June 30, 2014

Lori Riley: Wheelchair Athlete Takes On The Obstacles In Cross Country Race

Hartford Courant, June 28, 2014

WALLINGFORD — Right after Shane Mosko made it over the nine-foot wall, the second obstacle in the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K race, his wheelchair broke.

That was just another obstacle for Mosko, who is paralyzed from the waist down, and his group of friends at the Gaylord Gauntlet on Saturday. And they treated it like any other one on the course — they got over it. Each member of the team took a turn pushing Mosko in a wheelie position, as one of the front wheels of the chair wasn't working. And they all got through the race, in about an hour and 10 minutes.

"It was overcoming and conquering," said Mosko, 22, of Southington. "That just shows what we're doing out here is overcoming, getting through what we've got to get through. There's not anything we can't do."

The race was held on the grounds of Gaylord Hospital, a long-term rehabilitation and chronic care hospital. More than 400 people competed over the 5K cross country course through the fields and woods. There were 20 obstacles, including two walls, a big rock to climb over, a water slide and a fire pit.

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Wellness Lecture: Preventing Falls, June 26, 7 p.m., Brooker Lecture Hall, Gaylord Hospital - Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Join us for a FREE Wellness Lecture on Falls: The Preventable Accident on June 26, 2014, in Brooker Lecture Hall on the Gaylord Hospital campus. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to (203) 284-2829 or email:

Preventing Falls lecture information



Gaylord Holds Prom for Teen Battling Cysitic Fibrosis - Monday, May 12, 2014

New Haven Register, May 12, 2014

By Evan Lips

WALLINGFORD >> Margarita Norris and Courtney Fletcher, Brianna Dragunoff’s nurses at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, recalled Saturday how the 17-year-old cystic fibrosis patient expressed her sadness over the fact the disease was keeping her from attending her senior prom.

To cheer her up, Norris and Fletcher proposed a logical solution: to throw a prom of their own for Dragunoff.

“It’s her night,” Norris said as guest began arriving to the healthcare center’s Brooker Hall. “We couldn’t bear to see her miss out on the experience.”

The ballroom was clad in all things purple, matching Brianna’s dress and honoring the color of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, which happens to be May."

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Gaylord Presents Concussion Conference, May 7, 2014 - Monday, May 05, 2014

Gaylord's Center for Concussion Care is the lead sponsor for "The Concussion Conference Connecticut: Return to School then Return to Play," hosted by Quinnipiac University from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.

The conference will provide basic and advanced concussion management training for pediatricians, athletic trainers, parents and school staff, including nurses, psychologists, guidance counselors, special education and 504 coordinators, on how to best help children return to school and continue to heal after concussions.


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Gaylord Sports Assoc. Hosts First Adaptive Rock Climbing Event - Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Haven Register, April 19, 2014

ROCKIN IT! Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Sports Association hosted its first rock climbing clinic on Saturday, April 19th. More than 15 adaptive climbers, with disabilities ranging from spinal cord injuries to visual impairments to amputees, got to try rock climbing.

The inspiring slide show link:

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JUMP for Gaylord with "Dare Me for Charity" on July 19, 2014. Click for info. - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JUMP, JUMP...For Our Love! Remember the Pointer Sisters' song from the 1980s? Join us and JUMP for Gaylord in the "Dare Me for Charity Event" to be held in Hartford's Bushnell Park on Saturday, July 19th.

HOW IT WORKS: "Dare Me For Charity is a reality competition show, allowing nonprofits and their supporters to engage with each other, raise money in many different ways, and have fun through the entire process. The show is produced as an event in each city with the show's host and crew.

The goal is to see how many supporters will make a leap for their charity, and just how high they are willing to jump. Once you get on the platform, things can change, and fear can take over. And that’s why we want to test just how many of you can conquer that fear in the name of charity. Can you do it? Only time will tell."

JOIN: For a $15 donation you will get three jumps. The higher our team jumps the more we can win for Gaylord.

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Gaylord Wins Annual Large Business Leadership Award from Midstate Chamber of Commerce - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare won the 18th Annual Large Business Leadership Award Winner from the Midstate Chamber of Commerce – Gaylord, in business since 1902, has a national reputation for service and innovation while maintaining a patient satisfaction score of 96% across all service lines! Gaylord will honored at the 118th Annual Meeting, Dinner, Awards Program and Silent Auction on April 9, 2014.

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Gaylord Recognized for Environmental Leadership by People's Action for Clean Energy - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Wallingford Patch, April 8, 2014 by Meredith Lowe 

Gaylord Hospital, in Wallingford, will be recognized on April 29th by People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE) with the 2014 Environmental Energy Leadership Award as the first Connecticut hospital operating with a solar thermal heating system.

“We would like to tell the public about the diminished use of fuel oil and the financial savings that the hospital will enjoy,” said Judi Friedman, Chair of PACE. “To witness the growth of all kinds of solar energy is true progress.”

Two thirds (66%) of the hospital’s hot water demand, a total of 18,000 gallons daily, is heated with rooftop solar panels, arrayed in four (4) in separate installations, each equipped a 3750-gallon water storage tank.

The tours that PACE presents often include passive solar energy, solar thermal energy and solar energy, but solar hot water systems are not as well known to most consumers.

PACE ( is the only all-volunteer Connecticut nonprofit public health organization devoted solely to clean energy education.

Solar panels on Gaylord Hospital

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RSVP by May 9: Wine, Beer & Cordial Tasting Event to Benefit MS, May 16 at 5:30 p.m., click for info - Monday, April 07, 2014

WINE TASTING FOR MS: Join us for our Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting Event on May 16, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Gaylord Hospital. TIckets are ONLY SOLD IN ADVANCE! This event supports the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund for Multiple Sclerosis at Gaylord. Your donation allows us to offer financial assistance to MS patients whose services are not covered by insurance or whose benefits have expired. By purchasing a ticket you will help to enhance the future for those afflicted with MS.

TICKETS: (203) 284-2881,

RSVP by May 9, 2014

Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting Event

April 22, 2014 Creative Expressions Art Show, 5:30 to 7 p.m., click for info - Friday, April 04, 2014

2014 Creative Expressions Art Show

Exhibit Opening and Reception
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Gaylord Hospital. Brooker Lecture Hall
Refreshments will be served.
Information: (203) 284-2881, email:

2014 Art show information

Concussion Conference 2.0, May 7, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., click for info - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This conference is offered due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the Jan 2014 Concussion Conferences and multiple requests for additional training.

This conference will provide advanced concussion management training for:

School nurses
School psychologists
School guidance counselor/social workers
School special education directors
504 Coordinators
Athletic Trainers
Physicians, PAs, and APRNs
Plus include breakout sessions for 1st time attendees on Return To Learn Foundations

Speakers include nationally known experts and panels of local concussion professionals comprised of pediatricians, physical therapists, neuropsychologists, and advocates of brain injury prevention and athletic training education: Dr. Tricia McDonough-Ryan, Dr. Thomas Trojian, Katherine Snedaker MSW, Dr. David Wang, Dr. Mike Lee and the team of experts from Gaylord Center for Concussion Care, Representative from CATA; Deb Shulansky from Brain Injury Alliance of CT (BIAC); Brain Injury attorney and BIAC Board member Paul A. Slager; Charlie Wund, Founder & President Agency for Student Health Research; and Dr. Karissa Niehoff, The Executive Director at CT Association of Schools and CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference

Early bird pricing until Monday, April 7 at:

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Gaylord Named Quality Respiratory Care Provider - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hartford Courant, March 31, 2014

By Jeanna Hagist

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, has been named a quality respiratory care provider under a new program aimed at making sure residents in long-term care facilities have access to respiratory care services provided by quality respiratory therapist.

The Quality Respiratory Center Recognition (QRCR) program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers make informed choices about their healthcare and identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

"At Gaylord, we pride ourselves in providing the highest standard of respiratory care for our patients," said George Kyriacou, president & CEO. "Being named a Quality Respiratory Care institution is a great honor and we will continue to support and work together with the AARC towards our collaborative goals."


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Gaylord Receives Grant for New Bedside Medication Verification System - Friday, March 21, 2014

WALLINGFORD PATCH, March 21, 2014 - Gaylord Specialty Health Care, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, is implementing a new bedside medication verification system, made possible by a $75,000 grant from Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

The grant will be used to purchase the necessary equipment to bring medication verification into each patient room. Once fully implemented, the new system will allow caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications. The goal is to reduce the chance for medication errors, reduce costs due to preventable errors, and improve interaction at the bedside.

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Connor Reed Takes First Steps Toward Recovery - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wallingford Record-Journal, March 16, 2014 

WALLINGFORD — As Connor Reed held the railing of a staircase in the gymnasium at Gaylord Hospital, his arms shook, his knuckles were white and his eyes were focused on his wheelchair four steps down. Breathing deeply and with his physical therapist holding him, Reed lifted his left leg and fought to control the shaking as he tried to find the next step and plant his heel.

“Good job,” said physical therapist Tim Kilbride. “You’re doing good.”

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Center for Concussion Care Recognized by Brain Injury Alliance of CT - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

From the Hartford Courant, March 17, 2014 - 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 being recognized with the 2014 Education and Prevention Award by the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC).

This recognition was awarded to the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care on Friday, March 7 at the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Annual Conference as an organization demonstrating outstanding effort that has resulted in the increase of public awareness of brain injury and prevention and has broadened community services available to individuals who have sustained a brain injury.
"Gaylord's extensive team of experts draws upon a long and successful history of treating brain injuries," said George Kyriacou, president and CEO. "We are honored to receive this honor from the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and will continue our commitment to providing the most effective program to maximize the recovery for our patients."

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Dr. David Rosenblum Recognized by Business New Haven and CT Magazine - Thursday, March 13, 2014

David Rosenblum, MD, of Woodbridge, has been recognized as “Top Doc” in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine for the seventh time. New this year, Dr. Rosenblum has been named Physician of the Year as part of Business New Haven’s annual Healthcare Heroes Awards.

Dr. Rosenblum is the medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the director of the spinal cord program at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Connecticut. For over twenty years he has treated patients with spinal cord injuries or other types of neurologic injuries or diseases. His valuable contributions began in the 1990’s when he became one of the first physicians to become board certified in spinal cord injury and helped create and then direct Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, which focused on rehabilitation.
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Gaylord's Dr. David Rosenblum, Physician of the Year - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

David Rosenblum, MD, has been chosen as "Physician of the Year" by Business New Haven. As a spinal-cord injury specialist Dr. Rosenblum stops at nothing to help his patients. Read his story and how he connects with his patients, while bringing the latest innovations in care to Gaylord. (Click the photo or use the link below the photo to read the full story or download the pdf). 

Physician of the Year photo

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Gaylord Affiliates with Quinnipiac Univ. School of Medicine - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

NEW CLINICAL AFFILIATION: Gaylord has signed a five-year clinical affiliation agreement with the Quinnipiac University School of Medicine. Gaylord physicians will work as teachers and help design curriculum at the new medical school. Dr. Steven Holland, chief medical officer at Gaylord, said that "We look forward to this exciting opportunity to partner with Quinnipiac as we collectively work together to create a new approach to medical education."
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3/27/14, Wellness Lecture: Treat Your Knee Pain, 7 p.m., (Click link for details) - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wellness Lecture Stop Limping: Treat Your Knee Pain

Is knee pain slowing your down? Then join us for a discussion on the mechanism and symptoms of knee injuries. Michael Medvecky, MD, of Yale Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Philip Farrelly, PT, SPT, of Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will address non-surgical and surgical options for meniscus, cartilage and ligament injuries. 

RSVP: (203) 284-2829, or email:

Wellness lecture on knee pain

Purchase Tip-a-Player Dinner & Carnival (2/18/14) TIckets Online - Tuesday, February 04, 2014

You can now purchase tickets online for the Wolf Pack Tip-a-Player Dinner & Carnival to be held at the XL Center in Hartford on Feb. 18, 2014. Click here or the link below to purchase your tickets for a wonderful evening of food and fun and help support the Gaylord Fund. The Fund supports patient needs and a variety of therapeutic programs. 


Purchase Tickets for Wolf Pack Tip-a-Player Event


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6/28/14, Run the Gaylord Gauntlet 5k & raise funds for the Gaylord Sports Assoc. - Monday, January 27, 2014

CHALLENGE YOURSELF! Join us for a day of fun and challenge for the Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail Run, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8 a.m.

At Gaylord, no obstacle is too great - and that's true for our 5k Trail Run. Challenge yourself with a variety of obstacles as you run through our wooded campus. All proceeds will benefit the Gaylord Sports Association which provides adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities. Register online today! Early Bird Special before April 15th: $45 Individual, $225 for a team:

Gaylord Gauntlet 5k logo

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Greys Squeeze by CT Jammers Quad Rugby Team, 33 to 32 - Monday, January 20, 2014

SO CLOSE! The annual CT Jammers Quad team vrs. the able-bodied Greys team was a spirited event! The Greys squeeked by with 33 to 32 win. Check out the photos of the game held on Sunday, Jan. 19, at New Horizons Village in Unionville. The Jammers is the only quad rugby team in Connecticut and is sponsored by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

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Wolf Pack Tip-a-Player Dinner & Sports Carnival, Feb. 18, 2014, 6-9 p.m., (203) 284-2881 - Monday, January 06, 2014

Wolf Pack Tip-a-Player Dinner & Sports Carnival, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. 

The 10th annual Tip-a-Player Dinner and Sports Carnival will be held on the floor of the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The event features Wolf Pack players waiting on tables and area Hartford restaurants provide a mini Taste of Hartford. The carnival features bounce houses, face painting and velcro walls for children. Fans can pose with the hockey players and play against them in the Sports Carnival. There is also a silent auction. 

Click here to download the form for tickets

Tip-a-player hockey photo

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Give the Gift of Hope! Your Year-end Gift can Change a Life. - Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 CT Classic Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, 12/7 & 12/8 - Saturday, December 07, 2013

Wheelchair Tournament Information

2013 CONNECTICUT CLASSIC WHEELCHAIR RUGBY TOURNAMENT at Manchester Community College, 12/7 and 12/8

Hosted by the Connecticut Jammers & the New York Warriors Wheelchair Rugby Teams Sponsored by th
e Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital and Helen Hayes Hospital


VOLUNTEERS: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
VOLUNTEERS: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Connecticut Classic Wheelchair Rugby Tournament will take place at Manchester Community College, Great Path, Manchester, CT 06040
Teams Competing:  Connecticut Jammers  New York Warriors  Northeast Passage Wildcats  Philadelphia Eagles

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! No experience necessary. Please contact Katie Joly of the Sports Association at 203-284-2772 or with the following:
 Sat 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Sat 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Sat 11:30 - 5:00 PM

Tournament Coordinators:
Katie Joly, CTRS Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital Phone: 203-284-2772 Email:

Matthew Castelluccio Adaptive Sports at Helen Hayes Hospital Phone: 845-234-5781 Email:

Anything is Possible!

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Join Gaylord's $2,000 Giving Tuesday Challenge, Dec. 3 to 10, no gift is too small! - Monday, December 02, 2013

TIRED OF STUFF? Have $5? Join Gaylord's $2,000 Giving Tuesday Challenge and give something that lasts! Tomorrow, Dec. 3, is GIVING TUESDAY - a movement that inspires charitable giving during the holiday season by shifting the focus from the frenzy of shopping to giving to causes that change lives. Through your gifts Gaylord is able to provide care that goes beyond the ordinary. (The photo below shows a few of the patients you have helped.) No gift is too small and EVERY GIFT impacts the lives of our patients and their families! Join Gaylord's Giving Tuesday Challenge to raise $2,000 this week! Simply use the blue online DONATE button in this link:
Our Patients Thank You!
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Heating Things Up: Gaylord Leads the Way in Sustainability - Thursday, October 31, 2013

Please join the CT Healthcare Environmental Roundtable (CHER) & the CT Green Building Council Healthcare Committee for a FREE Sustainability Forum:Heating Things Up at Gaylord Hospital Saves Money & Energy

Gaylord Hospital is leading the way towards sustainable energy use. The 137 bed facility installed a solar heating system and is reducing its water heating costs and carbon footprint. Find out more, take a tour and see if this or other renewable energy systems might be a good choice for your healthcare facility.

Speakers Include:

Mark Vere, Gaylord Hospital, Director of Facilities Support Services
Dale Hedman, CT Energy Finance & Investment Authority (CEFIA)
Orlin Karabadzhev, Legacy Mechanical Group
George Keithan, Consulting Engineering Services

This is a FREE event for Connecticut hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities as well as CTGBC Members and guests... 50 Gaylord Farm Rd, Wallingford, CT, in the Chauncey Building

This event is brought to you by the CT Healthcare Environmental Roundtable (CHER), CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), CT Green Building Council Healthcare Committee, Gaylord Hospital and US EPA Although this event is free please register for this forum for planning purposes.Questions?
Contact or call 860-424-3243.

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10/23, Wellness Lecture: Exercise & Older Adults, Gaylord Hospital, RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Free Wellness Lecture: Slow and Steady Wins the Race - Exercise and Older Adults

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
7 p.m.
Brooker Lecture Hall
Gaylord Hospital
Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford, CT

It’s never too late to start exercising no matter what your age. Scientific studies show that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay illness and disabilities. Gaylord Hospital Physical Therapist Sarah Ferrero will explain the benefits of exercise to help you on your way to a healthier life.

FREE Admission
Seating is limited.
Call (203) 284-2829 or email to reserve your seat. Refreshments will be served.

Healthy Lungs Traveling Program for Schools, Call (203) 741-3356 - Monday, October 07, 2013

10/10, Preparing & Organizing Critical Documents, 2 p.m., Info/RSVP (203) 284-2881 - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Flyer about organizing important papers

9/27 at 5:30 p.m., Reception & Presentation by Ms. Wheelchair America, Info/RSVP: (203) 284-2881 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Join us for a special wine reception and special presentation by Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, Jennifer Adams. Jennifer was born with partial limbs and has made it her goal to encourage others with disabilities to reach their full potential. 

Ms. Wheelchair America at Gaylrod

10/5 at 6 p.m., Halloween Party to Benefit Gaylord & SCI Program, Info/Tickets (203) 284-2881 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Halloween Party poster of event

Free Seminar, Special Needs Trusts: The Basics, 9/26, 7 p.m. Call (203) 284-2881 - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Exploring Running Injuries, Free Wellness Lecture, 9/25/13, Info & RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Monday, September 09, 2013

Eight Para-athletes Participate in Madison Triathlon - Monday, September 09, 2013

New Haven Register
by Charlotte Adinolfi

MADISON - Streams of runners and bikers crowded Surf Club Road in Madison Saturday morning as a part of the 28 Annual Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon.

Feet and wheels crushed the pavement and sand along the road, but not all the wheels crossing the finish line were regular bike wheels. Some were hand-cycles or tandem bicycles.

Eight of the 425 competitors racing Saturday were para-athletes, with disabilities ranging from spinal cord injuries to visual impairments or head trauma.

“These athletes overcome so many challenges just with their disability and just so many of them have shown so much determination,” said Katie Joly, program manager of the sports association at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, one of the programs that made Saturday’s race possible for the para-athletes. “To be able to complete this race, they are overcoming so many challenges.”
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3 Seminars for Planning: Ethical Wills, 9/10, Special Needs Trusts, 9/26, Critical Papers, 10/10 - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Special Series on Preparing for the Future: Our Development Dept. is offering three individual seminars on sometimes difficult but very important topics to help you and your loved ones plan for the future:
* PLANNING AN ETHICAL WILL - Leave your loved ones more than just your valuables, on Sept. 10th at 10:30 a.m.

Most people have much more to bequeath to their loved ones than just possessions, but they don’t know the best way to accomplish that. Join Henry McNulty, an award-winning journalist and writer, as he walks you through what is known as an Ethical Will – an easy and effective way to share your unique and valuable experiences, insights, life lessons, and memories with those who come after you. Step-by-step, you’ll learn how to decide what to include in your Ethical Will, how to create one, and how to make it a treasured part of your inheritance. Please RSVP by September 5.

* CREATING A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST - Enhancing the future of a disabled loved one, on Sept. 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Four experienced and diverse panelists will talk about Special Needs Trusts, one way to help provide financial help for the future of a disabled loved one. Panelists include:
• Lisa Nachmias Davis, an Estate Planning Attorney with Davis, O’Sullivan & Priest
• Kerry Tedford-Coles, Vice Pres., Trust Administration, Planned Lifetime Assistance Network
• Jim Parker, Senior Trust, Fiduciary Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank
• Claudia Englisby, an Estate Planning Attorney with the Law Offices of Sharon Pope. Claudia has personal experience with a Special Needs Trust.
Please RSVP by September 20.


Three people with knowledge and insight will speak about what you need (wills, powers of attorney, lists of passwords!, etc.) why you need them, and ways to organize your documents so others can access them. Join these panelists:
• Jill C. Jensen, LCSW, CMC, Care Manager at Gaylord
• Ingi-Mai Loorand, an Estate Planning Attorney with Reid & Riege, New Haven
• Kathy Kraines, Medical & Health Communications consultant, and care coordinator for her family. She is currently in the thick of advocating and caring for an elderly, terminally ill parent.
Please RSVP by October 4.                                    

All programs are held in the Chauncey Conference Center on Gaylord’s campus. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For more information and to R.S.V.P. call (203) 284-2881 or email:

Planning for the future seminar information

Wheelchair Tennis Empowers Disabled Athletes - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Video and interviews of wheelchair-bound athletes participating in tennis at the New Haven Open from powered by News 8 at

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Disabled Military Veterans River Fishing Tournament, 9/25, Info: (203) 284-2772 - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Please contact us for more information and to obtain registration materials:

Katie Joly, CTRS, phone: (203) 284-2772


Fax: (203) 284-2813Fishing Tournament Information

Gaylord at New Haven Open, 8/21, Sports Assoc. Wheelchair Tennis Demo at 2 p.m. - Monday, August 19, 2013

Wellness Lecture: Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging, 8/29/13, 7p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Gaylord Patient Bikes for Blood - Sunday, August 04, 2013

WALLINGFORD — As a minivan pulled into Gaylord Hospital, Colleen Kelly Alexander cycled toward the Brooker Conference Room. When she made it to the walkway, she unclipped her shoes, took in a deep breath, exhaled and smiled.

Alexander, 37, biked with about 15 other cyclists from Simsbury to Wallingford on Tuesday. It was the second stop she was making on an event organized by Alexander and the hospital. After making a stop in town, she and the group would bike to their final destination, Madison. With each stop having a blood drive organized, the event’s purpose was to raise awareness about the need to donate blood. At the end of the day, Alexander biked a total of 78 miles

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Crash Survivor, Gaylord Hospital Organize Blood Drive - Sunday, August 04, 2013


Blood banks across the country are experiencing a shortfall, yet the demand remains high.

Officials with the American Red Cross said they are down 50,000 pints of blood.

A Madison woman knows very well how important blood is because it saved her life, and now she's getting people to help others in need.

Two years ago, Colleen Kelly Alexander was run over by a truck and needed 78 pints of blood to survive.

"I was torn apart," said Alexander, who showed Eyewitness News her scars.

Because blood donations saved her life, Alexander said she wanted to help others, and it's not become her life's mission to get people to donate. 

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Gaylord's Sports & Rec Program Offers Therapy for the Disabled - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WALLINGFORD - "A rehabilitation center in Wallingford is giving disabled people the opportunity to use its special sports program as therapy.

Two Connecticut residents, who nearly died in separate car crashes that left them paralyzed, took to the water today for some recreational water skiing. They are two of dozens of people participating in the Sports and Recreation Program at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford." 

From CT News 12


"Just to be able to get up and cruise and not worry about being in a wheelchair, it gives you a sense of freedom,” says Shane Mosko, of Southington.

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Gaylord Receives Innovation Award for Ekso - Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hartford Courant

WALLINGFORD, CT - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, which specializes in the care and treatment of people with medically complex and intensive rehabilitation issues, has been awarded the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) for its innovation with EKSO, a bionic exoskeleton that allows paralyzed patients to walk again. The Innovation Prize is a Platinum Award, the highest honor an organization can receive.

The CQIA has been the State's annual quality awards for 26 years, recognizing Connecticut manufacturing and service companies that excel in managing quality improvement for business success and growth. The partnership was founded in 1987, and uses the criteria of the Five Steps to the Baldrige Award in an effort to advance innovative programs that improve quality performance and marketplace competitiveness

Winning organizations along with national and international cutting-edge professionals share their successes and innovative improvements annually at the CQIA's Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation.

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Gaylord Sleep Medicine: Sleep Issues in Children and Adolescents, Call (203) 284-2818 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wellness Lecture: The Truth about Concussions, June 12, 7 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2829 click for info - Monday, June 03, 2013

A concussion is a short-lived brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body. Adam S. Mednick, M.D., Ph.D., from Connecticut Comprehensive Neurologic Management and Gaylord Outpatient Physical Therapist Anne Pacileo, PT will discuss what occurs in the brain when someone suffers a concussion.

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Meriden Resident Doesn't Let Traumatic Brain Injury Stop Her - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) - Kaitlyn Dyrek, of Meriden, cannot be stopped despite having a terrible accident that forced her to start living from the beginning.

Dyrek was flown to Hartford Hospital on July 24, 2006, after being in an accident while walking with three people in Meriden.

"I was the person closest to the middle of the road," she said. "And I got struck and I was flown from my shoes. I landed face down in the brush on the side of the road."

Dyrek's family rushed to the hospital to check on their daughter.

"The first thing the nurse said after they came out and were treating her," said her father. "We've done all we can. She's in God's hands now, which is not exactly the thing a parent wants to hear."

Dyrek had several skull fractures, a broken left arm, deep chin laceration, broken hips, broken pelvis, broken left foot and ankle. Then the doctors announced she had a traumatic brain injury.

After spending three weeks in a coma, Dyrek's parents got some encouraging news.

"They were told I pulled out my breathing tube, which was a good sign, meaning I was coming out of the coma," Dyrek said.

As an active 13-year-old, Dyrek's bones were healing, but her brain needed help.

"I did not know how to speak. I did not know how to walk talk eat," she said. "I was literally like a baby again, just in a 13-year-old's body."

Dyrek said she didn't remember her childhood and it was determined she had Wernicke's Aphasia.

"The only things I can say are things that my family has told me," she said.

Wernicke's Aphasia happens when the left side of the brain was injured and mainly affects a person's speech and writing.

"I had to learn how to say the names of letters, how to count, how to spell," Dyrek said. "Do everything starting like I was in kindergarten again, pretty much."

Dyrek said she was often frustrated and added it was difficult and she cried often.

For eight months three days a week, Dyrek went to Gaylord Hospital for physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapies as well as aphasia group therapy.


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Wellness Lecture: The Hearing Challenge, May 29th, 7 p.m., RSVP: (203) 284-2829, click for info - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gaylord's Summer Sportsmetrics Progam, Call: (203) 230-9226, click for info - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Webcast: New Advances in Research after SCI, June 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., click for info to register - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Wine & Beer Tasting Event, May 17th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Click for ticket info & brochure - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Gaylord Hearing Center Open House, May 7, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2880 - Monday, May 06, 2013


Free Lecture: Overuse Injuries in the Growing Athlete, April 25, 7 p.m., RSVP (203) 284-2829 - Sunday, April 21, 2013

Creative Expressions Art Show, April 23 to May 24 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WALLINGFORD, CT -  Help support  artists of every ability by attending Gaylord Specialty Healthcare's Creative Expressions Art Show at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford from April 23 to May 24. The opening reception will be held at Gaylord Hospital on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Brooker Lecture Hall. More than a dozen artists will have pieces on display and there will be more than 125 pieces of art for guests to purchase and enjoy.

The Creative Expressions Program is designed to accommodate artists of all abilities. The program is coordinated by the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Gaylord. Proceeds from the sale of artwork and prints will benefit the artists and the Creative Expressions Program.

This year's featured piece is "My Pad," by artist Ken Tackett. About 10 years ago Ken lost his short term memory following a surgical accident. He came to Gaylord for rehabilitation of both memory and related physical problems. A part of Ken's therapy took place in the Creative Expression Program for outpatients. The group, “Circle of Friends," uses art and creative expressions as therapy. The group has helped him with his self confidence and growth in his love for art. Ken has participated in the Creative Expressions Art Show for many years.

Please RSVP for the opening reception by calling  (203) 284-2881.

Creative Expressions Art Show brochure

Have Fun While Supporting Gaylord! 2013 Special Events - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WALLINGFORD, CT -- You can have fun while helping to support Gaylord. As a non-profit healthcare oganization Gaylord needs your support to provide outstanding care to our patients. Throughout the year we host a variety of special events that meet two goals - raising funds to support a variety of patient needs and providing you the opportunity to have fun as you help Gaylord.

Our fundraising events provide needed financial resources and they strenghten the strong community of caring individuals, businesses and organizations that are committed to Gaylord's vision of providing care beyond the ordinary. 

Please join us for any of our special fundraising events and consider creating and hosting your own event to benefit Gaylord. We welcome your ideas. You can download our guide to creating and hosting an event at:

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Gaylord's Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System - Thursday, April 11, 2013

WALLINGFORD, CT -  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has added the Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System to its inpatient and outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Program which is located on the Gaylord Hospital campus in Wallingford. 

The Bioness is an ergonomically designed, easy-to-operate system that helps you to reach, grasp, open and close your hand. Patients appropriate for therapy with the system include those with primarily hemiparesis, one-sided weakness, from a stroke or traumatic brain injury and patients with certain levels of spinal cord injury.

The system is made up of a lightweight orthosis and a wireless control unit. The orthosis fits the forearm and wrist and delivers low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves that control the muscles in the hand and forearm. This precise stimulation helps the muscles relearn to respond to signals for movement. The wireless control unit lets you adjust the level of stimulation.

Gaylord has the Bioness Wireless Hand Rehabilitation system available for both the right and left arms/hands and in medium and large sizes to accomodate patient needs. Our clinicians will custom-fit the orthosis and set up the control unit with a therapy program designed specifically for you. For more information contact Outpatient Therapy Services at (203) 284-2888, option 1. 

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David Rosenblum, MD, Named CT Top Doc - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gaylord Uses iPads for Treating Aphasia - Monday, March 18, 2013

Health report from WFSB News, Channel 3 in Hartford, CT.

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TBI Roundtable "Healing after a TBI" on March 21, 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP (203) 284-2881 - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: In conjunction with our TBI art show we are hosting a TBI panel discussion on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:00 pm. The topic is "Healing after a TBI,'" and panel members include Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger, Eliette Markhbein, artist and therapeutic arts practitioner, Carrie Cramer, brain injury services director of the Brain Injury Alliance of CT,  Dr. Alyse Sicklick, Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Gaylord Hospital, and Timothy Pruce, outreach coordinator of the New York TBI Model System at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The discussion will be relevant to TBI survivors, their families and caregivers.

The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, March 18 by calling (203) 284-2881 or emailing:

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Brain Injury Survivor Exhibits Her Portraits of Others with TBI - Thursday, March 07, 2013

March 7, 2013

Eilette Markhbein became an artist by accident, literally. Markhbein, a journalist for Hearst Magazines, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2004 when she was struck by a speeding car. When she was in rehab, she was frequently asked how she felt. She got tired of that.

"I had a problem trying to express myself. I was feeling so down. I was in tremendous pain because my spine was fractured. I had headaches," Markbein, a native of France, said in a phone interview. "I drew a red stick figure swollen like a balloon and black picks going all over it. My face had tears coming out from it. Steel wool was all around me. I showed to them and they said, 'Oh my God, this is how you feel?' "

She liked expressing herself through art and started doing it more. As an outpatient, she began to take art classes. "I was not in pain when I painted. It took me to another place," she said. "I didn't feel the pain. I didn't have a TBI. My thoughts were flowing seamlessly, like they did before the TBI. It was exhilarating, addictive."

An exhibit of portraits by Markhbein, of people, famous and non-famous who have suffered TBIs and lived productive lives afterward, will open today at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. The exhibit is called "WHACK'ed ... and then everything was different." After the exhibit, the portraits will be donated to the Brain Injury Association of America.

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Gaylord Center for Concussion Care Opens, Appointments: (203) 284-2888, option 1 - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Evidence continues to mount about the short and long term consequences that can occur with a concussion. To help address and support recovery from the many obvious and often hidden effects of a concussion, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has created the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care. 

Gaylord's Center for Concussion Care offers a comprehensive program featuring specialty trained experts who provide an individualized concussion management program for teens and adults. Initial appointments are held on the Wallingford campus. Each plan of care is then customized using resources on the Wallingford and/or North Haven campuses.

Contact the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care by calling (203) 284-2888, Option 1. To receive the free concussion information packet email: 

See more information and details at Gaylord Center for Concussion Care


Art Show & Reception "Portraits of Legendary Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors," March 7-31. - Wednesday, February 27, 2013


WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- March is Brain Injury Awareness month and as part of the celebration Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host an art exhibition titled "WHACK'ed ... and then everything was different," by Eliette Markhbein. Markbein's show consists of Portraits of Legendary Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors including Senator Gaby Giffords, ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff, NFL star Troy Aikman, Central Park Jogger Trisha Meili and others. The artwork will be displayed in the Milne Pavilion from March 7-31, 2013.

Markhbein was only 35 years old when she was struck by a car while riding her bike. She suffered a traumtic brain injury that ended her career as a journalist. But she discovered that as she created art her brain worked smoothly and a new world opened to her. Markbein now creates art work that depicts the transformation that TBI patients endure as they recreate and restructure their lives around brain injuries that are not always obvious or understood by family members, friends, and the larger world. 

An opening wine and cheese reception for "WHACK'ed..." will be held on March 7th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Milne Lobby on the campus of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. The reception is open to the public. Please RSVP by March 4 by calling (203) 284-2881 or emailing us at:


Healthcare in Antarctica! Free lecture, open to the public. 2/20/13, Noon, Brooker Lecture Hall - Thursday, February 14, 2013

Free lecture, open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 20th at noon, in Brooker Lecture Hall at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT.  Come hear Steven Holland, MD, Gaylord's chief medical officer, share about his experiences providing healthcare in Antarctica. No registration required. Just bring your lunch and join us!

New Portable Ventilator Available in CT - Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jocelyn Maminta

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The latest technology for patients who depend on a ventilator to help them breathe is now available in Connecticut.

Portable ventilators have been around for some time but the latest one is enabling patients to live an even more independent life.

Glenn Landers is now a familiar face in the hallways of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

"Before I couldn't get out of the room," said Landers.

A spinal chord injury has him dependent on a wheelchair.

"It goes pretty good," said Landers.

His new found freedom is thanks to the latest portable ventilator.

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Thank You to Staff from Gaylord's CEO - Monday, February 11, 2013

A message from CEO to employees:

Dear fellow employees,

We have just experienced a storm of historic proportions. As impressive as this storm is, the dedication of our staff is even more impressive. Many employees have been on duty since Friday and have continued to put the needs of our patients first and create a safe environment for all. They have helped cook, shovel, and even walked or snow shoed into the hospital to help out. Two of our staff were stranded in a car for over 11 hours trying to reach the hospital to help. This is truly an example of the Gaylord spirit.

Gaylord and its patients are beholden to the employees who stayed throughout the storm and I want to express my personal appreciation to each and every one.

George Kyriacou
President & CEO

Gaylord Rolls Out Portable Ventilators - Thursday, February 07, 2013

By Luther Turmelle / Twitter: @lutherturmelle

WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has launched a new program to give patients who need ventilators to help them breath more mobility as they recuperate.

A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has helped the Wallingford-based rehabilitation hospital purchase three portable ventilators. The authority provides the state’s nonprofit institutions with access to low-cost financing and grants.

The ventilator units are a fraction of the size of bedside ventilators, which in some cases are the size of a small tool cabinet, according to hospital officials.

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Winter Carnival on 2/21/13 by CT Whale to Benefit Gaylord, TICKETS AVAILABLE! - Saturday, February 02, 2013

HARTFORD, January 31, 2013: AEG Management CT today announced that the Connecticut Whale will hold a “Winter Carnival” event Thursday, February 21 at The Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St. in downtown Hartford.

The Winter Carnival will run from 5:00-7:30 PM on February 21, featuring a chance to meet all of the Whale players, and will benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. All ages are welcome to attend.

The Whale Winter Carnival will offer a Mardi Gras-style atmosphere as a happy-hour party, including music games, Mardi Gras beads and other celebratory fun.  An admission charge of $20 includes a happy hour-style buffet and tickets for two complimentary beers (for those 21 or older), courtesy of Rogo Distributors. Whale players will be serving drinks from behind the bar, and fans can challenge the players to games of EA Sports NHL 2013 as well. The Labatt’s Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament will also be at the event, for fans and players alike to show off their bubble hockey skills.

In addition, there will also be a silent auction at the event, with proceeds going to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Any tips the players receive will also benefit Gaylord, and a percentage of beer sales from the cash bar will also be donated.

Tickets to the Winter Carnival will be available for purchase at Whale home games at the XL Center, at the Prize Den behind section 124, through February 20, and also can be purchased at the event. Tickets can also be purchased, and more information obtained, by contacting Frank Berrian at or (860) 541-4728.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a premier long-term acute and chronic care hospital, located in Wallingford, CT. Gaylord provides a continuum of care, including inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, medically complex care, and sleep medicine.

Tickets to all Whale home games start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), and are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at

Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are also available. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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31 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep Calendar - Friday, January 18, 2013

Download our "31 Tips for a Good Night's Sleep Calendar" from Gaylord Sleep Medicine. Click the "read more" link below to download and print out your own calendar for a good night's sleep.  

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Branford Woman to Run Half-Marathon after Brain Injury - Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Erin Spaudling suffered a traumatic brain injury over two and a half years ago. On January 12, 2013,  she ran the 13.1 miiles of the Disney Half Marathon. Erin has been doing outpatient therapy at Gaylord and was fitted with a special brace to help correct her gait while running. Read more of her story of courage and perseverance on the link below. 

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Get Your Flu Shot - It's Not Too Late! - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

In December, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) predicted an early and serious flu season. It is very important to get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect yourself, your family members and your co-workers. It is particularly important to be vaccinated if you have contact with anyone who is immune compromised and at greater risk of serious flu complications.

According to the CDC, five states--Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas--reported higher-than-normal reports of flu, usually not seen until after Christmas.In Tennessee, three school systems closed for a week due to the amount of students and teachers stricken. According to the former president of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, this year's "strain "of the flu is more serious and is "caused by a virus that causes more serious illness." It is not too late to get a flu shot nor does the flu vaccine cause you to get the flu. It's in everyone's best interest to become vaccinated.

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200 Most Popular Health News Articles of 2012 - Monday, December 31, 2012

Medical News Today has listed its top 200 most read medical/health related articles for 2012. The list covers a broad range of health topics. 

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Free Download (ends 12/31) "Musical Chairs" Film about Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing - Thursday, December 20, 2012

"When his dancer partner, Mia, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest."

Janet Carrus, the producer of Musical Chairs, is making this uplifting film free to download until Dec. 31, 2012 as a holiday gift. Please download the film fully before trying to view it.

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Step by Step: Walking with Bionic Legs from WFSB News - Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mike Loura continues to gain momentum using the Ekso bionic exoskeleton at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Watch this video story from WFSB news about Mike's efforts and goals for using the bionic exoskeleton. Mike, now 43,  was paralyzed from the chest down in 2008 when he was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle while training for a triathalon. 


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Wellness Lecture: Treat Your Neck Pain! Dec. 6, 7-8 PM, Call: 203-284-2829 - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stop Hurting, Start Living: Treat Your Neck Pain!

Free Wellness Lecture, Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7 PM - 8 PM at the Gaylord Wellness Center, Healthtrax. 8 Devine St, North Haven, Exercise Room. Call 203-284-2829 to reserve your seat. Open to the public.

Peter G. Whang, M.D., from Yale Orthopedics and Gaylord Outpatient Physical Therapist Lindsay Holmes PT, MPT, MTC, OCS will discuss cervical spine conditions such as osteoarthritis, cervical radiculopathy, myelopathy, their causes and treatments. They will address clinical findings, surgical options, as well as non-surgical interventions such as exercises, stretches and body mechanics for the treatment of neck pain. Come ready to ask the experts what the next step is for your neck pain.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by calling 203-284-2829. 

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Paralyzed Man to Walk Soon - Bionics Device Offers Mobility - Monday, November 19, 2012

 Article in November 19, 2012 Hartford Courant

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Double Your Giving Power: Board of Directors matches new or increased gifts to Gaylord until Dec. 31 - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Double Your Giving Impact Until Dec. 31

From now until Dec. 31 your new or increased gift to Gaylord will be matched by our Board of Directors. This opportunity doubles your giving impact! No gift is too small and every gift will help us continue to provide outstanding care to patients dealing with serious medical issues. Donate using the Donate button on our Donor page or send your gift to: Development, Gaylord Hospital, P.O. Box 400, Wallingford, CT 06492

Questions? Contact Tara Knapp, (203) 284-2838, or email:

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Gaylord and Ekso exsokeleton on CNN - Monday, November 12, 2012

The video taken by WTNH TV at the November 8 event at Gaylord showcasing the Ekso bionic suit was listed on CNN's "Just In" links on November 12, 2012.

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Bionic suit helps paralyzed walk - Friday, November 09, 2012

Gaylord patient Mike Loura demonstrated the new Ekso bionic exoskeleton during an event showcasing this new technology on Thursday, November 8 at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, CT. The suit is strapped onto the patient and motors operate the knee and hip joints while a physical therapist operates the controls that adjust the pace. The suit is used during physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and keep the heart healthy. 

The bionic suit cost $120,000 and it is the only one in Connecticut. The hope is that the technology will evolve so that the suit can be used at home.

Gaylord won $100,000 to help fund the purchase of the bionic suit in a contest sponsored this summer by the Stratton Faxson Law Firm of New Haven. 

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Exoskeleton suit gives man chance to walk again - Thursday, November 08, 2012

Click here to see the story on WTNH News 8. 

To Dance with His Daughters: Four years ago, Mike Loura was paralyzed when he was hit by a car while riding his bike as he trained for an Ironman event.  Mike showcased walking with the Ekso bionic skeleton at an event held at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare on November 8 to demonstrate the new technology. Gaylord is the only center in Connecticut to offer the Ekso bionic skeleton to patients with spinal chord injuries.

Dr. David Rosenblum the medical director of Rehabilitation at Gaylord described the bionic skeleton and explained it as a tool to work on balance to get someone with a spinal cord injury up and moving. The exoskeleton not only helps patients who are paraplegics to walk but also improves their wellness and quality of life. 

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Ex-patient helps Gaylord Hospital get $10,000 for bikes - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Haven Register, Oct. 23 (click for full article)

"Kelly-Alexander spent 2½ months at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where her heart stopped twice and was resuscitated.

She was later transferred to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where she started rehabilitation. She is now giving back to Gaylord, where she spent many months.

Kelly-Alexander was host for a bike tour Saturday that raised $10,000 to donate “adaptive bikes” to the hospital. Adaptive bikes are designed to help those who have physical challenges."

STOP Limping! Treat Your Heal Pain, Free Lecture: Oct. 25, 7 p.m. - Friday, October 19, 2012

Surgical vs. Non-surgical Options Wellness Lecture

Heel pain slowing you down? Join us for a free Wellness Lecture on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gaylord Wellness Center, Healthtrax, Exercise Room located at 8 Devine Street, North Haven, CT.

Khristine Sparta, DPM, CWS from Associated Podiatrists of North Haven will discuss several heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs, and their causes and treatments. Gaylord Outpatient Physical Therapist Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS will dicuss non-surgical options such as exercises and stretches to address foot and ankle dysfunction. He will also discuss body mechanics involved with daily function that may contribute to your pain. Come ready to ask the experts what the next step is for your heel pain.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. To reserve your seat call (203) 284-2829 or email:

Gaylord Sports Association Cycling Tour: October 20, 2012 - Monday, October 08, 2012

2012 Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Cycling Tour
Saturday, October 20, 2012
9 a.m.
Farmington Canal Linear Trail
Simsbury, CT 06070

Enjoy the fall foliage with a cycling tour along the Farmington Canal Linear Trail and help the Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital continue to bring quality adaptive sports programming to people with physical disabilities. Choose from the 10-mile ride ($50), 25-mile ride ($100) or 50-mile ride ($100). Registration deadline: October 18, 2012. Register at:

This benefit event is coordinated by former Gaylord patient Colleen Kelly Alexander. Colleen was seriously injured when she was run over by a freight truck while biking home from work. Read Colleen's story and join her on Octoboer 20th. Proceeds from this event will help purchase adaptive bikes for the Gaylord Sports Association.

Sleep Eating Interview with Keith Dixon, M.D., of Gaylord Sleep Medicine - Friday, October 05, 2012

Backpack Basics for Students - Monday, August 23, 2010

WALLINGFORD, CT (August 23, 2010) – The end of summer signals the return to school and the need to purchase a variety of school supplies. Often at the top of the list is a comfortable, size appropriate backpack. The physical therapists at the Gaylord Outpatient Centers offer the following tips for safe backpack use for students of any age.

  1. Choose backpacks that have thickly padded shoulder straps that can protect against upper back and shoulder pain. Padded straps also protect against nerve compression or possible circulatory problems. If possible select a backpack with a lumbar cushion, which helps redistribute weight to the lower extremities and makes it easier to stand up straight. Opting for pack with a padded back offers protection from sharp edges or something poking through the pack.
  2. A waist belt on a backpack helps to distribute weight evenly and shifts weight off the shoulders, neck and upper back to the lower back. Selecting a pack with multiple compartments allows for better weight distribution.
  3. The rule of thumb is that the pack and its contents shouldn’t weigh more than 15% of the wearer’s body weight. A child weighing 50 lbs. should carry a backpack weighing no more than 7.5 lbs. An adolescent who weighs 130 lbs. should carry a backpack weighing no more than 19.5 lbs.
  4. Be careful where you put that backpack. Gaylord therapists report that they’ve seen injuries that happen when kids trip over them when they are on the ground or use them to hit someone, whether by accident or in fun.
  5. Students can stay safe and healthy by picking out a the right backpack, packing the heaviest items on the bottom, placing the pack out of the way and handling it carefully around others.

For more information about backpack safety, ergonomics and muscle and joint injuries, contact Gaylord Specialty Health Care’s Outpatient Center at (203) 284-2818 or check our resources on the web at

Teens Asked to ThinkFirst - Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gaylord physical therapists Andrea Oberlander and Erin Prastine bring a message of injury prevention to area elementary, middle and high school children through the ThinkFirst program. They lead a classroom discussion devoted to informing kids of all ages about the risk of traumatic injury due to activities such as driving, bicycling, skateboarding and diving. As healthcare professionals, they believe that they must reach children and teens sooner to help them understand the causes and behaviors associated with traumatic injuries.

The ThinkFirst program is free and offered to area schools and community groups. Studies show that students significantly increase their knowledge related to safety behaviors and potential for injury after attending the ThinkFirst presentation. The importance of wearing a helmet, for example, jumped from 22% to 60%; safety belt use from 46% to 69%; and those stating injuries were almost always preventable increased from 22% to 49%.

For more information—or to bring ThinkFirst to your school—contact the program coordinators at

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