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Welcome to Gaylord

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord is widely recognized for its leadership in treating patients with a spinal cord injury, brain Injury, or stroke and those requiring pulmonary, cardiac, or complex medical care, as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system licensed as a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) in Connecticut that is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.

The system is anchored by Gaylord Hospital and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and compassion.

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After being paralyzed, the piano playing continues

FOX61 News
Author: Jim Altman
Published: July 16, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Tricia Oporto, a wife and mother of twin girls from Bristol found out the diagnosis in April, doctors found a tumor on her brain.

The 43-year old piano teacher and church organist went to get her special surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and has been at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for her intense rehab for the past six weeks. 

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Mud and Guts | The 'COVID Crusaders' take on the Gaylord Gauntlet

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
July 8, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — They call themselves the “COVID Crusaders”, a team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists from Gaylord Hospital who decided to add some more obstacles to their already overburdened workload. 

After enduring almost a year and a half of tirelessly fighting for their patients against the grips of COVID-19, the 37 staffers at Gaylord Hospital decided to enter the Gaylord Gauntlet – a 5k “tough mudder” race that happens every year outside the sprawling hospital grounds. 


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‘Think First’ program urges young people to be aware of swimming, diving dangers to prevent spinal injury

WTNH, Channel 8 News
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Jul 1, 2021 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — July is the month when the most spinal cord accidents happen. The victims are mostly men in their 20’s diving into water that is too shallow or dangerous according to Megan Palmer who runs a Diving Danger Awareness Program from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare called “Think First.”

Gaylord is a top facility for caring for paraplegic patients.

Ryan Rosario of Meriden has been going to Gaylord since his diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2007.

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