Accreditations & Expertise

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Accreditations & Expertise




Gaylord is the only entity in Connecticut, and one of two facilities in the country liscensed as a long-term acute care hospital, with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)  for all inpatient rehabilitation programs and additional specialty accreditation for our Spinal Cord, Stroke and Brain Injury Specialty Programs. CARF accreditation assures that our programs and facilities are of the highest quality and that we have demonstrated conformance to internationally accepted standards. Achieving CARF accreditation requires committing to quality improvement, focusing on the unique needs of each person we serve, assessing the results of our services, and committing to constant quality improvement.

The Joint Commission (JACHO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Each organization must go through a rigorous evaluation process. Accreditation and certification lasts for three years. In 2018, Gaylord again awarded Joint Commission accreditation and certification.

Gaylord is a Passy-Muir Speaking Valve Center of Excellence. Gaylord is recognized as a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence because we use Passy-Muir Valves as a standard of care for our tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients. This practice has decreased recovery time and enhanced the quality of life for our patients. Gaylord is one of 14 Centers of Excellence in the United States.

Gaylord is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Accreditation by AACVPR is earned by passing a rigorous accreditation process to assure the best practice for patients. The AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies

Vapotherm designated Gaylord Hospital as its first Center of Excellence in 2014. Gaylord is a pioneer in the use of heated humidification to improve patient outcomes and is one of three LTACHs in the country to earn the Center of Excellence classification. "The Center of Excellence (COE) program recognizes health care facilities that best use Vapotherm technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Gaylord Hospital has been designated as the first Post-Acute Care Center of Excellence for their exemplary use of Vapotherm High Flow Therapy."

Gaylord is a member of the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Center, which is one of 14 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems in the U.S. The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) program is overseen by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) The NIDILRR awards model system grants to institutions that are national leaders in research and patient care and offer outstanding comprehensive specialty services. 

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association CT Chapter is located at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. The Chapter sponsors education sessions, support groups, the ThinkFirst Brain Injury Prevention Program presentations, and provides peer mentors. Contact the chapter at: (2030) 284-2910

The Wallingford pool staff has been certified by the Arthritis Foundation and provides classes specifically geared to benefit those with the disease.





The Gaylord Sports Association is a member of Move United provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs."

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The NIH created the NIH StrokeNet to conduct small and large clinical trials and research studies to advance acute stroke treatment, stroke prevention, and recovery and rehabilitation following a stroke. This network of 25 regional centers across the U.S., which involves more than 200 hospitals, including Gaylord, is designed to serve as the infrastructure and pipeline for exciting new potential treatments for patients with stroke and those at risk for stroke. In addition, NIH StrokeNet provides an educational platform for stroke physicians and clinical trial coordinators. Gaylord is a member of StrokeNet through the Southern New England Partnership in Stroke Research, Innovation and Treatment (SPIRIT). SPIRIT is anchored by 3 leading institutions: Yale University School of Medicine, the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and Hartford Hospital.




Many of our medical staff and clinicians have earned additional board certifications, advanced practice certifications and diagnosis specific training accreditations. 

  • Physiatrists at Gaylord have earned sub-specialty certifications in brain injury and spinal cord injury medicine which benefits patients seen for inpatient and outpatient services. 


Inpatient Admissions: (203) 284-2810
Admissions Fax: (203) 294-8701
Outpatient Appointments: (203) 284-2888
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