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. Gaylord is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited for all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs and has specialty accreditation for its spinal cord, stroke, and brain injury programs. Gaylord is one of two long-term acute care hospitals in the world, and the only one of its kind in the U.S., with this unique level of CARF accreditation.

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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Trumbull stroke survivor mentors others with brain injuries

CT Insider
By Andy Tsubasa
June 4, 2023

TRUMBULL — Nearly two decades after a hockey accident led to a torn neck artery and subsequent stroke, a town resident is a leading volunteer helping others to overcome their own brain injuries.

Last month, Garrett Mendez, 36, received the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Healthcare Warrior Award" for his volunteer work at the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare hospital in Wallingford. 

Mendez suffered the brain-stem stroke in 2005, days after colliding head-first with the boards while playing in a junior hockey game in Springfield, Mass.

A CT woman can’t walk or communicate without help. She’s adding to this list of achievements

A CT woman can’t walk or communicate without help. She’s adding to this list of achievements

Hartford Courant
By Pamela McLoughlin
June 6, 2023

Margaret “Meg” Moore can’t walk, stand or tend to activities of daily living on her own and she relies on an assistive device for communication.

Yet, the 26-year-old from Middlebury has already accomplished more than many people will in a lifetime – and she keeps adding to the list.

“My positive attitude can definitely be attributed to my parents,” Moore wrote in an email. “My mother and my late father approached my life with a disability with a very positive outlook right from the beginning.”

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'Be a goldfish' and 16 more Ted Lasso lessons for hospital leaders

Becker's Hospital Review
By Bari Faye Dean
June 2, 2023

Executives looking for a way to enhance their own leadership style need look no further than Apple TV's Ted Lasso. Disguised as a show about a British football team, the series just might be a master class in leadership and management that could up any healthcare C-suite member's game


16 Hospital executives offer their lessons: 

Lesson 7: Everyone differs from everyone else.

Sonja LaBarbera. President and CEO at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (Wallingford, Conn.)

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