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2020 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Monday, Jul 22, 2019

The 2020 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:        Raquel Loustaunau, Nursing Services ... read more


The 2020 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
 
     Raquel Loustaunau, Nursing Services
 
  Andrew, McIsaac, North Haven PT
 
  Jon Woodhouse, PhD, Psychology
 
      Megan Palmer, Inpatient Therapy  

Congratulations to all of our nominees! Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF


Katie Joly, Adaptive Sports Advocate, Named a “Healthcare Hero”

Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager among Eight Recognized   WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 12, 2019 - Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager Katie Joly was among eight healt... read more


Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager among Eight Recognized   WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 12, 2019 - Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager Katie Joly was among eight health care professionals honored at today’s Hartford Business Journal’s annual Healthcare Hero Awards luncheon at the Hartford Marriott.  

Joly, a Salem resident, received the “Healthcare Hero Award” in the Healthcare Staff category. She was nominated by her colleagues for improving the quality of life for hundreds of Connecticut and New England residents with disabilities by introducing them to the world of adaptive sports.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association is a donor-funded program of the nonprofit, rehabilitation-focused health system Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. The Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreational opportunities at no or little charge to any adult with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment. The program also offers specialized programming for military veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities.

A dynamic leader, Katie Joly has carefully nurtured and cultivated the Gaylord Sports Association to become Connecticut’s largest - and one of the Nation’s most widely recognized - adaptive sports program. She encourages others to remember that the only limitations in life are the ones we set for ourselves. She believes that everyone, regardless of their ability level, should have the opportunity to enjoy sports and recreational activities.

Many individuals who come to the Sports Association have suffered a devastating injury or illness as an adult and suddenly find themselves trying to cope with their new limitations. Often, they long to return to the activities in which they used to participate or try new activities. Katie Joly will stop at nothing to make that happen by overseeing more than 200 events each year and ensures that all can participate, regardless of the severity of their disability.

Over the last six years, Joly has doubled the number of programs that the Sports Association offers to include adaptive waterskiing, golf, boccia, kayaking, alpine skiing, archery, paratriathlon, sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, seated yoga, fishing, rock climbing, curling, tennis, and biking. She also manages two competitive team sports, the Gaylord Wolfpack Sled Hockey and the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team, who compete throughout the country. She has also led the Sports Association to become a bronze-level Paralympic Sport Club.

Joly expanded the very popular SAVES (Sports Association Veteran Event Series) program specifically geared towards veterans with PTSD or a physical or visual impairment. Veterans can interact with other veterans and participate in a number of programs specifically tailored for them including fishing tournaments, archery clinics and a veteran’s golf class.

“Katie passionately leads others to embrace new challenges,” said Sonja LaBarbera, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “She keenly understands the immense positive physical, social and emotional impact that the program has on its participants.”

Joly, an avid biker and skier herself, said, “I know what being involved in sports does for my own quality of life. To be able to share it with someone as they move forward from what may be the biggest challenge of their lives

is an amazing opportunity. To be able to see a person respond and say, ‘Wow, I thought I couldn’t do that again and here I am waterskiing’ or to hear a family say, ‘We’ve never seen our son smile so much’ is why I do what I do every day.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 30 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury. Learn more at Gaylord.org.   ###  


Five Tips for Preventing Pressure Injuries

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Governor Lamont Proclaims Thursday, November 21, Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 20, 2019 – Pressure injuries (formerly referred to as pressur... read more


Governor Lamont Proclaims Thursday, November 21, Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 20, 2019 – Pressure injuries (formerly referred to as pressure sores or pressure ulcers) claim the lives of more than 60,000 people each year and cost the US healthcare system more than $11 billion annually.

To call attention to the prevalence of pressure injuries, Governor Ned Lamont officially proclaimed Thursday, November 20th as Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut.

“Over the last five years, there has been a disturbing national trend of more severe pressure injuries,” says Tim Fournier, Chapter President of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut (SCIACT). “Research from the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that no other preventable event occurs as frequently as pressure-related injuries. We hope that education will help prevent this high incidence of pressure injuries and alleviate the substantial pain that 2.5 million Americans experience each year.”
  Diana Pernigotti, SCIACT chapter Secretary and Research Coordinator at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, says that those who are most at risk include bedbound individuals, anyone unable to move due to illness, medical condition or pain; those who use a wheelchair or sit for long periods of time; and even those undergoing surgery that will last more than three hours.

In honor of Pressure Injury Prevention Day, the SCIACT offers five tips for preventing pressure injuries:   Gently wash (don’t scrub) and dry skin, being careful to manage sweat, bowel and bladder habits. Special skin barriers and cleansers may be available to help meet your needs. Change positions regularly. Special beds or cushions can help protect the skin, depending on your situation. Pay special care to nutrition. Too few calories can cause loss of muscle mass. Protein helps repair and maintain tissue and muscle. Being properly hydrated ensures that nutrients are spread throughout your body. Many vitamins and minerals are essential to healing and the amino acids arginine and glutamine are critical in wound healing. Check skin regularly. The first signs of a budding pressure injury can include skin discoloration. The area could even feel hard or warm. Adapt clothing and moisturizers to the season.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Lauded as “Woman of the Year”

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

Wallingford resident Sonja LaBarbera recognized by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 6, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, ... read more


Wallingford resident Sonja LaBarbera recognized by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 6, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP,  today received the Woman of the Year Award at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Annual Women’s Achievement Awards Luncheon held at the Wallingford Hilton Garden Inn.

LaBarbera – a Wallingford resident – was nominated by her colleagues for making tremendous progress in growing the healthcare system’s reputation as a regional and national provider of choice for rehabilitation and complex medical management since assuming the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare last January.

Her staff also commended her commitment to patient-centric care, noting that her trademark motto, “It is always about the patient,” is the litmus test for each decision she makes as Gaylord’s leader. She has been instrumental in launching a significant renovation to update 100 patient rooms, nurses’ stations and family areas on four patient floors and advocates for the use of technology to advance care, whenever possible.
  “Every day I am motivated to do what’s best for our patients as they recover from life-altering illness or injury,” said LaBarbera at the event. “There’s nothing more rewarding than to watch a paralyzed patient take their first steps in a bionic exoskeleton suit, or see a stroke or a brain-injured patient go home and return to their lives.”

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for something I am so passionate about.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 30 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###  


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Undergoes Renovations $10M project to update 100 inpatient rooms, clini

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 26, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is undergoing a major $10M renovation of four floors of inpatient rooms on its Lyman and Hooker wings. One-hundred ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 26, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is undergoing a major $10M renovation of four floors of inpatient rooms on its Lyman and Hooker wings.

One-hundred patient rooms, nurse stations, family areas and staff rooms that were originally constructed in the 50s and 70s, are being renovated to create a more functional and aesthetically pleasing environment that more accurately reflects the quality of care that Gaylord provides.
“Our patients are at the center of all that we do,” said Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera. 

“Because our patients’ average length of stay is at least 26 days, making sure that their time with us is as supportive, productive, safe and comfortable as possible is of utmost importance to the entire Gaylord team. This overarching commitment has driven the redesign of our patient rooms, incorporating the latest in both architecture and medical knowledge to meet the unique needs of the patient, their family and our world-class clinicians.”
  LaBarbera explained that over the last year, Gaylord conducted a series of in-depth interviews with staff, therapists, physicians and nurses to identify the chief concerns related to the current facility and identified three key aspects to be upgraded and modernized: patient rooms, equipment and technology, and common and technical spaces.

Each renovated room will provide plenty of light and is designed with modernized color schemes and contemporary furniture that enhance the comfort of both patients and their visitors. Similar to patient rooms, the entire patient wing – including lounge areas, nurses’ stations, hallways, and solariums – will be made to feel modern, bright, and comfortable.

The optimized rooms will ensure that clinicians will have space to easily access all of the instrumentation, equipment, communication tools, and other technology that they need to care for their patients quickly, efficiently, and correctly.

Patients will be provided ample space to participate in the rehabilitative process and will have access to modern-day amenities such as Wi-Fi and smart televisions to make their stays as comfortable as possible. The rooms are also designed so that families and visitors are given ample space to support their loved ones throughout their extended stay.   Patient rooms also have been designed to meet the latest in health and safety standards, with the installation of new toilets, solid-surface sinks, blinds, glass whiteboards, reconfigured medical fixtures, and additional handrails. Each patient room will be outfitted with a ceiling-mounted lift for patient and staff safety.   Additionally, cardiac telemetry monitoring units are being installed to monitor the heart health of vulnerable patients in real-time. Gaylord will also add bedside medical verification technology throughout the patient wings and will provide necessary training to all personnel.
  The $10M project is being funded through donor support and from an $890,000 grant from the Governor’s Nonprofit Grant Program; a $120,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which includes support from Ruth A. Meier Fund, Anne Hope Bennett Fund, Aspel and Seymour & Clara Gans Memorial Fund, Eugene M. Blake Fund, Estelle A. Johnson Fund; and a $75,000 grant from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Wheelchair Assessment Program to Benefit from $10,000 Donation from M.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 18, 2019 – The Guilford-based M.J. Petretto Foundation recently presented a $10,000 donation from the proceeds of their annual Golf Classic to Gaylord Special... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 18, 2019 – The Guilford-based M.J. Petretto Foundation recently presented a $10,000 donation from the proceeds of their annual Golf Classic to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wheelchair Assessment Program.

The generous contribution will benefit the program which evaluates hundreds of wheelchair users from Connecticut and beyond to ensure that their wheelchair properly fits their body and meets their unique needs.

The Petretto donation will specifically be used to purchase a pressure mapping system. The high-tech device is an important evaluation tool that displays the distribution of pressure on a user’s seat. The information it provides can correct or help prevent a number of wheelchair-related issues including discomfort and pressure wounds and confirms that the user is using the correct chair or cushion.   “A well-fitting wheelchair,” said Clinical Program Coordinator, Jillian Cacopardo, MPT, ATP/SMS, “is crucial to maximizing a user’s independence, mobility, comfort, safety and health.”

Cacopardo explained that a proper wheelchair evaluation and assessment can reduce many preventable complications that can stem from ill-fitting equipment including compromised skin integrity, chronic pain syndromes, orthopedic deformity and even depression.   The M.J. Petretto Foundation was established in 2009 as part of Retirement Planning Group’s commitment to give back time, talent and money to support Connecticut not-for-profits. The Foundation was inspired by a 2008 automobile accident that nearly claimed the life of M.J.’s nephew, Jesse who suffered a spinal cord injury. Each year, the Foundation’s Golf Classic in Clinton raises money for Gaylord Specialty Health Care’s Spinal Cord Injury Program and other non-profit organizations.   Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development and Marketing said, “We are grateful for The M.J. Petretto Foundation for continuing to choose Gaylord as a beneficiary of their golf tournament and for helping our patients ‘Think Possible.’”   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###


Chesprocott Health District Honors Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with Inaugural “Community Champion

Monday, Sep 09, 2019

CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, August 28, 2019 — The Chesprocott Health District yesterday presented its inaugural “Community Champion Partnership Award” to the staff of Gaylord Specialty He... read more


CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, August 28, 2019 — The Chesprocott Health District yesterday presented its inaugural “Community Champion Partnership Award” to the staff of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Physical Therapy in Cheshire.

Chesprocott Public Health Specialist Kathryn Glendon, MPH, CHES, CPS, explained that the award will be annually bestowed upon a community partner that is committed to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of residents in the Chesprocott Health District. Gaylord, she said, “has been a key partner in carrying out Chesprocott’s mission.”

Throughout the year, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and the Chesprocott Health District have partnered to provide education to Cheshire, Prospect and Wolcott residents on a variety of topics from diabetes, nutrition, physical therapy, back safety and managing osteoporosis. Most recently, Gaylord provided a stretching and stretching and strengthening session on the linear trail in Cheshire to participants of June’s “Fit for a Day” initiative by the Chesprocott Health District Healthy Communities Coalition. Gaylord and Chesprocott also co-sponsored a successful food drive for the Cheshire Pantry.
“In appreciation of all of your continued efforts to strengthen the health of our community, it is our honor to present you with this award,” said Maura Esposito, RS, MPH, Chesprocott Director of Health.

Gaylord physical therapist Phil Silverio, PT, DPT, OCS, called the award “both an honor and a privilege.”

“That’s what we’re committed to,” he explained. “Working together for a stronger, healthier community.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.  


Gaylord Sports Association’s New “ParaGolfer” Puts Disabled Golfers Back into the Swing of Things

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 18, 2019 – The Gaylord Sports Association, a program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare that provides adaptive sports and recreation opportunities to adults with perm... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 18, 2019 – The Gaylord Sports Association, a program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare that provides adaptive sports and recreation opportunities to adults with permanent physical and visual impairments, has recently obtained a ParaGolfer, an all-terrain wheelchair that is able to raise disabled and spinal cord injured users into a standing position, allowing them to use a conventional golf swing.

Also known as a “Paramobile”, the ParaGolfer is used by people with high level spinal cord injuries, but can also be used by anyone with mobility or stability issues.

The ParaGolfer was originally designed for disabled golfers, but can also be customized for use in other sports and leisure activities such as fishing or archery. With its strong chassis frame, the ParaGolfer can cope with gradients of up to 30 degrees and sideways inclinations of about 17 degrees. The ParaGolfer will turn automatically into a safe position should these limits be exceeded and allows for a secure footing in any position.

The ParaGolfer was purchased with generous grants from the Stand Up & Play Foundation, the Scappaticci-Steinberg Foundation and with proceeds from the 2019 Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run. Katie Joly, Program Manager of the Gaylord Sports Association, explained that the ParaGolfer will be used at each of the program’s free adaptive golf clinics, programs and tournaments throughout the year. The Gaylord Sports Association became a chapter of PGA Golf in 2017 to support disabled veteran athletes.

“The ParaGolfer will enable current and former Gaylord patients and community adaptive athletes who played golf before their severe injury or illness are patients to return to their favorite activity,” she said. “We also hope to see an increase in interest from people who have never golfed before but are interested in learning more about the sport.” About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury. ###


Gaylord Adds Physical and Neurological Rehabilitation Equipment that Brings Patients on Simulated Ad

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 19, 2019 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford, announces the addition of KINESIQ physical and neurologic... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 19, 2019 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford, announces the addition of KINESIQ physical and neurological rehabilitation equipment to its complement of physical therapy tools available to patients. Gaylord is the only facility in Connecticut to own and offer the KINESIQ.
By integrating the worlds of simulation and virtual reality, KINESIQ enables users to improve their balance in real-world situations in a controlled environment. The new technology can be beneficial to patients of varying diagnoses including traumatic brain injuries, concussions, amputations, strokes, spinal cord injuries and more.
Patients using the KINESIQ stand on two footplates that tilt and move. The KINESIQ recreates the natural foot movement associated with dozens of immersive scenarios that can play on the unit’s video monitor including walking in Paris or Times Square, riding a gondola in Venice, skiing down a snowy mountain, dancing, standing on a bumpy bus or swaying subway, snow shoeing and more. The time, intensity and speed of positions are variables that are completely customizable to each patient.

“The KINESIQ prepares patients to encounter similar situations outside of therapy safely,” said Anne Pacileo, PT, Supervisor, Outpatient Therapy.

“The technology helps enhance the musculoskeletal, vestibular and visual aspects of balancing in a comprehensive way. Many of our patients have found it a very fun, enjoyable and unique approach to therapy,” she explained.
  The KINESIQ technology is currently available at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wallingford outpatient clinic at 50 Gaylord Farm Road.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###  


CHA Recognizes Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Commitment to Providing G

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 7, 2019 — At its 101st Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) presented two of its annual awards to Gaylord Specialty Healthca... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 7, 2019 — At its 101st Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) presented two of its annual awards to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford.
  CHA’s 2019 Healthcare Hero Award was presented to Gaylord gynecologist Dr. Anna Tirado, MD, FACOG, for her work caring for women with profound disabilities.

CHA and the Connecticut Department of Public Health also jointly presented Connecticut’s Hospital Community Service Award to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Gynecological Clinic for Women with Disabilities.

Twenty years ago, Hamden resident Tirado launched Gaylord’s Gynecological Clinic for Women with Disabilities after aggressive treatment for leukemia left her with permanent disabilities that she says “changed my practice, not my heart.”

After her return to work, Dr. Tirado resolved to find something to add to her life - and her practice - to counterbalance what was “taken away from me.” She was approached by Gaylord’s Spinal Cord Injury program director who asked if she would develop and staff a new in-house clinic for women with disabilities.

“I knew that women with profound disabilities such as spinal cord injuries are considerably less apt to seek regular gynecological care. As someone with disabilities myself, I immediately said yes,” she said.

Tirado explained, “After a spinal cord injury, many women aren’t able to access services at standard OB/GYN offices as they can’t transfer to a typical exam table. Some doctors are uncomfortable or unaware of how to treat women with special needs. Women with spinal cord injuries cannot feel if something is wrong so it is vital to get regular checkups to screen and prevent UTIs, infections, address pressure sores, and for early cancer detection.”

“Women who have had strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, amputations, developmental or mental disabilities may also feel more comfortable at a clinic that offers adaptive equipment and care by a professional who understands and advocates for those with disabilities,” she continued.
Anna balances her job as a gynecologist at County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group in New Haven with office hours for patients at the Gaylord clinic in Wallingford. She sees approximately 10-15 patients a month at the Gaylord clinic and each patient receives care well beyond the time and scope that would be expected at a typical gynecological visit for an able-bodied woman. 

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare pays for Tirado’s services. However, she donates all money back to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, as she has considered it her pro-bono work for the last 20 years.    “The clinic’s benefit to the community is immeasurable and draws patietns throughout the state,” said Gaylord Chief Medical Officer Stephen Holland, M.D. “Finding talented physicians willing to treat disabled patients is

difficult, but Dr. Anna Tirado actively seeks new ways to improve women’s access to care. We are very proud of her achievements and of the quality care that the clinic has provided over the last two decades.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.
  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###  


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Physical Therapist Ingrid Marschner as 2019 Employee of the Year

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 14, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT today named Ingrid Marschner, PT, as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2019 Employee of the Year.   Marschne... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 14, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT today named Ingrid Marschner, PT, as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2019 Employee of the Year.   Marschner has been an employee of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare since 1994 and works in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department of Gaylord’s Wallingford campus.

The Cheshire resident was nominated for the honor by a grateful patient who wrote, “I first met Ingrid in 2001 following my first back surgery. Her kindness inspired me over the last 17 years to do a daily 45-minute exercise program that she taught me. I felt I had come home when she became my therapist again in 2018. She remembered me after 17 years.”   A second nomination came from a patient’s family member who explained, “Ingrid always went the extra step to motivate my daughter. I hope she can do that with all of her patients. She made our future brighter!”   Her supervisor, Anne Pacileo, PT, stated, “Just saying Ingrid’s name brings a smile and a happy thought to the hearts of those who know her. What makes Ingrid a success is her positive attitude and her genuine compassion for everyone she meets. Her care for each of her patients is so genuinely warm that patients notice it the moment they meet her and it makes them feel that they are special. Ingrid uplifts each person even while challenging them to go beyond where they think they can.”

“Ingrid Marschner exemplifies the letter and spirit of this award,” Pacileo continued. “I cannot emphasize enough how much she deserves this honor!.”

The Employee of the Year Award was established in 1992 by the family of former Gaylord patient Joseph A. Lindenmayer. According to his daughter, Josephine L. Gierer, the award acknowledges the kindness that was returned to her father by the employees at Gaylord. This year’s celebration marks the 28th recipient of the award since its inception.
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: 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 and injury to maximum recovery.   Gaylord is widely recognized for its leadership in treating spinal cord and brain injuries and is also known for treating pulmonary, cardiac, amputee and stroke patients as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system in CT accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.   Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion. For more information visit www.gaylord.org. ###


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Inaugural DAISY Award Recipient Jamie Wortman, RN, Recognized fo

Friday, May 10, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 9, 2019 — In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 8 through May 12), Gaylord Specialty Healthcare presented its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care to East... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 9, 2019 — In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 8 through May 12), Gaylord Specialty Healthcare presented its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care to East Haven resident Jamie Wortman, RN.

In a written nomination, Wortman’s colleague Khaleda Begum, RN, described her as “a remarkable nurse” who is “caring, knowledgeable, patient and helpful to other nurses in any situation.”

Begum described a recent patient situation in which Wortman’s quick thinking, exceptional clinical assessment skills and commitment to patient advocacy were evident.

“Jamie noticed that one of her patients had increased confusion and an altered mental status,” she wrote. “She worked with the patient’s physician for an immediate intervention which revealed a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Jamie was the first to sense the severity of the situation and she took immediate action to keep the patient safe.”

Wortman, a nurse of six years, explained that although she is thrilled to have been recognized with the DAISY Award, the ultimate reward is being able to watch her patients make gains and achieve positive outcomes.

“My patients come here at their lowest point,” she said. “Seeing them progress and go home or move on to the next level of care is really what drives me as a nurse every day.”
  DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The award was created by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died of an auto-immune disease in 1999. The Barnes Family was appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion exhibited by each of the nurses who cared for Patrick and created the international award and foundation to say ‘thank you’ to nurses throughout the world.
The Gaylord Specialty Healthcare DAISY Award committee will present the award each quarter to a nurse who has established a special connection with a patient or a family, has significantly made a difference in the life of a patient, shows empathy in all situations, is an outstanding role model for the nursing profession, generates enthusiasm and energy towards meeting the challenges of nursing, consistently exhibits excellent interpersonal skills, and exemplifies the essence of professional nursing in all activities.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
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 and injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is widely recognized for its leadership in treating spinal cord and brain injuries and is also known for treating pulmonary, cardiac, amputee and stroke patients as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system in CT accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion. For more information visit www.gaylord.org.
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Physiatrist David Chen, M.D., FAAPMR, MMSc, Joins Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Thursday, May 02, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 30, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the addition of physiatrist Dr. David Chen, M.D., FAAPMR, MMSc, to its rehabilitation medical staff. Dr. Chen... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 30, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the addition of physiatrist Dr. David Chen, M.D., FAAPMR, MMSc, to its rehabilitation medical staff.

Dr. Chen comes to Gaylord from Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA where he provided physical medicine, rehabilitation clinical care and served as the Chief Health Informatics Officer. He graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, received his Master of Medical Science at Harvard Medical School and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His residency and internship were both completed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Chen is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is certified as a Specialist in Clinical Informatics.

“Physiatrists specialize in nonsurgical treatments of musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders, including chronic pain. Many patients are unaware of this specialty and have not benefited from its expertise,” said Dr. Stephen Holland, Chief Medical Officer of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “We are thrilled to add Dr. Chen’s experience to our team as he works to minimize patients’ pain, help them regain strength and return to optimal functionality.”

“I believe in a holistic and humanistic approach to health care that is both comprehensive and compassionate,” said Chen. “I have experienced, first hand, the difficulties of close relatives that have been in unfortunate, life-changing events. My goal is to work together as a team to get our patients back on track.”

Dr. Chen welcomes new outpatients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wallingford campus on 50 Gaylord Farm Road. To make an appointment, call (203) 284-2845.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
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 and injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is widely recognized for its leadership in treating spinal cord and brain injuries and is also known for treating pulmonary, cardiac, amputee and stroke patients as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system in CT accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion.

Headquartered in Wallingford CT since it was founded in 1902, Gaylord today serves a mix of local, regional, national, and international patients. For more information visit www.gaylord.org. ###


‘A phenomenal miracle’: Colchester man survives EEE

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020

By Taylor Hartz   Day staff writer One day last August, Richard Pawulski was doing yardwork in his family's lush, wooded backyard in Colchester, when he was bitten by a mosquito.... read more


By Taylor Hartz   Day staff writer One day last August, Richard Pawulski was doing yardwork in his family's lush, wooded backyard in Colchester, when he was bitten by a mosquito. Pawulski, a healthy 42-year-old husband, father and physical therapist, had no idea he had been bitten, or that the mosquito that bit him was carrying the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus, commonly known as EEE. Now, Pawulski is bedridden and struggles to speak after awakening from a two-month coma with a fatal prognosis. He said he feels like he has "gone through hell" and "wouldn't wish this on anyone." On average, only seven people contract the virus in the United States each year, with a spike in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said there's no one cause for the increase to nearly 40 cases last year. In Connecticut, Pawulski was one of four people to contract the virus last year — and he is the only one who survived. On Aug. 22, Pawulski began complaining of flu-like symptoms, including a high fever and stiff neck, according to his wife, Malgorzata Pawulski.

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Gaylord Launches ‘Destination Vent,’ an Online Video Series for Vent-Dependent Patients

Monday, Dec 30, 2019

Published on December 23, 2019 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the launch of the video series, Destination Vent: Home Ventilator Education Series on YouTube and on i... read more


Published on December 23, 2019 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the launch of the video series, Destination Vent: Home Ventilator Education Series on YouTube and on its website. The video series was the concept of Gaylord Pulmonologist Dr Brett Gerstenhaber after an exhaustive search for educational materials for families wishing to bring home a loved one who is unable to be weaned from a ventilator yielded disappointingly few results. Throughout the three-video original series, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare pulmonology experts provide a candid, in-depth look at what patients and their families can expect as they transition to life at home on a ventilator. “As you can imagine, the decision to care for someone on a vent at home is a difficult one,” Gerstenhaber states, in a media release. “The process itself is an act of love,” he continues. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week commitment and an emotionally taxing and resource-intensive journey that requires extensive preparation.” “We felt that there was a vital need to present information in an easy-to-understand manner so patients and families can make fully informed decisions and have realistic expectations of the journey to come.” The first video in the Destination Vent series provides an overview of the vent-weaning process and the critical decisions that must be made when a patient is unable to be weaned. The second video includes an overview of the required training and home preparations necessary to enable the vent-dependent patient to go home. The final video reviews the caregiver training and home-preparation process, and provides a realistic snapshot of day-to-day life for both caregiver and patient. End-of-life care considerations are also discussed. The Destination Vent series videos were funded via a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), per the release. [Source: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare]

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Joly helps physically disabled patients ‘think possible’

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Hartford Business Journal By Karen Sackowitz Think possible” is a guiding principle at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, a leader in the care of spinal cord injuries, complex st... read more


Hartford Business Journal By Karen Sackowitz Think possible” is a guiding principle at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, a leader in the care of spinal cord injuries, complex strokes and traumatic brain injuries. Katie Joly demonstrates that principle every day as the program manager for the Gaylord Sports Association, a donor-funded program that provides low- or no-cost adaptive sports and recreational opportunities for adults with permanent physical disabilities or visual impairment. Joly has worked tirelessly to elevate the program, doubling the number of sports and activities offered over the last four years. In 2018, she oversaw 221 adaptive sports events, clinics, classes, team practices and competitions. She also led the development of the Sports Association Veteran Event Series (SAVES), specifically designed for veterans with PTSD, or a physical or visual impairment.

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Most OB-GYN Practices Fall Short In Caring For Women With Disabilities

Monday, Dec 02, 2019

By Elizabeth Heubeck November 26, 2019 Over the past 20 years, Connecticut women with cognitive or physical disabilities have found their way to the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare&rsqu... read more


By Elizabeth Heubeck November 26, 2019 Over the past 20 years, Connecticut women with cognitive or physical disabilities have found their way to the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Gynecological Clinic for Women with Disabilities in Wallingford. There, obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) Anna Tirado provides routine and preventive gynecological care to disabled women. Now nearing retirement age, Tirado isn’t sure what will happen when she no longer sees patients. “I am very worried. The patients are not going to be easily absorbed into a private practice,” she said. An estimated 207,100 female residents of Connecticut have at least one disability, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The disabilities range from barely noticeable to those that render women unable to see, speak, move freely, or make sound decisions. But no matter the type of disability, all women need access to gynecological health care. But there are obstacles to getting care, and Tirado’s concerns are valid.

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Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford By Isa Gutierrez Published Nov 24, 2019  Athletes from all over the Northeast come to Connecticut each year for the annua... read more


Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford By Isa Gutierrez Published Nov 24, 2019  Athletes from all over the Northeast come to Connecticut each year for the annual Gaylord Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Tournament. This year, the Gaylord Sports Association hosted the two day event at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford. “You think ‘oh, I’m not going to be able to play sports anymore,’ and to find a sport that you can compete in and get competitive in is just awesome,” said Gaylord Jammers Defenseman Mike Delysle. The Colchester native has been an athlete his whole life. He played hockey and dirt biked across the country until a spinal cord injury on the bike, put him in a wheelchair in 2016.

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Q Chamber fetes Gaylord’s LaBarbera

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

New Haven Biz By Michael C. Bingham Sonja LaBarbera hasn’t been on the job as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for even a year (she began last Janua... read more


New Haven Biz
By Michael C. Bingham Sonja LaBarbera hasn’t been on the job as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for even a year (she began last January), but she’s already been celebrated as the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year.” LaBarbera was joined by five other female business leaders who were feted as part of the Q Chamber’s 2019 Women’s Achievement Awards Luncheon last Friday (Nov. 1) at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford. Some 200 honorees and celebrants attended the 20th edition of the annual event. LaBarbera joined Gaylord in 2005 and has occupied positions of increasing responsibility, including director of inpatient therapy services, senior director of therapy and outpatient services, vice president of operations and strategy and, most recently, chief operating officer.

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HBJ names Health Care Heroes award winners

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

Hartford Business Journal   artford Business Journal has named eight organizations and individuals as winners of its 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by readers... read more


Hartford Business Journal   artford Business Journal has named eight organizations and individuals as winners of its 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by readers and the broader healthcare and business community and selected by HBJ’s editorial staff. The awards identify outstanding leaders in the healthcare industry across eight categories. They will be recognized at our Health Care Heroes event Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The honorees will also be profiled in HBJ’s Dec. 9 print publication. The 2019 awardees are: Advancement in Healthcare-Innovation: Dr. John Pelegano, Chief of Pediatrics,
Hospital for Special Care Advancements in Healthcare-Prevention: UConn Health’s Connecticut EMS Statewide Opioid Reporting Directive Community Service-Advocacy/Policy: Patricia Baker, President & CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation Corporate Achievement-Innovation: Hartford Hospital’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO Team, led by Dr. Jason Gluck Healthcare Staff: Katie Joly, Program Manager, Gaylord Sports Association,
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

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Woman recovers at Gaylord in Wallingford after fall that partially paralyzed her

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

September 21, 2019 05:15PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email WALLINGFORD — When Kayla Carbaugh first woke in a hospital in Turkey she remembered... read more


September 21, 2019 05:15PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email WALLINGFORD — When Kayla Carbaugh first woke in a hospital in Turkey she remembered being on the wall of an archeological site and then being on the ground near the wall. She didn’t remember the fall that paralyzed the 20-year-old from the waist down.  Carbaugh, who had just graduated from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania, was on a school trip tracing the missionary journey of Paul, one of the Twelve Apostles.  While climbing around an archeological site, she fell 8 feet headfirst onto solid rock. “My foot just slid out ... I just didn’t have a good footing,” Carbaugh said.  Her back was broken, she couldn’t move her legs, she had several broken ribs, a head wound that needed seven staples and her lungs were bleeding.

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Moving with the music: Gaylord Hospital and Fred Astaire Dance Studio open up a new world to people

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019

By KASSI JACKSON HARTFORD COURANT | OCT 18, 2019 | 1:35 PM For Molly Carta, who watched from a wheelchair when her friends danced when she was growing up, the chance to da... read more


By KASSI JACKSON HARTFORD COURANT | OCT 18, 2019 | 1:35 PM For Molly Carta, who watched from a wheelchair when her friends danced when she was growing up, the chance to dance herself brought a new sense of freedom. “To move with the music the way everyone else might move with the music was pretty cool," said Carta, of Middletown. The feeling of dancing to a love song, and recognizing these techniques can be applied whenever she attends weddings and other events, opened up new perspective for her, she said. Carta joined nearly a dozen others in a para dance sport clinic offered through partnership of Gaylord Hospital and Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Hartford on Thursday night in Wallingford. Waltz, salsa and cha-cha techniques were just a couple of the styles they practiced. While learning the moves and techniques to the waltz, Carta said she felt a sense of beauty that really stood out to her, particularly in the longer and slower movements as the class danced to John Mayer’s “Gravity.”

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$10M spruce-up underway at Wallingford’s Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

Hartford Business Journal By Matt Pilon Wallingford long-term care hospital Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is in the midst of a major renovation of two wings built back in the 1950s and 1970s. Ga... read more


Hartford Business Journal
By Matt Pilon Wallingford long-term care hospital Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is in the midst of a major renovation of two wings built back in the 1950s and 1970s. Gaylord has mapped out $10 million in modernizing improvements to 100 inpatient rooms located on four floors in its Lyman and Hooker wings. The hospital is installing new ceiling-mounted patient lifts and smart televisions in each room. It’s also installing new toilets, sinks and window blinds, and rearranging some of the “headwall” medical fixtures.

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Trumbull man’s motivation helps him recover from stroke

Sunday, Sep 08, 2019

The Trumbull Times By Donald Eng Trumbull resident Richard Oster was a healthy, fit, 60-year-old consultant for BASF when he stepped out of his house on Easter Sunday to take out the trash. Then h... read more


The Trumbull Times
By Donald Eng Trumbull resident Richard Oster was a healthy, fit, 60-year-old consultant for BASF when he stepped out of his house on Easter Sunday to take out the trash. Then he felt a sharp pain in his head, and the throbbing intensified. “It knocked me to the floor,” he said. “Fortunately, I just collapsed against the wall and sort of slid down the stairs.” Oster had had a stroke, just hours before he and his wife Ida were scheduled to depart on a vacation in Cuba. The aneurysm robbed him of all motion on his right side, and greatly affected his speech. The scariest part, he said, was that the attack seemed to come with no warning. “The only thnig that happened was about a week before I had a bad headache,” Oster said. “I went to a walk-in clinic and they diagnosed me with a sinus infection.” After his stroke, Oster spent 17 days in the hospital before being sent to rehabilitate at Gaylord. At this point he was still unable to move his right side or communicate. The headache may have been a coincidence, but there is nothing coincidental about his recovery, he said. He has made progress that his therapists call miraculous. He credits his progress to two things: His desire to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, and to be able to hold his newborn granddaughter when he meets her for the first time in July. “I’ve been practicing,” Oster said recently after a therapy session where walked up and down the aisles of the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare facility in Wallingford with his therapist on his arm. 

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Reducing LTACH Ventilator Days Using Heated High-Flow Humidification

Tuesday, Sep 03, 2019

RT Magazine This case study documents the work of Gaylord Long-Term Acute Care Hospital’s (LTACH) respiratory care department to improve patient outcomes for its long-term ventilator/tracheos... read more


RT Magazine This case study documents the work of Gaylord Long-Term Acute Care Hospital’s (LTACH) respiratory care department to improve patient outcomes for its long-term ventilator/tracheostomy patients by implementing heated high-flow humidification.  By Lorraine Cullen MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system in Connecticut that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness and injury to maximum recovery. The system is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion. In 2012, Gaylord Hospital tasked the Respiratory Department with improving their outcomes. I had recently joined the department as supervisor, and together with the department’s new director, we were determined to make positive changes, raise the bar, and strategize ways to improve our results.

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Local business owner wins annual Gaylord Hospital golf tournament, reunites with former employee

Friday, Aug 23, 2019

August 22, 2019 01:47PM By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Local business owner Kevin LaMay reunited with former employee Skylar Vumback earlier this week at Ga... read more


August 22, 2019 01:47PM By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Local business owner Kevin LaMay reunited with former employee Skylar Vumback earlier this week at Gaylord Hospital where she had been a patient after suffering a serious stroke several years ago.  LaMay and three teammates won the Gaylord Annual Golf Classic in June, besting 31 other teams. LaMay accepted the trophy at Gaylord Hospital Tuesday and was reunited with Vumback, who he last saw about a year ago. “I actually saw her again today for the first time and told her she is welcome back anytime,” LaMay said. “She was always in a great mood. She was one of my best employees.” In September 2015 Vumback suffered an AVM stroke, a brain bleed due to a tangle of blood vessels. Vumback, 18 at the time, was a busy student, taking five classes and working at K LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers in Meriden and East Hampton. Marilee Sarrazin, Vumback’s mother, said her daughter was in intensive care and rehabilitation for two months and outpatient treatment for a year.

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Aquatic Occupational Therapy

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

Rehab Management Magazine Aug. 2, 2019 by Lauren Pocius, OTR/L, and Leigh Riley, MSOT Aquatic therapy continues to grow in popularity all over the country in many rehabilitation settings. It is m... read more


Rehab Management Magazine
Aug. 2, 2019
by Lauren Pocius, OTR/L, and Leigh Riley, MSOT Aquatic therapy continues to grow in popularity all over the country in many rehabilitation settings. It is mainly used as a safe addition and/or alternative to land-based therapy due to the benefits of the water. At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Conn, aquatic occupational therapy is used on an inpatient and outpatient basis to improve patients’ overall daily functioning and quality of life. The focus of this article is to describe the benefits and goals of aquatic occupational therapy and the complementary role it plays in patient care. A case study will be used to further explain and discuss the benefits of aquatic occupational therapy intervention.

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Tuff Mudder dad overcomes paralyzing accident

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

FOX 61 NEWS WALLINGFORD – Jay Ross’s life took a tragic turn just over a year ago when the father of two fell from a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. The pa... read more


FOX 61 NEWS WALLINGFORD – Jay Ross’s life took a tragic turn just over a year ago when the father of two fell from a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. The past year has been a marathon for Ross as he has struggled to live life in a wheelchair. After spending months rehabbing at Gaylord Hospital, Ross, a bank compliance officer set a goal almost unimaginable after his accident. Ross decided he would enter the Gaylord Gauntlet, a 5K tough mudder race that invites able-bodied and physically challenged athletes alike to compete. “The pain, the sadness, the turmoil,” Ross said. “I thought I’d never get up again (after the accident).” Ross has risen to the calling, last month, with a contingency of friends, family, and trainers helping him tackle the course, Ross competed in -- and finished -- the Gaylord Gauntlet in just two hours and one minute. “It’s almost poetic,” Ross added after finishing the race, “it’s similar you have to obstacles in life, there will be ups and downs, you have to crawl though situations and fight.” Tim Kilbride, who ran the race with Ross and is one of Jay’s physical therapists from Gaylord said, “you can see it in Jay’s eyes, he is a champion though and through.”

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Invention gives disabled freedom to golf

Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Invention gives disabled freedom to golf By Dan Nowak, New Haven Register WALLINGFORD — In 1991, Anthony Netto was a South African Special Forces soldier fighting in Iraq during Desert Sto... read more


Invention gives disabled freedom to golf By Dan Nowak, New Haven Register WALLINGFORD — In 1991, Anthony Netto was a South African Special Forces soldier fighting in Iraq during Desert Storm and was shot. After his long rehabilitation, while on his way to a golf tournament in South Africa in 1994, he was in a car accident that paralyzed him. A quadriplegic, through extensive rehabilitation he regained use of his arms and today he is a paraplegic. Going through the combined rehabilitation process for the Desert Storm injury and car accident, and experiencing the secondary complications of being immobile, took a lot out of Netto, especially mentally. He was at a crossroads in his life. “It was tough,” said Netto, an avid golfer prior to his injury. “During rehab I could have quit or I could move on and do something with my life. Meeting some members of the younger generation during rehab, one thing they wanted to do was to be able to stand someday.  

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Gaylord offers a wide range of outpatient services

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) When you think of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare you think of a high level of quality care, and that is what they are known for. But many are surprised to learn about... read more


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) When you think of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare you think of a high level of quality care, and that is what they are known for. But many are surprised to learn about how many services they provide, including outpatient therapy. “We have physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, we also have adaptive sports here for them” says Gaylord outpatient therapy supervisor Anne Pacileo. In a room with many types of therapy going on, 15-year-old Avery Moore works on his core strength and balance on Gaylord’s new Kinnesiq machine. The machine allows Avery to simulate an activity such as skiing down a mountain. Once a patient at Gaylord after his family’s vehicle was hit by a distracted driver, Avery has worked hard to get to this point.

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Gaylord’s Tirado named ‘Healthcare Hero’

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019

New Haven Biz Connecticut Hospital Association has presented Gaylord Specialty Healthcare gynecologist Anna Tirado, MD, FACOG, with a 2019 Healthcare Hero Award for her work caring for women with p... read more


New Haven Biz Connecticut Hospital Association has presented Gaylord Specialty Healthcare gynecologist Anna Tirado, MD, FACOG, with a 2019 Healthcare Hero Award for her work caring for women with profound disabilities. Two decades ago Tirado, of Hamden, launched Gaylord’s Gynecological Clinic for Women with Disabilities after aggressive treatment for leukemia left her with permanent disabilities that, she said, “changed my practice, not my heart.” After her return to work, Tirado was approached by Gaylord’s Spinal Cord Injury program director who asked if she would develop and staff a new in-house clinic for women with disabilities. She did, and today Tirado balances her job as a gynecologist at County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group in New Haven with office hours for patients at the Gaylord clinic in Wallingford, where she sees approximately 10-15 patients a month.  

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Sweet Takes A New Run At Life With Gauntlet 5K

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019

By Michael Torelli/Cheshire Herald For the last three years, Cheshire resident Todd Sweet has stood at the finish line of the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K trail and obstacle run. Sweet, who is partially ... read more


By Michael Torelli/Cheshire Herald For the last three years, Cheshire resident Todd Sweet has stood at the finish line of the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K trail and obstacle run. Sweet, who is partially blind, served as a volunteer to help he regular and adaptive athletes who took on the challenge, cheering on those who completed the race. On June 22, however, he laced up his running shoes and overcame 21 of the 23 obstacles before crossing the finish line himself. “I don’t mind a good challenge,” admitted Sweet. “That’s what it was.” In 2005, Sweet noticed his eyesight was worsening when he had trouble reading street signs and making out details of images. One year later, he went to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was diagnosed with macular eye disease and optic nerve head drusen. The two diseases impact his sight. Sweet currently has no central vision and is required to wear sunglasses due to his sensitivity to light. “It’s kind of like you threw on a pair of those readers and walked around,” explained Sweet. “You can tell that’s a tree or a house, but there’s not a lot of detail.” Sweet was suddenly forced to confront a new reality, one that saw him limited in his freedom and ability to partake in activites he’d previously taken for granted. Then, he connected with Achilles International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with disabilities participate in running events. He spoke with one of the members of Achilles, who recommended Gaylord Speciality Healthcare. “It’s amazing how welcoming they are, how nice they all are,” Sweet said, of Gaylord staff. “That’s what you need. Depending on what your disability is, speaking for myself, when you lose something like (eyesight) and you don’t drive anymore, your freedom, your independence is all taken away, you’re wondering–what are you going to do for the rest of your life?”

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How This Man Got Back into the Gym After Being Paralyzed by a Motorcycle Accident

Tuesday, Jul 09, 2019

Men's Health  BY JOSH ST. CLAIR        JUL 2, 2019 The accident happened on a June day sometime around noon, though Jason Ross tells Men's Health ... read more


Men's Health  BY JOSH ST. CLAIR        JUL 2, 2019 The accident happened on a June day sometime around noon, though Jason Ross tells Men's Health that he doesn't recall much from that morning. He remembers that it was a Sunday, that it was sunny, and that it was a perfect morning for a ride. Ross had parked his motorcycle at his brother’s house, so he and his son took the car to pick up the bike. Ross then hopped on his motorcycle. His son took off in the car. The two drove on, son in front, father behind. They drove on together until a traffic light separated them. Jason Jr. later told his father that when he had turned back, the bike was gone. He must have gone for a joy ride, the son thought. His father was always active and independent like that, often waking up early, before Jason and his brother, Jacob. He would hit the gym, come home, and get ready for work. After work and school, the three would hang out. Then Ross would go back to the gym. Jason checked behind once more, but his father was still absent. Back at the intersection, as the red light turned green, Ross turned left to follow his son in the car. But a vehicle sped up in front of him, trying to cut him off. Ross swerved. He lost control and went barreling toward a curb. Then, he says everything went black.

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Featured Adaptive Athlete: Resident Tackles Gaylord Gauntlet

Tuesday, Jul 02, 2019

TownTimes News.com by Nicholas Perugini         Jun 27, 2019 WATERTOWN — Local resident Jay Ross, Sr., was the featured adaptive athlete for the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K ... read more


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by Nicholas Perugini         Jun 27, 2019 WATERTOWN — Local resident Jay Ross, Sr., was the featured adaptive athlete for the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K trail and obstacle run on Saturday, June 22. The course, located at Gaylord’s Hospital Complex in Wallingford, is 5 kilometers long and has 24 obstacles that include mud and sand pits, climbing walls and balance beams. In June 2018, Mr. Ross was paralyzed from the waist down from a motorcycle accident. After two months of treatment and therapy at Gaylord Hospital, he was released from the hospital in a wheelchair. Mr. Ross, who led an active life before the accident, decided not to allow his new situation to keep his spirits down. “This situation is not going to stop me,” he said, acknowledging his disability and how he has to work hard to overcome it. Gaylord approached him to be this year’s featured adaptive athlete and he took the opportunity. “There is no reason why I can’t complete the race,” explained Mr. Ross. He said the other alternative was staying at home and being miserable or “I can continue to live life."

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Annual Gaylord Gauntlet in Wallingford emphasizes healing and having fun

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

June 22, 2019 05:44PM By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — More than one thousand people participated in the Gaylord Gauntlet Saturday, an obstacle course that ha... read more


June 22, 2019 05:44PM By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — More than one thousand people participated in the Gaylord Gauntlet Saturday, an obstacle course that had runners climbing over walls, under wires and through mud and water. Joy Savulak, a Gaylord Healthcare representative, said the 5K walk and run had more participants than ever before. She said around two dozen had visual impairments or physical disabilities. Members of Team Hanger, a group of about 20 from the Hanger Clinic in North Haven, ran in the 5K. About eight of the members are amputees. Team Hanger member John Redfield, of Manchester, said it was his third time participating in the run. The event encourages people with amputations to move forward with their life, he added. “The thing I like about the (Gaylord) sports association and events like these is, it takes people with disabilities and puts us into the real world,” Redfield said.

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Adaptive athletes Scranton, Mosher exemplify spirit of Gaylord Gauntlet

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

New Haven Register By Will Aldam WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare hosted the 6th annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle run on Saturday. The 5K obstacle course was create... read more


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By Will Aldam WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare hosted the 6th annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle run on Saturday. The 5K obstacle course was created in 2014 by Dr. Stephen Holland and has been raising money for Gaylord adaptive sports programs ever since. More than 1,000 runners participated in the gauntlet, including over two dozen adaptive runners. Among the adaptive athletes was West Haven’s Chris Scranton, who was a patient at Gaylord Hospital in 2016 after a motorcycle accident led to his left leg being amputated from the knee down. Scranton began his physical therapy at Gaylord once he recovered from the initial trauma, and was able to return to his work in mechanical contracting within just six months of his accident. The hospital began to work with him on his mobility so that he would be able to complete simple tasks on his own again, such as being able to get up to be able to make food or getting in or out of an automobile. “I would say (during recovery) you need to take your time, set short term goals for recovery and lean on people around you,” Scranton said. “You can allow yourself to grieve and to have anger, but learn to let go of that because you are the one who har,bors it and you want to start harboring positive recovery attitude.” This was Scranton’s third year participating in the 5K and he was joined by his team “Look Twice, Save a Life.” The group wears shirts with the team name on the back to remind drivers to be safe and to look twice before they pull out, as motorcycles can be difficult to see.

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No obstacles too big for this Colchester middle-school student with cerebral palsy

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

Hartford Courant By Lori Reily Katie Brennan was born about a month early, but other than that, her mother Annette thought everything was fine. “When she was about 6 months old, we were a... read more


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By Lori Reily Katie Brennan was born about a month early, but other than that, her mother Annette thought everything was fine. “When she was about 6 months old, we were at the doctor and I happened to mention she was a lefty,” Annette said. “He said, ‘Let’s take a look at that.’ He thought there might be a problem.” Tests revealed Katie had had a stroke in utero, which damaged the left side of her brain. “At the time, they’d said she’d probably never walk or talk or do anything besides what she was doing at 6 months,” Annette said. Saturday, Katie — now 12 years old — was bouncing around, waiting for the start of the Gaylord Gauntlet, Gaylord Hospital’s annual 5K obstacle race around the trails on the hospital grounds. This Berlin woman wouldn't even wear a bathing suit a few years ago. A few weeks ago, she ran in a naked race. » It was her second time running the race. She is going to be a seventh-grader at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester in the fall, where she was an honors student last year. She competes in adaptive track and field and swimming, and won the 1,500 meters last year in track at the junior nationals in her division. She runs 5Ks. She was a member of her middle school cross country team last fall. “I’m wanting to do horseback riding,” Katie said Saturday before the race. “And gymnastics.”

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Meet a healthcare hero. Gaylord physician providing free medical care to disabled women.

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

WTNH By Lisa Carberg WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - For twenty years Dr. Anna Tirado has been providing gynecological care to patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford fr... read more


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By Lisa Carberg WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - For twenty years Dr. Anna Tirado has been providing gynecological care to patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford free of charge.  It is her way of giving back.  Twenty four years ago she was in their position after complications from lukemia. She was a patient at Gaylord, and knows firsthand what many are going  through. "I was not able to bend at the ankles. I was not able to bend arms, hands. I couldn't get out of a chair very easily, and I had to go through my own rehab process," says Dr. Tirado. She says her services could become an afterthought in the medical care of her patients.  "Most of the women when they become disabled become their disability, so if they have a spinal cord injury that's what's focused on. If it's a brain injury that's what's focused on," Tirado adds. Special gynecological equipment is necessary. Gaylord volunteers from the hospital's gift shop raised and donated the $10,000 needed to purchase a special examination table which Dr. Tirado uses. Gaylord medical director Dr. Steven Holland says Dr. Tirado is very humble and caring. "She works very modestly without any fanfare, but the knowledge that all these patients are getting, their care in this setting is wonderful," says Holland.

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CT man makes incredible strides after suffering stroke

Friday, Jun 21, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -- A Connecticut man is making incredible strides after suffering a stroke on Easter Sunday. Back in April, 60-year-old Richard Oster suffered a stroke with two blood clots a... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -- A Connecticut man is making incredible strides after suffering a stroke on Easter Sunday. Back in April, 60-year-old Richard Oster suffered a stroke with two blood clots and an aneurysm on the left side of his brain, impacting his mobility. “I didn’t have any feelings in my hands, my legs and my speech was in and out,” said Oster, who is from Trumbull. Five weeks ago, he had a long way to go, and doctors called his condition complicated. “He came here very impaired with lots of weakness in the right side of his body,” said Dr. Alyse Sicklick, medical director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

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HEALTHY LIVING: 5 Things to know about the Gaylord Gauntlet

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

une 11, 2019 01:35PM By Kristen Dearborn,  special to the Record-Journal WALLINGFORD –  For the past six years, Steve Holland, the Chief Medical Officer at Gaylord Hospital,... read more


une 11, 2019 01:35PM By Kristen Dearborn,  special to the Record-Journal WALLINGFORD –  For the past six years, Steve Holland, the Chief Medical Officer at Gaylord Hospital, has made the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K a successful, and entertaining, community event. This year’s Gauntlet run, which is sold out, takes place June 22. But the community can come out to watch and cheer on the participants.  1. Obstacles  There are 24 obstacles throughout the course, which is on hospital property. Runners should expect to crawl, jump and climb during the race. Water and mud provide key components to many of the obstacles.  “We try to bring in two new obstacles a year and change three other obstacles,” Holland said. Gaylord’s Director of Facilities Bob Hall, and Supervisor of Facilities Tim Polaske developed the course using the natural terrain to their advantage. Logs from fallen trees are placed over streams and serve as balance beams. 

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For adaptive golfers, another round in Wallingford

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019

WALLINGFORD – It’s been a more than 20-year tradition in Wallingford; The Gaylord Hospital Open, now known as the Ken Murphy Memorial Open. Every June adaptive golfers, mostly former pa... read more


WALLINGFORD – It’s been a more than 20-year tradition in Wallingford; The Gaylord Hospital Open, now known as the Ken Murphy Memorial Open. Every June adaptive golfers, mostly former patients from Gaylord Hospital, bring their A-game to the tee box.  “This tournament is specifically for people who may have a disability or visual impairment , they’re competing together,” said Katie Joly, the program manager from the Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital. This year, the Farms Country Club played host to 25 adaptive golfers; players like Ray Radovich, from Branford, who suffered a stroke in 2011. Radovich was wheelchair bound, at Gaylord, he learned to walk and talk again and now, years later, he is back on the links. “It’s a blessing, you can’t believe I can do this,” Radovich said. “It’s about ability and what you can do in recovery,” Radovich said.  Joly added, “this is about figuring out new ways to do things, practicing, and people are now out here enjoying the game of golf.”

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NASA rehab technology boosting a Naugatuck woman's recovery

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

News 8 wtnh.com CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) - It was a horrifying end to a summer vacation on Block Island last August. Yvette Ciarcia was on a moped when she struck a hole and was&nb... read more


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wtnh.com CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) - It was a horrifying end to a summer vacation on Block Island last August. Yvette Ciarcia was on a moped when she struck a hole and was airbound.            "I had a head-on collision with another car, ended up in pretty bad shape. Damaging both of my legs pretty extensively and Life Starred over to Rhode Island Hospital," she says.  She had a surgery a week for three months -- then was transferred to Gaylord Hospitalwhere she got back on her feet again. Still -- not all was well.   Yvette explained, "Because my feet weren't operating the way they used to, I was always leaning to one side. I was developing all these problems."  Things are now improving after getting on the AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill at Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  Philip Silverio said, "It's the same technology that makes astronauts feel weightless. So, it creates an air pressurized bubble around your lower body. And it helps lift you up."

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'I Was Almost Dead': Couple Sues Over Alleged Cruise Nightmare

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Norwich couple is part of a class action lawsuit against Viking Cruises that claims the company sailed through dangerous waters despite advance warning of severe weather. By Kristen Johnson ... read more


A Norwich couple is part of a class action lawsuit against Viking Cruises that claims the company sailed through dangerous waters despite advance warning of severe weather. By Kristen Johnson Daniel and Shannon Flewelling’s 40th anniversary trip to Norway seemed picture perfect. “The first part was wonderful, but then everything turned bad,” Daniel Flewelling told us from his hospital bed. The Norwich man is still recovering from injuries and illness he believes started on Viking Sky cruise. “I was healthy when I went on the cruise, when I got off I was almost dead,” said Daniel. The Flewellings said they both came down with the flu when they arrived home. Daniel said he started feeling the symptoms on the plane ride back from Norway. He’s been in four different hospitals since April 1 after suffering complications. “I can’t walk. I can hardly talk. And, I can’t take care of myself,” said Flewelling. Still on a respirator and feeding tube, Daniel was just admitted to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford for acute care. He was in an induced coma for three weeks and paralyzed for two weeks. He’s expected to be hospitalized for several more months, before being sent to a nursing home for long-term care.


US$80,000 for USA Triathlon Foundation 2019 grant funding recipients

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The USA Triathlon Foundation has announced the recipients of US$80,000 in 2019 grant funding to support youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls — the foundation’s three focus... read more


The USA Triathlon Foundation has announced the recipients of US$80,000 in 2019 grant funding to support youth, paratriathletes and Olympic hopefuls — the foundation’s three focus areas. The funds will be dispersed among 43 organizations and individuals, including recipients of both the annual Foundation Pillar Grants and the new Bridget Inspires Grant. This year’s grant period saw more than 150 applications submitted and over US$550,000 in funds requested, a significant increase from the 66 applications submitted and US$250,000 requested in 2018. Pillar Grants: Paratriathlon
Achilles International/Paratriathlon Program (New York, N.Y.)
Adaptive Sports USA (Littleton, Colo.)
Bennefield Multisport Coaching, LLC (Rio Rancho. N.M.)
Camp No Sight No Limits (Encinitas, Calif.)
Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club (Chicago, Ill.)
Gaylord Hospital (Wallingford, Conn.)
IM ABLE Foundation (Wyomissing, Pa.)
USA Paratriathlon (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
USA Triathlon (Colorado Springs, Colo.)


I Got Run Over By a Truck and Died—10 Months Later I Ran a Half Marathon

Monday, Apr 22, 2019

Reader's Digest By Colleen K. Alexander The day I died was the perfect New England fall morning. It was 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, when I set out on the 12‑mile bike ride home from ... read more


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By Colleen K. Alexander The day I died was the perfect New England fall morning. It was 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, when I set out on the 12‑mile bike ride home from work along the Connecticut shoreline. The sun was brilliant against the blue sky, and the leaves were starting to change colors. It was an exciting time for me. I loved my job as a program manager at PeaceJam, an organization that educates kids about leaders in the peace movement. At home, my husband of one year, Sean, and I were trying to have a baby. Sean, a mail carrier, was working, so I’d made plans with a friend for a long ride later that afternoon. But I would never get to meet up with her. As I settled into the right-hand lane of a busy avenue, a freight truck turned in my direction from a side street. He slowed at the corner. We made eye contact. Then, for reasons I’ll never know, he accelerated.

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Gaylord gets grant to help ventilator-dependent patients

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has been awarded a $75,000 grant and plans to use the funds to help its patients who have breathing problems. The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authorit... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has been awarded a $75,000 grant and plans to use the funds to help its patients who have breathing problems. The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) provided the funding to the non-profit health system, which provides both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The facility's staff treats patients with spinal cord and brain injuries and pulmonary, cardiac and stroke patients. Headquartered in Wallingford, Gaylord will use the money for supplies and to produce an educational video. Gaylord spokesperson Joy Savulak said a portion of the grant will be used to purchase new ventilators to help patients who can't breathe on their own. Hospital officials also plan to buy Vapotherm units, which provide heated, high-flow humidity to patients and help wean patients off of ventilators.

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