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2019 3rd Quarter Nominees for Joseph Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2019

The 2019 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:        Val Accabo, Information Technology &nbs... read more


The 2019 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
 
     Val Accabo, Information Technology
 
  Maria Bitso-Brookins, Nursing Services
 
  Tim Kilbride, Inpatient Therapy
 
      Kim Tetreault, Inpatient Therapy  

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


2019 2nd Quarter Nominees for Joseph Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

The 2019 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:      Georgette MacQuarrie, Development, Marketing  & PR ... read more


The 2019 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
     Georgette MacQuarrie, Development, Marketing  & PR
 
  Lauren Tarsi, PTOSM, North Haven
 
  Allison Weisberger, Nursing Services
 
      Joyanna Zdrojowy, PTOSM, North Haven  

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


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. ###


CHEFA Grants $75,000 to Benefit Ventilator-Dependent Patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Monday, Apr 08, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 4, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused, not-for-profit health system, announced that it recently received a $75,000 grant from the Conne... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 4, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused, not-for-profit health system, announced that it recently received a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA).

  The grant will be used to purchase new ventilators to assist patients who are not able to breathe on their own following an illness or injury and will also fund the purchase of Vapotherm® units that provide heated, high-flow humidity to increase patients’ vent-weaning success. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is the first institution to ever be recognized as a Vapotherm® Center of Excellence.


A portion of the grant will be directed towards the production of an original video to educate families who are planning on bringing a ventilator-dependent loved one home from the hospital. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Pulmonologist, Dr. Brett Gerstenhaber, explained that CHEFA’s generous grant recognizes the unique needs of vent-dependent patients and their families.

  “Caring for someone on a vent in the home setting is an act of love,” he said. “It can be a difficult, emotionally taxing, and resource-intensive process. We anticipate that our video will prepare families and patients with the information they need to make the transition as smooth as possible.”


“We are pleased to support Gaylord Hospital with this worthwhile project,” said Jeanette W. Weldon, CHEFA Executive Director. “It is our hope that vent-dependent individuals and their families will greatly benefit from the equipment and much-needed training.”

  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.


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Receives $1,000 Donation from Berlin Lions Charities

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 28, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently received a $1,000 donation from the Berlin Lions Charities, Inc. James Formicola, a Gaylord Specialty Healthca... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 28, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently received a $1,000 donation from the Berlin Lions Charities, Inc. James Formicola, a Gaylord Specialty Healthcare respiratory therapist and a member of the Berlin Lions Club presented the donation which was raised at the Berlin Lions Charities & Berlin Spirits 10th Annual Wine and Beer tasting held last May at the Berlin Fair Grounds.

“We thank the Berlin Lions Charities for counting Gaylord among their beneficiaries and for their continuous dedication to their community,” said Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations. “Their generous donation will help support our mission.” 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.  


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Quest Diagnostics Announce Research Collaboration

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT AND CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, March 27, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital in Wallingford, CT and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT AND CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, March 27, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital in Wallingford, CT and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic services based in Chicago, have initiated a joint research collaboration to provide state-of-the-art population health analytics in support of ongoing research at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

  Peter Grevelding, PT, MSPT, NCS, Vice President, Clinical Operations of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare said that the collaboration was a natural extension of the hospital’s years-long relationship with Quest as the hospital’s in-house provider of diagnostic services. He said that the partnership will benefit both Gaylord and Quest by “advancing clinical practice and knowledge, and help create more advanced integration between diagnostics and treatment.”

  “This is a highly synergistic opportunity between Gaylord’s patient-first focus and Quest Diagnostics’ mission of empowering better health with diagnostic insight,” he explained.

  Grevelding said that all studies involving Gaylord patients will be designed in conjunction with Quest and reviewed by the hospital’s own Institutional Review Board. Patients will have the opportunity to review the studies before choosing to participate. He said that all patient information used in research will be de-identified.

  “Consumers are more engaged in their health than ever before and healthcare innovation is happening at every corner, opening a whole new world for evidence-based diagnostics that may be broadly scaled across hospitals and clinics for real-world implementation,” he said.

  Stewart Rosenberg, Consultant to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and President, Founder and CEO of Bio-Investigations Ltd. for over thirty years and a veteran in the pharmaceutical industry for over forty years, commented on the collaboration: "A focus within Quest Diagnostics of utilizing diagnostic insights toward empowering better health blends nicely with the activities at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare on patient-centricity. We are optimistic about the potential discoveries and benefits of this collaborative effort."

  Quest Diagnostics maintains a pipeline of early-stage genetic and biological markers in cardiometabolic disorders with the potential for future diagnostic services for clinical use and pharmaceutical research. Additionally, Quest Diagnostics’ deep biomarker expertise and a rich dataset of de-identified laboratory testing on millions of patients are expected to transform ongoing Gaylord research.

  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, not-for-profit 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. www.gaylord.org

  About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to act to improve health outcomes. Derived from a robust research and development program and the world's largest database of clinical lab results, Quest’s diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and its 45,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, Quest’s diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. More information at www.QuestDiagnostics.com

  For more information, please contact Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (203) 284-2838.

  Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements, are not historical facts, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expected and projected. Such risks and uncertainties may include, but are not limited to (i) general economic conditions; (ii) conditions specific to the industry; (iii) an ability to develop or acquire new technology or products through licensing, merger or acquisition and to obtain regulatory approval to commercialize diagnostic, therapeutic or preventative products; (iv) the effectiveness and ultimate market acceptance of any such products; (v) limitations on third-party reimbursements with respect to any such products; and (vi) competition. Gaylord does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 


Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting to Benefit Renovations to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Patient Care A

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 19, 2019 The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 10, 2019 from ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 19, 2019 The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held inside and on the outdoor patios (weather permitting) of the Brooker Building at Gaylord Hospital, 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford, CT.

The event will help with planned renovations of the inpatient care units which are being updated with new finishes and technology such as ceiling-mounted lifts, bedside medication verification systems and telemetry for the remote monitoring of cardiac function.  

This year’s event will feature music by the Bill Cofrances Jazz Quartet, a raw bar, carving stations, Italian and American wines as well as several craft beers and unique cordials. A dessert bar and raffle will also be featured. Tickets are $50 per person and are available on-line at www.gaylord.org/wine. For more information, call (203) 284-2881 or email publicrelations@gaylord.org.

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.

 


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Appoints Five to Board of Directors

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 19, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has appointed Bo Bradstreet; Cynthia J. (CJ) Griffith; Clement Lewin, Ph.D. MBA; Mary Pepe; and William J. Simione, III... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 19, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has appointed Bo Bradstreet; Cynthia J. (CJ) Griffith; Clement Lewin, Ph.D. MBA; Mary Pepe; and William J. Simione, III to its Board of Directors.

Bo Bradstreet is Principal of Bohan & Bradstreet, a boutique national talent acquisition partner in Guilford. Bradstreet resides in Madison. Cynthia J. (CJ) Griffith is Partner with Sullivan, Griffith & Beatty, LLP in Guilford, a firm specializing in estate planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, business planning, residential and commercial real estate. Griffith resides in Madison. Clement Lewin, Ph.D., MBA, is a resident of Orange and is the Associate Vice President of Research and Development Strategy at global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur in Cambridge, MA. Mary Pepe is the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Greenwich, CT. She resides in Branford. William J. Simione, III is Managing Principal of Simione Healthcare Consultants, a home healthcare and hospice consulting agency headquartered in Hamden. He resides in Cheshire.

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


Grant from Disabled Sports USA to Support Local, Adaptive Sports Programming for Persons with Spinal

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

$15,000 grant will fund Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive rock climbing and cycling clinics and will purchase specialized equipment   WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 15, 2019 &nd... read more


$15,000 grant will fund Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive rock climbing and cycling clinics and will purchase specialized equipment
  WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 15, 2019 – The Gaylord Sports Association received a $15,000 grant from Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) through the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for adaptive sports programming and equipment for persons with spinal cord injuries.

A program of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, the Gaylord Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast.

The grant will be used to purchase adaptive equipment for wheelchair rugby, adaptive cycling, and adaptive kayaking. It will also provide funding for an adaptive rock climbing clinic and an adaptive cycling clinic. This year’s grant marks the largest that the Gaylord Sports Association has received to-date from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation which is dedicated to supporting programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury.  

“We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to improve our adaptive equipment options for individuals with spinal cord injury as well as offer introductory adaptive sports clinics to show people what is possible through adaptive sports,” said Katie Joly, Program Manager, Gaylord Sports Association. For more information on the Gaylord Sports Association, please visit www.gaylord.org/sports.

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.

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Cuno Foundation Awards $75,000 Over Three Years towards Gaylord Hospital Renovations

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

The grant marks foundation’s 69th consecutive year of support to Gaylord WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 18, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced that the Cuno Foundation ha... read more


The grant marks foundation’s 69th consecutive year of support to Gaylord WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 18, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced that the Cuno Foundation has awarded the not-for-profit health system a $75,000 grant over three years towards renovations and upgrades to the Lyman and Hooker wings of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations, explained that the multi-year plan to renovate a total of 100 patient rooms will include updated fixtures, finishes and other improvements to bring the design and look of both wings more in line with the hospital’s Milne Pavilion which was built in 2008.

“There is an expectation that our facility reflects our high standard of care and our exceptional results. It’s vital to make sure that the areas where our patients and their families spend a significant amount of time accurately reflect our world-class care.”

The mission of the Cuno Foundation is to accomplish the greater good for the citizens of Meriden and surrounding communities through gifts made for public, charitable and educational purposes that encourage and promote the well-being of mankind. “The Cuno Foundation has been giving grants to Gaylord every year since 1950,” explained Knapp. “We’re incredibly grateful for their long-term vote of confidence in our mission to preserve and enhance a person’s health and function.”

Trudy Cotton, Secretary of the Cuno Foundation, noted that the minutes from the Cuno Foundation’s first meeting on January 20, 1950, indicate that “The Gaylord Farm Association” was heavy on the heart of its founder, Charles H. Cuno, from the beginning.

“One of the first disbursements ever made was to The Gaylord Farm Sanatorium for $1,000 out of a total of the $6,950 disbursed that year,” she said.

“Over the years the Distribution Committee members have continued to recognize the value of having a facility like Gaylord in our backyard and the hope it brings to those whose lives have changed through misfortune,” Cotton explained.

In grateful recognition of The Cuno Foundation’s contributions, a room will be named in honor of the foundation and Kenneth W. Mango, a 35-year board member of The Cuno Foundation. 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.


Gaylord Adapts AI Solutions to Enhance Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction and Reduce Costs

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 14, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care, and Decision Options, LLC, a l... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 14, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care, and Decision Options, LLC, a leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm, announced today that they are deploying a series of AI solutions to enhance patient outcomes, improve patient satisfaction, reduce the cost of provision, and optimize patient flow from acute care venues to the facility.  Decision Options (DO), a pioneer in AI, has been building practical solutions for a variety of industries for nearly two decades. By uniquely combining econometrics with machine and deep learning, the company’s broad AI platform can create practical solutions rapidly using automation. “We are excited to work with Decision Options, which has broad experience in healthcare and AI, to effect positive changes for our patients and business in many different dimensions,” said Sonja LaBarbera, President, and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “The AI world is a confusing medley of consultants, technologists and start-up companies. We combine deep domain experience, a long history in AI before the field became fashionable and high automation to deliver practical solutions rapidly. It is most exciting to work with the multi-disciplinary team at Gaylord to embark on a journey that can change healthcare,” said Gill Eapen, founder, and CEO of Groton-based Decision Options, LLC. 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. ### PDF of AI Press Release


Racers to Conquer Mud, Fire and Water in 2019 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 13, 2019) — The Sixth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 13, 2019) — The Sixth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean. 

Held entirely on the Gaylord Hospital campus which features 400 acres of land in rural Wallingford, the Gaylord Gauntlet offers a blend of wooded trail and open field running with 22 natural and man-made obstacles along the way to test an athlete’s strength and endurance. Mud will be used sparingly, but upper body strength will be featured in some obstacles including a rock wall climb and vine swings. The race will feature 20 waves of runners and is appropriate for those aged 12 and older. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the initial wave launching at 8:00 a.m. and the final wave launching at 2:00 p.m. The Gauntlet will be held rain or shine.
Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and all participants will have a timing chip in their bib. Costumes are highly encouraged! A festival area will feature a live DJ and food and beverage trucks. A kids’ obstacle course will be open for children aged 5 – 11 who are accompanied by an adult.
The cost of registration at www.gaylordgauntlet.org is $55 through May 1st and then $65 until online registrations end on June 17th. Day-of registration is $70. All proceeds will support the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments in Connecticut and the Northeast at no cost or minimal fee. Last year’s event netted more than $70,000 for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association.   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 serves a mix of local, regional, national, and international patients. For more information contact www.gaylord.org. 


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces Sonja LaBarbera as President and CEO

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

Former Chief Operating Officer Appointed to Head Leading Provider of Medically Complex Care and Rehabilitative Services WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 18, 2019 – Sonja LaBarbera has been a... read more


Former Chief Operating Officer Appointed to Head Leading Provider of Medically Complex Care and Rehabilitative Services

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 18, 2019 – Sonja LaBarbera has been appointed the first female Chief Executive Officer and President of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in the health care system’s 117-year history. LaBarbera assumed the position following the retirement of prior CEO, George Kyriacou.

LaBarbera arrived at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare 14 years ago in the position of Director of Inpatient Therapy and ascended the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer. It was in this position that she played a vital role in increasing system-wide volumes and patient satisfaction scores and more than tripled the size and scope of Gaylord’s outpatient Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program.

George Kyriacou, who retired as CEO at the end of 2018, attributes much of Gaylord’s success over the last decade to Sonja’s dynamic personality. “Not only is she full of energy, but she’s bursting with ideas and has the rare ability to make things happen quickly and effectively.”

He explained that Sonja is a leader for the future, a trait he called “increasingly important and rare in a healthcare system that’s in constant flux.”

Robert Lyons, Chairman of Gaylord’s Board of Directors explained, “It’s imperative to identify leaders who can position our organization for the future and do it in a positive, cost-effective way that meets patients’ needs and delivers integrated care. Sonja epitomizes someone who can take Gaylord from where it is today to where it needs to be tomorrow.”

LaBarbera’s peers say that she is committed to patient-centric care and is often overheard saying, “It is always about the patient.” More than her trademark motto, her staff explain that it is a litmus test for every decision she makes.

“I am very excited to start this new chapter of my career at Gaylord,” LaBarbera recently wrote in a letter addressing employees. “What Gaylord offers is truly unique. Our outcomes are among the best in the country, which is a reflection of our commitment. As a team, we are making tremendous progress toward growing our reputation as a provider of choice for rehabilitation and complex medical management. The forward momentum is exciting!”

Sonja LaBarbera resides in Wallingford.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare system that provides medically complex care and rehabilitation services to more than 10,000 patients a year. Headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, the system is comprised of three outpatient centers including a Center for Concussion Care and a 137-bed long-term acute care hospital widely recognized for its expertise in brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and cardiopulmonary care.


Oxford Resident Tapped for Leadership Position at Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Dec 17, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 17, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital today announced that Christine Babina, BSN, RN, ACM-RN, was promoted from the position of Manager of Care Management to Director of... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 17, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital today announced that Christine Babina, BSN, RN, ACM-RN, was promoted from the position of Manager of Care Management to Director of Care Management.
She will be responsible for Gaylord Hospital’s Care Management department, a team of clinicians who assist in coordinating patients’ care, managing resources, interfacing with payers, and effectuating a safe and appropriate discharge plan. 
Babina, who will soon complete the Master of Science in nursing program from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, is currently the President-Elect of the Connecticut chapter of the American Case Management Association.

“I am looking forward to continuing to improve the patient-family experience with the discharge planning process and to share all the good work that Gaylord does with our community and its providers,” she said.

About Gaylord Hospital:
Gaylord Hospital, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, is a not-for-profit, long-term 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.                  

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Gaylord Hospital Honored as one of Connecticut’s Healthiest Employers

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CT, December 11, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital was recently honored by the Hartford Business Journal with the 2018 Healthiest Employers Award. The first-ever award was presented to 14 Con... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT, December 11, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital was recently honored by the Hartford Business Journal with the 2018 Healthiest Employers Award. The first-ever award was presented to 14 Connecticut employers dedicated to improving their employees’ health and safety.

Wally Harper, Gaylord Hospital Vice President of Human Resources, explained that just as Gaylord Hospital staff monitors the health and well-being of its long-term acute care patients, the hospital’s wellness program is committed to monitoring its own employees’ health. Those who choose to participate in the voluntary program take an online health risk assessment, undergo biometric screening, and complete a physical examination. “We encourage our employees to make healthy choices in their daily lives and provide a myriad of support options such as good nutrition information, on-line tools and best practice support, written communications in many forms, healthy activities and challenges, and reduced medical premiums for meeting biometric outcomes,” Harper explained.

Participants whose health indicators are found to be outside of the recommended parameters are offered alternative health opportunities including weight management sessions, on-site and remote health coaching, and case management activities. An on-site weight loss challenge encouraged 40 employees to lose weight over the course of two months. The hospital also rewards employees who participate in online challenges such as tracking physical activity and recording fruit and vegetable intake.

Harper said that the program, which is supported strongly by ConnectiCare and the hospital’s insurance broker Lockton, was specifically designed to help busy employees find a flexible and easy way to make their own wellness a priority. “We have heard from many individuals that the wellness program helped spark their motivation and commitment to taking care of their health,” Harper said. “Gaylord wholeheartedly supports the wellness program as a way to encourage and support the overall well-being of our employees. We believe that a healthy employee is a happy employee, which helps Gaylord’s success in the long run.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for-profit long-term 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For the latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.              

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Gaylord Hospital Opens New On-Campus Guest Accommodations to Better Serve Out-of-Area Patient Famil

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CT, November 27, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, today opened its new on-campus guest accommodations to better serve patient families who ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT, November 27, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, today opened its new on-campus guest accommodations to better serve patient families who are traveling from out-of-the-area to provide their loved ones with the best care possible. The MoraLee Guest Cottages is a one-story building on Gaylord’s 400-acre Wallingford campus comprised of four, 400-square-foot units, each configured in a hotel suite layout. Each unit is individually accessible through a central, handicapped-accessible entrance and will be equipped with amenities including a microwave, mini-refrigerator, and Wi-Fi. The building is located only seconds from the hospital for easy access to hospitalized loved ones. The MoraLee Guest Cottages was made possible through the support of many donors, including a leadership gift from Linda Morasutti and her husband, Robert Lee, and a generous donation from The Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation. In recognition for their donation and guidance, MoraLee was named after Morasutti and Lee, and the existing Crockett House has been renamed as the Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Guest Cottage. Donor support also enabled the hospital to update and renovate the Hoffman Foundation Guest Cottage in tandem with the construction of the MoraLee Guest Cottages. Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations, explained that in recent years an increase of out-of-area and out-of-state patients created a demand for the existing one-family on-campus guesthouse that the hospital could not accommodate. “The house was often full, and we had to turn people away. Our out-of-area footprint has increased modestly, but the MoraLee Guest Cottages also exist because even a daily commute from Connecticut’s more far-reaching towns to Wallingford during a time of high-stress can be difficult with traffic and New England weather. Families want to be as close as possible during the most acute phase of a loved one’s hospitalization.” Knapp said that the construction was also a forward-thinking move to increase guest capacity for the future. “People aren’t as regionally focused as they were a decade ago,” she said. “The sophisticated health care consumer of today and of the future is seeking out the best care with the best outcomes, and they are willing to travel to find it. Offering onsite housing is another way that we are extending our level of care beyond the patient room and make an already stress-filled situation for families a little less taxing.” “Gaylord believes that families play a central role in helping their loved ones as they heal from life-altering illness or catastrophic injury. The emotional support of having a family member close by helps patients relax and recover more quickly.”    Knapp explained that the MoraLee Guest Cottages was strategically built next to the existing guesthouse to create a neighborhood of guest housing. The interior was designed to encourage families to interact and support each other. “It was important to our staff and our lead donors to design an extended entryway in MoraLee that encourages families to gather in a central place where they can sit, listen, and support each other and be reassured that they are not alone,” she said. About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for-profit long-term 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For the latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.  ###          


M.J. Petretto Foundation Supports Purchase of Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Equipment

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 19, 2018 - Gaylord Hospital recently received a $7,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2018 Golf Classic held in Clinton held earlier this summer. ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 19, 2018 - Gaylord Hospital recently received a $7,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2018 Golf Classic held in Clinton held earlier this summer. The generous donation will be used towards the purchase of equipment that will benefit outpatient spinal cord injury patients.

Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations at Gaylord Hospital said that one of the items to be purchased with the funds includes an adjustable hi/lo mat that will allow patients to successfully transfer wheelchair-bound patients to and from varying height surfaces.

A portion of the donation will also be used to acquire a standing frame for wheelchair users. Knapp explained that the alternative positioning device will be used to support individuals with mild to severe disabilities including paraplegia and quadriplegia. The act of 'passive' standing, she said, will help users reap the physical, emotional and mental health benefits the movement provides and reduce the health risks and dangers often associated with prolonged sitting. 
“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 the M.J. Petretto Foundation: The M.J. Petretto Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2009 as part of Retirement Planning Group’s commitment to give back time, talent and money to support the efforts of Connecticut not-for-profits. The Foundation’s mission is to fund organizations that support education health, and quality of life to build stronger Connecticut communities. The Foundation was also inspired by a 2008 automobile accident that nearly claimed the life of M.J.’s nephew, Jesse. He suffered a spinal cord injury that changed his life,and hers, forever. Each year The MJ Petretto Foundation Golf Classic will help fund Gaylord Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Program and other non-profit Connecticut Organizations.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.                    


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare CEO and President George Kyriacou of West Hartford Named a 2018 Hartfor

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CT, November 12, 2018 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced that President and CEO George Kyriacou, MSPH, was recently named as a winner of the 2018 Hartford Business Journal Hea... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT, November 12, 2018 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced that President and CEO George Kyriacou, MSPH, was recently named as a winner of the 2018 Hartford Business Journal Health Care Hero Award in the category of Corporate Achievement–Innovation. He will be recognized at the Health Care Heroes event on December 6 at the Hartford Marriott.

Kyriacou, a West Hartford resident, has been at the helm of Gaylord Hospital for nearly 8 years and is responsible, colleagues say, for ushering in one of the most innovative and dynamic eras seen in the hospital’s more than 115 years of existence.

As Kyriacou prepares for his planned retirement at the end of December, the hospital lauds a remarkable legacy of accomplishments that cumulatively have galvanized Gaylord’s financial viability, its reputation for exceptional quality care and its limitless potential.

Gaylord Board Chair Robert Lyons explained that within months of Kyriacou’s arrival in 2011, the new CEO was able to “quickly bolster Gaylord’s financial health, enabling the hospital to reinvest in its employees and in the cutting-edge technologies that set Gaylord apart.”

Kyriacou has been a major proponent of pioneering technologies that enhance the rehab process and bolster patient outcomes and recovery times including the Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeletons for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries and strokes, the ReWalk Exoskeleton, BITS technology and AlterG anti-gravity treadmills for body-weight-supported rehabilitation.

Kyriacou and his team are tuned into their patients’ special needs, including updated telemetry throughout the hospital, the creation of an Adolescent Spinal Cord Injury Unit with attached family suites and the opening of a Complex Stroke Unit dedicated to the unique medical needs of the hospital’s most complex and medically fragile stroke patients.

In recent years, he has championed the successful opening of a new Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine satellite office in Cheshire in 2016 to further expand Gaylord’s outpatient therapy reach. Both the new Cheshire office and existing North Haven outpatient office have gone through several rounds of expansion in order to meet patient demand.

In response to a steadily increasing stream of out-of-state and out-of-country patients, Kyriacou led the charge to build on-campus accommodations to help family members stay nearby while their loved one recovers. He recognizes the vital role that family plays in helping patients heal from a life-altering illness or accident and the need to make a stress-filled situation for those traveling long distances to give their loved ones the best care less taxing. “The Cottages at Gaylord”, a one-story building comprised of four family suites, are slated to open November, 2018.

Kyriacou has led the hospital to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes based on evidence-based practices. His commitment to quality has led the hospital to become the only facility in the state – and only one of several facilities worldwide – to achieve four highly respected CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditations for in-patient rehabilitation, spinal cord, stroke and brain injury specialty programs.

He is well-known by his colleagues for having deliberately cultivated a culture of excellence among the staff who work directly under him to make sure that it trickles down to every single Gaylord employee.

Kyriacou has also taken a national leadership role in a consortium of 21 long-term care hospitals across the country. He has spearheaded a years-long landmark study demonstrating the important role that long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs) such as Gaylord play in helping acutely ill patients reach higher levels of functional recovery. Armed with that data, he works diligently to present the facts to government and the public to demonstrate the value of LTCHs in creating exceptional outcomes.

Gaylord Board Chair Robert Lyons said, “To say that George will be leaving a positive, indelible legacy at Gaylord is an understatement.”

Despite his retirement at the end of December, Kyriacou will continue at Gaylord in a part-time, consultative capacity to continue his work on outcomes, strategy and his advocacy on behalf of the long-term care hospital industry.

Kyriacou looks back on his own Gaylord legacy with immense pride. “I am fortunate to have been a first-hand witness to Gaylord’s life-changing and compassionate care. I consider this role to have been the most rewarding I have held in my entire career. I can say with confidence that there is absolutely no limit to Gaylord’s potential.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.              

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Gaylord Announces Multiple Leadership Promotions

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 1, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term acute care hospital in Wallingford, is pleased to announce multiple promotions among its leadership team. Ba... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 1, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term acute care hospital in Wallingford, is pleased to announce multiple promotions among its leadership team.

Barbara Banning, RPh, PharmD, has accepted the position of Director of Pharmacy at Gaylord Hospital. Banning, a Guilford resident, previously served for nine years as staff pharmacist at Gaylord. In her new role, Banning will oversee the pharmacy’s daily operations, manage staff and handle the clinical aspects that require interaction with patients, nursing and medical staff. Leigh Golembiewski, BS, CTRS, has officially transitioned to the position of Manager of Process Improvement and Project Planning. The Columbia resident is a 20-year Gaylord employee who previously served as Manager of Traurig House and Therapeutic Recreation Services. Her new role will focus on developing the hospital’s LEAN management program and assisting with project management and strategic execution.

Peter Grevelding, PT, MSPT, NCS, is Vice President, Clinical Operations. Grevelding, a 15-year Gaylord employee who previously served as Director of Therapy and Business Development, is responsible for overseeing inpatient and outpatient clinical departments and growth opportunities for the hospital. Grevelding lives in Cheshire. Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, has been appointed Director of Outpatient Services. The Wallingford resident previously served as Manager of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Hunter has eight years of experience at Gaylord and will be responsible for overseeing the outpatient therapy locations and sales team, Traurig House Transitional Living Center and the Gaylord Sports Association. 

Margaret Kelley, M.A., has been promoted to Administrative Director of Medical Services and Psychology and will work closely with medical leadership to ensure efficient and optimal delivery of care for outpatient and inpatient medical services. Kelley, a Guilford resident, has six years of experience at Gaylord where she previously was the Manager of Outpatient Medical Services and Psychology.

Joy Oliano, RN, CRRN, CCM, an East Haven resident, has been appointed Supervisor of Traurig House Transitional Living Center and Outpatient Care Management. Oliano, who previously served as Traurig House Care Manager, has been a Gaylord employee for 30 years and will supervise Traurig staff and day-to-day operations.

Kimberly Thompson, B.S., has been promoted to the role of Manager of Public Relations and Marketing. Thompson has worked for Gaylord for two decades, most recently serving in the role of Marketing Communications Specialist. Thompson will take on greater oversight of the day-to-day marketing operations and production and will take the lead in the development of a new web site. Thompson lives in Southington. Lori Vickers, PT, is a 27-year veteran of Gaylord Hospital and has recently accepted the position of Director of Inpatient Therapy and will be responsible for the oversight and strategic focus of the inpatient therapy department, program committee coordination and program development. Vickers, a Cromwell resident, previously served as Gaylord’s Manager of Therapy Services.

About Gaylord Hospital:
Gaylord Hospital, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, is a not-for profit, long-term 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.               
   


Acuity Matters: Study Demonstrates Long-Term Care Hospitals Provide Superior Outcomes for Country’s

Thursday, Oct 04, 2018

Acuity Matters: Study Demonstrates Long-Term Care Hospitals Provide Superior Outcomes for Country’s Most Severely Ill Patients across All Post-Acute Care Settings Outcomes in Stark Opposition t... read more


Acuity Matters: Study Demonstrates Long-Term Care Hospitals Provide Superior Outcomes for Country’s Most Severely Ill Patients across All Post-Acute Care Settings
Outcomes in Stark Opposition to Recent NBER White Paper WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 02, 2018 – A landmark outcomes study was publicly released today demonstrating that long-term care hospitals provide superior outcomes for the Nation’s most severely ill patients than in any other post-acute care setting.

The study, A Unified Post-Acute Care Reimbursement Model, Paying for Outcomes vs. Setting, Based on Acuity, was initially presented to a group of rehabilitation hospitals at last week’s 2018 American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association Educational Conference and Expo in Boston by George Kyriacou, MSPH, President and CEO of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT. The research for the study was based on 2016 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS).

“Post-acute care plays a significant role in our health care system,” Kyriacou explained. “In 2016, approximately 43% of Medicare beneficiaries who were discharged from an acute-care hospital went on to receive post-acute care from skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehab facilities or long-term care hospitals.”

“But when we analyze the range of patient acuity - or the rating that is given to each patient based on the severity of their illness with a rating of “1” being the least ill and “4” being the most severely ill -  found in each post-acute care setting, it is clear that long-term care hospitals disproportionately shoulder the care of the largest population of the highest severity of illness compared to any other post-acute care setting.”

“On average, 57.1% of all patients in a long-term acute care hospital in 2016 were considered by Medicare to be of the highest acuity,” he continued. “In comparison, only 15.8% of the nation’s skilled nursing facilities’ patient population was comprised of patients of the highest acuity.” The data indicates that although long-term care hospitals care for an overall sicker population, such institutions provide significantly better outcomes for patients of the highest acuity with: Up to 15.4% fewer hospital readmissions Up to 30.6% longer time to readmission Up to 31.7% lower outpatient emergency room utilization rates than patients of the same severity of illness recovering in other post-acute settings.  “The Medicare data demonstrates what LTCHs have known all along: our nation’s sickest patients achieve significantly better outcomes in long-term care hospitals than in any other post-acute care setting.”
 
The data and conclusions outlined in the study come in stark opposition to the conclusion of a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Long-Term Care Hospitals, a Case Study in Waste released in August, 2018.

“Our findings do not align with the results of the NBER study which suggests that Medicare could realize $4.6 billion per year in savings with no harm done to patients by not allowing for discharge to LTCHs,” he continued. “Clearly based on our research, LTCHs are important to a healthier, safer health care system and are an important resource for our nation’s sickest patients.”
 
 “I, along with many of our Nation’s not-for-profit long-term care hospitals, hope that this research clearly demonstrates that patients of different acuity levels should be channeled to different settings in order to achieve the best outcomes at the very best cost,” he concluded. Press contact for interviews or study details: Joy Savulak (203) 586-9417, jsavulak@gaylord.org.

About Gaylord Hospital:
Gaylord Hospital, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, is a not-for profit, long-term 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to their website at www.gaylord.org.                


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Celebrates One-Million Steps Taken in Wearable Exoskeleton

Monday, Sep 10, 2018

  WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 11, 2018 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare celebrates the one-millionth step taken in the hospital’s Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton. The Walli... read more


  WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 11, 2018 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare celebrates the one-millionth step taken in the hospital’s Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton. The Wallingford-based specialty hospital is the only hospital in the state to use the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton and is the second in North America to achieve the one-million step milestone as a single Ekso device user.

The Ekso device is a portable, adjustable bionic exoskeleton designed to help patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness resulting from a spinal cord injury or other neurologic condition (including stroke and multiple sclerosis), to stand up and walk. Since being introduced to Gaylord Hospital in 2013, approximately 150 individuals have used the device for in-patient and/or out-patient physical therapy.

The one-millionth step was attributed to 25-year-old Jillian Harpin of Wolcott, who suffered a spinal cord injury after a three-story fall on vacation in Mexico in 2016. Harpin says that the Ekso, which she has been using in both in-patient and out-patient therapies at Gaylord, offers more than the physical benefits of improved bone density and circulation and reduced muscle spasticity. For Harpin, the Ekso represents improved quality of life.

“When I am in Ekso,” she said, “I can’t wipe the smile off of my face. I can’t tell you what it means to be able to stand up and have a conversation with my friends and family at eye-level.”

At a recent celebration attended by Ekso graduates, current patients and Gaylord’s Ekso-trained therapists, Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations commented that the Faxon Law Group in New Haven was instrumental in helping to raise funds in 2012 to enable the purchase of the device through its Community Builder Challenge. “Without them,” she said, “this milestone would not have happened.”
  Click here to view a video on Jillian Harpin’s rehabilitation with Ekso.
For more information on the Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton, click here.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for-profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For the latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.               
 


25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s

Thursday, Sep 06, 2018

25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s People Magazine September 4, 2018, Wallingford, CT - Gaylord Hospital patient, 25-year-old ... read more


25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s People Magazine

September 4, 2018, Wallingford, CT - Gaylord Hospital patient, 25-year-old Jillian Harpin of Wolcott, CT shares her story of courage, “I Won’t Let Being Paralyzed Stop Me” in this week’s edition of People Magazine, available on national newsstands from Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 10.   A link to the online version of the People Magazine article can be viewed here.

Jillian Harpin was on vacation in Mexico two years ago when she lost her balance while sitting on a third floor balcony railing while talking on the phone. She was told that she would never stand or walk again. Paralyzed from the waist down, she came to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford for rehabilitation.

“There was a lot of uncertainty,” Jillian recalled to a Gaylord representative. “I was scared that I’d never drive a car, have a relationship, or feel the crunch of leaves under my feet.” Part of Jillian's inpatient therapy included walking in the Ekso Bionic exsoskeleton, an activity she continues in her outpatient care at Gaylord. Every week, Jillian logs thousands of steps through Gaylord’s corridors. The physical benefits to its users are many including improved circulation and bladder function and increased bone density. But for Jillian, the greatest benefit of all is the feeling of freedom.

“Having face-to-face conversations with my friends is liberating,” she said. “When I am in Ekso, I can’t stop smiling!”
 
Since her injury, Jillian has been on a mission to “try out as many different ‘impossible’ tasks that people wouldn’t expect to see from someone in a wheelchair” and credits Gaylord Hospital for helping her regain the physical strength and confidence needed to crush her goals.

“I’m driving, working, dating, I’ve been to concerts. I’ve gone skiing, waterskiing, tried wheelchair archery and basketball and even finished a half-marathon!” she said.

Most recently, Jillian's Gaylord physical therapist encouraged her to consider participating in the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K & Obstacle Run this past June. At first she was skeptical. But always ready for a challenge, Jillian conquered the 2018 Gaylord Gauntlet and its 24 manmade and natural obstacles with the support of a team from the Gaylord Sports Association. 
“It’s crazy to think that in such a short time, I’ve gone from my normal life … to the lowest point … to basically back to where I was before, if not better!”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org


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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Gaylord Healthcare tests AI for scheduling, care insights

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

Hartford Business Journal.com By MATT PILON Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is stepping into new territory, exploring machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation software in the hopes ... read more


Hartford Business Journal.com By MATT PILON Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is stepping into new territory, exploring machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation software in the hopes of finding new efficiencies and even identifying challenges (and solutions) it didn't know existed. Wallingford-based Gaylord, one of two long-term, acute-care hospitals in the state, recently hired Groton-based Decision Options, which will put its software to work analyzing the hospital's reams of data on medical care and outcomes, as well as patient appointment scheduling. The dual aim for the 137-bed hospital, which also has outpatient facilities, is to produce insights that lead to better business and care decisions. Trying to predict the future is part of the goal, such as identifying patients who are more likely to miss an appointment or need to be transferred to a regular hospital, said Peter Grevelding, Gaylord's vice president of clinical operations. Traditional tools like spreadsheets can be helpful in analyzing data and trends, but Grevelding said Decision Options' software platform works on another level, with the potential to analyze a much more complicated universe of data from multiple sources and systems. The next few months will be spent importing Gaylord data and making other tweaks before going live with the platform. The partners plan to start small, with one specific project, but Gaylord already has plenty of ideas about what to investigate. One focus area is analyzing ways to reduce the number of times Gaylord inpatients — who often have long, slow recoveries ahead — are transported back to a traditional emergency hospital for more intensive care.

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LaBarbera tapped to lead Gaylord Healthcare

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

New Haven Biz  March/April 2019 Sonja LaBarbera has been appointed the first female Chief Executive Officer and President of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in the health care system’s 117... read more


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March/April 2019 Sonja LaBarbera has been appointed the first female Chief Executive Officer and President of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in the health care system’s 117-year history. LaBarbera assumed the position following the retirement of prior CEO, George Kyriacou.

LaBarbera arrived at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare 14 years ago in the position of Director of Inpatient Therapy and ascended the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer. It was in this position that she played a vital role in increasing system-wide volumes and patient satisfaction scores and more than tripled the size and scope of Gaylord’s outpatient Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program.

George Kyriacou, who retired as CEO at the end of 2018, attributes much of Gaylord’s success over the last decade to Sonja’s dynamic personality. “Not only is she full of energy, but she’s bursting with ideas and has the rare ability to make things happen quickly and effectively.”

He explained that Sonja is a leader for the future, a trait he called “increasingly important and rare in a healthcare system that’s in constant flux.”

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Wheelchair Assessment: Bringing Technologies and Users Together

Thursday, Mar 07, 2019

Rehab Management Magazine by Jillian Cacopardo, MPT, ATP/SMS “The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilit... read more


Rehab Management Magazine by Jillian Cacopardo, MPT, ATP/SMS “The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities. An estimated 1% of the world’s population need a wheelchair.”
– World Health Organization1

  Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a provider of medically complex care and rehabilitative services in Wallingford, Conn., evaluates hundreds of its own patients and individuals from throughout the community each year through its in-house Wheelchair Assessment Services. The goal is to evaluate and fit clients for the appropriate wheelchair in order to maximize their independence and mobility while ensuring their comfort, safety, and health.

  Guaranteeing that the client obtains the most appropriate equipment begins with a comprehensive wheelchair assessment performed by a team consisting of the client, the therapist, the durable medical equipment (DME) provider, the medical provider, and the client’s caregivers. At times, a nurse and the manufacturer’s representative may also be involved to provide vital input when necessary. Without these key players, vital information may be omitted, which can lead to the client not obtaining the most appropriate equipment to meet their medical and functional needs. Omitting this information can also lead to preventable complications such as orthopedic deformity, loss of skin integrity, chronic pain syndromes, depression resulting from ill-fitting equipment, or even equipment abandonment.

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford dedicates flag flown in Afghanistan

Friday, Feb 22, 2019

By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Standing in the lobby of Gaylord Hospital Thursday, Lee Cyphers held back tears as he thanked the dozens of guests at ... read more


By Jeniece Roman, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Standing in the lobby of Gaylord Hospital Thursday, Lee Cyphers held back tears as he thanked the dozens of guests at a dedication ceremony for an American flag flown during a special operations mission last year in Afghanistan in honor of the rehabilitation facility. Cyphers, a hospital maintenance worker, said he has lobbied to have a flag displayed in the hospital lobby since he began working at Gaylord. He said many of his family members and former patients are veterans, and it was a significant moment for him to see the flag dedicated to men and women who serve. “I’ve been here 15 years and it has been a mission of mine for quite a while,” Cyphers said. “Here we are today. Finally, finally.”

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Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run Registration Open

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

The Sixth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean. Held entirely on the Gaylord Hospital camp... read more


The Sixth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean. Held entirely on the Gaylord Hospital campus which features 400 acres of land in rural Wallingford, the Gaylord Gauntlet offers a blend of wooded trail and open field running with 22 natural and man-made obstacles along the way to test an athlete's strength and endurance. Mud will be used sparingly, but upper body strength will be featured in some obstacles including a rock wall climb and vine swings. The race will feature 20 waves of runners and is appropriate for those aged 12 and older. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the initial wave launching at 8:00 a.m. and the final wave launching at 2:00 p.m. The Gauntlet will be held rain or shine. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and all participants will have a timing chip in their bib. Costumes are highly encouraged! A festival area will feature a live DJ and food and beverage trucks. A kids' obstacle course will be open for children aged 5 – 11 who are accompanied by an adult. The cost of registration at www.gaylordgauntlet.org is $55 through May 1st and then $65 until online registrations end on June 17th. Day-of registration is $70. All proceeds will support the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments in Connecticut and the Northeast at no cost or for a minimal fee. Last year's event netted more than $70,000 for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association.    

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Wolcott woman takes part in adaptive bootcamp, showing world what those in wheelchairs can do

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

News 8, WTNH.com By Sarah Cody BRISTOL - A Wolcott native, recently featured in People Magazine, wants to show the world what a person in a wheelchair can achieve.  S... read more


News 8, WTNH.com By Sarah Cody BRISTOL - A Wolcott native, recently featured in People Magazine, wants to show the world what a person in a wheelchair can achieve.  She takes News 8 to an adaptive bootcamp inBristol. With incredible strength, grit and determination, athletes are taking-part in high intensity interval training at Chapter 126, an Oak Hill Center facility.    "We call it our Advanced Wheelchair Bootcamp class," says Jillian Harpin, originally from Wolcott, the only woman in the class.  "It’s a group of young athletes in wheelchairs who don’t let their injuries stop them from kicking butt."  The class takes place at Chapter 126, an Oak Hill Center facility.  "This gym is one of the only adaptive gyms in New England - specifically designed for people with disabilities,"  says the 26-year-old.  "I didn’t really know how strong I was before I was injured because I’d never rally had a reason to be." "In April 2016, I was on vacation with my three best friends in Mexico," she says.  The recent college graduate - and financial analyst - sat on a hotel balcony railing while making a phone call.  She lost her balance - falling three stories to the ground below.  "I ended-up fracturing several vertebrae in back and became paralyzed from the waist down," she explains, noting she'll never forget her dad's tears in the hospital.  "I immediately just began telling him, 'This is going to be OK, I still have my head, I still have my hands, I’m still the same Jillian I was before." That spirit carried Harpin through months of grueling rehabilitation and into a surprisingly active life, thanks to an introduction to adaptive sports.  "I was shown how to shoot a bow and arrow play, wheelchair basketball, play wheelchair tennis," she says.  She also loves walking in a battery-powered Exoskeleton at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.  

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Wallingford nonprofit rehabs patients, helps them move forward

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

Ann Nyberg of WTNH news interviews Gaylord's VP of Clinical Operations, Pete Grevelding about the health system's services and the types of conditions that are treated there.  read more


Ann Nyberg of WTNH news interviews Gaylord's VP of Clinical Operations, Pete Grevelding about the health system's services and the types of conditions that are treated there. 

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Wallingford nonprofit rehabs patients, helps them move forward

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

Ann Nyberg of WTNH News interviews Gaylord's VP of Clinical Services, Pete Grevelding about the types of inpatient and outpatient services offered.  read more


Ann Nyberg of WTNH News interviews Gaylord's VP of Clinical Services, Pete Grevelding about the types of inpatient and outpatient services offered. 

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Christmas Miracle: CT man learning to walk again

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2019

News Channel 8 WTNH By LaSalle Blanks WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Doctors in New Jersey told 31 year-old Adam Cronin from Prospect that he'd never walk again. In Aug... read more


News Channel 8 WTNH By LaSalle Blanks WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - Doctors in New Jersey told 31 year-old Adam Cronin from Prospect that he'd never walk again. In August, Adam and his buddies went on a trip to a beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. Adam dove into a wave and hit a sandbar. He became paralyzed from the neck down. A buddy helped to get him to shore. At the hospital in New Jersey, his family got some devastating news. They were told Adam would never be able to walk again. "They said it'd never be done," Adam's dad Tim said. "It was hard." Adam was eventually transferred to Gaylor Hospital in Wallingford, closer to his home. 

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Kyriacou a beacon for Gaylord, long-term care hospital industry

Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Hartford Business Journal  By John Stearns Category: Corporate Achievement — Innovation, George Kyriacou Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Title: President & ... read more


Hartford Business Journal  By John Stearns Category: Corporate Achievement — Innovation, George Kyriacou Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Title: President & CEO George Kyriacou will retire as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Dec. 31, having made a profound mark not only on the Wallingford-based long-term acute care hospital, but on the broader sector. Dr. Peter Deckers, a Gaylord board member, executive director of perioperative services at UConn Health and former dean of the UConn School of Medicine, said Kyriacou set a strong course for Gaylord, which focuses on rehabilitating some of the most seriously ill or injured patients, including those with spinal and brain injuries and stroke victims. "I don't think I've ever worked with anyone who has been as intensely concerned with positioning the hospital for the future, long term," Deckers said. Deckers said Kyriacou has helped demonstrate the value of long-term health care's intensive rehabilitation on improving patients' lives, gaining a reputation in the field regionally and nationally. Deckers also praised the vision and leadership of Kyriacou, who will consult part time for Gaylord after retiring, and remain involved in advocating for the industry.

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MoraLee Guest Cottages Open on Gaylord Hospital Campus

Sunday, Dec 02, 2018

Rehab Management Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, Conn, has opened MoraLee Guest Cottages, its new on-campus guest accommodations for out-of-area patient fam... read more


Rehab Management Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, Conn, has opened MoraLee Guest Cottages, its new on-campus guest accommodations for out-of-area patient families, it announces in a news release. The MoraLee Guest Cottages is a one-story building on Gaylord Hospital’s 400-acre campus that is located only seconds from the hospital to enable families easy access to hospitalized loved ones. The building is comprised of four, 400-square-foot units, each configured in a hotel suite layout. Each unit is individually accessible through a central, handicapped-accessible entrance and will be equipped with amenities including a microwave, mini-refrigerator, and Wi-Fi.

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Wallingford hospital add space for families visiting patients

Saturday, Dec 01, 2018

New Haven Register By Luther Turmelle Published 5:10 pm EST, Friday, November 30, 2018 WALLINGFORD — A surge in patients coming to Gaylord Hospital from out-of-state... read more


New Haven Register By Luther Turmelle Published  WALLINGFORD — A surge in patients coming to Gaylord Hospital from out-of-state has prompted officials at the Wallingford-based health care facility to increase the amount of space it has for families to stay in while visiting loved ones. The 137-bed hospital has just opened its MoraLee Guest Cottages, which is comprised of four 400-square-foot units that are laid out like hotel suites, according to Gaylord officials. Hospital officials spent $653,000 building the new facility and renovating an existing guest cottage.

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Gaylord debuts new housing for patient families

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

New Haven Biz November 28, 2018 Liese Klein Wallingford's Gaylord Hospital unveiled a new "neighborhood of guest housing" on Tuesday that allows the long-term rehab facility to me... read more


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November 28, 2018 Liese Klein Wallingford's Gaylord Hospital unveiled a new "neighborhood of guest housing" on Tuesday that allows the long-term rehab facility to meet the needs of out-of-town families visiting loved ones who are patients. Hospital officials cut the ribbon on a new four-bedroom guest cottage and a renovated guest house a few dozen yards from the 137-bed hospital's main building. Donors large and small funded the $653,000 project, dubbed the MoraLee Guest Cottages and the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Guest Cottage. "We had to expand and add housing for this campus, so that families traveling from a distance could participate in the recovery of their loved ones while they're here," said Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO George Kyriacou. The hospital's former guest housing accommodated only one family and was occupied almost every week of the year. 

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford opens new on-campus guest accommodations

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, has opened its new on-campus guest accommodations to better serve patient families who are traveling from out-of-the-area to provide... read more


Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed long-term care hospital in Wallingford, has opened its new on-campus guest accommodations to better serve patient families who are traveling from out-of-the-area to provide their loved ones with the best care possible. The MoraLee Guest Cottages is a one-story building on Gaylord’s 400-acre Wallingford campus comprised of four, 400-square-foot units, each configured in a hotel suite layout. Each unit is individually accessible through a central, handicapped-accessible entrance and will be equipped with amenities including a microwave, mini-refrigerator, and Wi-Fi. The building is located only seconds from the hospital for easy access to hospitalized loved ones. The MoraLee Guest Cottages was made possible through the support of many donors, including a leadership gift from Linda Morasutti and her husband, Robert Lee, and a generous donation from The Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation. In recognition for their donation and guidance, MoraLee was named after Morasutti and Lee, and the existing Crockett House has been renamed as the Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Guest Cottage. Donor support also enabled the hospital to update and renovate the Hoffman Foundation Guest Cottage in tandem with the construction of the MoraLee Guest Cottages.  

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Gaylord Hospital bows new lodging to meet out-of-state visitor demand

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

Hartford Business journal.com Nov. 28, 2018 MATT PILON Gaylord Hospital, a long-term specialty hospital in Wallingford, has wrapped a $653,000 construction project that expands its capacity t... read more


Hartford Business journal.com Nov. 28, 2018 MATT PILON Gaylord Hospital, a long-term specialty hospital in Wallingford, has wrapped a $653,000 construction project that expands its capacity to lodge families during their loved ones' extended stays. The four-month, donor-funded project included construction of a new four-unit building, the MoraLee Guest Cottages (named after donors Linda Morasutti and her husband Robert Lee) and the renovation of an existing two-bedroom guest house for one family, The Maximillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Cottage (renamed from the Crockett House after donors). Both are located a brief walk from the main hospital. Munger Construction of Branford built the new facility.

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He Almost Couldn’t Walk His Daughter Down the Aisle. What Is Causing His Leaden Feet?

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

New York Times Magazine By LISA SANDERS, M.D. OCT. 26, 2018 The 60-year-old man held tight to his daughter’s arm as they waited for their cue to walk down the gravel path of the gar... read more


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The 60-year-old man held tight to his daughter’s arm as they waited for their cue to walk down the gravel path of the garden to the altar where the bridegroom waited. As the first notes played, Joe’s daughter gave him a smile and a nod, and they started down the aisle. Joe could hear the crunch of the gravel beneath his feet, but he couldn’t feel it. For the past several months, his feet had felt like numb lumps of clay. In his other hand, he gripped the cane that provided his much-needed stability. He had to concentrate with every step, but he was determined not to embarrass his daughter, or himself, by falling. He’d already fallen once that morning, but luckily only his wife and in-laws had been there. Walking with his daughter on her wedding day had been Joe’s goal for th

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Killingworth father on the road to recovery following freak accident

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018

  POSTED 11:16 PM, NOVEMBER 16, 2018, BY JIM ALTMAN WALLINGFORD – It was a freak fall last Autumn and Tyler Fielstra’s life changed in an instant. Fielstra, a fathe... read more


  POSTED 11:16 PM, NOVEMBER 16, 2018, BY JIM ALTMAN WALLINGFORD – It was a freak fall last Autumn and Tyler Fielstra’s life changed in an instant. Fielstra, a father of three from Killingworth, fell while climbing a tree stand on his property, the 25- foot drop left him unable to walk and in rehab at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. It is at Gaylord with the doctors, nurses, and therapists, that Tyler began to get back on his feet. “I started to be able to move my toes and my right foot which gave me some hope,” Fielstra said.

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HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about adaptive indoor kayaking

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

November 12, 2018 02:55PM By Ashley Kus, Record-Journal Staff WALLINGFORD — Kayaking in open water may not be ideal this time of year, however indoor kayaking is an option for th... read more


November 12, 2018 02:55PM By Ashley Kus, Record-Journal Staff WALLINGFORD — Kayaking in open water may not be ideal this time of year, however indoor kayaking is an option for those with disabilities and injuries through an adaptive program at Gaylord Hospital.   The Record-Journal talked with the instructors, as well as participants, during a recent introductory class. Here are five things to know about the activity.

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Hartford Business Journal names Health Care Heros

Friday, Nov 09, 2018

Nov. 2, 2018 - Hartford Business Journal Hartford Business Journal has named seven organizations and individuals as winners of its 2018 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by r... read more


Nov. 2, 2018 - Hartford Business Journal Hartford Business Journal has named seven organizations and individuals as winners of its 2018 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by readers and the broader healthcare and business community and selected by an independent panel of judges. The awards identify outstanding leaders in the healthcare industry across seven categories. They will be recognized at our Health Care Heroes event Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott. They will also be profiled in HBJ's weekly print publication in the Dec. 10thissue. The 2018 awardees are: Advancement in Healthcare-Innovation:Connecticut Children's Medical Center Advancements in Healthcare-Prevention: C. Steven Wolf, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Community Service-Advocacy/Policy: Dr. M. Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor Corporate Achievement-Innovation: George Kyriacou, Gaylord Hospital, President and CEO

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Injured Naugatuck teen displays determination, grit

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2018

Nov. 5, 2018​ by Mark Jaffee, Republican-American NAUGATUCK — In the eyes of Naugatuck’s Avery Moore, it was always a matter of when, not if, he would walk again. Two months after... read more


Nov. 5, 2018​ by Mark Jaffee, Republican-American NAUGATUCK — In the eyes of Naugatuck’s Avery Moore, it was always a matter of when, not if, he would walk again. Two months after sustaining traumatic injuries during a car accident, the 15-year-old’s determination and grit was on display Oct. 26 for everyone to see. Moore showed everyone how far he’s come by walking out to the middle of Veteran’s Field to perform the pregame coin toss before Naugatuck High’s football game with Crosby. Moore walked without the assistance of a walker or wheelchair, although he wears leg braces to secure his balance. Tommy Moore, Avery’s dad, said his son still has numbness in his feet and hands. Back on Aug. 1, Moore sustained a rupture of the fifth cervical vertebrae in his neck during a car accident in Long Island. He had emergency surgery to remove bone fragments and also needed spinal cord fusion surgery. The surgeries were performed at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Weeks later, Moore was transported to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford for rehabilitation. After extensive rehab, he was released on Sept. 30.

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Connecticut woman determined to walk again following serious car accident in Brazil

Friday, Nov 02, 2018

Nov. 2, 2018, Fox 61 News, Brent Hardin HARTFORD --  Alive, but changed. "I remember everything. I saw the truck in front of us and then the car spinning and going down the hill,"... read more


Nov. 2, 2018, Fox 61 News, Brent Hardin HARTFORD --  Alive, but changed. "I remember everything. I saw the truck in front of us and then the car spinning and going down the hill," said Neusa Chamberlin. "And when the car stopped, immediately, I didn't feel my legs." It was a crash that severed Neusa's spine, taking away the use of her legs, and her hands, leaving only limited use of her arms. A vibrant woman who loved hiking and biking and kayaking, was now physically nearly helpless. But her heart, mind and faith, remained strong. Neusa spent 18 days in a Brazilian hospital and received her first surgery there. The staff marveled at her strength and positive mindset and passed along her story to a Brazilian TV network, which aired this special report.

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Gaylord patient who appeared in Adam Sandler film dies

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018

October 31, 2018 05:10PM By Mike Savino, Record-Journal staff      Some family members watched “The Week Of” with Jim Barone during his recent stay in the inte... read more


October 31, 2018 05:10PM By Mike Savino, Record-Journal staff      Some family members watched “The Week Of” with Jim Barone during his recent stay in the intensive care unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Barone, who played the part of Uncle Seymore in the Adam Sandler film for Netflix, liked to watch the movie often, according to his family. As the film ended, Barone –  a double amputee who was battling an illness – took his last breath. He died on Oct. 29 at the age of 57.  His daughter, Alicia Barone, said her father was proud of his only theatrical performance, asking everyone he encountered if they had watched the film.  “That was probably the highlight of his last year,” Alicia Barone said. 

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Fundraiser to benefit Prospect man paralyzed in diving accident

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

September 10, 2018  by Mike Patrick, Republican-American PROSPECT — If there’s one thing people notice about Adam Cronin when they meet him, his mother said, it’s his stre... read more


September 10, 2018  by Mike Patrick, Republican-American PROSPECT — If there’s one thing people notice about Adam Cronin when they meet him, his mother said, it’s his strength. So she’s confident, she said, her son will recover from a devastating accident a couple weeks ago left him paralyzed from the neck down. “He’s a very strong, determined young man,” Kelly Cronin said Friday of her son. “He’ll be 32 Sunday. He’s in the best shape of his life. He works out all the time. I told him from the beginning, there’s no doubt that he will regain and make a full recovery, in his family’s eyes.” Her son was on vacation with a friend in Wildwood, N.J., Aug. 20 when he dove into the ocean and struck his head against a sandbar, breaking two vertebrae in his neck, she said. He spent 16 days in a trauma center in Atlantic City before being flown back to Connecticut. He’s now in Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.

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Long-Term Care Hospitals Provide Better Outcomes, According to Study

Thursday, Oct 04, 2018

Long-term care hospitals provide superior outcomes for the most severely ill patients than any other post-acute care setting, suggests a study from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, based on 2016 dat... read more


Long-term care hospitals provide superior outcomes for the most severely ill patients than any other post-acute care setting, suggests a study from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, based on 2016 data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). “Post-acute care plays a significant role in our health care system,” explains George Kyriacou, MSPH, president and CEO of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, Conn, during a presentation of the study during the recent American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association Educational Conference and Expo in Boston. “In 2016, approximately 43% of Medicare beneficiaries who were discharged from an acute-care hospital went on to receive post-acute care from skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehab facilities or long-term care hospitals.”

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Fundraiser to benefit Prospect man paralyzed in diving accident

Friday, Sep 14, 2018

by Mike Patrick, Republican-American PROSPECT — If there’s one thing people notice about Adam Cronin when they meet him, his mother said, it’s his strength. So she’s conf... read more


by Mike Patrick, Republican-American PROSPECT — If there’s one thing people notice about Adam Cronin when they meet him, his mother said, it’s his strength. So she’s confident, she said, her son will recover from a devastating accident a couple weeks ago left him paralyzed from the neck down. “He’s a very strong, determined young man,” Kelly Cronin said Friday of her son. “He’ll be 32 Sunday. He’s in the best shape of his life. He works out all the time. I told him from the beginning, there’s no doubt that he will regain and make a full recovery, in his family’s eyes.” Her son was on vacation with a friend in Wildwood, N.J., Aug. 20 when he dove into the ocean and struck his head against a sandbar, breaking two vertebrae in his neck, she said. He spent 16 days in a trauma center in Atlantic City before being flown back to Connecticut. He’s now in Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.  

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Woman Paralyzed After Falling Off Balcony During Vacation: 'I'm Happier Than I've Ever Been'

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2018

People Magazine  By CAITLIN KEATING - September 03, 2018  Jillian Harpin was 23 years old and having the best time of her life. In the spring of 2016, the recent college g... read more


People Magazine  By CAITLIN KEATING - September 03, 2018  Jillian Harpin was 23 years old and having the best time of her life. In the spring of 2016, the recent college graduate from Waltham, Massachusetts, was working as a financial analyst, taking weekend ski trips with her friends and never missing a happy hour. “I was just having a great time,” Harpin shares in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “I had just gotten this book about the 50 best day hikes in Connecticut and I decided I was going to tick them all off that summer.” But Harpin, now 25, would only end up going on four hikes. On April 18, she and three of her closest friends, feeling “burnt out from working so hard,” left for a week-long vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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