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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


2019 1st Quarter Nominees for Joseph Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018

The 2019 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:      Jaclyn Borrelli, Inpatient Therapy   ... read more


The 2019 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
     Jaclyn Borrelli, Inpatient Therapy
 
2019 1st Quarter Lindenmayer Award Nominee   Meghan Chiaraluce, Inpatient Therapy
 
2019 1st Quarter Lindenmayer Award   Christina Drogkaris, Human Resources
 
2019 1st Quarter Lindenmayer Award       BJ Palumbo, Inpatient Therapy  

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


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


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO George Kyriacou Announces Retirement, Transition

Monday, Jul 16, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (July 16, 2018) — After seven years at the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, President and CEO George Kyriacou has announced his retirement from full-time work effective D... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (July 16, 2018) — After seven years at the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, President and CEO George Kyriacou has announced his retirement from full-time work effective December 31, 2018. “George is an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to Gaylord’s success during his tenure,” reflected Gaylord Board Chair Robert Lyons. “Very soon after he arrived in 2011, George was instrumental in bolstering the hospital’s financial health, enabling the hospital to reinvest in its employees and in the cutting-edge technologies that set Gaylord apart. He has also led the hospital to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes based on evidence-based practices, leading the hospital to become the only facility in the state – and only one of several 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. Also,the successful opening of two Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine satellite offices in North Haven and Cheshire in recent years have further expanded our outpatient therapy reach and continue to rapidly grow.” “George has also taken a national leadership role by spearheading a landmark study demonstrating the important role that long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) like 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 other entities to demonstrate the value of LTACHs in creating exceptional outcomes at the best possible cost.” “To say that George will be leaving a positive, indelible legacy at Gaylord is an understatement,” he continued. Lyons explained that in preparation for Kyriacou’s planned retirement, the board engaged in an in-depth succession planning process that resulted in naming current Gaylord Chief Operating Officer Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP as Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s next CEO effective January 1, 2019. LaBarbera has more than 20 years of progressive clinical and management experience at Gaylord. “I am fortunate to have been a first-hand witness to Gaylord’s life-changing and compassionate care and I consider this role to have been the most rewarding I’ve held in my decades-long career,” Kyriacou reflected. “I can say with confidence that there is no limit to Gaylord’s potential.” Upon his retirement, Kyriacou will continue to work at Gaylord Hospital in a part-time, consultative capacity.


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Nurses Lauded at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, BSN; and Keri Saxton, RN, ASN have been honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing at a recent gala celebration at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

The Nightingale Award is one of Connecticut’s most prestigious nursing honors and was created to celebrate outstanding nursing professionals and elevate the profession in the state of Connecticut. The Gaylord honorees were among xx I am finding this number as we speak exceptional nurses from Greater New Haven health care organizations who received the honor.
  Breanna Begnal, RN, BSN of Watertown is a team leader who goes above and beyond as a registered nurse. She is committed to serving on committees that seek to improve patient safety and create positive clinical outcomes. Breanna is an enthusiastic teacher to nursing students, an invaluable asset to training new nurses, and a mentor to all of her coworkers.

One colleague said that Breanna “displays qualities of a Nightingale nurse in her bedside care. She always exhibits an optimistic attitude while holding herself to a high standard of nursing. Her leadership is motivating to others."
Wallingford resident Beth Hyde, RN, BSN is described as a bright and enthusiastic charge nurse and per-diem nurse supervisor whose exemplary skills, positive attitude and open mind make her a great asset to Gaylord. Beth is one of the organization’s safety coaches and a valued member of the Patient Safety Committee. She frequently mentors and precepts new nurses and inspires cohesiveness and teamwork on her unit.

“Beth goes above and beyond to make sure her patients are cared for with the highest quality of care. She often gets recognized by patients and families for her encouraging and supportive attitude, excellent services, knowledge, professionalism, and for addressing their concerns,” said one colleague. “As a charge nurse, Beth handles stressful situations with a calm and positive attitude. She makes wise clinical and professional decisions, and she is an inspiration to other nurses.”

Meriden resident June Napolitano, RN, BSN, began working for Gaylord in her teens as a CNA and continued to develop herself professionally over the years. June holds several roles at Gaylord and her exceptional skills make her a sought-after mentor and role model. She is skilled in PICC line placements, which comes in handy in many situations. As the Nurse Supervisor on night shift, June is a great clinical resource person, handling emergency and stressful situations calmly and effectively. Her outstanding clinical judgement and critical thinking skills have prevented several unnecessary patients' transfers to acute care hospitals on the night shift.   Her peers describe June as a compassionate, intelligent and versatile clinician who stays positive on even the most challenging days. “She consistently strives to keep her patients and the whole organization safe,” they explained, “and she is always ready to save the day.”

Nancy Patel, RN, BSN of West Haven is a skilled clinician who joined Gaylord Hospital as a student intern nurse in 2013 and has gone on to complete an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree and will soon receive her

APRN training at Quinnipiac University. Nancy has been an active participant in a project to reduce stroke patient falls and has spent many hours preparing education materials for her unit. Nancy is also a preceptor for new nurses, is active in Gaylord’s career ladder program and has recently taken on the role of Per Diem Nursing Supervisor. She teaches at the hospital’s annual skills validation day and has demonstrated her commitment to providing excellent patient care by completing an intensive Chemotherapy/Biotherapy administration course.
Keri Saxton, RN, ASN of New Haven is a team leader recognized for her expertise and for her dedicated, relentless advocacy for the complex medical patients on her unit. She began working at Gaylord Hospital 14 years ago as an LPN before successfully obtaining her RN degree.

Her peers explained, “Keri demonstrates compassion not only for her patients and their families but also for her colleagues. She brings clothes, toys, books and other items for her colleagues’ children year after year. Any time fellow nurses need assistance with a situation or just need help with an IV placement, Keri is there without complaint. Keri is respected by fellow RN’s, CNA’s, therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals. She has grown to become a great leader and a respected role model for many new staff members. Keri genuinely loves what she does and it always shows in her work.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord treats individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions through both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road in Wallingford, Conn.
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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


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-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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Community rallying around teen, family after accident

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Citizens News, Aug. 14, 2018 by Luke Marshall, Staff Writer NAUGATUCK — Avery Moore should be starting his sophomore year at Naugatuck High School with his two brothers in a couple of weeks,... read more


Citizens News, Aug. 14, 2018
by Luke Marshall, Staff Writer NAUGATUCK — Avery Moore should be starting his sophomore year at Naugatuck High School with his two brothers in a couple of weeks, but instead a daunting fight lies ahead for the borough teenager after a car accident left him with devastating injuries. On Aug. 1, Avery, 14, suffered a broken vertebrae, paralyzing him, in a car accident in Long Island, N.Y. Thomas Moore, Avery’s father and a captain with the Naugatuck Fire Department, said he and his wife, Becky, were on their way to a sunset cruise to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. Avery and another family member were in the car as well. Moore said the car was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended. Moore and his wife walked away from the accident primarily with bruises, but Avery wasn’t so lucky. After the accident, Avery underwent surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. Avery was able to move his arms, but not his hands, legs or feet, after surgery. Moore said the extent of the permanent damage Avery suffered is still unknown. It likely won’t be known for months. Moore said Avery, who is one of a set of triplets with his brothers, Brody and Casey, is passionate about the arts, including music, theater and photography, and enjoys camping and swimming in his spare time. “He is a happy kid,” Moore said. “He likes to be around family and cousins.” Avery is now at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where he faces a long road to recovery.

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Tragic Accident That Left Jillian Harpin Paralyzed isn't Holding Her Back From the Gaylord Gauntlet

Friday, Jun 22, 2018

By Meghan Yost - WTNH CT Style WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH - Two years ago, Jillian Harpin was vacationing with friends in Mexico when her world turned upside down. "I went out onto our hotel ... read more


By Meghan Yost - WTNH CT Style WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH - Two years ago, Jillian Harpin was vacationing with friends in Mexico when her world turned upside down. "I went out onto our hotel balcony to make a phone call and when I went to go sit on the railing, I lost my balance and I fell three stories onto the ground below," Harpin recalled. Harpin fractured her back and was left paralyzed from the chest down. "I think what really keeps me going is looking back and seeing how far I've come," Harpin said. "There's nothing else I can't conquer." Which is why Harpin is participating in this year's Gaylord Gauntlet. "The Gaylord Gauntlet is a 5k obstacle run held here at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford," explained Katie Joly, CTRS, the Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager. "The entire race is on hospital property." The race features more than 20 obstacles. "Things like walls to climb over, rocks to climb up and over, logs to jump around," Joly said.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Gaylord Gauntlet in Wallingford offers obstacle course for a good cause

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018

June 18, 2018 07:16PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — The Gaylord Gauntlet will bring together 1,000 able-bodied and adaptive athletes as they compete in a 5... read more


June 18, 2018 07:16PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — The Gaylord Gauntlet will bring together 1,000 able-bodied and adaptive athletes as they compete in a 5K obstacle and trail course Saturday.  The race, held at the Gaylord Hospital campus on Gaylord Farms Road, promotes healthy living by testing the endurance of participants with over 20 obstacles.  “This is a 5K obstacle mud run and it not only promotes exercise, fitness, health, and wellness, but it’s a great challenge and a lot of fun,” said Katie Joly, program manager of the Gaylord Sports Association.

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Adaptive golfers take to the tees once again in Wallingford

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018

Fox 61 News Wallingford -- They are heavy hitters with the greens in sight. For more than two decades, Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital's Sports Association has held the Ken Murphy Memor... read more


Fox 61 News Wallingford -- They are heavy hitters with the greens in sight. For more than two decades, Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital's Sports Association has held the Ken Murphy Memorial Open (formerly the Gaylord Hospital Open) -- an adaptive golf tournament. For 2018,  16 adaptive golfers took to the course for both the camaraderie and competition. "The tournament is specifically designed for people who have a physical or visual impairment," said Katie Joly, from Gaylord Hospital's Sports Association. On the course at the Farms Country Club were players like Steve Smith, from Hamden. Smith had his leg amputated last August after a depilating infection and was playing in his first adaptive contest.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Employee of the Year

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wallingford Patch--May 14, 2018 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Kimberly Crawford of Meriden, CT as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2018 Employee of the Year. The award was establ... read more


Wallingford Patch--May 14, 2018
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Kimberly Crawford of Meriden, CT as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2018 Employee of the Year. The award was established in 1992 by the family of Joseph A. Lindenmayer, who had been a patient of Gaylord's. 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 award celebrates the 27th recipient of the award since its inception. Kim is a nursing assistant and was nominated by two patients. She states she is honored to be chosen from among a wonderful group of nominees and co-workers, especially as she celebrates 20 years working at Gaylord Hospital. Thirteen members of her family surprised her at the award ceremony held at Gaylord Hospital, which hosted more than 100 attendees.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

WWLP 22 News By Ciaria Speller-- SOUTHWICK, MASS. (WWLP) - First they saluted our country, then they were off for a day on the water at Lake Congamond in Southwick. Veterans from across New Eng... read more


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By Ciaria Speller-- SOUTHWICK, MASS. (WWLP) - First they saluted our country, then they were off for a day on the water at Lake Congamond in Southwick. Veterans from across New England took part in the Tournament of Champions fishing event through Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut on Tuesday. The Tournament of Champions is a military fishing competition for disabled veterans.. and today was all about providing therapy to the nearly two dozens who participated in this event. "All the veterans here do have some type of of disability and we serve all kinds of people with physical disability, visual impairment, PTSD through our program," said Katie Joly, the program manager for the Gaylord Sports Association.  One veteran told 22News many of the other veterans only get out of the hospital for events like today.  "You can't beat it..good day on the water..any day is better than sitting in a hospital," said Air Force Veteran Ray Clary. "They need a little bit of joy in their lives and this is one way of doing it."  


Gaylord's Traurig House Provides a Place for People with Brain Injuries to Transition Home

Friday, May 11, 2018

CTStyle By Meghan Yost-- WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CT STYLE) - Located in Wallingford just up the road from Gaylord Hospital, Traurig House is an eight-bed ranch style home that provides a place ... read more


CTStyle By Meghan Yost-- WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CT STYLE) - Located in Wallingford just up the road from Gaylord Hospital, Traurig House is an eight-bed ranch style home that provides a place for those with acquired brain injuries to recover before transitioning back home. “People can work on home living skills, doing the laundry, paying their bills, going on outings,” explained Joy Oliano, RN, a nurse care manager at Traurig. Patients like Chris Curran live at the residence under the supervision of medical staff. “My life was so good, and my daughter was so good, that we decided we were going to come here and I was going to get better,” Curran recalled. Earlier this year Curran suffered a stroke after having surgery to unclog his carotid artery. The results were devastating. “It left me some leg problems, some hand problems,” Curran explained. It also left him with speech problems. “Everything in my head is there, just getting out here is really difficult,” Curran said. After his stroke, Curran was treated at Gaylord Hospital.

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Gaylord patient joins star-studded cast including Adam Sandler, Chris Rock of Netflix movie

Sunday, Apr 29, 2018

By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff -- WALLINGFORD — For almost two hours every day for weeks, makeup artists pored over Connecticut’s newest movie star, transforming him ... read more


By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff -- WALLINGFORD — For almost two hours every day for weeks, makeup artists pored over Connecticut’s newest movie star, transforming him from a 56-year-old into an 87-year-old man. “I hated that nose,” said Jim Barone of Hamden, who played Uncle Seymour in “The Week Of,” starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi. The movie, rated TV-14, will be released on Friday, April 27 through Netflix. Seymore is a World War II veteran who lost both his legs and is perpetually grumpy towards his family. He is grand uncle to Kenny Lustig, played by Sandler, a middle class father struggling to pay for his daughter’s wedding as her fiancé’s wealthy father, Kirby Cordice played by Rock, futilely offers his help. With no background in acting or comedy, aside from entertaining his physical therapists and co-patients at Gaylord Hospital, Barone, himself a double amputee, said he landed at the top when he was cast for the film. He attributes his launch to the improvised audition tape he sent in alongside the standard script-reading, where he launched into a low, raspy voice berating Seymour’s family. Barone said director Robert Smigel told him, “Jimmy, I could not have found a better person to play Seymour.”

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Connecticut Double Amputee Lands Role In Adam Sandler/Chris Rock Netflix Comedy

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

Hartford Courant By Susan Dunne, Contact Reporter Jim Barone of Hamden had a run of very bad luck starting in 2012. That year, when he was 51, Barone was diagnosed with diabetes. He got an infec... read more


Hartford Courant By Susan Dunne, Contact Reporter Jim Barone of Hamden had a run of very bad luck starting in 2012. That year, when he was 51, Barone was diagnosed with diabetes. He got an infection in his right foot that wouldn’t heal, leading eventually to the amputation of that leg in 2015. Then he got another infection, a very dangerous one, that led to the amputation of his other leg. In the midst of all his medical difficulties, Barone lost his job managing a gym at Yale. In a strange twist of fate, Barone has been cast in a Netflix movie because the film’s producers wanted a legless actor to portray a legless man. “The Week Of,” starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi, debuts on Netflix on April 27. In Robert Smigel’s comedy, a Long Island father (Sandler) zeroes in on the date of his daughter’s wedding and struggles to financially cut corners and juggle family obligations. Barone plays Seymour, Sandler’s 87-year-old uncle and Buscemi’s father. Seymour flies in from Florida for the wedding, and his wheelchair keeps malfunctioning, forcing Sandler to carry him everywhere.

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