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2 Quarter 2018 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Nominess

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

The 2018 Second Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are: Pat Haskell, RN Hooker 1 ... read more


The 2018 Second Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
Pat Haskell, RN, Employee of the Year nominee
Pat Haskell, RN
Hooker 1
John Mace, Finance, Employee of the Year Nominees
John Mace
Finance
Anne Pacileo, PT, Employee of the Year Nominee
Anne Pacileo, PT
Outpatient Therapy
Helen Young, RT, Employee of the Year Nominee
Helen Young, RT
Respiratory Therapy

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



1st Quarter 2018 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

The 1st Quarter 2018 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees are:   Amy Benoit, RN, on Milne 1 ... read more


The 1st Quarter 2018 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees are: 
1st Q Lindenmayer award nominee
 Amy Benoit, RN, on Milne 1
 1st Q Lindenmayer Award nominee photo  Kim Crawford, nursing assistant, on Milne 1
 1st Q Lindenmayer Award Nominee  Eric Sokolowski, PT at Gaylord Physical Therapy in Cheshire, CT
 1st Q 2018 Lindenmayer Award nominee  Tina Ufferfilge, RN, and team leader on Hooker 2
 
Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF


Racers to Conquer Mud, Fire and Water in 2018 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 27, 2018) — The Fifth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 27, 2018) — The Fifth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 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 and costumes are highly encouraged! A festival area will feature live music and food and beverages will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks.

Online registration is $55 until April 30 and then increases to $65 until online registrations end on June 17th. Day-of registration is $70. All proceeds will support the Gaylord Sports Association which provides sports and recreation programs to adults with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast at no cost or minimal fee.

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 Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to Lead Nursing Operations for Wallingford-Based Specialty Hospital WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 26, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital announces the appointment of Li... read more


Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to Lead Nursing Operations for Wallingford-Based Specialty Hospital

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 26, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital announces the appointment of Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to the position of Chief Nursing Officer.

Kalafus comes to Gaylord with three decades of nursing experience at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, where she most recently held the position of Director of Nursing Operations. At St. Vincent’s, she led the development of the Clinical Informatics department, and has held a number of leadership positions throughout her nursing career.

She is well-known within the local healthcare industry for her contagious enthusiasm, her strong work ethic, and her team-building skills and has been recognized with a number of honors including the Susan Davis St. Vincent’s Medical Center Leadership Award, the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, and SVMC Distinguished Nurse Award.

“I am confident that Lisa will be an excellent match for this position,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “Her passion and her vision for patient care will be strong assets in enabling Gaylord to continue its history of compassionate patient care and outstanding outcomes.”

Kalafus and her husband have three daughters and reside in Shelton.

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.

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$75,000 Grant to Give Gaylord Patients a “Lift”

Monday, Feb 05, 2018

CHEFA Awards Funds for the Purchase and Installation of New Ceiling-Mounted Lift Equipment and Upgrades of Existing Systems at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare February 5, 2018, WALLINGFORD, CT – G... read more


CHEFA Awards Funds for the Purchase and Installation of New Ceiling-Mounted Lift Equipment and Upgrades of Existing Systems at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
February 5, 2018, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced the receipt of a generous $75,000 grant from CHEFA (Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority) to fund the purchase and installation of new ceiling-mounted lift equipment for safe patient transfers. A portion of the grant is earmarked to make improvements to many of the hospital’s existing lift systems.

“The new lift system addresses the care and safety needs of not only our patients, but also our nurses and staff,” said Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development and Marketing. “The early discharge of critically ill patients from acute care hospital to Gaylord has accelerated the need for this expansion. All of the new and upgraded equipment will have the capacity to lift patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds.”

Knapp explained that in addition to mobility-limited patients, those who are on a ventilator or who have pneumonia or other pulmonary issues benefit greatly from using the lifts as well.

“When a patient is lying on their back, the heart and other organs put pressure on the lungs making it harder to breathe and more difficult to wean from a ventilator. The slings and lifts allow staff to safely lift the patient into an upright position so their lungs can get stronger and can be weaned from the ventilator considerably sooner.”

Jeanette Weldon, CHEFA Executive Director said, “Hospitals face significant challenges with the dual issue of safe patient handling and minimizing work-related staff injuries. CHEFA is pleased to announce this grant in the amount of $75,000 to Gaylord Hospital to support the installation of ceiling-mounted lifts in patient and bariatric rooms, the radiology suite and the in-patient gymnasium. This equipment will support a safer patient and staff environment.”

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.

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Grant from Meriden-Based Cuno Foundation Helps Fund Purchase of Multi-Disciplinary, High-Tech “BITS”

Friday, Jan 05, 2018

Addition of three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems help assess, challenge, and track patients’ progress WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 4, 2017 – Through generous grants from Meride... read more


Addition of three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems help assess, challenge, and track patients’ progress

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 4, 2017 – Through generous grants from Meriden-based Cuno Foundation and MSL Renewed Hope in Colorado, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as “BITS.”

The BITS system – which is operated via a touchscreen configuration - offers 24 programs optimized for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. BITS challenges patients with deficits resulting from traumatic injuries and movement disorders through the use of visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training.

Heidi Fagan, CLT, OTR/L, Gaylord Inpatient BITS Coordinator, explained that the grants funded the purchase of two 55” BITS screens for the hospital’s in-patient and out-patient therapy areas, and a smaller, mobile version – the only one of its kind in Connecticut - so that therapy can be performed bedside for the hospital’s sickest, non-ambulatory patients.

“The addition of three BITS units changes the way Gaylord can assess, challenge and motivate our patients and continuously track their progress,” said Heidi Fagan, CLT, OTR/L, Inpatient BITS Coordinator.

Fagan said that many of the physical, occupational and speech therapy exercises offered on BITS can be customized to individual patients with uploading photos of loved ones, familiar objects or places. Customized text – such as children’s or pet’s names – can likewise be inserted into several therapy exercises to make it more client-centered, enjoyable and motivating.

“Having technology that is both versatile and customizable will add opportunities to our multidisciplinary team approach. We can offer an even larger variety of cognitive, visual and motor challenges to refresh the wide assortment of treatment options that Gaylord already delivers.”

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.


Watertown Resident Dr. Stephen Holland Named a 2017 Hartford Business Journal “Healthcare Hero”

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017

Gaylord Hospital VP, CMO Called “A Visionary Committed to Accelerating Quality for Connecticut’s Sickest, Most Devastatingly Injured Patients” HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 8, 2... read more


Gaylord Hospital VP, CMO Called “A Visionary Committed to Accelerating Quality for Connecticut’s Sickest, Most Devastatingly Injured Patients”

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 8, 2017 – Watertown resident Dr. Stephen Holland was honored by the Hartford Business Journal as winner of the 2017 “Health Care Hero Award” for the physician category at a luncheon celebration held this week at the Hartford Convention Center.

Dr. Holland is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. He was nominated for the prestigious award by his peers for being a well-recognized champion of continuous quality improvement for some of Connecticut’s sickest, most devastatingly injured patients.

Despite having arrived at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare fewer than five years ago, his colleagues claim that Dr. Holland has made a tremendous impact on the hospital’s culture as a leader and champion for continuous quality improvement.

George Kyriacou, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO, explained, “Gaylord has long been recognized as a leading specialty hospital in New England. But for Dr. Holland, providing excellent care isn’t good enough. He challenges himself - and his colleagues – to continuously ask ‘how can we become even better?’”

He continued, “Steve has a laser-like focus on quality. What he has done is to track, measure change and improve outcomes so that once we have that information we can continue to work towards the next level of improvements and see that Gaylord adopts best practices from around the country in order to accelerate quality improvements.”

Dr. Holland’s efforts are evident in the four Medicare-required quality indicators, rating better than the national benchmark in rate of bloodstream infections and rate of readmissions to acute care after 30 days and is equal to the national benchmark in rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Susan Hostage, Gaylord Director of Outcomes Management and Compliance Officer, said “Steve is focused on making staff truly understand what quality care means and the impact it has on our patients and the organization at-large.”

Dr. Stephen Holland’s vision is not limited to ensuring that the Hospital provides high-quality care. Having participated in a “Rugged Maniac” obstacle race in prior years, Dr. Holland surveyed the hospital’s bucolic 400-acre campus and envisioned bringing a similar race to Gaylord with the end-goal of raising funds for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, a program that provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments throughout Connecticut and the Northeast.
The first-ever Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run was held in 2014 offered 22 natural and man-made obstacles and challenges and exceeded expectations with nearly 400 participating runners. The 4th Annual Gaylord Gauntlet held last June attracted nearly 1,000 runners including dozens of adaptive-athletes and has netted $200,000 for the Gaylord Sports Association and garnered considerable positive publicity for the Hospital and Sports Association alike.

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.

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Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Expands North Haven Office to Accommodate

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, November 13, 2017 – Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (PTOSM) of North Haven recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly expanded clin... read more


NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, November 13, 2017 – Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (PTOSM) of North Haven recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly expanded clinic located at 8 Devine Street.

According to Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, Manager of Gaylord PTOSM in both North Haven and Cheshire, the decision to expand the clinic was predicated by steadily increasing demand for services by new patients.

“As our reputation for excellent patient care has spread," Hunter said, “the need for additional highly qualified therapists and treatment space has grown. Since our expansion, we’ve increased our footprint to include more than 5,000 square feet of space, allowing us the capacity to increase our highly credentialed team of physical therapists by 50%.”

A preferred provider to many local sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons, Gaylord PTOSM offers local access to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s physical therapy expertise and can benefit any individual with conditions ranging from simple strains and sprains to those recovering from serious sports injuries and joint replacement or orthopedic surgeries.

Housed inside Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, Hunter explained that Gaylord PTOSM patients with their therapists are able to access the entire gym facility including its 150 pieces of cardio and strength equipment and pool, a bonus for treating the active general population as well as high-performing athletes.

Throughout the three-month construction phase, the Gaylord PTOSM office remained open with no disruption to patient treatment, a testament, Hunter said, to the work of contractor Dan Sullivan with DCA Construction.

“It was through their creativity and flexibility that we were able to smoothly maintain operations during the whole process.”

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.


M.J. Petretto Foundation Supports Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Adaptive Sports Programs

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 2, 2017 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic held in Clinton he... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 2, 2017 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic held in Clinton held earlier this summer.

The generous donation will be used to purchase specialized adaptive sports equipment for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team and CT Jammers quad rugby team.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. With opportunities to participate in more than a dozen adaptive sports throughout the year ranging from alpine skiing to adaptive rock climbing, the Sports Association’s goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports.

“Our motto at Gaylord Hospital is ‘Think Possible’ and the adaptive sport program allows people who have been disabled by a life-altering event like a spinal cord injury get back into the game of life,” said Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations. “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 and adaptive athletes ‘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.



Wallingford Resident Named a Hartford Business Journal "40 Under 40"

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT is pleased to announce that employee Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” f... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT is pleased to announce that employee Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2017.

Hunter has been a Gaylord employee since 2010 and is the Outpatient Site Supervisor of the Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics in North Haven and Cheshire. He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties and is among one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the integrative dry needling technique for pain management therapy. Hunter was nominated for the prestigious award by his peers who say that he is a “well-respected, outgoing, genuine, natural-born leader.”

His supervisor Sonja LaBarbara, Gaylord Vice President of Operations and Strategy, explained, “Every choice he makes as manager of the two Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics is shaped by asking himself, ‘How will this help our patients and the hospital as a whole? He’s not just looking to plan for today or the next week, he’s already planning five years down the road.’”

In 2016, Hunter was honored with Gaylord Hospital’s Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award. Hunter’s winning nomination was written by a patient who described himself as incredibly fortunate to have benefitted from the therapist’s compassionate expertise for a period of several months.

Hunter’s commitment to the greater good extends to his community service. His wife, Sara, said, “He’s always helping people around him – he’d give you the shirt off of his back.”

“I’m both honored and humbled by my peers who nominated me for this award and by the Hartford Business Journal selection committee. I am extremely fortunate to have exceptionally supportive and innovative colleagues at Gaylord. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in the successful growth of our therapy programs and hospital initiatives,” he said.

Jacob lives in Wallingford with his wife, Sara, and his five children, Isaiah, Eva, Simon, Jude and Levi.

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.

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Free “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Series at Gaylord Hospital

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

September 11, 2017, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host a free six-week series, “Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers”, at its Wallingford campus located at 50 G... read more


September 11, 2017, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host a free six-week series, “Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers”, at its Wallingford campus located at 50 Gaylord Farms Road. The six-week series will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 20 to October 25th. Interested participants may register by calling Valerie D’Apice at 203-440-3548 by Monday, September 18th.

The sessions are co-led by Diane Birtha, RN, BSA, and Valerie D’Apice, BS, and are designed to help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative, a friend, or someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

The classes will give participants tools to help them reduce stress and take care of themselves; communicate effectively with other family members, doctors, and paid help; reduce anger, guilt and depression; make tough decisions; and set goals and problem-solve. The classes will not focus on specific disease or hands-on caregiving.

Every participant will receive a free book to accompany class content and will cover topics including hiring in-home help, helping memory-impaired elders, making legal and financial decisions, making decisions about care facility placement, understanding depression, and making important decisions about driving.

The program is sponsored by the United Spinal Association CT Chapter and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the 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 Welcomes Physiatrist Hongmei Wang, M.D. to Staff

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Welcomes Physiatrist Hongmei Wang, M.D. to Staff WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 23, 2017 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of p... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Welcomes Physiatrist Hongmei Wang, M.D. to Staff

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 23, 2017 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of physiatrist Hongmei Wang, M.D. to their staff.

Dr. Wang completed medical school and a three-year training program at the Xiangya School of Medicine in China before moving to the United States and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Wang finished her internship in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland and she recently completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wang to the Gaylord team,” said Dr. Stephen Holland, Chief Medical Officer, “and we look forward to her upcoming contributions to improve our patients’ lives.”

According to Dr. Holland, Gaylord’s Physiatry Services provide specialized non-surgical care to those who have had an accident, trauma or suffer from a disease that has compromised their mobility or caused chronic pain, orthopedic or other chronic medical conditions.

“Dr. Wang and our physiatrists use a comprehensive approach to help minimize our patients’ pain, regain their strength and return to their maximum function possible,” he explained.

Physiatrists at Gaylord can be seen on an outpatient basis. For questions or to make an appointment for a consultation or assessment, or to discuss a possible treatment plan call: (203) 284-2845 or (203) 294-3270.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit 137 bed specialty hospital that focuses on the 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, visit www.gaylord.org.


Gaylord Hospital Dedicates Unit to Care of Complex Stroke Patients

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Gaylord Hospital Dedicates Unit to Care of Complex Stroke Patients WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 24, 2017 - Gaylord Hospital, a not-for-profit specialty hospital in Wallingford, recently opened... read more


Gaylord Hospital Dedicates Unit to Care of Complex Stroke Patients

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 24, 2017 - Gaylord Hospital, a not-for-profit specialty hospital in Wallingford, recently opened a new unit dedicated to the unique medical needs of the hospital’s most complex and medically fragile stroke patients.

According to Sonja LaBarbera, Vice President of Operations and Strategy, Gaylord Hospital has long been a recognized leader in stroke care throughout the Northeast and has the only stroke program in Connecticut to be accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

“We continually strive to incorporate best practices into our stroke program as it continues to grow year after year,” she said. “We’re employing an evidence-based model of care that proves that cohorting the hospital’s most complex stroke patients leads to better outcomes.”

“With individuals being discharged from acute care hospitals sooner, we’re finding that stroke patients are arriving at Gaylord with more complex medical needs than ever before,” LaBarbera continued. “Our most medically fragile stroke patients will benefit from coordinated, multidisciplinary care from nurses, therapists, hospitalists and physiatrists who are experienced and trained in providing the highest level of stroke care.”

The complex stroke unit was also recently outfitted with a state-of-the-art telemetry system. It’s an investment in technology, LaBarbera says, that “further commits Gaylord to providing the best in care.”

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.

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Renowned Concussion Expert, Mark Herceg, Ph.D., Joins Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Renowned Concussion Expert, Mark Herceg, Ph.D., Joins Gaylord Specialty Health Care as Director of Psychology, Director of the Center for Brain Health and Director of the Center for Concussion Care ... read more


Renowned Concussion Expert, Mark Herceg, Ph.D., Joins Gaylord Specialty Health Care as Director of Psychology, Director of the Center for Brain Health and Director of the Center for Concussion Care

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 23, 2017 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently announced the addition of Dr. Mark Herceg, Ph.D. to its staff as Director of Psychology and Director of the Gaylord Center for Brain Health and the Center for Concussion Care.

Dr. Herceg will lead a team of neuropsychologists as they diagnose and treat various neurocognitive and psychological changes due to traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s and more to help promote and maximize a person’s recovery.

“I look forward to working with an interdisciplinary team to help those with traumatic brain injuries rehabilitate and recover,” Dr. Herceg said. “I have long known about Gaylord’s incredible reputation and the staff’s attentiveness to each patient’s specific and individual recovery. I am especially impressed by Gaylord’s focus on the importance of neuropsychology in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, an emphasis not often seen in other rehabilitation centers.”

Dr. Herceg has nearly 20 years of experience, including working with high school, college, and professional athletes who have sustained concussions. Prior to arriving at Gaylord Hospital, Dr. Herceg was the Commissioner of Mental Health for Westchester County, NY where he served as chair of the 28-member County Concussion Task Force and was lead author of the group’s article, “10 Best Practices for Concussion Management,” which was endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America and New York State Chapter (BIANYS). He was honored with the BIANYS “Founder’s Award” for his efforts to increase concussion awareness in youth and high school sports. He was also appointed by the Brain Injury Association as co-chair of a state-wide concussion initiative.

Prior to his County appointment, Dr. Herceg was the Director of Neuropsychology for the Brain Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York, where he specialized in evaluating and treating individuals with various neurological changes, illnesses and brain injuries across the life spectrum.

In 2013 he authored a chapter on concussion management in the book “In the Arena” published by the NY State Bar Association. In 2017, he organized & co-chaired the first Croatian Conference on Concussions in Split, Croatia. Dr. Herceg is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at New York Medical College, and is also a member of the Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration.

Dr. Herceg sits on the Executive Board of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychology Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology where he is the Chair of Social Media. He currently resides in Westchester County with his wife, Agnes, and his three daughters.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit 137 bed specialty hospital that focuses on the 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.

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Adaptive Golf Program Receives Donation from Mt. Carmel Women’s Golf League

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Gaylord Hospital’s Adaptive Golf Program Receives Donation from Mt. Carmel Women’s Golf League WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 23, 2017 – The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association... read more


Gaylord Hospital’s Adaptive Golf Program Receives Donation from Mt. Carmel Women’s Golf League

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, August 23, 2017 – The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association was recently presented with a donation of $1,505 raised by the Mt. Carmel Women’s Golf League’s annual golf tournament. The Hamden-based club’s generous gift will be used to support the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Adaptive Golf Program.

According to Katie Joly, Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Program Manager, the Adaptive Golf Program has helped hundreds of individuals who have experienced a permanent physical disability such as a spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke or brain injury try a new activity or return to the sport they loved before their injury or illness.

“We are grateful to the Mt. Carmel Women’s Golf League for helping us improve the lives of persons with disabilities. Programs like Adaptive Golf help our participants embrace new challenges and reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports,” Joly explained.

The program offers introductory adaptive golf clinics held at Gaylord Hospital, a Veteran’s adaptive golf program, an Adaptive Golf Club, and the annual Ken Murphy Memorial Open tournament for adaptive players.

About the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association:
The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment living in the state of Connecticut and throughout the Northeast. The Association is dedicated to improving participants’ lives through opportunities to participate in more than a dozen adaptive sports throughout the year including alpine skiing, archery, cycling, golf, kayaking, paratriathlon, quad rugby, rock climbing, sled hockey, tennis, veteran’s fishing, and water skiing. For more information, visit www.gaylord.org/sports.

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CHEFA Grant Helps Gaylord Patients Re-Enter Society Following Devastating Illness or Injury

Monday, Jul 03, 2017

June 30, 2017, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently received a generous $74,747 grant from CHEFA (Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority) to fund the purchase... read more


June 30, 2017, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently received a generous $74,747 grant from CHEFA (Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority) to fund the purchase of a custom-built, handicapped-accessible van.

The 15-passenger vehicle will be used to transport individuals in the specialty hospital’s inpatient and outpatient programs to off-campus community re-integration trips.

Tara Knapp, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare VP of Marketing and Development explained that the staff-supervised trips help patients recovering from the aftermath of devastating illnesses or injuries learn how to function and adapt to their new physical challenges in the outside world.

“The therapeutic value that our community-reintegration program provides our patients is immense,” she said. “For someone with a recent amputation, it could mean figuring out how to navigate public spaces with a wheelchair or prosthetic. For aphasia patients – or someone who has loss of speech from brain damage – it might mean practicing how to communicate with a cashier by using an assistive device. Our Traumatic Brain Injury patients often benefit from these group trips by giving them experience making decisions such as what movie to see and solving problems such as how to make change.”

The Gaylord Sports Association – the State’s largest adaptive sport program – will also utilize the van to bring participants with physical disabilities and visual impairments to sporting and recreation programs throughout the Northeast.

“Both Gaylord’s Therapeutic Recreation Department and Gaylord Sports Association are very grateful to our partner, CHEFA, for the funding to supply our new van which will serve our patients for many years to come,” Knapp said.

“CHEFA is pleased to provide funding for Gaylord Hospital’s purchase of a handicapped-accessible van,” said Jeanette Weldon, CHEFA’s Executive Director. “Supporting a patient’s ability to get back into the community after a medical challenge helps to foster their empowerment and provide hope. By awarding this capital needs grant to our client, Gaylord Hospital, CHEFA fulfills a portion of our mission to provide financial assistance to healthcare providers.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the 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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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


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 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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Friday, Feb 23, 2018

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – You can’t help but notice the intensity on Art McWhite’s face, concentrating on the touch screen at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Arms stretched and fo... read more


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – You can’t help but notice the intensity on Art McWhite’s face, concentrating on the touch screen at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

Arms stretched and focused on what’s in front of him.

This is about recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Art says, “I had brain bleeds, I had skull fractures and facial fractures.”

2018 02 22 gaylord hosptial art mcwhite How patients with severe trauma injuries benefit from new technology at GaylordAfter a serious crash on his Harley.

“I couldn’t read. I definitely couldn’t identify or recognize faces, including my own family, my own son,” he says.

Enter Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems — BITS.

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Seymour father beats long odds after 2016 ATV wreck

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

New Haven Register By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich SEYMOUR — Following a serious ATV accident in November 2016 that landed him in a coma, Gil Moreiras was told he might never walk, talk or breathe o... read more


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By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich

SEYMOUR — Following a serious ATV accident in November 2016 that landed him in a coma, Gil Moreiras was told he might never walk, talk or breathe on his own again.

Fifteen months later, the 38-year-old father of two just completed his first 5K, returned to his job as a mechanic at Sikorsky Aircraft and resumed driving his two toddlers back and forth to day care.

And Moreiras now is spreading a message in the hope of saving lives.

“Thank God I used my helmet because I'd be dead if I didn't,” he said.

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Grants help Gaylord acquire new touch-screen system for patient therapy

Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Hartford Business Journal By John Stearns Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as "BITS," featuring touch-screen... read more


Hartford Business Journal
By John Stearns

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as "BITS," featuring touch-screen technology to help patients undergoing therapy for various ailments.

Grants of $28,000 each from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation and MSL Renewed Hope in Colorado helped fund the BITS purchase.

The BITS system offers 24 programs optimized for physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive and speech therapy, and complements Gaylord's myriad therapy options, Gaylord said. BITS challenges patients with traumatic injuries and movement disorders through the use of visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training.

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Awesome Athlete: CT athlete doesn't let disability define him

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

For athletes, there is nothing worse than an injury, but it's how they choose to respond to their physical setback that can determine their future. Joe Stone is featured in this newscast. He was injur... read more


For athletes, there is nothing worse than an injury, but it's how they choose to respond to their physical setback that can determine their future. Joe Stone is featured in this newscast. He was injured in a car accident suffering a spinal cord injury. But his message of never giving up has taken him far.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare gets $75,000 grant for patient lifts

Thursday, Feb 08, 2018

WALLINGFORD — A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority will allow Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to purchase and install new, ceiling-mounted lift equipment... read more


WALLINGFORD — A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority will allow Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to purchase and install new, ceiling-mounted lift equipment for safe patient transfers.

Tara Knapp, vice president of development and marketing, said a surge in the number of critically ill patients being discharged from acute-care hospitals to Gaylord for rehabilitative care has accelerated the need for the new lifts.

“The new lift system addresses the care and safety needs of not only our patients, but also our nurses and staff,” Knapp said in a statement. “All of the new and upgraded equipment will have the capacity to lift patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds.”

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Walter Camp All-Americans Past and Present Visit Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Jan 15, 2018

By Desmond Conner Contact Reporter, Hartford Courant Calvin Hayden has completed several weeks of rehab at Gaylord Hospital following a very serious back injury that could have paralyzed him. He ... read more


By Desmond Conner
Contact Reporter, Hartford Courant Calvin Hayden has completed several weeks of rehab at Gaylord Hospital following a very serious back injury that could have paralyzed him.

He couldn’t be happier Friday that he was scheduled to go home Saturday. Or could he? Seated in a wheelchair but capable of walking on his own, the 72-year-old Hayden had a smile that lit up the room, the facility’s inpatient gym. It got even wider while sharing a few words with former Steelers and Tampa Bay safety Will Allen, a 2003 Walter Camp All-American out of Ohio State.

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford welcomes former NFL players, All-Americans for Walter Camp Weekend

Monday, Jan 15, 2018

By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — It’s not everyday you get to meet a football player you’ve watched on television, especially when it’s your birthday. ... read more


By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — It’s not everyday you get to meet a football player you’ve watched on television, especially when it’s your birthday.

Yet Bridgeport resident Robert Taylor got that lucky, meeting former NFL player Blair Thomas on the same day he turned 30.

“I’m a little excited. This is the most fun I’ve had all week,” Taylor said. “I’m still shocked I got a picture with Blair Thomas.”

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Paraplegic FIU grad uses exoskeleton suit to pick up diploma

Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

NEWS 7 Miami Robbin Simmons WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A car crash may have left him paralyzed, but one Florida International University graduate picked up his diploma on his own two feet, ... read more


NEWS 7 Miami
Robbin Simmons WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A car crash may have left him paralyzed, but one Florida International University graduate picked up his diploma on his own two feet, Sunday night, reaching the finish line on a tough and rewarding journey — with a little help.

Shane Mosko’s journey to this point has had its twists and turns, but he said this moment has made it all worthwhile. “For me, walking on stage at graduation, it means everything,” he said. “It means that I could literally do anything I set my mind to.”

The 25-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down after a car crash in Connecticut five years ago, but that wasn’t enough to keep him from his dreams of walking across the stage at FIU as a Worlds Ahead graduate to receive his business degree.

A robotic exoskeleton suit helped Mosko take those momentous steps — and it is another step toward his future. He’s already landed a marketing job with the company that developed the device.

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Paralyzed FedEx driver returns home after months in rehab

Monday, Jan 01, 2018

NEWS12 Connecticut BRIDGEPORT -  A Bridgeport FedEx driver who was paralyzed while on the job is home from the hospital for the first time in over six months. Joseph Newson, 29, was paraly... read more


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BRIDGEPORT - 

A Bridgeport FedEx driver who was paralyzed while on the job is home from the hospital for the first time in over six months.

Joseph Newson, 29, was paralyzed back in May when he had an accident in Warren in his FedEx van.

Newson is a Navy combat veteran who served in Iraq.

Newson now has the use of his arms but is paralyzed below his chest.

After months in rehabilitation, state and local leaders visited Newson at his home Sunday to salute his courage and wish him well into the New Year.

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Holland's 'Dashboard' system improves patient's care quality, safety

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017

Hartford Business Jouranl CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN SPECIAL TO THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL Category: Physician Dr. Stephen Holland Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Title: Vice President and Ch... read more


Hartford Business Jouranl CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN
SPECIAL TO THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL
Category: Physician
Dr. Stephen Holland
Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Title: Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Holland's mission is to improve the quality and safety of patient care, and to do that, he said, you need numbers, lots of them, every day.
That's why Holland created "Dashboard" shortly after becoming Gaylord Specialty Care's vice president and chief medical officer. The system tracks care-quality outcomes in 18 areas such as infection rates from catheters and IVs inserted for long-term infusions of medicine.

Those metrics give clinicians and staff a real-time, running tally on what is working, what is not working and what needs improvement, he said. The information is regularly reviewed by various groups within the hospital and available to staff.

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Local high school student helps host unique tournament

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017

POSTED 8:44 AM, DECEMBER 5, 2017, BY NATEBROWNSPORTS FOX 61 NEWS HARTFORD – Lyndsey Broxton -a senior at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy -has plenty to check off her to-do list before gra... read more


POSTED 8:44 AM, DECEMBER 5, 2017, BY NATEBROWNSPORTS
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HARTFORD – Lyndsey Broxton -a senior at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy -has plenty to check off her to-do list before graduating in 2018, such as final exams, prom, and the all important Senior Capstone Project.
The Project is designed to have students take part in something that helps to better their community around them.

Broxton, an Enfield native who hopes to pursue occupational therapy in college, initially thought of holding a Unified Sports Day at her school, when her Capstone advisor introduced her to an idea she quickly fell in love with: helping to organize and host a wheelchair rugby tournament.

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Sports Academy senior organizes wheelchair rugby tournament

Monday, Dec 04, 2017

Posted: Dec 03, 2017 9:29 PM EST Updated: Dec 03, 2017 10:24 PM EST By Rebecca Cashman By Caroline Powers HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Second Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this year went off ... read more


Posted: Dec 03, 2017 9:29 PM EST
Updated: Dec 03, 2017 10:24 PM EST
By Rebecca Cashman
By Caroline Powers

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
The Second Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this year went off without a hitch thanks to a senior at the Sport and Medical Science Academy, Lyndsey Broxton, who organized the event.

Since 1991, the Connecticut Jammers have been the only quad wheelchair rugby team in the state. Each year, the athletes compete with other quad wheelchair rugby teams in the northeast.

“I can get some aggression out in a positive way, very positive way to get some aggression out,” said athlete Michael Stokes.

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Where Patients Dare to Think Possible

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

25-Year-Old Paralyzed Woman Walks Again at Gaylord Hospital Delicately encircling 25-year-old Jillian Harpin’s throat is a necklace inscribed with the words “Think Possible.” Gif... read more


25-Year-Old Paralyzed Woman Walks Again at Gaylord Hospital Delicately encircling 25-year-old Jillian Harpin’s throat is a necklace inscribed with the words “Think Possible.”

Gifted by her friends at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Connecticut, the necklace’s inscription represents more than the hospital’s tagline. Rather, it’s a pledge that the young paraplegic and her therapists take to heart in their quest to transcend the limits of her disability.

“Never Walk Again”
While vacationing in Mexico in April of 2016, Jillian propped herself onto the railing of her hotel room’s balcony to take a phone call. The young woman slipped backwards and plunged three stories to the ground, paralyzing her from the chest down. She was told she would never stand or walk again.

“There was a lot of uncertainty,” Jillian recalled. “I was scared that I’d never drive a car, have a relationship, or feel the crunch of leaves under my feet.”

Jillian was flown home to Connecticut and admitted to Gaylord Hospital. It was a carefully researched decision, her family said, based entirely on giving her the best chance of recovering to the fullest extent possible.

More Than Medical Experts; Medical Leaders
The Harpin family was pleased to learn that Gaylord doctors and therapists aren’t just experts in their fields, but are nationally and internationally recognized healthcare leaders. Gaylord’s expertise is not only reflected by the numerous “Top Doc” and other respected healthcare awards bestowed on many of its staff, but is externally validated by its accreditations by the Joint Commission and CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

The Hospital’s latest CARF survey recently earned Gaylord the distinction of being the only facility in Connecticut to be accredited for both its in- and out-patient services and for its stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury programs.

Gaylord’s reputation for high-quality care and exceptional patient satisfaction, coupled with innovative programs including its recently opened complex stroke unit and adolescent spinal cord injury suites, and its role as the only Connecticut hospital to be part of a spinal cord injury model system, makes Gaylord the prime destination for specialty care after serious illness or injury.

But among everything that Gaylord offered, one program particularly piqued young Jillian’s interest.

One Step at a Time
In her first weeks at Gaylord, Jillian’s therapist told her about the Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton - the only device of its kind in Connecticut - that would let her stand and walk again.

“That was news to me,” she exclaimed, “I didn’t think that was possible!”

The battery-powered suit helps patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness from a spinal injury or neurologic condition, including stroke or multiple sclerosis, ambulate by providing the power to alternately put one foot in front the other.

Each week in outpatient therapy, 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!”

Think Possible
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.

“It’s crazy to think that in a year and a half I’ve gone from my normal life … to the lowest point … to basically back to where I was before, if not better!”

To watch Jillian’s journey from accident to Ekso, visit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s YouTube page.


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Gaylord receives generous donation

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

October 22, 2017 Record Journal Staff-- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic that took place in... read more


October 22, 2017
Record Journal Staff--
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic that took place in Clinton earlier this summer.

The generous donation will be used to purchase specialized adaptive sports equipment for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team and Connecticut Jammers quad rugby team.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. With opportunities to participate in more than a dozen adaptive sports throughout the year ranging from alpine skiing to adaptive rock climbing, the Sports Association’s goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports.

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Partially paralyzed woman treated at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford to take on Hartford Half Marath

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Jillian Harpin doesn’t let herself get down. The 25-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down last year after falling from a rai... read more


By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Jillian Harpin doesn’t let herself get down. The 25-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down last year after falling from a railing on the third-floor of a hotel balcony, but she still plans to finish the Hartford Half Marathon Saturday.

Doctors say there’s little chance she will walk again, but she is determined to stay positive and defy her limitations.

“A lot of people think that if you’re in a wheelchair, there’s so much you can’t do,” said Harpin, who lives in Wolcott and undergoes rehab at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. “So I’m constantly proving to them, and to myself, all these things that I can do.”

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18 months after being paralyzed, Wolcott woman to defy odds at Hartford marathon

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) - Eighteen months ago, a woman from Wolcott never thought she'd be moving, much less competing in a marathon. In three days, 25-year-old Jillian Harpin will be hand-cycling in... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Eighteen months ago, a woman from Wolcott never thought she'd be moving, much less competing in a marathon.

In three days, 25-year-old Jillian Harpin will be hand-cycling in the Eversource Hartford Marathon after being paralyzed from the waist down.

"There's nothing you really can't do," Harpin said.

Harpin attributed part of her success to a training device that's only being used at Gaylord Hospital.

It allowed him to push that determination to the limit.

"There are times where I will break down like 'Why has this happened to me? It's not really fair. I'm a really good person,' but I try to limit those to moments," she said.

In April 2016, she fell off of a hotel balcony while vacationing in Mexico.

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Gaylord Hospital donates furniture to women's shelter

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

September 19, 2017 11:22PM By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Hospital loaded a truck with used furniture Tuesday to be donated to My Sister’s Place, an or... read more


September 19, 2017 11:22PM
By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Hospital loaded a truck with used furniture Tuesday to be donated to My Sister’s Place, an organization in Ansonia that supports victims of domestic violence.

The furniture was removed from the Traurig House on the Gaylord campus to make way for new, handicapped-accessible furnishings as part of a renovation of the building, which serves as a transitional living center for patients recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

The furniture was given to the thrift store operated by My Sister’s Place, where donated items are sold to collect proceeds for domestic violence victims. Store manager Nancy Cahoon estimated the donated furniture will help raise between $1,500 and $2,000.

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Gaylord Hospital opens unit for complex stroke

Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Hartford Business.com, Sept. 6, 2017 By John Stearns Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed specialty hospital in Wallingford, last week announced the opening of a new unit in its facility to treat the most co... read more


Hartford Business.com, Sept. 6, 2017
By John Stearns
Gaylord Hospital, a 137-bed specialty hospital in Wallingford, last week announced the opening of a new unit in its facility to treat the most complex and medically fragile stroke victims.

The 24-bed unit, which opened in July, is housed within existing hospital space and all rooms are private. It was recently outfitted with a $125,000 telemetry system monitored 24/7 by at least two telemetry technicians. Five were hired for the system.

Telemetry measures and records heart rate, electrical activity of the heart, breathing rate and oxygen level in the blood as the patient moves, takes medication or rests, allowing clinicians to effectively evaluate patients, according to information provided by Gaylord. It cited a Loyola University of Chicago School of Medicine study showing that 17 percent of stroke patients placed on telemetry developed new cardiac arrhythmias and that almost half of the cardiac arrhythmias were atrial fibrillation – a leading indicator of a possible second, deadly stroke.

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New Concussion Guidelines

Friday, Sep 08, 2017

WTHN.com, Sept. 6, 2017 By Nicole Warren, Senior Producer (WTNH)-Dr. Mark Herceg, Director of Center for Concussion Care and Director of Psychology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, discusses new gui... read more


WTHN.com, Sept. 6, 2017
By Nicole Warren, Senior Producer
(WTNH)-Dr. Mark Herceg, Director of Center for Concussion Care and Director of Psychology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, discusses new guidelines for post-concussion recovery. Dr. Herceg was among the world’s top concussion experts invited to participate in the Annual Consensus on Sports Concussion Conference in Berlin, Germany. Resulting from the conference are new, research-based guidelines for returning to activity post-concussion that are a major shift away from the conventional wisdom of limiting patients to isolation and dark until asymptomatic. By day three post-concussion, a careful, moderate return to normal daily activities, study and play is healthy and safe for many (but not all) patients — even while still symptomatic.



Renowned Concussion Expert, Mark Herceg, Ph.D., Joins Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently announced the addition of Dr. Mark Herceg, Ph.D. to its staff as Director of Psychology and Director of the Gaylord Center for Brain Health and the Center for Con... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently announced the addition of Dr. Mark Herceg, Ph.D. to its staff as Director of Psychology and Director of the Gaylord Center for Brain Health and the Center for Concussion Care.

Dr. Herceg will lead a team of neuropsychologists as they diagnose and treat various neurocognitive and psychological changes due to traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s and more to help promote and maximize a person’s recovery.

“I look forward to working with an interdisciplinary team to help those with traumatic brain injuries rehabilitate and recover,” Dr. Herceg said. “I have long known about Gaylord’s incredible reputation and the staff’s attentiveness to each patient’s specific and individual recovery. I am especially impressed by Gaylord’s focus on the importance of neuropsychology in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, an emphasis not often seen in other rehabilitation centers.”

Dr. Herceg has nearly 20 years of experience, including working with high school, college, and professional athletes who have sustained concussions. Prior to arriving at Gaylord Hospital, Dr. Herceg was the Commissioner of Mental Health for Westchester County, NY where he served as chair of the 28-member County Concussion Task Force and was lead author of the group’s article, “10 Best Practices for Concussion Management,” which was endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America and New York State Chapter (BIANYS). He was honored with the BIANYS “Founder’s Award” for his efforts to increase concussion awareness in youth and high school sports. He was also appointed by the Brain Injury Association as co-chair of a state-wide concussion initiative.

Prior to his County appointment, Dr. Herceg was the Director of Neuropsychology for the Brain Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York, where he specialized in evaluating and treating individuals with various neurological changes, illnesses and brain injuries across the life spectrum.

In 2013 he authored a chapter on concussion management in the book “In the Arena” published by the NY State Bar Association. In 2017, he organized & co-chaired the first Croatian Conference on Concussions in Split, Croatia. Dr. Herceg is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at New York Medical College, and is also a member of the Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration.

Dr. Herceg sits on the Executive Board of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychology Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology where he is the Chair of Social Media. He currently resides in Westchester County with his wife, Agnes, and his three daughters.

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Gaylord Dedicates Unit to Care for Complex Stroke Patients

Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Gaylord Hospital, a not-for-profit specialty hospital in Wallingford, recently opened a new unit dedicated to the unique medical needs of the hospital’s most complex and medically fragile stroke... read more


Gaylord Hospital, a not-for-profit specialty hospital in Wallingford, recently opened a new unit dedicated to the unique medical needs of the hospital’s most complex and medically fragile stroke patients.

According to Sonja LaBarbera, Vice President of Operations and Strategy, Gaylord Hospital has long been a recognized leader in stroke care throughout the Northeast and has the only stroke program in Connecticut to be accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

“We continually strive to incorporate best practices into our stroke program as it continues to grow year after year,” she said. “We’re employing an evidence-based model of care that proves that cohorting the hospital’s most complex stroke patients leads to better outcomes.”

“With individuals being discharged from acute care hospitals sooner, we’re finding that stroke patients are arriving at Gaylord with more complex medical needs than ever before,” LaBarbera continued. “Our most medically fragile stroke patients will benefit from coordinated, multidisciplinary care from nurses, therapists, hospitalists and physiatrists who are experienced and trained in providing the highest level of stroke care.”

The complex stroke unit was also recently outfitted with a state-of-the-art telemetry system. It’s an investment in technology, LaBarbera says, that “further commits Gaylord to providing the best in care.”

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No "Stone" Left Unturned

Monday, Jul 24, 2017

New England Hospital News By Joy Savulak Gaylord Adaptive Sports Association Opens Whole New World to Young, Quadriplegic Dad A quick glimpse in the rearview mirror told 36-year-old Joe Stone tha... read more


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By Joy Savulak Gaylord Adaptive Sports Association Opens Whole New World to Young, Quadriplegic Dad

A quick glimpse in the rearview mirror told 36-year-old Joe Stone that something was amiss in the backseat.

His three-year-old daughter’s seat belt had become unsafely tangled around the armrest of her car seat. As he reached back to untwist it, the car lost control and began careening down a hill. Without hesitation, the father of two removed his own safety belt and hurled himself into the backseat to secure his daughter before veering over the embankment. For a brief moment, he was aware of tumbling, falling, and then - blackness.

Doctors said it was a miracle that he had survived the crash, but explained that the spinal cord injury he sustained would leave him permanently paralyzed from the chest down. It was a crushing blow to the active Florida resident who loved volleyball and all-things outdoors. “I remember telling my mom, ‘I don’t want this to change my heart.’ I was struggling to find the silver lining,” he said.

Joe found it the day a smiling hospital volunteer in a wheelchair came to visit with a DVD titled “Murderball” in hand.

“I thought, ‘what on earth does this have to do with me?’” he chuckled.

Murderball – or quad rugby as it’s referred to in the U.S. – is a team sport played by people with physical disabilities. Like its able-bodied counterpart, physical contact is an integral part of the game.

“As soon as I was done watching the video I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And four months later, I joined the Orlando Clash quad rugby team. I just fell in love with the sport … it made me feel alive again.”

When Joe contemplated relocating to the Northeast two years later, he looked online for a Connecticut-based quad rugby team and a local rehabilitation hospital where he could continue his outpatient therapy. His research led him to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford.

“A few people in Florida even referred me to Gaylord ... their reputation preceded them!” he said.

After his move, Joe continued his intensive outpatient physical therapy at Gaylord Hospital, an institution he refers to as “top-notch.” There, he used the Ekso Bionics wearable exosketon – the only one of its kind in the state – to help him stand and walk. He credits the high-tech device with helping him gain enough strength to stand and take steps on his own using only the help of a walker.

Outside of the therapy gym, Joe became very involved with the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, a program that hosts more than 200 adaptive sports and recreational events each year for physically disabled and visually impaired individuals in Connecticut and the Northeast. The Association offers more than a dozen adaptive sports ranging from alpine skiing to sled hockey.

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New van helps patients at Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Record Journal By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Patients at Gaylord Hospital are getting more opportunities to go out into the community thanks to a new handicap-accessi... read more


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By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Patients at Gaylord Hospital are getting more opportunities to go out into the community thanks to a new handicap-accessible van.

The specialty hospital recently received a $75,000 grant to purchase the 15-passenger van, which is used for outings designed to help patients re-adjust to normal life.

On the outings, patients learn to become more independent by interacting with strangers, managing money and making decisions in real life situations, said Katie Kowalski, a Gaylord therapeutic recreational specialist.

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New van helps patients at Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Jul 24, 2017

WALLINGFORD — Patients at Gaylord Hospital are getting more opportunities to go out into the community thanks to a new handicap-accessible van. The specialty hospital rece... read more



WALLINGFORD — Patients at Gaylord Hospital are getting more opportunities to go out into the community thanks to a new handicap-accessible van.

The specialty hospital recently received a $75,000 grant to purchase the 15-passenger van, which is used for outings designed to help patients re-adjust to normal life.

On the outings, patients learn to become more independent by interacting with strangers, managing money and making decisions in real life situations, said Katie Kowalski, a Gaylord therapeutic recreational specialist.

On Friday, a group of patients in Gaylord’s brain injury residential program traveled to eat at Breakfast Connections in North Haven.

“It gives me the opportunity to get back into the swing of life,” said Mike Miller, a Southington resident who is recovering from a coma.

“Getting out and being in the community, we’re doing all the things that people take for granted,” said Cheryl Chiari, a Wallingford resident who suffered a brain hemorrhage. “It’s not as easy as it looks to communicate with strangers, to walk, even just to get out of the van.”

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford receives new handicapped van

Monday, Jul 03, 2017

New Haven Register, July 2, 2017 By Luther Turmelle WALLINGFORD >> Gaylord Hospital has a new handicapped-accessible van, thanks to a grant from a quasi-governmental agency created to help C... read more


New Haven Register, July 2, 2017
By Luther Turmelle

WALLINGFORD >> Gaylord Hospital has a new handicapped-accessible van, thanks to a grant from a quasi-governmental agency created to help Connecticut-based nonprofit organizations.

The 15-passenger van was purchased using $74,747 from Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority. The van will be used to transport patients to off-site events, according to Gaylord officials.

Tara Knapp, Gaylord’s vice president of marketing and development, said the trips help patients learn how to function and adapt to new challenges in the outside world as they recover from their injuries and illnesses.

“The therapeutic value that our community-reintegration program provides our patients is immense,” Knapp said. “For someone with a recent amputation, it could mean figuring out how to navigate public spaces with a wheelchair or prosthetic. Our traumatic brain injury patients often benefit from these group trips by giving them experience making decisions such as what movie to see and solving problems such as how to make change.”  


Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford has special unit to treat adolescents with spinal cord injuries

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register WALLINGFORD >> Even in a hospital floor full of nurses, a mother of a teenager recovering from a spinal cord or brain injury never wants to be far away. &l... read more


By Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register WALLINGFORD >> Even in a hospital floor full of nurses, a mother of a teenager recovering from a spinal cord or brain injury never wants to be far away.

“I can hear ‘mom’ in my sleep,” said Shirleyann Pompea, whose daughter fractured her neck and injured her spinal cord in April. “I can get there before the call bell.”

Pompea’s daughter, Janelle, lived at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare for close to two months while she recovered from the injuries she suffered in a car accident in Redding. And every night of her stay in Wallingford, Pompea or her husband, have been right next door.

“For the 49 days she’s been here, we’ve been here,” Pompea said on a recent day her daughter was set to finally go home.

The Adolescent Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Gaylord Hospital was recently recognized by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Council for its innovative approach to caring for teenagers and their families.

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Photos of the Fourth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k in Wallingford

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Link to photos taken during the Gaylord Gauntlet on held June 24, 2017 on the Gaylord Hospital campus. Proceeds from the event benefit the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports for i... read more


Link to photos taken during the Gaylord Gauntlet on held June 24, 2017 on the Gaylord Hospital campus. Proceeds from the event benefit the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities.

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Gaylord Gauntlet Can't Compare to Obstacles Joe Stone Already Overcame

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

By Lori Riely, Hartford Courant, Contact Reporter It wasn't that long ago that Joe Stone couldn't feed himself. Or go to the bathroom by himself. Or even roll over in bed. Stone, 41, of Stratford,... read more


By Lori Riely, Hartford Courant, Contact Reporter It wasn't that long ago that Joe Stone couldn't feed himself. Or go to the bathroom by himself. Or even roll over in bed.

Stone, 41, of Stratford, has come a long way in a little over five years. Saturday, using his one stronger arm, he muscled his way on an all-terrain wheelchair through mud, sand, over rocks. He went up and over walls, swung on a rope over a mud pit, army-crawled over tires and went down a waterslide — holding a selfie stick aloft — as he became the first quadriplegic to complete the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K obstacle race in the woods surrounding Gaylord Hospital. He was among 900 people who competed in the event.

"He's a total bad ass," said Tim Kilbride, a physical therapist at Gaylord and friend who helped Stone through the race. "To do this — to try to move yourself through this distance using arms instead of legs — it's inconceivably difficult. Then to tackle all those obstacles with the ferocity he did — I strive to be a 10th of that athlete when I'm doing the stuff I do."

Stone was paralyzed in a car accident in Florida 51/2 years ago. He was reaching into the back seat to fix his younger daughter's seat belt on her booster seat and lost control of the car.


Gaylord Gauntlet: Where taking on challenges is a matter of course

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

By Ryan Conchado Record-Journal WALLINGFORD — Saturday began as a rather wet and dark morning, with storm clouds overhead. Gaylord Hospital’s Sports Association didn’t let the ear... read more


By Ryan Conchado Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — Saturday began as a rather wet and dark morning, with storm clouds overhead. Gaylord Hospital’s Sports Association didn’t let the early damp weather stop them from holding its fourth annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run.

The Gauntlet played out along the outskirts of Gaylord Hospital’s 500 acres of land. Not only was the run all-terrain, it was made additionally challenging with obstacle courses prevalent throughout the 3.1-mile stretch.

“Many of the obstacles require a good amount of upper-body strength,” noted Joy Savulak, head of the Gaylord Sports Association.

 

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Redding teen released from hospital months after serious car accident

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

News 12 Connecticut, June 23, 2017 "REDDING - A Redding teenager has been released from the hospital months after a serious car crash and says she feels fortunate to be alive. Janel... read more


News 12 Connecticut, June 23, 2017

"REDDING - A Redding teenager has been released from the hospital months after a serious car crash and says she feels fortunate to be alive.

Janelle Pompea, 16, completed her inpatient care at Gaylord Hospital Thursday morning after the April accident that also hurt five other teens. The crash fractured her spinal cord, broke her femur and gave her third-degree burns on her legs and arm.

Over her 49 days in the hospital, Pompea had to utilize her feet for functions like holding electronic devices or putting on pants because she had no control of her arms."

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Gaylord Gauntlet in Wallingford on WTNH

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017

Interview on WTNH with Katie Joly, Gaylord Sports Assoc., and Joe Stone, Sports Assoc. participant and first quadriplegic to tackle the Gaylord Gauntlet 5k and Obstacle Run on June 24, 2017. "(WTNH)-... read more


Interview on WTNH with Katie Joly, Gaylord Sports Assoc., and Joe Stone, Sports Assoc. participant and first quadriplegic to tackle the Gaylord Gauntlet 5k and Obstacle Run on June 24, 2017. "(WTNH)-A Connecticut man is getting ready to become the first quadriplegic to tackle the Gaylord Gauntlet in Wallingford this weekend. Athlete Joe Stone talked about how the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association has helped him since his accident."

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