About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a health system dedicated exclusively to medical rehabilitation. We provide inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to the most advanced state of recovery they can achieve.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Gaylord at a Glance

Medical Rehabilitation at Every Level

Our care for patients unfolds on three fronts. In Wallingford, Connecticut, we offer inpatient care at Gaylord Hospital, a leading medical rehabilitation center serving patients suffering from acute injury, illness, and complex medical conditions. Outpatient Services, also on our Wallingford campus, has 30+ programs for a wide range of rehabilitative treatment. And in multiple offices across the state, Gaylord Physical Therapy serves patients of all ages seeking recovery from accidents, injuries, and chronic pain.

Hospital Outpatient Services Physical Therapy

Compassion is Critical

When patients are asked to rate our performance, they frequently cite the compassion of our caregivers. At every level of Gaylord Speciality Healthcare, our professionals stand by our patients, joined in the common cause of regaining lost capabilities and reestablishing independence. Gaylord patients know that we will be with them, every step of the way.

How to Choose a Rehabilitation Program

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Accreditations

CARF logo

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certification is a rigorous process that ensures programs meet the highest standards of patient care. Those utilizing health and human services will likely see the internationally recognized CARF symbol proudly displayed at many care providers throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil.  Gaylord is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited for all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs and has specialty accreditation for its spinal cord, stroke, and brain injury programs. Gaylord is one of two long-term acute care hospitals in the world, and the only one of its kind in the U.S., with this unique level of CARF accreditation.


JCAHO LogoThe Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Each organization must go through a rigorous evaluation process. Accreditation and certification lasts for three years.


AAVCPR LogoAACVPR  Gaylord is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual facilities.



Passy-Muir LogoPassy Muir  Gaylord is recognized as a Passy Muir® Center of Excellence because we use Passy-Muir Valves as a standard of care for our tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients. This practice has decreased recovery time and enhanced the quality of life for our patients. Gaylord is one of 11 Centers of Excellence in the United States.

Vapotherm logoVapotherm  Vapotherm designated Gaylord Hospital as its first Center of Excellence. Gaylord is a pioneer in the use of heated humidification to improve patient pulmonary outcomes and is one of three LTACHs in the country to earn the Center of Excellence classification.


NERSCIC logoNERSCIC  Gaylord is a member of the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Center, which is one of 14 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems in the U.S.


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National Institutes of Health/StrokeNet  Gaylord is a member of this network created to conduct small and large clinical trials and research studies to advance acute stroke treatment, stroke prevention, and recovery and rehabilitation following a stroke.

Arthritis Foundation logo

Arthritis Foundation  The Wallingford pool staff is certified by the Arthritis Foundation. They offer classes specifically geared to benefit those with the disease.


Move United logo

Move United  The Gaylord Sports Association is a member of Move United, which provides national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.


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GuideStar by Candid Gold Seal of Transparency indicates that a nonprofit has provided key information to its Nonprofit Profile. This recognition shows commitment to transparency, by providing up-to-date information such as organization contact details, mission statement, leadership, program(s), locations served, and an audited financial report or basic financial information.


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