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After being paralyzed, the piano playing continues

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

FOX61 News
Author: Jim Altman
Published: July 16, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Tricia Oporto, a wife and mother of twin girls from Bristol found out the diagnosis in April, doctors found a tumor on her brain.

The 43-year old piano teacher and church organist went to get her special surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and has been at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for her intense rehab for the past six weeks. 

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Korene Varano had her leg amputated. Then she became a triathlete

Monday, Jul 12, 2021

Hartford Courant via Yahoo News
Lori Riley, Hartford Courant
Sun, July 11, 2021, 

When Korene Varano was 12 years old, she got a new bike.

Two months later, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in her femur. She never got to ride her new bike. But 30 years later, she would get another chance.

After 17 reconstructive surgeries, after a lifetime spent in hospitals, on crutches, in a wheelchair, in pain, Varano decided to have her left leg amputated in 2017. In 2018, she went to the Hanger Clinic in North Haven to be fitted for a prosthetic leg.

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Mud and Guts | The 'COVID Crusaders' take on the Gaylord Gauntlet

Friday, Jul 09, 2021

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
July 8, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — They call themselves the “COVID Crusaders”, a team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists from Gaylord Hospital who decided to add some more obstacles to their already overburdened workload. 

After enduring almost a year and a half of tirelessly fighting for their patients against the grips of COVID-19, the 37 staffers at Gaylord Hospital decided to enter the Gaylord Gauntlet – a 5k “tough mudder” race that happens every year outside the sprawling hospital grounds. 

 

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‘Think First’ program urges young people to be aware of swimming, diving dangers to prevent spinal injury

Friday, Jul 02, 2021

WTNH, Channel 8 News
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Jul 1, 2021 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — July is the month when the most spinal cord accidents happen. The victims are mostly men in their 20’s diving into water that is too shallow or dangerous according to Megan Palmer who runs a Diving Danger Awareness Program from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare called “Think First.”

Gaylord is a top facility for caring for paraplegic patients.

Ryan Rosario of Meriden has been going to Gaylord since his diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2007.

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Last November, this Wallingford man was paralyzed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Saturday, he competed in an obstacle race.

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021

Hartford Courant By Lori Riley Jun 27, 2021 at 6:00 AM   WALLINGFORD - — Greg Whitehouse hadn’t been feeling well and the day he fell and couldn’t get up last November, his wife called an ambulance. He went to the hospital Friday. By Monday, he couldn’t move or feel anything. “I was still breathing and my heart was still beating,” he said. “I could talk. That’s all I had. “I was going insane. I was in isolation because of COVID. I was only seeing people with double masks, double gowns, gloves. It was terrifying. Not only was my body wrecked by the eighth day, I had lost it mentally. I couldn’t sleep anymore. I was so anxious. I wasn’t myself. I didn’t really know where I was the last day, I didn’t know what was going on.”
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Gaylord Gauntlet returns with 500 participants, positive atmosphere

Monday, Jun 28, 2021

Record Journal
June 27, 2021 03:42PM
By Faith Williams, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — About 500 people participated in the annual Gaylord Gauntlet on Saturday. 

“It's amazing to be able to get back to some level of normalcy,” said Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President Sonja LaBarbera. “This is my favorite event because it is a time where both able-bodied and adaptive athletes come together to compete and have a goal.” 

The Gaylord Gauntlet is a 5-kilometer trail and obstacle run that raises money for the Gaylord Sports Association. The association offers adaptive sports to those with physical or visual disabilities, according to the Gaylord website. 

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GAYLORD GAUNTLET: After enduring a real gauntlet, Wallingford’s Greg Whitehouse is ready for the fun one

Monday, Jun 28, 2021

Record Journal
June 24, 2021 05:00AM
By Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — Greg Whitehouse has endured a lot in the last seven months. 

The Wallingford resident contracted COVID-19 in November, just days before his 61st birthday.

While in quarantine, he discovered he also had Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves.

It can rapidly bring on paralysis. In a matter of days, Whitehouse was paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Now, seven months later, Whitehouse is expected to make a full recovery.

He will also be one of the featured athletes this Saturday in the annual Gaylord Gauntlet on the campus of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, where he was treated.

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Ridgefielder's childhood spine surgery inspires Eagle Scout project

Monday, Jun 28, 2021

The Hour
By Alyssa Seidman
June 23, 2021

RIDGEFIELD — The story behind Ben Rosenbaum’s Eagle Scout project begins 15 years ago.

At 14 months old, he hadn’t yet attempted to crawl, which alerted his parents that something might be wrong. An MRI scan at Tufts Medical Center in Boston revealed a thumb-sized pocket of fluid known as a syrinx cyst was compressing the nerves in young Ben’s spinal cord.

The Rosenbaums went to Boston Children’s Hospital to get a second opinion from Dr. Mark Proctor, who recommended Dr. Carl Heilman, who diagnosed Ben, perform the surgery.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Production Crew to Film “Hospital of the Future” Episode of Public Broadcasting Series at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, June 14 – 18

Friday, Jun 11, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2021 — A production crew from the international public broadcasting series “Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf” will be on location at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wallingford headquarters to film an upcoming episode that will air to an international audience of 100 million viewers this fall. Dozens of Gaylord staff, its former patients and their families will be interviewed throughout the week. The segment will explore the rehabilitation-focused healthcare system’s innovation, unique patient-centered culture, and its rich 120-year history, from its beginnings as a tuberculosis sanitarium on hundreds of acres of land to becoming one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation-focused healthcare systems. Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera...
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Connecticut Community Foundation Grants Nearly $15,000 to Support Visual Field Rehabilitation Research at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Thursday, May 27, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 27, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford received a nearly $15,000 grant from the Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Research Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation. The grant will support research conducted by Gaylord’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation to determine if the incorporation of Gaylord’s BITS touch screen technology into inpatient therapy for patients with visual impairments is more effective than conventional vision interventions using pen and paper. BITS – or Bioness Integrated Therapy System – is a multifunctional FDA-approved device that uses an interactive touchscreen and diverse program options to challenge patients’ visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills,...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces Date, Safety Plans for 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONN, March 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, has announced plans to safely resume its annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run on June 26, 2021.

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, proceeds from the seventh annual event will support the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments at little to no cost.
 

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If I’m pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe?

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

by: Amber Diaz Posted: 

CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — New questions are arising as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across Connecticut. One of the most asked by News 8 viewers: Should you get the shot if you’re pregnant?

Pfizer is enrolling some 4,000 pregnant women to participate in its COVID vaccine trial. This after extensive analysis on animals showing the shot’s safety and efficacy.

Expectant moms were initially left out of COVID trials as a safety precaution by the FDA.

 

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Quarterly DAISY Award Recipient

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 9, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford, presented its quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care to Meriden resident, Marylou Colangelo, RN, BSN.  

Colangelo was nominated by her colleague Jessica Crespo, RN, BSN, and supervisor Sandy Delong, RN, MSN, who called her a “true asset to the nursing profession."
 

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Collaborates with CT Tech Act Project to Expand Patient Access to Assistive Technologies

Monday, Feb 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the CT Tech Act Project’s ‘Connect to Tech’ program to expand access to assistive technologies (AT) for hospitalized patients with paralysis. The Connect to Tech program’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for this patient population and help them maintain or increase their independence at home after discharge.
 

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Gaylord Hospital Medical Director Dr. Megan Panico Named a 2020 Hartford Business Journal “Health Care Hero”

Monday, Dec 07, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 2, 2020 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-based healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Gaylord Hospital Medical Director Dr. Megan Panico was today honored by the Hartford Business Journal as a 2020 Health Care Hero. According to Hartford Business Journal, this year’s Health Care Hero Awards program placed special emphasis on recognizing front-line healthcare workers throughout the state who went above and beyond to care for patients with COVID-19. Panico, a Durham resident, was nominated by her peers for epitomizing the essence of Gaylord’s “Think Possible” approach to restoring the health, function and quality of life of people recovering from devastating injuries and illnesses.  
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Gaylord President and CEO Recognized with 2020 “Women who Mean Business” Award

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 17, 2020 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-based healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is proud to announce that President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP, was recognized by New Haven Biz with the Women Who Mean Business Award.

According to New Haven Biz, the second annual award was given to women leaders who “stand out from the crowd because of their achievements and their commitment to encourage others to succeed.”

LaBarbera, a Wallingford resident, is well-recognized among Connecticut’s healthcare leaders for her forward-thinking leadership, pledge to patient-centric care and commitment to cultivating a system of innovation and excellence.

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1st Q. 2022 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021

The 2022 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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4th Q. 2021 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Thursday, Apr 15, 2021

The 2021 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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3rd Q. 2021 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

The 2021 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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#GivingTuesday Healthcare Heroes

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2020

Megan Panico, MD

As a teen, I spent months at Gaylord recovering from an auto accident. It’s a time that ultimately shaped my profession and my understanding of what patient-focused care really means. Coming full circle now as Gaylord Hospital medical director has been the highlight of my career.

From what I witnessed as a front-line pulmonologist in Hartford Hospital’s ICU at the height of COVID, I knew that my patients would need the kind of extensive post-acute rehabilitation that only Gaylord can offer.

WHAT GAYLORD OFFERS – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO HELPING PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS FOCUS ON REHAB – JUST CAN’T BE OFFERED ANYWHERE ELSE.
 

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#GivingTuesday Healthcare Heroes

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2020

Jessica Crespo, RN

I have been with Gaylord for six years and I lead by example with my passion and devotion to my patients during these unprecedented times.

The battle against COVID-19 brought forth new challenges and revealed strengths and resilience within the Gaylord nursing team. COVID also created a time in which patients could not physically be with their loved ones. Our role as nurses became even more impactful to their stay at Gaylord providing a great deal of emotional support to both patients and their family members.

CARING FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS SHINED THE LIGHT ON THE BEAUTY OF THE ART OF NURSING.
 

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#GivingTuesday Healthcare Heroes

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2020

Brittany Brown, RRT

In my six-year career as a respiratory therapist at Gaylord, I have worked with patients who have COPD, lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and many other cardiopulmonary diseases. Tracheostomies are common procedures at Gaylord that we care for on a daily basis.

Since the arrival of COVID, we are working extra diligently to make sure our patients are feeling safe, comfortable and able to breathe with ease. Many of these patients require respiratory services, whether it’s oxygen, inhaled medications and/or BiPAPs/CPAPs at night.

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2nd Q. 2021 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020

The 2021 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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1st Q. 2021 Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Thursday, Jul 09, 2020

The 2021 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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Full Circle Noonie Rogozinski's Story on Nurses' Day

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Full Circle: Finding and Giving Purpose By Noungning Rogozinski, RN

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2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Award

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020

The 2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
 

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