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Connecticut Public Radio
By NICOLE LEONARD • JAN 14, 2021
In early March, Vic Gara came down with severe muscle aches, headaches and a rising blood pressure, indicators of COVID-19 that weren’t well understood early on in the pandemic.
“Taking a shower, just the water hurt my body,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep. I slowly became hypoxic. I just couldn’t breathe.” LISTEN HERE
ANTHONY SPINA is a former COVID patient who left Gaylord after weeks of therapy. He was one of the first guests on Chion Wolf's "Us in the time of Coronavirus" show on WNPR earlier this year. Last week, he was invited back as a guest on Chion's show, "Audacious," where she touches base with some of the first patients she interviewed last year. Anthony's interview begins at 2:24 and runs to about 6:21 in the podcast below.
Author: fox61.com, Dec. 18, 2020
WTNH Channel 8 News
by: Hector Ramirez II
Updated: Dec 22, 2020 / 06:37 PM EST
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An elderly man at Wallingford’s Gaylord Specialty Healthcare received a special visit thanks to the center’s “window visits” initiative.
It’s tough to be in a rehab facility during the holidays — especially with COVID-19 restricting visitors. But thanks to the center’s “window visits,” families can be reunited in a way. READ MORE
By EMILY BRINDLEY
DEC 27, 2020
For Anna Lawrence, a history professor at Fairfield University, it started the third week of March. Her symptoms were textbook — chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, racing heart.“It was pretty clearly COVID,” she said.
Lawrence battled the virus, the constant tiredness and breathlessness, for a month until her symptoms began to let up.
CBS Evening News
Dec. 30, 2020
George Aiello, 77, reunited with his family just in time for Christmas after months battling the coronavirus. Aiello was at an acute care hospital and then arrived at Gaylord in early May to begin his rehabilitation.
CBS's Jim Axelrod has more on the happy homecoming. Link to News
New Haven Register & Danbury News Times
By Julia Perkins Dec. 18, 2020
WALLINGFORD — George Aiello went to Danbury Hospital in March for what he thought was a heart problem.
The 77-year-old hasn’t been back to his Bethel home since, spending more than a month attached to a ventilator as he battled COVID-19 and about another seven months recovering at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. READ ONLINE
December 18, 2020
George Aiello, of Bethel, was on a ventilator in late March for 38 days. In early May, he was transported to Gaylord Specialty Care for rehabilitation. Last Friday, Aiello walked out of Gaylord to return home.
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.
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Lauded for Excellence in Healthcare Communications
External Affairs Team Receives Seven Lamplighter Awards from NESHCO
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Quarterly DAISY Award Recipient
Kevin Boulier, RN, Recognized for Extraordinary Nursing Care
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Receives Nearly $24K from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to Launch Free Exercise Program for People with Paralysis
The 2021 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
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.
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.
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.
The 2021 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
The 2021 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
Full Circle: Finding and Giving Purpose By Noungning Rogozinski, RN
The 2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
The 2020 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award
The 2020 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award.
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Wallingford, CT 06492
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Wallingford, CT 06492
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Cheshire, CT 06410
Physical Therapy: Cromwell
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Cromwell, CT 06416
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