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April 13, 2021
MIDDLETOWN — Over a year into the pandemic, vaccinations for COVID-19 are providing Connecticut residents hope. In all, 977,061 state residents have been fully vaccinated, and U.S. air travel over Easter weekend hit record numbers since before the pandemic...
Another local resource for long-haulers is Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. For information, visit gaylord.org or call 203-284-2845.
WTNH Channel 8
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Apr 8, 2021 / 07:41
(WTNH) — A Connecticut COVID-19 survivor wants you to hear about her ordeal if you are hesitant about getting the vaccine. She almost died. Some steadfast dietitians at a rehab center gave her the strength to fight back.
Gianna Consiglio, a mother of three refused to give up in the hospital or rehab. She lost her appetite and food became what it took to bring her back. She is now a COVID long-hauler, refusing to let it stop her from sharing her vaccination message.
New Haven BIZ
April 1, 2021
By Patricia Villers
Returning to work can be challenging for people who are COVID-19 “long-haulers,” those who have recovered from the virus but are dealing with long-term effects.
Vic Gara of West Granby, the president and CEO of West Hartford aerospace parts manufacturer United Tool and Die Co., has been out of work for almost a year because of lingering symptoms from the virus.
CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUTMARCH 12, 2021 11:38 PM
John Kozin of New Haven thought he had a cold in early January, but within a week wound up in intensive care. On Friday, he was finally heading home.
Published: 4:50 PM EST March 12, 202
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare discharges 200th COVID-19 patient
Staff and family cheered as this SCSU employee walked out the doors.
Posted: Mar 10, 2021
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Before Nov. of 2020, Mark Zurlis enjoyed a carefree life and worked as a carpenter making custom kitchens. He got married on Nov. 7.
“We had a 100-person wedding, everybody was fine. We went to Jamaica for a honeymoon completely fine got all our tests and stuff,” says Zurlis.
He then had Thanksgiving with just six members of his family bubble and got COVID-19.
by: WTNH Staff, Channel 8
Posted: Mar 5, 2021 / 08:35 PM EST
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A special moment for one Wethersfield man just released from the hospital after a months-long battle with COVID-19.
Michael DiDonato, 62, went into the hospital back in November at Saint Francis Hospital before he was transferred to Gaylord Healthcare in Wallingford back in January.
He was on a ventilator and was not expected to live. He couldn’t walk, talk, stand, or even swallow. Now he’s doing all that himself.
Fox 61 News
Author: Jim Altman
Published: 11:53 AM EST March 8, 2021
WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Michael DiDonato, a 62-year old retired attorney from Wethersfield, was wheeled out of Gaylord Hospital on Friday, and, that brief roll meant great strides for the father and husband.
DiDonato was admitted to Saint Francis Hospital on November 16 after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
His battle against the coronavirus was intense: DiDonato spent weeks in the ICU and eight weeks on a ventilator. After showing signs of improvement, DiDonato was transferred to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford in January for more arduous months of rehab.
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Mar 3, 2021
(WTNH) — An estimated 30 percent of COVID survivors suffer all kinds of physical and mental health problems long after recovering. They’re called “Long Haulers.” Now healthcare systems have special post COVID clinics as they try and help them return to their lives.
We’ve been following Vic Gara, a 57-year-old Connecticut man who has really been down in many ways since being hospitalized for COVID last March and April. Like so many doctors are seeing, COVID has after-effects that wreak havoc on people’s bodies and lives long after the illness.
By Ivanhoe Broadcast News on March 4, 2021Family Health Nutrition and Wellness
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — There’s new hope for the end of COVID-19 with promising new vaccines. But, in the meantime, the country is surging with record number cases. Doctors have been struggling with the best way to treat patients showing symptoms, but who don’t require hospitalization. Now one hospital in California has come up with their answer … a full-service clinic in the patient’s own home.
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.
by: Amber Diaz Posted: Mar 2, 2021
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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