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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.

Ron and Sue: Father-Daughter Volunteer Duo Give Back in Gratitude for a “Miracle”

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023

“Gaylord Hospital got Sue on her way to a miracle,” claims 86-year-old Ron Monforte. “That’s all there is to it.”   In 2006, Ron’s daughter Susan Fazzino – then 45 – was walking by her father’s side when she indicated that she suddenly wasn’t feeling well.  “She passed out and dropped to the ground,” her father recalled. “I went to grab her, but she hit her head hard on the concrete floor.” Still unconscious by the time they reached the emergency room, Sue was rushed into surgery to repair the massive brain bleed that threatened her life. Ron remembers walking into her hospital room after the five-hour operation. Seeing Sue lying motionless and surrounded by the beeping machines keeping her alive, he said, was a stark contrast to...
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Cultivating Staff Resilience Amid COVID

Thursday, Aug 17, 2023

During the COVID pandemic, Gaylord quickly recognized the need to serve and support staff. "Our staff was dealing with COVID within their families and circle of friends. And then they were coming here to help patients. We were concerned about compassion fatigue," says Chris Babina, manager of care management. Donors who felt strongly about staff resiliency offered financial support for programming. "We ran with this and expanded our service," says Dorothy Orlowski, patient relations and volunteer manager. A significant difference between these programs at Gaylord and other institutions is that they are included for both patients and staff and are free of charge.  One of the first staff offerings was for yoga classes (a similar offering is also available to patients through Therapeutic Recreation)....
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Gaylord Chaplaincy: Listening to the “Chatter under the Chatter”

Wednesday, Aug 09, 2023

Gaylord’s chaplains play a vital role in supporting both patients and staff. Rev. Joy Christi Przestwor, a former Roman Catholic nun, ministers to patients and staff of every faith and no faith, offering the sacrament to Catholics, saying prayers, or simply helping a patient reach his shoes. Przestwor's way of bringing light focuses on being present during moments of struggle. She purposely chose one of her shifts to be from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. "This allows her to capture time with third shift staff who historically feel left out of a lot of what transpires during the day," says Lee Golembiewski, manager of process improvement. Nighttime can also be hard for patients after a long day of therapy or feeling lonely after family or friends have gone home. Przestwor’s presence and availability afford a sense of...
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Embracing the Human Spirit

Thursday, Aug 03, 2023

Embracing the Human Spirit A Brief History of Whole Person Care at Gaylord August 3, 2023 The roots of Gaylord's integrative, whole-person care go back to its beginnings in 1902 as a tuberculosis sanatorium. The treatment for TB could mean many months or years of recovery at a sanatorium. At the turn of the century, families didn't have insurance to help cover illness and prolonged hospitalizations, and a health crisis could financially devastate a family. The stresses of home, family, and work obligations could weigh heavy on patients, hampering their recovery.  Because Gaylord physicians and staff understood the personal and emotional impact of hospitalization, they created opportunities to lessen the stress and financial burden. One of the first initiatives was a magazine agency, created in 1915, which...
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Joe’s story: “It only takes one wrong dive to change your life forever.”

Monday, Jul 24, 2023

Joe Graham was on a family vacation when he spotted a group of children diving into the hotel pool.

The father of two maneuvered his wheelchair over to strike up a friendly conversation with the kids and their parents, and caution them that small pools - like the one they were playing in - were not meant for diving.

The kids listened politely but resumed diving soon after Joe left, much to his dismay.

“I get it,” he said. “I was told to be careful a billion times as a kid, but I felt invincible. It’s a lesson I learned the hard way.”

Joe described his younger self as someone with an “adventurous streak” who loved BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding and was “really enthusiastic about life.”

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Meet our Physiatry Residents: Five Questions with Mitch Wright, DO

Wednesday, Jul 05, 2023

Meet our Physiatry Residents:   Five Questions with Mitch Wright, DO Mitch Wright, DO, is among Gaylord’s inaugural class of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residents. Wright talks with Gaylord about his chosen field, his career goals, and more as he commences his three-year rotation at Gaylord Hospital.  What drew you to medicine?  I was very active in high school and college sports. After an injury in high school I developed an interest in physical therapy. With my background in sports, I started out with a degree in athletic training. During my junior year of undergrad, I went on a medical mission to Nicaragua and was encouraged by a group of doctors to consider medical school. That thought never left my mind. After graduation, I worked as an athletic trainer for three years and I had the...
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“A Whirlwind of Miracles” A First Responder’s Journey through Stroke Recovery

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Mary Turner had just gotten off the phone when an unusual movement in the next room caught her eye.

She looked up to see her 60-year-old husband Paul, a recently retired Hamden firefighter and a 21-year Air Force veteran, stagger and grab the back of a couch to steady himself.

“I asked what was going on, but there was no answer,” Mary recalled.

Mary ran to Paul as he suddenly clutched his left arm and moved it across his chest. 

“I couldn’t imagine what he was doing until I saw that his mouth was drooping a little. I immediately knew he was having a stroke.”

Within minutes, Paul was surrounded by Hamden emergency personnel, all long-time friends and “family” from his decades of service as a first responder.

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New Beginnings: Suzy’s Story

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Suzy and Asher were in love and looking forward to starting their future and a family together when their lives changed in the blink of an eye. The young couple met while pursuing their MBAs at Wharton and went to work for the same investment banking firm after graduation. The COVID pandemic forced them to postpone their wedding plans as much of Suzy’s family was from out-of-country and international travel was nearly impossible. Last December, Suzy and Asher were only a week away from taking a long-awaited trip to Singapore to visit her mother and pick up their wedding rings when Suzy, 31, experienced the “worst headache” of her life and collapsed at work. She arrived at Bellevue Hospital in New York City with her eyes ‘fixed and dilated” – signs of a potentially poor prognosis. Doctors...
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Ninety-year-old patient-turned-volunteer asks, “How do you pay anybody back for a new lease on life?”

Monday, Apr 17, 2023

As you walk through the hallways of Gaylord Hospital, it’s not unusual to hear Dino Fuoco softly crooning to patients as he wheels them to their therapy appointments.

Dino’s irrepressible joy, bottomless energy, and spontaneous dance moves belie the fact that only months earlier, the 90-year-old was practicing standing in the same hospital where he now volunteers twice a week.

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Everything You Need to Know about Osteoporosis

Monday, Apr 10, 2023

By Eric Lagoy, PT, DPT, OCS, and Kelley Breyer, RD, CDN, CSOWM According to the Oxford Dictionary, osteoporosis is “a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or Vitamin D.” This information accurately describes osteoporosis but is missing one crucial piece of information – osteoporosis also increases the risk of sustaining a fracture. This additional fact is why we’re talking about osteoporosis today. By focusing on increasing bone density and decreasing the controllable risk factors for osteoporosis, we are doing our best to decrease our risk of fracture due to osteoporosis. So, what’s the plan? You’ve heard that exercise and nutrition are the most important...
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