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Hartford Business Journal Healthcare Hero Awards 2021: Gaylord's Lisa Kalafus

Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021

Published October 29, 2021

A nurse for 34 years, Lisa Kalafus provides leadership and direction for nursing staff and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all nursing functions at Gaylord. She previously spent 31 years at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where she held a number of leadership roles, including director of nursing operations.

Q: Why is she a HealthCare Hero?

It is said that Kalafus “leads with the heart.” Dedicated to providing nothing less than exceptional patient-centered care, she constantly exudes her commitment to Gaylord’s mission. Kalafus truly enriches the experience of her nursing staff through professional growth and recognition opportunities.

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Florida man back home after traveling 1,000 miles north for COVID-19 treatment

Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
By Michelle Meredith
HARTFORD, Conn. — Robby Walker is a COVID-19 survivor. The Florida man is still recovering.

Walker's COVID-19 journey took him 1,000 miles north to Connecticut. He and his family live in Citrus County on Florida's west coast. In July he got COVID-19 and became very sick.

He needed a special device called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, which pumps oxygen into your blood. He called all over Florida and the country trying to get him into a hospital.

Family members say he was repeatedly denied because he had been intubated too long.

A doctor all the way in Hartford, Connecticut, saw a story posted on Facebook and invited him to receive treatment at their facility, St. Francis Hospital.

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A father of six from Florida finds the COVID-19 care to save him in Connecticut

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

FOX 61 News
Author: Jim Altman

Published: 5:49 PM EDT October 13, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Robby Walker calls it, “beyond miraculous.”

Walker’s nearly four-month ordeal battling back against COVID-19 looks like it will have a happy ending, but, in July, the odds were decidedly against the 52-year old father of six from an hour outside Orlando, Florida.

Unvaccinated at the time, Walker came down with COVID-19 and quickly found himself in a Florida ICU with his health failing.


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Florida man who received life-saving COVID treatment in CT released from rehabilitation center

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

WTNH Channel 8
by: Olivia Lank, Lisa Carberg

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 / 10:59 AM EDT 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A big milestone and life victory at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford on Wednesday. A Florida man who came very close to death with COVID was released from the rehabilitation center.

His family tried 169 hospitals in Florida, but none had room for him because of the advanced treatment he desperately needed.

Robby Walker came to Connecticut in August to receive ECMO treatment at Saint Francis Hospital.

“All the beds are taken up by COVID victims also getting ECMO treatment,” said Susan Walker. “So, now we’re desperately searching outside of the state just for a hospital.”

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2nd Q. 2022 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Wednesday, Oct 06, 2021

The 2022 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Earns Top Workplace, Top Leader Honors

Friday, Oct 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 30, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, was named a Hearst Connecticut Media Top Workplace, ranking third among large companies throughout Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties. The Top Workplace awards program recognizes organizations for their commitment to excellence. Organizations participating in the program are evaluated based on feedback from an anonymous, voluntary 24-question employee engagement survey that evaluates workplace culture, company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.  Hearst Connecticut Media also named President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera as winner of the region’s “Top Leader” award within the large...
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Gaylord Taps Wallingford Resident Roslyn Gilhuly as Associate Vice President, Development Operations and Campaign Initiatives

Friday, Oct 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit health system, recently named Wallingford resident Roslyn Gilhuly as Associate Vice President, Development Operations and Campaign Initiatives. Gilhuly is responsible for developing and implementing campaign strategies that lead to Gaylord’s philanthropic growth. A Wallingford resident, Gilhuly has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, communications, public relations, event planning, logistical support and corporate relationship building. Prior to Gaylord, Gilhuly held leadership roles at Mystic Aquarium where she was responsible for all contributed and membership revenue for the institution.   “We are so lucky to have Roz join our development team, bringing...
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Mandates push more local health care workers to vaccination

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

Record Journal
September 28, 2021 06:05PM
By Mary Ellen Godin, Record-Journal staff

A small number of health care workers in local hospitals and nursing homes have refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have resigned their positions or faced suspension and termination. 

The state and federal mandates for healthcare and nursing home employees to be fully vaccinated helped push the number of vaccinated workers from 70% in June to the current high 90s. At Hartford HealthCare and elsewhere, there are still some holdouts, despite health care facilities implementing their own universal vaccination policies. 

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Near death from COVID-19 at 25, New Haven man serves as beacon for vaccination

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

New Haven Register
By Pam McLoughlin
Sep. 30, 2021

WALLINGFORD — Glenn Merritt III, 25, had a dreaded fear of getting COVID-19 and having to be intubated, so he planned to get the vaccine as soon as his age group became eligible in early April.

But less than two weeks before that magic date, Merritt, better known as “G” was hospitalized with the virus and his worst fear came true - he had to be intubated, suffered numerous major organ complications and his parents were told at one point he likely had three days to live.

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Large Top Workplaces winners find creative ways to manage pandemic stress

Monday, Sep 27, 2021

Stamford Advocate
Alexander Soule
Sep. 26, 2021

As companies return to normal after the worst of the pandemic, some of Connecticut’s large employers are finding creative ways to deal with new kinds of workplace stresses.

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, that means managing what was, for a time at least, the hottest real estate market in memory. That’s a good sort of stress but one that requires a balancing act — and help from a psychologist — as CEO Candace Adams describes it.

At Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, the challenge includes maintaining a famously intense, bluntly critical way of operating while most employees remained out of the office.

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