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Gaylord Hospital doctor a Hartford Business Journal 'Health Care Hero'

Monday, Jan 04, 2021

The Middletown Press Press Staff Dec. 29, 2020Updated: Dec. 29, 2020 4:16 p.m. WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-based system headquartered in Wallingford, has announced its Medical Director, Dr. Megan Panico, was honored recently by the Hartford Business Journal as a 2020 Health Care Hero. According to Hartford Business Journal, this year’s awards program placed special emphasis on recognizing front-line health care workers throughout the state who went above and beyond to care for patients with COVID-19, according to a press release from Gaylord. 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...
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Connecticut family has heartwarming homecoming amid pandemic

Monday, Jan 04, 2021

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

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‘Even with COVID, there can be miracles’: CT coronavirus patient discharged after 9 months in hospitals

Monday, Dec 21, 2020

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 

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FOX61 Exclusive: 77-year-old COVID patient discharged after 9 months

Monday, Dec 21, 2020

fox61.com

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. 

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This is How Rehab Fights Back Against COVID-19

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Posted by Frank Long | Dec 14, 2020 | Rehab Management

There is help for COVID-19 long-haulers, and OTs and PTs are key players in helping them fully recover. In this video Jerrold Kaplan, MD, Gaylord Outpatient Medical Director, explains the influence therapists had in creating the multidisciplinary approach Gaylord Specialty Healthcare uses for its Outpatient Recovery and Rehab Program.

Learn how therapists apply a blend of occupational and physical therapies and push the envelope of their training to help this population overcome physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges.  WATCH Recorded Zoom Interview

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What To Know About Paid Family Leave, And Exercising In Our Pandemic Bodies

Tuesday, Dec 08, 2020


DECEMBER 7, 2020 -- WNPR Radio's Lucy Nalpathanchil interviews Gaylord's Corey Podbielski, PT, DPT, about recovering from COVID and becoming physically active. Go to marker #2 in the podcast to hear Corey.   LISTEN NOW

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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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#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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