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Yorktown Man Returns to Health After Months-Long COVID-19 Battle

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

By BRIAN MARSCHHAUSER November 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Vinny Malvarosa, a 51-year-old Yorktown resident, went to the emergency room on Wednesday, March 11, with a fever. “I thought I would be gone two or three hours,” he said. “Instead, I was gone 103 days.” At the hospital, Malvarosa was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19. Around midnight on Saturday, March 14, he was intubated and slipped into a month-long coma. “One doctor said when she was given my case, she was told I wouldn’t live beyond the next couple of days,” Malvarosa said. “Somehow, I persevered and woke up sometime in mid-April. I couldn’t lift my arm to scratch my nose, but I was alive.” Malvarosa spent the next two months in a rehab...
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Gaylord President and CEO Recognized with 2020 “Women who Mean Business” Award

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

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.

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2020 Women Who Mean Business honorees share keys to success

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

New Haven Biz

November 24, 2020

The “Women Who Mean Business” honorees for 2020 have risen to the top of their respective fields, from finance to education, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing and architecture. 

On Nov. 17, New Haven BIZ honored the achievements of six area women at a special online event, which was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The second-annual event included networking and a live panel discussion, which was moderated by KeyBank.

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Patients receive long-term treatment to recover from effects of coronavirus

Monday, Nov 23, 2020

Felicia Bolton

Posted: NOV 22, 2020 / 07:22 AM CST | Updated: NOV 22, 2020 / 07:22 AM CST

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (NewsNation Now) — Doctors at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Connecticut have created a program to treat patients dealing with the lingering effects of coronavirus.

For many COVID-19 patients, the joy of testing negative is often overshadowed by the remaining symptoms of the disease. With the help of doctors, patients are able to slowly return to a ”normal” life.

Vic Gara says his recovery is still in the works today.  

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Simple acts can spread joy to those around you—and they don't cost a thing

Monday, Nov 23, 2020

Connecticut Magazine

By Mike Wollschlager

Nov 19, 2020

Sometimes it only takes a few seconds to make someone’s whole day. “It really is the small acts of kindness that make the biggest impact on people,” says Melissa Pinto, a licensed clinical social worker at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. She says studies have shown a link between being generous and kind to others and our own personal happiness. But those same small acts can also be focused inward. “I always tell my patients,” Pinto says, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

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Megan Panico, MD, Named Health Care Hero by Hartford Business Journal

Monday, Nov 16, 2020

Hartford Business Journal,
Nov. 16, 2020

Decades before she became a pulmonologist and critical care physician Dr. Megan Panico was a 17-year-old patient at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, the very hospital where she would be named medical director and critical care specialist only two decades later. 

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LaBarbera leads Gaylord through growth, pandemic

Monday, Nov 16, 2020

New Haven Biz, Nov. 1, 2020
By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo

For Sonja LaBarbera, the best part of her job is seeing patients get well again and walk out the door.

In early 2019, LaBarbera became the first woman to serve as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in its history. The 137-bed Wallingford-based nonprofit hospital provides rehabilitation for people who have been injured in traumatic accidents or suffered an acute illness, such as a stroke. LaBarbera oversees a staff of 935 employees at the organization, which had annual revenue of $81.2 million in 2019.

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