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The Big One

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022

Published book and upcoming movie details former Gaylord patient’s journey to “shoot for the sun” after horrific accident. Author Mike Krysiuk of Westport is on a mission to empower youth to “be their authentic selves” and avoid “walking in the shadow of others.” It’s sage advice that the Westport resident firmly believes could have changed his own destiny … had he only followed it, himself. The “big crowd” It was the spring of 1974 and Mike, a 17-year-old varsity baseball pitcher, had just ended a game with an astonishing sinker when a stranger rushed towards him, eager to shake his hand. He was a scout with the New York Mets, he said, and was impressed with Mike’s performance. With a promise to follow up with the high school senior, the gentleman...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Board of Directors Issues Resolution of “Respect and Gratitude” in Honor of State Representative Mary Mushinsky

Friday, Dec 16, 2022

  WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 16, 2022 — The Board of Directors of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, recognized State Representative Mary Mushinsky’s forty-plus years of advocacy on behalf of the people and businesses of Wallingford with the presentation of a “resolution of respect and gratitude” at a recent board meeting.   Chair of the Gaylord Board Connor Dolan explained that Representative Mushinsky’s legislative leadership and ability to garner support for issues that benefit her constituents was evidenced in her tireless efforts over two legislative sessions to secure $4.5 million in state bond funding system and $2.6 million in ARPA funds to support the purchase of Gaylord’s new...
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Hospitalized with Debilitating Disease, Patient’s Wish to Spread Holiday Joy at Connecticut Hospital Comes True

Friday, Dec 16, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONN, December 16, 2022 — The Christmas season will be much brighter for patients recovering from devastating illnesses and injuries at Connecticut’s Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, thanks to the efforts and determination of one young woman whose thoughtfulness spurred a generous donation from Amazon.
 

Completely robbed of her mobility from a rare metabolic disease, the former athlete came to the nonprofit long-term acute care hospital in November for intensive inpatient rehabilitation in the hopes of restoring her function.

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PHOTOS: Spreading holiday cheer at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

My Record-Journal.com
Dec. 14, 2022

Photos of Gaylord patients receiving mini Christmas trees from Santa. 

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From one patient's sweet idea, 126 little Christmas trees brighten up holidays at Gaylord

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

New Haven Register
By Mark Zaretsky

WALLINGFORD —  The holiday season is going to be just a little bit brighter this year — perhaps a lot brighter, actually — at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with little, foot-and-a-half-tall electric Christmas trees decorating rehab patients' rooms.

The warmth and good feelings already are spreading throughout the facility.

On Wednesday, Santa Claus delivered trees to room after room, accompanied by Gaylord staff, a representative of Amazon, several members of the press and a very special, big-hearted former Gaylord patient.

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Mini Christmas trees brighten patient rooms at Gaylord Hospital

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
December 14, 2022

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'Nash Wednesdays' bring joy to Gaylord Hospital patients this holiday season

Thursday, Dec 08, 2022

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
Dec. 7, 2022

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Just in time for the holiday season, Nash, an 85-pound black Labrador Retriever, is making his rounds at Gaylord Hospital.

With his handler Amanda McQuaid, a recreation therapist at Gaylord, Nash has been on a mission to spread more joy to patients in December.

“He provides a sense of comfort [to patients], almost like a serotonin boost,” McQuaid said of Nash.

Nash, who will turn 3 years old on Christmas Eve, is popular with patients like Nicole Pedonti, from Portland. 

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2022 Healthcare Hero: Ray Radovich

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

Hartford Business Journal
Nov. 21, 2022

Radovich is a former Gaylord patient who has logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours as an acquired brain injury peer mentor, providing support and acting as a resource for Gaylord’s stroke and brain-injured inpatients. He is also an adaptive golf coach with Gaylord’s Sports Association and an assistant in Gaylord’s library.

In 2011, I suffered a heart attack that put me in cardiac arrest for an hour. At Gaylord, I had to relearn the basics of everything. And that’s why I come back each week: to give hope to those who don’t know what the future holds.

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2022 Healthcare Hero: Dr. Jerrold L. Kaplan

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

Hartford Business Journal
Nov. 21, 2022

A physiatrist for 30 years, Dr. Jerrold Kaplan specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that have resulted in a patient’s loss of function. He leads Gaylord’s outpatient COVID recovery program and advocates for injured workers as director of Gaylord’s outpatient workers’ compensation programs. His singular goal: “to help people enjoy life again.”

I served on the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation collaborative to develop national guidelines for long-COVID patients. Gaylord’s interdisciplinary COVID rehabilitation and recovery program is among 40 nationally recognized centers.

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At 94, Phil King Still Lending A Helping Hand

Monday, Nov 28, 2022

Cheshire Herald
By Peter Prohaska
Nov. 16, 2022
 

Cheshire resident Phil King has been volunteering to help others in one way or another for almost all of his 94 years.

Since 2011, however, he has found a “second home” at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and become a huge part of the organization.

Gaylord is a nonprofit rehabilitation center that specializes in helping people recover from injuries to the spinal cord and brain. It is located just over the Cheshire town line in Wallingford, a location that has made it easier for King to perform his nearly 600 hours of community service there over the past year.

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