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Cuno Foundation Awards $69,000 Grant to Support New Vizient/AACN™ Nursing Residency Program at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Friday, Jul 28, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONN., July 31, 2023 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare organization headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that it has received a three-year, $69,000 grant from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation.

Established in 1947, the Cuno Foundation supports area nonprofits for public, charitable or educational purposes.

The generous funding will support the implementation of Gaylord’s Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ to successfully transition new nurse graduates into their professional practice through specialized onboarding, training, and professional development.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Employee of the Year Meriden resident Yazmin Ortiz, RN, recognized with peer-nominated honor

Thursday, Jul 13, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 13, 2023 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, has named Yazmin Ortiz, RN, of Meriden as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2023 Employee of the Year.

A Gaylord Hospital employee since 2017, Ortiz is a unit nurse leader who was nominated by her nurse manager Jillian Mattson, BSN, CRRN.

Calling her “accountable, respectful, and courteous,” Mattson said that Ortiz “holds herself to high standards” and “always chooses to do the right thing, even when doing the right thing isn’t easy.”

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A CT woman uses a wheelchair for everyday activities. Now she’ll hit the tennis courts with one too.

Thursday, Jun 29, 2023

Hartford Courant By Lori Riley June 28, 2023 WALLINGFORD – Chelsea Michaud was in class in college in October 2019 when she realized she was having a hard time breathing. She had no idea what was wrong. She went to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and within 24 hours, she lost feeling from her waist down and was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system and can cause muscle weakness and paralysis. That turned into chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a neurological disorder which can be a long-term effect of GBS.  
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Chicopee man paralyzed from rare COVID-induced disorder recovers one year later

Thursday, Jun 29, 2023

News 22 By Kaelee Collins June 28, 2023 CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After suffering a rare COVID-induced condition that left him paralyzed, one Chicopee man is happy to be on his feet one year later. Lenny LaMarre suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19, which left him paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator. He got COVID in May of last year and ended up receiving care in Connecticut, transferring to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in July. That’s where he would take his first steps after weeks of uncertainty regarding his recovery. A year later, Lenny participated in a 5K just last week, something that during his illness seemed impossible. Lenny told 22News he hopes by sharing his story, others going through hardships can find hope.
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Wolcott’s Chelsea Michaud is ready to hit the court, thanks to new wheelchair

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2023

Matt Tobin
June 25, 2023

WALLINGFORD – In 2019, Chelsea Michaud of Wolcott was in college studying to be a nurse when she began experiencing shortness of breath and paralysis from the waist down. Over…

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Natalie Matarazzo named 2023 Featured Adaptive Athlete for the Gaylord Gauntlet

Monday, Jun 26, 2023

NBC Connecticut
By Jolie Sherman
June 24, 2023

Hundreds of people braved the rain in Wallingford Saturday. Athletes of all abilities participated in what's known as the Gaylord Gauntlet, a 5K obstacle run that celebrates adaptive athletes. These are people who have experienced spinal cord injuries, amputations, strokes or other mobility impairments.

"Some of these adaptive athletes will be either paraplegic or quadriplegic and have certain different levels of strength in their arms. But they may require a wheelchair for parts of the course and their team is there to assist them get through the hard parts," said Steven Holland, race director and Chief Medical [Director] at Gaylord Hospital.

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The BAKA Bros share connection as double amputees, exemplify the meaning of friendship while competing in the Gaylord Gauntlet

Monday, Jun 26, 2023

Hartford Courant
By Lori Riley
June 24, 2023

WALLINGFORD – Rome Leykin lost his prosthetic leg for the first time Saturday in the mud pit, the first obstacle at the Gaylord Gauntlet race.

As he started to clean the mud out the socket of the artificial limb, his friend, Malek Sabr, another bilateral above knee amputee, was still trying to get through the obstacle, his running blades dragging furrows in the mud as he pulled himself along with his arms.

The two friends continued together through the first few obstacles of the 5K race which runs through woods and fields of the Gaylord Hospital campus but Leykin struggled to keep his prosthetic legs attached on the rough terrain and over the obstacles. 

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‘Gaylord Gauntlet’ held this weekend to raise funds for hospital

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2023

WFSB News Channel 3
By Susan Raff
June 20, 2023

Conn. (WFSB) - Athletes will be competing in the “Gaylord Gauntlet” to raise money for Gaylord Hospital this Saturday.

Close to 1,000 men and women will be competing in this year’s gauntlet – 22 are adaptive athletes.

Some say they are racing because they know how the hospital has helped them firsthand.

Cameron Senna was hit by a car riding his motorcycle. He had 20 major injuries and lost his right leg. Senna spent over a month at Gaylord Hospital.

He will be competing in an obstacle course to show himself and others what is possible.

“It’s about strengthening yourself and being a survivor,” said Senna.

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A Seymour man lost his leg in a motorcycle crash, now he's doing a 5K

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2023

CT Post
By Andy Tsubasa Field
June 18, 2023

SEYMOUR — Chris Pranger was rounding a curve on his motorcylce in October 2021, when he collided head-on with a car and lost his right leg. 

A nearby Seymour police officer saved his life by quickly applying tourniquets to stop bleeding from the missing limb, according to Gaylord Hospital where he did his therapy.

Now, less than two years later he will be among the nearly 1,000 people expected to take part in a 5K trail and obstacle course run this month. 

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Parathlete surprised with check at Gaylord Golf Classic

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2023

WTNH News Channel 8
By Rich Coppola
June 19, 2023

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — While Korene Valano lost a leg to cancer, that hasn’t stopped her from continuing her education and career — and training to compete in triathlons.

She credits Gaylord with helping her get back on her feet.

“And, because of that, I am able to work full-time, be an athlete,” she said. “I went to medical school during my amputation, so I’m a physician in private practice.”

She was surprised with a check when the Great River Golf Club hosted the annual Gaylord Golf Classic on Monday in Milford.

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