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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

First Residency Program in Connecticut for Rehabilitation Physicians Announced

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CT. September 23, 2021 - The University of Connecticut School of Medicine announces the first and only Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency in Connecticut created in partnership with Hartford Hospital, Gaylord Hospital, and UConn Health. The joint program will have a tremendous impact on the health and quality of life of Connecticut residents as well as the aging national population by helping fill the need for additional PM&R physicians.  "This program is a testament to the quality and diversity of healthcare provided here in Connecticut," said Governor Ned Lamont. "Partnerships like this showcase the true collaborative spirit of our residents - particularly our young people. I continue to believe Connecticut is a great place to live and work, and full of...
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Preview Party to Offer Exclusive Glimpse of PBS Show Featuring Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Advance of Global Debut

Friday, Sep 17, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 15, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host an exclusive preview party on Thursday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. to debut a new episode of the popular Public Broadcasting series “Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf” which features the rehabilitation-focused healthcare system. Titled “The Hospital of the Future,” the half-hour episode celebrates Gaylord’s 120-year history and unique, patient-centered care and clinical innovation through the first-hand perspective of its patients and staff. Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera explained that she is thrilled to share Gaylord’s unique “Think Possible” culture at the preview event and on the global stage. “This feature is an opportunity for the world to see the...
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Lights, Camera, Action: Production Crew to Film “Hospital of the Future” Episode of Public Broadcasting Series at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, June 14 – 18

Friday, Jun 11, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2021 — A production crew from the international public broadcasting series “Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf” will be on location at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wallingford headquarters to film an upcoming episode that will air to an international audience of 100 million viewers this fall. Dozens of Gaylord staff, its former patients and their families will be interviewed throughout the week. The segment will explore the rehabilitation-focused healthcare system’s innovation, unique patient-centered culture, and its rich 120-year history, from its beginnings as a tuberculosis sanitarium on hundreds of acres of land to becoming one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation-focused healthcare systems. Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera...
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Connecticut Community Foundation Grants Nearly $15,000 to Support Visual Field Rehabilitation Research at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Thursday, May 27, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 27, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford received a nearly $15,000 grant from the Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Research Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation. The grant will support research conducted by Gaylord’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation to determine if the incorporation of Gaylord’s BITS touch screen technology into inpatient therapy for patients with visual impairments is more effective than conventional vision interventions using pen and paper. BITS – or Bioness Integrated Therapy System – is a multifunctional FDA-approved device that uses an interactive touchscreen and diverse program options to challenge patients’ visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills,...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces Date, Safety Plans for 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONN, March 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, has announced plans to safely resume its annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run on June 26, 2021.

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, proceeds from the seventh annual event will support the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments at little to no cost.

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If I’m pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe?

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

by: Amber Diaz Posted: 

CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — New questions are arising as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across Connecticut. One of the most asked by News 8 viewers: Should you get the shot if you’re pregnant?

Pfizer is enrolling some 4,000 pregnant women to participate in its COVID vaccine trial. This after extensive analysis on animals showing the shot’s safety and efficacy.

Expectant moms were initially left out of COVID trials as a safety precaution by the FDA.


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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Quarterly DAISY Award Recipient

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 9, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford, presented its quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care to Meriden resident, Marylou Colangelo, RN, BSN.  

Colangelo was nominated by her colleague Jessica Crespo, RN, BSN, and supervisor Sandy Delong, RN, MSN, who called her a “true asset to the nursing profession."

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Collaborates with CT Tech Act Project to Expand Patient Access to Assistive Technologies

Monday, Feb 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the CT Tech Act Project’s ‘Connect to Tech’ program to expand access to assistive technologies (AT) for hospitalized patients with paralysis. The Connect to Tech program’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for this patient population and help them maintain or increase their independence at home after discharge.

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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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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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