Video Tour

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.

On the road back: John Bysiewicz, triathlete and longtime race director, working his way back from tragic accident that cost part of his leg

Thursday, Jan 26, 2023

Hartford Courant
By Lori Riley
January 26, 2023

WALLINGFORD — It was an unusually warm afternoon last Nov. 12 when John Bysiewicz finished up work and decided to go for a bike ride.

Bysiewicz, 60, of Branford had directed a 5K road race that morning, one of the many on his JB Sports road race calendar, in Cheshire. A competitive triathlete, he biked a lot and the route he took along Route 146 from Branford to Guilford was one of his regular ones.

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Young Stroke Program: Path to Get Back into Action

Friday, Jan 13, 2023

Rehab Management
December 8, 2022
By Stephanie Zanvettor, PT, CBIS, CCI

Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans are faced with the challenge of recovery after a stroke.1 While the majority of strokes occur in people aged 65 and older, the incidence has been increasing in adults aged 49 years and younger over the last three decades. This can potentially be attributed to the fact that risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, have been on the rise among younger and middle-aged adults.2 In 2014, nearly 40% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.1

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Local hockey referee returns to the ice nearly a year after serious injury

Friday, Jan 13, 2023

WTNH News Channel 8
By Eric Dobratz
January 11, 2023

(WTNH) – Covering high school sports, Sports Team 8 gets to meet a lot of great people including players, coaches, parents, fans and referees.

Hockey referee Marty Tangredi has been officiating games for 30 years, but he hasn’t been on the ice this season after suffering a major injury in a game on Valentine’s Day last year. Now, he’s working hard to get back to doing what he loves.

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Connecticut Families: A look back at the memorable stories of 2022

Thursday, Dec 29, 2022

WTNH Channel 8 News
By Sara Cody
Nov. 24, 2022

(WTNH) – 2022 showed the heart and soul of Connecticut families. They are inspiring, motivating, they defy the odds and make a difference in their communities.

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most memorable stories.

Note: Two former Gaylord patients are highlighted in this compilation by Sarah Cody – Ryan Rosario and Simon Edgett.


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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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PHOTOS: Spreading holiday cheer at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022

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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