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It was a long haul, but COVID bout taught Cheshire marathoner a lot about life, its limitations and bouncing back

Monday, Jun 27, 2022

Hartford Courant
By Lori Riley

WALLINGFORD - — In 2019, Len Brin ran his fastest marathon time, 3 hours, 27 minutes. He missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon by only a few minutes.

But last summer it was a struggle some days for Brin to get out of bed. His heart raced out of control when he tried to run and soon walking and even just standing up became a challenge.

Brin, 52, of Cheshire had COVID-19 in November 2020.

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Annual golf classic benefits Gaylord Sports Association

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022

WTNH Channel 8 By Rich Coppola Posted: Jun 20, 2022  MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The mission of the Gaylord Sports Association is improving the lives of people with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation. Garrett Mendez of Trumbull was just 19 when he suffered a brain stem stroke in 2005. Thanks in part to Gaylord Hospital, there is indeed life after a stroke. On Monday, the Great River Golf Club in Milford hosted the Gaylord Annual Golf Classic. It is Gaylord’s biggest fundraiser of the year for the sports association.
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces $119,502 in Grants from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Monday, Jun 13, 2022

Wallingford, Connecticut, April 5, 2022 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, announces that it has received $119,502 in grants from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support research and programs for individuals with visual impairments and blindness.

Gaylord’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation was awarded a $90,000 grant to fund research to determine the effect of peripheral vision loss on balance in concussion patients.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Taps Cheshire Resident Joseph McAndrew as Senior Philanthropy Officer

Thursday, Jun 09, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 8, 2022 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has named Joseph McAndrew, Jr. as Senior Philanthropy Officer. McAndrew will be responsible for the development and growth of a major gifts program to support the capital and strategic initiatives set forth in Gaylord’s long-range plan. McAndrew is a seasoned development professional with more than 16 years of experience in campaign planning, frontline fundraising, stewardship and special events. “I am delighted to welcome Joe to the Gaylord team,” said Paige Panda, Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Development Officer.    
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Their lives changed, COVID long haulers find ‘family’ at support group

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2022

CT Insider
By Jordan Fenster
May 31, 2022

Willie Collier’s voice is gravelly from the tube in his throat, though he said he “wasn’t much of a singer” even before he caught COVID.

Collier, of North Haven, went into the hospital with a COVID infection on March 30, 2020. He was in a coma for two months. He was intubated and had a tracheostomy tube, often called a “trach,” put in.

The tube is still there, more than two years later.

The problem, he said, is scar tissue that grew in his trachea while he was intubated. He’d given up hope of ever having it removed. His doctor suggested a specialist in New York City, but Collier was tired of trying.

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Power 25: Healthcare 2022, Sonja LaBarbera, President & CEO, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2022

New Haven Biz
June 6, 2022

Sonja LaBarbera has been guiding Gaylord Specialty Healthcare into a new era.

LaBarbera, president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, has been overseeing a multiyear, $10-million hospital renovation project. More than 100 inpatient rooms along with family and staff areas are being renovated to give the hospital a more home-like atmosphere.

The project is about 50 percent complete.

LaBarbera, who in early 2019 became the first woman to serve in the CEO role, has juggled the construction project while also leading Gaylord through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Southington Girls Scouts say ‘thanks’ to staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2022
May 31, 2022 09:33AM
By Jessica Simms, Record-Journal staff

As a way to thank the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare staff at the Traurig House in Wallingford, Girl Scout Troop 64099 of Southington donated 240 boxes of Girl Scout cookies recently.

The Traurig House is a transitional living center at Gaylord for patients recovering from a brain injury or stroke. 

Troop leader Jennifer Brush’s son Joshua, 34, was a patient at the Traurig House after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in California in December 2020.

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‘Don’t give up’: Madison man learns to walk again after near-fatal crash, overcomes addiction

Monday, Jun 06, 2022

CT Insider
Shoreline Times
By Susan Braden

MADISON — It’s almost hard to imagine that four years ago a near-fatal car crash left Jason Bedford unable to walk and addicted to pain medication.

Bedford looks pretty fit as he propels himself into a box jump, a high-impact exercise typically done in CrossFit gyms.

He lets out a whoop after he lands on a cushioned box in the proper form, on his heels, knees bent.

“I actually didn’t think I could do this like a month ago,” he said, catching his breath.

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These four men didn’t know each other. COVID made them ‘brothers for life.’

Monday, Jun 06, 2022

Stamford Advocate
By Jordan Fenster

There is a photo of Victor Gara leaving the hospital on April 24, 2020. Gara was Gaylord Hospital’s first-ever COVID patient to be discharged.

In the background of the photo, sitting in a wheelchair, wearing a face mask and a pink shirt, is Jay Bialkowski. Though Bialkowski was the hospital’s second-ever COVID patient discharged, the two did not know each other at the time.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare First in Northeast to Offer the HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking® Program Developed by Mayo Clinic for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Decline

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 25, 2022 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is pleased to announce that it is the first healthcare organization in the Northeast to offer the HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking® Program to individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will offer the program at its Wallingford headquarters beginning in July. Developed by Mayo Clinic in 2008, HABIT® is a 10-day brain and body wellness program for individuals – and an accompanying loved one or friend – who have been diagnosed with MCI within the past 12 months. 
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