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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.

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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Go-kart racer beats all odds to gets back on track

Monday, Nov 28, 2022

News 12 Connecticut
By Marissa Alter
Nov. 24, 2022

On Saturdays in the fall and spring, Calf Pasture Beach is home to the Norwalk Karting Association -- the stillness of the shore, drowned out by speed, as the parking lot becomes a racetrack.

"This is our 51st year. We go from 5 years old to whatever age," said Norwalk Karting President Tom Donahue. "We've got nine people that have started here and are up in the NASCAR race circuit now." 

"For some people, this is as good as it gets," said member Hugh Gorman, pointing to himself.

Hugh started about eight years ago after life got off course. His brother died from cancer in 2012.

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New Haven woman fights back after suffering undiagnosed stroke for 1 year

Monday, Nov 28, 2022

WTNH, Channel 8
By Sarah Cody
Nov. 28, 2022

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Aleta Staton is working on strengthening, balance, and endurance.

“When I’m pushing weight it’s making me use those legs,” said the 64-year-old, as she works hard at a Gaylord Specialty Healthcare physical therapy facility in North Haven.

She’s fighting back after a scary stretch. Staton has lived three decades with congestive heart failure, an underlying health condition.

“I contracted COVID about 3 weeks before it had a name,” she explained. “My heart started doing strange things. It would beat fast, it would beat slow, it was so erratic.”

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Jordan Hawkins' concussion history cause for concern, but not career-altering

Thursday, Nov 10, 2022

CT Post
By David Borges
Nov. 9, 2022

HARTFORD — The collective gasp from the 9,116 at XL Center when UConn men's basketball sophomore standout Jordan Hawkins crashed to the floor Monday night spoke volumes.  

The tears that flowed from Hawkins’ eyes as he sat near the end of the bench, towel over head, before retreating to the locker room spoke even more. 

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Daughter's birthday present is Middletown dad's release from spinal rehab

Thursday, Nov 03, 2022

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
Published: November 2, 2022

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Mauricio Espinoza, a father of four from Middletown, estimated he fell more than 22 feet from a ladder when he was trimming tree limbs back in September.

Espinoza has spent the past two months intensely rehabbing at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Two months ago, Espinoza could barely move his toes, but after working with the team at Gaylord, he is now back on his feet.

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He’s 90, blind, and loves playing golf. 'Camaraderie' helps him hit the links.

Friday, Oct 28, 2022

Fox 61 
By Jim Altman
Updated: October 28, 2022

WALLINGFORD, Conn — John Casolo has been totally blind since 1984, but the 90-year-old is intent on still hitting the links.

Casolo is part of Gaylord Hospital’s Sports Association, which provides the opportunity for physically challenged athletes to stay in the game. Every week, Casolo gets picked up by his “coach”, good friend, and golf guide Gary Kendall for at least a nine-hole round.

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After learning how to walk again, North Haven man returns to Gaylord to help others

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022

New Haven Register
October 20, 2022
WALLINGFORD — Dino Fuoco said he thanks two lords: the Good Lord and Gaylord Hospital.

Fuoco, 90, was able to live an independent life before early this year when he collapsed out of bed, struggling to breathe, move or speak. He was able to reach his telephone and call 911. He does not recall how paramedics entered his home or took him to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. His symptoms were severe.

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2022 Power 25 Health Care: Sonja LaBarbera

Monday, Oct 17, 2022

Hartford Business Journal
Oct. 10, 2022

As Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s CEO, Sonja LaBarbera continues to oversee a multiyear, $10-million renovation of the rehabilitation hospital’s main Wallingford campus.

There have been other growth initiatives and milestones achieved in 2022.

They include the opening of Gaylord Physical Therapy in Madison; the expansion of the Gaylord Therapy Services outpatient clinic in North Haven; and the awarding in July of $4.5 million in state bond funds for a new electronic medical records system.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Named a “Top Workplace 2022”

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 5, 2022 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, was again named a “Top Workplace 2022” by Hearst Connecticut Media, ranking third among large companies in Western Connecticut for the second consecutive year.

Gaylord was also honored with the region’s “Top Workplace Training Award” for its commitment to providing ongoing formal employee training and educational opportunities.

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