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Volunteers treat veterans to fishing day trip on Candlewood Lake

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

DANBURY, Conn. — A winning weather day Tuesday brought 25 veterans to Candlewood Lake in Danbury to head out on the water and cast a line.

It’s simply known as “The Veterans’ Fishing Tournament,” where Gaylord Hospital and the CT Bass Nation donate all the gear, and volunteers donate their time and their powerboats to treat veterans from all over the area to a day of fishing.

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Madison Community Invited to Grand Opening Celebration, Ribbon Cutting Event for Gaylord Physical Therapy

Friday, May 06, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 5, 2022 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and the Madison Chamber of Commerce invite the community to a ribbon-cutting event in celebration of the grand opening of Gaylord Physical Therapy on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at its new location on 28 Durham Road, Madison. This event is free and will offer refreshments, a facility tour, and the opportunity to meet Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera. To attend the free grand opening celebration, please RSVP by Friday, May 13, to Katelyn Muolo at (203) 741-3454 or  
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Opens Enrollment for New Certified Nursing Assistant Academy

Friday, May 06, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 6, 2022 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is enrolling students for its newly launched Certified Nursing Assistant Academy. The program is a robust, in-person, active learning experience held entirely at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford that will prepare students to take the Connecticut Certified Nursing Assistant certification examination. Students may be eligible for immediate employment after successful course completion. Registrations are open for a five-week summer session from June 13 to July 15, and a seven-week fall session from August 29 through October 15. Class sizes are limited; to learn more and apply, visit
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Becker’s Healthcare Names Gaylord Specialty Healthcare among “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare”

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 29, 2022 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., is named among the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare, the go-to media source for healthcare decision-makers in the U.S. “Gaylord values integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence,” states Becker’s. “Its employees are mission-driven and have a passion for caring for those recovering from major illnesses and injuries.”    
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Exercise for Diabetes Management

Monday, May 02, 2022

By Katelyn Donohue, PT, DPT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Physical Therapy Picture this: you (or someone you love) recently received a diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus. Disbelief and shock are likely among the first reactions you experience. Perhaps this moves into denial, anger, fear, and/or relief. You likely have lots of questions and you may feel overwhelmed about where to start. This is not an uncommon picture. In fact, approximately 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes. At some point, the 37-million Americans living with diabetes today received this same diagnosis and experienced much of the same reactions. Once the shock, fear, anger, etc., is behind you, it’s time to take action. While diabetes management is not always simple, it is made simpler by understanding how to manage it effectively. One important way to do...
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Nutrition for Diabetes Management

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

By Tina M. Marchand, SDFNS, Sr. Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare If you’ve recently received a diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus, or if you’ve entered the stage of pre-diabetes, or even if you have increased risk factors for developing diabetes, you may be considering how to best control diabetes without medication. A healthy diet can help! We already know that managing blood sugar is the key to living well with diabetes. So, how do we manage blood sugar? The American Heart Association agrees that eating healthy is among one of the most important components to keep blood sugar within a healthy range (in addition to exercise, weight management, stress management, and stopping smoking). Nutrition for Diabetes Management Unfortunately, eating well is not a one-size-fits-all...
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‘I struggle following a recipe’: Berlin mom asks legislators for more support for Covid long-haulers

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

News Channel 8

KENSINGTON – “November 2020 is when I tested positive,” says Kathy Spencer, a mother of three

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The Truth About Concussion – After the Concussion (Part #3 of 3)

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022

By Kaila Morin, PT, DPT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Physical Therapy A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can affect how your brain works. We hear a lot about sports-related concussions. It’s not uncommon to learn of a professional athlete sustaining a head injury during a football or hockey game. In some cases, we may follow the team or the athlete, and learn of the process they’re taking for return to play [link to “The Truth About Concussion – Return to Play”]. Eventually, the athlete returns to their sport and, hopefully, their recovery is effective and there are no further symptoms presented as a result of their concussion. The truth is concussion management isn’t that simple, and sports-related injuries aren’t the only way a patient can sustain a concussion....
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The Truth About Concussion – Return to Play ( Part #2 of 3)

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022

By Kaila Morin, PT, DPT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Physical Therapy A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can affect how your brain works. Each year in the US, there are 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation-related reported concussions. That’s a lot of brain injuries. It’s not hard to believe that football contributes to more than 60% of these concussions and that sports-related injuries continue to be the leading cause of concussion injury in the US. However, it’s not the only way concussions happen and, regardless of how the injury was sustained, every patient with a concussion diagnosis [link to “The Truth About Concussion – Diagnosis] should follow the CDC return to play guidelines to ensure safe and effective concussion management. Why? Because this is the brain...
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Quadriplegic painter follows creative passions

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022

News 8,
By Sarah Cody
April 11, 2022

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – We’re continuing to share the story of a quadriplegic painter in Meriden as new challenges fuel his passion.

The quadriplegic man paints with his mouth after a devastating diving accident left him paralyzed. When we first met Ryan Rosario in August of 2020, he had just created a piece for Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, honoring heroes in the pandemic.

It was not long after his injury that Rosario fought through dark days that inspired his art and life. Rosario’s 36-year-old wife was diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer. 

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