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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.

Stroke: What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risk

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

By Kimberly Levesque, PT, DPT, AIT Did you know that stroke is the #5 cause of death, and a leading cause of disability, in the United States? If you’re reading this, I am assuming you already have a baseline understanding of what a stroke is and what it isn’t. Just in case, check out the American Stroke Association to learn about the types of stroke, the effects of stroke, and much, much more.   Now let’s talk about how we can reduce our risk of stroke. The three largest risk factors for developing a stroke likely won’t surprise you: What you eat; Whether you exercise regularly; and If you smoke. The good news is all three of these are controllable risk factors. Here are three simple steps you can take to combat the three largest risk factors. Eat a healthy, balanced...
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3rd Q. 2023 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Monday, Jan 16, 2023

The 2023 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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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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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Appoints Mitch Podob as Vice President of Human Resources

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 10, 2023 -- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced that Mitch Podob, former Global Director of Human Resources, Americas, at CooperSurgical, Inc., has been appointed as Gaylord Vice President of Human Resources. Podob succeeds retiring Vice President of Human Resources Wally Harper.   


With extensive experience in human resources and organizational development leadership, Podob will lead all aspects of human resources management at the nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system. 

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Decoding Food Labels

Tuesday, Jan 03, 2023

By Alexa Marks, RD, CDN Have you ever walked the aisles of the grocery store and felt nothing but confusion? You’ve likely seen terms like ‘sell by,’ ‘best if used by,’ ‘low fat,’ ‘fat-free,' ‘zero trans-fat,' ‘good source of,' etc. These terms are intended to make understanding food labels even easier but sometimes, it just becomes more confusing. I’m here to help!   Nutrition Labels: In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated all food manufacturers implement important changes to the Nutrition Facts label for all packaged food products. These changes reflect updated scientific information and new nutrition research and are intended to make it easier for consumers to make better-informed food choices....
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A look back at Gaylord’s favorite stories of 2022

Thursday, Dec 29, 2022

A look back at Gaylord’s favorite stories of 2022. They made us cry, cheer and beam with pride. They are the stories and Gaylord media moments that defined 2022. Join us for a look back on a few of Gaylord’s favorite stories from the past year:          We’re tops! Becker’s Healthcare, the country’s leading media source for healthcare decision-makers, named Gaylord to its nationwide “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.”   The 2022 Gaylord Gauntlet brought much awareness to adaptive sports and our adaptive athletes, including international coverage of runner Roman Leykin who completed the 5k obstacle course on prosthetic legs.   With the advocacy of Rep. Mary Mushinsky, Gaylord secured $7.1 million in state bond and ARPA funds towards a...
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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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The Big One

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022

Published book and upcoming movie details former Gaylord patient’s journey to “shoot for the sun” after horrific accident. Author Mike Krysiuk of Westport is on a mission to empower youth to “be their authentic selves” and avoid “walking in the shadow of others.” It’s sage advice that the Westport resident firmly believes could have changed his own destiny … had he only followed it, himself. The “big crowd” It was the spring of 1974 and Mike, a 17-year-old varsity baseball pitcher, had just ended a game with an astonishing sinker when a stranger rushed towards him, eager to shake his hand. He was a scout with the New York Mets, he said, and was impressed with Mike’s performance. With a promise to follow up with the high school senior, the gentleman...
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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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