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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.

Defying Gravity with Aquatic Therapy

Thursday, Aug 04, 2022

Rehab Management Magazine
By Kaila Morin, PT, DPT, CBIS
July 28, 2022

The pool is a unique healing environment that has proven to accelerate the recoveries of many neurorehabilitation clients. Aquatic therapy is quickly gaining in popularity as a highly effective adjunct or alternative to land-based therapy due to the immense inherent beneficial properties of water.

The simple addition of aquatic therapy into a patient’s plan of care may propel their progress, enabling them to stand on their own, take their first unassisted steps, climb stairs, or achieve other milestones for the first time in weeks, months—or even years!

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The Key to Complex Rehab Coverage for Power Bases and Seats

Thursday, Aug 04, 2022

Rehab Management Magazine
by Melanie Hamilton-Basich
August 3, 2022

Being able to use wheelchairs with specific power bases and power seat functions such as power recline, elevating leg rests, and power tilt is essential for the well-being of certain clients. But it can be difficult to convince insurance companies of this, especially when you factor in the complexities of the system. With recent changes to the justifications for complex rehab insurance coverage, it’s more important than ever to provide ironclad documentation to secure coverage for the wheelchair equipment and functions clients need to live their lives as fully as possible.

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Gaylord Healthcare in Wallingford looks to update medical records system

Thursday, Aug 04, 2022
By Devin Leith-Yessian , Record-Journal staff
July 27, 2022

WALLINGFORD — The State Bond Commission is reviewing legislation to award $4.5 million in state funding to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to cover part of the cost of a new electronic medical records system.

The MEDITECH Expanse system will replace an 18-year-old system no longer supported by the manufacturer and which also isn’t compatible with the systems in use by the acute care hospitals in the state. The overhaul will streamline the process of referring patients to and from outside care providers, including other hospitals, reducing paperwork for staff and patients alike, said Kathy Reilly, Gaylord’s director of healthcare advocacy and legislative liaison.

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Gaylord Gauntlet provides new challenge for Stamford man who survived subway accident

Tuesday, Aug 02, 2022

News 12
By Marissa Alter
July 29, 2022

Rome Leykin has a motto, "Relentless, forward, positive momentum. Practice makes progress." That mindset recently got him to the Gaylord Gauntlet, a "Tough Mudder style" 5K at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, featuring mud, trails, meadow running and 24 obstacles.

More than 800 athletes tackled the course this year, which took mental and physical strength. Leykin was new to the event, but he's overcome his own share of obstacles in life.

Leykin lost his legs in 2018. He was living in Brooklyn at the time, waiting for the subway, when he had a seizure while on the platform.


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A battle to return to the base path | Wallingford teen stays in the game

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2022

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — The past year has been a tumultuous one for 17-year-old Alena D’Antonio. 

An avid softball player in a Wallingford girls rec league, Alena’s first love of the game was put on hold when doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital revealed she had a brain tumor in June of 2021. 

For the past year, Alena, a rising senior at Lyman Hall High School, has been battling back to return to the base paths. “I was pushing myself as hard as I could because Softball is one of the things I go to,” said Alena.

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Stamford man run over by excavator comes home from hospital 2 weeks early

Monday, Jul 25, 2022

News 12 New Jersey
By News 12 Staff
July 8, 2022

A Stamford man crushed by an excavator in his yard less than a month ago says he's well on the road to walking again, thanks to Stamford first responders and his physical therapists.

Gibek has gratitude and more for the first responders he says saved his life.

The June 10 accident left Gibek with a fractured pelvis. He says staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford got him back on the right track.

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Doctors feared the worst, but this CT teen was able to walk at graduation following devastating crash

Friday, Jul 08, 2022

Greenwich Time
Maggie Vanoni

Jerry Houlihan and Elizabeth Gower were told by doctors last summer to expect the worst.

Their daughter, Eva Houlihan, was in a coma and suffering severe brain trauma from a car crash that killed her boyfriend, Ryan Rutledge. Eva had received emergency craniotomy surgery, yet doctors couldn’t predict how or if she’d recover.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: A ‘Hospital of the Future’

Friday, Jul 08, 2022

Rehab Management
Industry News

The Hospital of the Future highlights Gaylord’s Think Possible culture and patient-focused team approach through interviews from leadership, staff and former patients including: Jillian Harpin, who sustained a spinal cord injury at 23 after falling off a third-floor hotel balcony in Mexico; Garrett Mendez, a hockey player who suffered a massive brain stem stroke at 19 after hitting his head during a game; and Sonia Bonsu, a young professional who suffered full-body paralysis after developing a viral infection called ADEM while visiting family in Ghana. 

Producer Burt Wolf said that his motivation for the segment stemmed from his own experience of piecing together a rehabilitation plan after suffering a heart attack several years ago. 

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A Middletown man’s heart was hanging on ‘by a very thin thread’ at Hartford Hospital after a crash. Now he’s ready to try out for semi-pro football.

Friday, Jul 08, 2022

Hartford Courant
By Ed Stannard

When the medical team reached Jamir Hamilton on June 22, 2021, after a horrific crash that killed the driver and injured another friend, his chances of survival were almost zero.

Hamilton, who turned 20 Thursday, had a tear in his aorta so severe it was held together only by “wispy connective tissue,” which kept him from bleeding out...

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Warren native overcomes blindness to run 14 marathons, excel at adaptive sports

Friday, Jul 08, 2022

Rhode Island Gazette
By Ethan Hartley

Some people search a lifetime for a purpose that gives their lives meaning. For Warren native Robert Sanchas, it took losing his vision — and struggling through a period of literal and psychological darkness — in order for him to be able to truly see.

Despite being legally blind, Sanchas has now run 14 marathons, including the most recent Boston Marathon, and has competed and won gold medals in some of the top adaptive sports competitions in the country.

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