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Q&A with Sonja LaBarbera: Taking care of staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023

By Lise Klein
Sept. 17, 2023

Expanded meditation and wellness programs, a certified nursing assistant academy and added opportunities for research are among the recent initiatives at Wallingford’s Gaylord Specialty Healthcare spearheaded by President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera.

LaBarbera, 49, took the top job at Gaylord in 2019 and soon faced the challenge of dealing with the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping the nonprofit health system’s expansion on track. 

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Named a “Top Workplace” for Third Consecutive Year

Monday, Sep 18, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 18, 2023 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced that it has been named a “Top Workplaces 2023” by Hearst Connecticut Media for the third consecutive year. The nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system ranked among large employers in Western Connecticut with more than 500 employees. Gaylord also received the region’s “Top Workplace Culture Excellence Award - Innovation,” which recognizes an organization that has embedded innovation into its culture and created an environment where new ideas come from all employees. Hearst Connecticut Media additionally named President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera as the winner of the region’s “Top Leader” award within the large employer category. 
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Naugatuck Resident, Laura Phipps, Receives National Recognition for Design Excellence

Friday, Jul 14, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 14, 2023 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Naugatuck resident Laura Phipps has recently been recognized with the 2023 Distinction Winner Award from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts Communicator Awards. The national award honors excellence in strategic, effective, and meaningful communication. Entries are evaluated by a prestigious global panel of industry-leading professionals. A 16-year Gaylord Specialty Healthcare employee, Laura was lauded for her exceptional work on the “Spirit of Gaylord” history book that was rewritten and redesigned to commemorate Gaylord’s 120th anniversary. This is Laura’s second Communicator Award; she received the honor in 2017...
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Seymour Resident Emily Clifford Honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing

Friday, May 12, 2023

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 12, 2023 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare organization headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Seymour resident and nurse Emily Clifford, RN, BSN, was honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. One of Connecticut’s most prestigious nursing honors, the Nightingale Award annually recognizes nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty in various clinical and educational environments. Clifford cares for medically fragile patients at Gaylord Hospital who are recovering from life-altering illnesses and injuries. Her peers say that Clifford pours love into her practice and inspires everyone around her to do the same. “Emily is a dedicated nurse who provides compassionate care and is a role model to...
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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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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Volunteer, 94-Year-Old Phillip King, Honored with AARP’s Highest Community Service Award

Wednesday, Nov 09, 2022


Wallingford, Connecticut, November 9, 2022 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Phillip King, a 94-year-old Cheshire resident and long-time Gaylord volunteer, was today recognized by the AARP of Connecticut with the 2022 Andrus Award for Community Service.

The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious state award given annually to an outstanding volunteer who shares their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  

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