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CT healthcare heroes honored for resiliency, care on frontlines of pandemic

Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021


WTNH Channel 8
by: WTNH Staff


FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s healthcare heroes were recognized Thursday night in a ceremony in Farmington...

Honoree Lisa Kalafus, vice president and Chief Nursing Officer at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, told News 8, “I couldn’t honestly do it without the tremendous support of our team at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Our nurses, especially our frontline staff, we need their expertise and their input to make great changes and to improve patient outcomes. It’s a true honor.”

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Madison stroke victim keeps dancing as she works to regain speech, language skills

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

New Haven Register
By Pam McLoughlin
Nov. 21, 2021


The 68-year-old retired hospice nurse couldn’t utter a word, however, because the part of her brain centered on speech and language had been damaged. “I danced from the minute I got up from my stroke,” Gallagher said. “Dance is my main creative outlet and thank God it is preserved,”...

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Technology Transforms Lives #GivingTuesday

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

"Show Me the Numbers"
Physical Therapy Products (pg. 18)
By Melanie Hamilton-Basich

Monitoring a patient's physical therapy process is not simple, but equipment designed to assess and track movements using concrete data can surely help. At Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Conn, therapists routinely use these solutions to lay the groundwork for a plan of care as well as communicate more clearly with patients.

"With these solutions, you can gather data and educate and talk with patients about how they are doing in a meaningful way," said Kayla Morin, PT, DPT, Outpatient Therapist, Level 2 Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist at Gaylord. Learn more about our technology #GivingTuesday goal

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After 146 days hospitalized for COVID, Greenwich man on road to recovery: 'Remember, life is a gift'

Tuesday, Nov 09, 2021

Greenwich Time
By Robert Marchant

GREENWICH — George Kelakos hopes to be home in Greenwich for Christmas.

First, he says, he needs to build up some more strength after a near fatal bout with COVID-19, one that set a record at Greenwich Hospital for length of hospitalization.

"George 2.0,” as he likes to think of himself after his 146 days of hospitalization, has been working hard to regain his stamina and muscle mass. Kelakos was recently released from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford where he began intensive rehabilitation services in August,

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Hartford Business Journal Healthcare Hero Awards 2021: Gaylord's Lisa Kalafus

Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021

Published October 29, 2021

A nurse for 34 years, Lisa Kalafus provides leadership and direction for nursing staff and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all nursing functions at Gaylord. She previously spent 31 years at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where she held a number of leadership roles, including director of nursing operations.

Q: Why is she a HealthCare Hero?

It is said that Kalafus “leads with the heart.” Dedicated to providing nothing less than exceptional patient-centered care, she constantly exudes her commitment to Gaylord’s mission. Kalafus truly enriches the experience of her nursing staff through professional growth and recognition opportunities.

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Florida man back home after traveling 1,000 miles north for COVID-19 treatment

Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
By Michelle Meredith
HARTFORD, Conn. — Robby Walker is a COVID-19 survivor. The Florida man is still recovering.

Walker's COVID-19 journey took him 1,000 miles north to Connecticut. He and his family live in Citrus County on Florida's west coast. In July he got COVID-19 and became very sick.

He needed a special device called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, which pumps oxygen into your blood. He called all over Florida and the country trying to get him into a hospital.

Family members say he was repeatedly denied because he had been intubated too long.

A doctor all the way in Hartford, Connecticut, saw a story posted on Facebook and invited him to receive treatment at their facility, St. Francis Hospital.

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A father of six from Florida finds the COVID-19 care to save him in Connecticut

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

FOX 61 News
Author: Jim Altman

Published: 5:49 PM EDT October 13, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Robby Walker calls it, “beyond miraculous.”

Walker’s nearly four-month ordeal battling back against COVID-19 looks like it will have a happy ending, but, in July, the odds were decidedly against the 52-year old father of six from an hour outside Orlando, Florida.

Unvaccinated at the time, Walker came down with COVID-19 and quickly found himself in a Florida ICU with his health failing.


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Florida man who received life-saving COVID treatment in CT released from rehabilitation center

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

WTNH Channel 8
by: Olivia Lank, Lisa Carberg

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 / 10:59 AM EDT 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A big milestone and life victory at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford on Wednesday. A Florida man who came very close to death with COVID was released from the rehabilitation center.

His family tried 169 hospitals in Florida, but none had room for him because of the advanced treatment he desperately needed.

Robby Walker came to Connecticut in August to receive ECMO treatment at Saint Francis Hospital.

“All the beds are taken up by COVID victims also getting ECMO treatment,” said Susan Walker. “So, now we’re desperately searching outside of the state just for a hospital.”

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Mandates push more local health care workers to vaccination

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

Record Journal
September 28, 2021 06:05PM
By Mary Ellen Godin, Record-Journal staff

A small number of health care workers in local hospitals and nursing homes have refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have resigned their positions or faced suspension and termination. 

The state and federal mandates for healthcare and nursing home employees to be fully vaccinated helped push the number of vaccinated workers from 70% in June to the current high 90s. At Hartford HealthCare and elsewhere, there are still some holdouts, despite health care facilities implementing their own universal vaccination policies. 

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Near death from COVID-19 at 25, New Haven man serves as beacon for vaccination

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

New Haven Register
By Pam McLoughlin
Sep. 30, 2021

WALLINGFORD — Glenn Merritt III, 25, had a dreaded fear of getting COVID-19 and having to be intubated, so he planned to get the vaccine as soon as his age group became eligible in early April.

But less than two weeks before that magic date, Merritt, better known as “G” was hospitalized with the virus and his worst fear came true - he had to be intubated, suffered numerous major organ complications and his parents were told at one point he likely had three days to live.

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