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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer Named a ‘Connecticut Health Care Hero’

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 16, 2021 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare system based in Wallingford, is pleased to announce that Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, was today honored as a 2021 Connecticut Health Care Hero by the Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz publications. The awards program identifies “outstanding healthcare leaders across the state who represent the epitome of a hero.” A Stratford resident, Kalafus was nominated by her Gaylord peers to receive the honor in the nursing category. Nurse Manager Nicole Morrill MSN, BSN, RN, explained that Kalafus recently instituted Gaylord’s first ‘shared governance,’ a practice model that empowers nurses to have accountability for decisions that impact policies,...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Appoints New CFO – Chris Hayes

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 9, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, today announced that Chris Hayes, former vice president of finance of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, has been newly appointed as Gaylord’s chief financial officer. Hayes replaces retiring CFO Arthur Tedesco who served in that capacity for the last seven years.   A Cheshire resident, Hayes comes to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with significant financial leadership experience in the healthcare sector. He joined Saint Mary’s Hospital – a member of Trinity Health of New England, one of the nation’s largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare delivery systems – in 2001 as a financial analyst and has served as vice...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Earns Top Workplace, Top Leader Honors

Friday, Oct 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 30, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, was named a Hearst Connecticut Media Top Workplace, ranking third among large companies throughout Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties. The Top Workplace awards program recognizes organizations for their commitment to excellence. Organizations participating in the program are evaluated based on feedback from an anonymous, voluntary 24-question employee engagement survey that evaluates workplace culture, company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.  Hearst Connecticut Media also named President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera as winner of the region’s “Top Leader” award within the large...
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Gaylord Taps Wallingford Resident Roslyn Gilhuly as Associate Vice President, Development Operations and Campaign Initiatives

Friday, Oct 01, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit health system, recently named Wallingford resident Roslyn Gilhuly as Associate Vice President, Development Operations and Campaign Initiatives. Gilhuly is responsible for developing and implementing campaign strategies that lead to Gaylord’s philanthropic growth. A Wallingford resident, Gilhuly has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, communications, public relations, event planning, logistical support and corporate relationship building. Prior to Gaylord, Gilhuly held leadership roles at Mystic Aquarium where she was responsible for all contributed and membership revenue for the institution.   “We are so lucky to have Roz join our development team, bringing...
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First Residency Program in Connecticut for Rehabilitation Physicians Announced

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CT. September 23, 2021 - The University of Connecticut School of Medicine announces the first and only Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency in Connecticut created in partnership with Hartford Hospital, Gaylord Hospital, and UConn Health. The joint program will have a tremendous impact on the health and quality of life of Connecticut residents as well as the aging national population by helping fill the need for additional PM&R physicians.  "This program is a testament to the quality and diversity of healthcare provided here in Connecticut," said Governor Ned Lamont. "Partnerships like this showcase the true collaborative spirit of our residents - particularly our young people. I continue to believe Connecticut is a great place to live and work, and full of...
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Preview Party to Offer Exclusive Glimpse of PBS Show Featuring Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Advance of Global Debut

Friday, Sep 17, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 15, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will host an exclusive preview party on Thursday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. to debut a new episode of the popular Public Broadcasting series “Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf” which features the rehabilitation-focused healthcare system. Titled “The Hospital of the Future,” the half-hour episode celebrates Gaylord’s 120-year history and unique, patient-centered care and clinical innovation through the first-hand perspective of its patients and staff. Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera explained that she is thrilled to share Gaylord’s unique “Think Possible” culture at the preview event and on the global stage. “This feature is an opportunity for the world to see the...
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Lights, Camera, Action: Production Crew to Film “Hospital of the Future” Episode of Public Broadcasting Series at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, June 14 – 18

Friday, Jun 11, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2021 — A production crew from the international public broadcasting series “Travels & Traditions with Burt Wolf” will be on location at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Wallingford headquarters to film an upcoming episode that will air to an international audience of 100 million viewers this fall. Dozens of Gaylord staff, its former patients and their families will be interviewed throughout the week. The segment will explore the rehabilitation-focused healthcare system’s innovation, unique patient-centered culture, and its rich 120-year history, from its beginnings as a tuberculosis sanitarium on hundreds of acres of land to becoming one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation-focused healthcare systems. Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera...
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Connecticut Community Foundation Grants Nearly $15,000 to Support Visual Field Rehabilitation Research at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Thursday, May 27, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 27, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system based in Wallingford received a nearly $15,000 grant from the Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye Research Fund at Connecticut Community Foundation. The grant will support research conducted by Gaylord’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation to determine if the incorporation of Gaylord’s BITS touch screen technology into inpatient therapy for patients with visual impairments is more effective than conventional vision interventions using pen and paper. BITS – or Bioness Integrated Therapy System – is a multifunctional FDA-approved device that uses an interactive touchscreen and diverse program options to challenge patients’ visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills,...
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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces Date, Safety Plans for 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONN, March 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, has announced plans to safely resume its annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run on June 26, 2021.

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, proceeds from the seventh annual event will support the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments at little to no cost.
 

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If I’m pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe?

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

by: Amber Diaz Posted: 

CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — New questions are arising as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across Connecticut. One of the most asked by News 8 viewers: Should you get the shot if you’re pregnant?

Pfizer is enrolling some 4,000 pregnant women to participate in its COVID vaccine trial. This after extensive analysis on animals showing the shot’s safety and efficacy.

Expectant moms were initially left out of COVID trials as a safety precaution by the FDA.

 

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