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Darien Resident Paige Panda Appointed Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Chief Development Officer, Senior Advisor to the President

Monday, Nov 16, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 10, 2020 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the appointment of Darien resident Paige Panda as chief development officer and senior advisor to the president.

Panda has more than 20 years of experience in development primarily at medical centers and universities. During her tenure at each institution, she has worked closely with internal and external stakeholders to conceptualize, plan and execute strategies to raise important philanthropic funding.

She approaches philanthropy as a deeply personal decision with power to bring transformative, impactful change to historic institutions. An experienced fundraiser with campaign planning, board engagement and major gift experience, she brings vast development knowledge to projects, engaging everyone she works with through a high degree of professionalism. Panda has helped organizations coach board members and volunteers on their role in fundraising and she has led staff presentations on donor solicitations and purposeful stewardship and cultivation.

In 2019, she served as on-site philanthropic counsel at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Later, as an advisor to the president, she closed several historic gifts including one that launched the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation dedicated to delivering superior patient outcomes. She serves as chief development officer leading the Think Possible campaign, implements high-level strategy for presidential relationships and strategic initiatives and manages Gaylord’s campaign and development teams.

Sonja LaBarbera, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO, said, “What really shines through is Paige’s ability to artfully marry philanthropic opportunities with Gaylord’s organizational strategy. It’s rare to find someone who is able to quickly connect with their audience, pinpoint their passion and provide valuable insight on how one can bring transformative projects to life.”

Panda is a 2000 graduate of Villanova University.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system headquartered in Wallingford,
Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehab care driven by technology, research, clinical experience, and human compassion. For more information visit


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