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

Monday, Sep 18, 2023

Hearst Connecticut Media recognizes Gaylord for workplace excellence,
leadership, and commitment to innovation


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. This distinction reflects the high marks LaBarbera received from staff on the survey question "I have confidence in the leader of this company."

Top Workplaces is the nation's leading employer recognition program based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The confidential survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization and contribute to workplace satisfaction, including appreciation, meaningfulness, values, and more.

“These recognitions are especially significant because they are based wholly on employee feedback,” said LaBarbera.

“There are many reasons why Gaylord is a great place to work, but, to me, it is all about our employees. They are our greatest asset. They set the tone for our culture and should be credited with achieving this honor for our third consecutive year.”

LaBarbera noted that the Culture Excellence Award - Innovation is a direct reflection of Gaylord’s dedication to encouraging and celebrating new ideas from all employees and its investment in programs – including its new physiatry residency and the 2020 launch of the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, a hub for accelerating world-class research, technology development, and innovation – to improve the quality of life and function of people around the world.

“At Gaylord, we are committed to breaking new ground in rehabilitation medicine and training the next generation of healthcare leaders. I am proud that our “Think Possible” mindset allows Gaylord to continue to stand out among Connecticut employers.”

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. Gaylord's Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a hub for accelerating world-class rehabilitative research, technology development and innovation to improve the quality of life and function of people around the world. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehabilitative care driven by clinical experience, innovation and human compassion.


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