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Fourth Quarter 2018 Nominees for Joseph Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

The 2018 Fourth Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:   Kate Barron, Care Management   p.p1 ... read more


The 2018 Fourth Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
  Kate Barron, Care Management
 

 Sandy DeLong, Nursing Services

 

  Beth Hyde, Nursing Services

 

  Bhavika Patel, Respiratory Therapy


Congratulations to all of our nominees! Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF


3rd Quarter 2018 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Nominees

Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

The 2018 Third Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:   Lisa DeSandre, Inpatient Therapy ... read more


The 2018 Third Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
iCare employee nominee photo
  Lisa DeSandre, Inpatient Therapy
3rd Quarter iCare employee nominee

 Tammy Maher, Respiratory Therapy

iCare 2018  3rd Quarter employee nominee

  Chrissy Rutigliano, Outpatient Medical Services 

iCare 2018 3rd Quarter employee nominee

  Jackie Skirkanich, Inpatient Therapy


Congratulations to all of our nominees! Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF



25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s

Thursday, Sep 06, 2018

25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s People Magazine September 4, 2018, Wallingford, CT - Gaylord Hospital patient, 25-year-old ... read more


25-Year-Old Gaylord Hospital Patient Shares Inspiring Story of Rehab and Persistence in This Week’s People Magazine

September 4, 2018, Wallingford, CT - Gaylord Hospital patient, 25-year-old Jillian Harpin of Wolcott, CT shares her story of courage, “I Won’t Let Being Paralyzed Stop Me” in this week’s edition of People Magazine, available on national newsstands from Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 10.   A link to the online version of the People Magazine article can be viewed here.

Jillian Harpin was on vacation in Mexico two years ago when she lost her balance while sitting on a third floor balcony railing while talking on the phone. She was told that she would never stand or walk again. Paralyzed from the waist down, she came to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford for rehabilitation.

“There was a lot of uncertainty,” Jillian recalled to a Gaylord representative. “I was scared that I’d never drive a car, have a relationship, or feel the crunch of leaves under my feet.” Part of Jillian's inpatient therapy included walking in the Ekso Bionic exsoskeleton, an activity she continues in her outpatient care at Gaylord. Every week, Jillian logs thousands of steps through Gaylord’s corridors. The physical benefits to its users are many including improved circulation and bladder function and increased bone density. But for Jillian, the greatest benefit of all is the feeling of freedom.

“Having face-to-face conversations with my friends is liberating,” she said. “When I am in Ekso, I can’t stop smiling!”
 
Since her injury, Jillian has been on a mission to “try out as many different ‘impossible’ tasks that people wouldn’t expect to see from someone in a wheelchair” and credits Gaylord Hospital for helping her regain the physical strength and confidence needed to crush her goals.

“I’m driving, working, dating, I’ve been to concerts. I’ve gone skiing, waterskiing, tried wheelchair archery and basketball and even finished a half-marathon!” she said.

Most recently, Jillian's Gaylord physical therapist encouraged her to consider participating in the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K & Obstacle Run this past June. At first she was skeptical. But always ready for a challenge, Jillian conquered the 2018 Gaylord Gauntlet and its 24 manmade and natural obstacles with the support of a team from the Gaylord Sports Association. 
“It’s crazy to think that in such a short time, I’ve gone from my normal life … to the lowest point … to basically back to where I was before, if not better!”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO George Kyriacou Announces Retirement, Transition

Monday, Jul 16, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (July 16, 2018) — After seven years at the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, President and CEO George Kyriacou has announced his retirement from full-time work effective D... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (July 16, 2018) — After seven years at the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, President and CEO George Kyriacou has announced his retirement from full-time work effective December 31, 2018. “George is an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to Gaylord’s success during his tenure,” reflected Gaylord Board Chair Robert Lyons. “Very soon after he arrived in 2011, George was instrumental in bolstering the hospital’s financial health, enabling the hospital to reinvest in its employees and in the cutting-edge technologies that set Gaylord apart. He has also led the hospital to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes based on evidence-based practices, leading the hospital to become the only facility in the state – and only one of several worldwide – to achieve four highly respected CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditations for in-patient rehabilitation, spinal cord, stroke and brain injury specialty programs. Also,the successful opening of two Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine satellite offices in North Haven and Cheshire in recent years have further expanded our outpatient therapy reach and continue to rapidly grow.” “George has also taken a national leadership role by spearheading a landmark study demonstrating the important role that long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) like Gaylord play in helping acutely ill patients reach higher levels of functional recovery. Armed with that data, he works diligently to present the facts to government and other entities to demonstrate the value of LTACHs in creating exceptional outcomes at the best possible cost.” “To say that George will be leaving a positive, indelible legacy at Gaylord is an understatement,” he continued. Lyons explained that in preparation for Kyriacou’s planned retirement, the board engaged in an in-depth succession planning process that resulted in naming current Gaylord Chief Operating Officer Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP as Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s next CEO effective January 1, 2019. LaBarbera has more than 20 years of progressive clinical and management experience at Gaylord. “I am fortunate to have been a first-hand witness to Gaylord’s life-changing and compassionate care and I consider this role to have been the most rewarding I’ve held in my decades-long career,” Kyriacou reflected. “I can say with confidence that there is no limit to Gaylord’s potential.” Upon his retirement, Kyriacou will continue to work at Gaylord Hospital in a part-time, consultative capacity.


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Nurses Lauded at the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (May 7, 2018)— Gaylord Specialty Healthcare proudly announces that five of its nurses, Breanna Begnal, RN, MSN; Beth Hyde, RN, BSN; June Napolitano, RN, BSN; Nancy Patel, RN, BSN; and Keri Saxton, RN, ASN have been honored with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing at a recent gala celebration at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

The Nightingale Award is one of Connecticut’s most prestigious nursing honors and was created to celebrate outstanding nursing professionals and elevate the profession in the state of Connecticut. The Gaylord honorees were among xx I am finding this number as we speak exceptional nurses from Greater New Haven health care organizations who received the honor.
  Breanna Begnal, RN, BSN of Watertown is a team leader who goes above and beyond as a registered nurse. She is committed to serving on committees that seek to improve patient safety and create positive clinical outcomes. Breanna is an enthusiastic teacher to nursing students, an invaluable asset to training new nurses, and a mentor to all of her coworkers.

One colleague said that Breanna “displays qualities of a Nightingale nurse in her bedside care. She always exhibits an optimistic attitude while holding herself to a high standard of nursing. Her leadership is motivating to others."
Wallingford resident Beth Hyde, RN, BSN is described as a bright and enthusiastic charge nurse and per-diem nurse supervisor whose exemplary skills, positive attitude and open mind make her a great asset to Gaylord. Beth is one of the organization’s safety coaches and a valued member of the Patient Safety Committee. She frequently mentors and precepts new nurses and inspires cohesiveness and teamwork on her unit.

“Beth goes above and beyond to make sure her patients are cared for with the highest quality of care. She often gets recognized by patients and families for her encouraging and supportive attitude, excellent services, knowledge, professionalism, and for addressing their concerns,” said one colleague. “As a charge nurse, Beth handles stressful situations with a calm and positive attitude. She makes wise clinical and professional decisions, and she is an inspiration to other nurses.”

Meriden resident June Napolitano, RN, BSN, began working for Gaylord in her teens as a CNA and continued to develop herself professionally over the years. June holds several roles at Gaylord and her exceptional skills make her a sought-after mentor and role model. She is skilled in PICC line placements, which comes in handy in many situations. As the Nurse Supervisor on night shift, June is a great clinical resource person, handling emergency and stressful situations calmly and effectively. Her outstanding clinical judgement and critical thinking skills have prevented several unnecessary patients' transfers to acute care hospitals on the night shift.   Her peers describe June as a compassionate, intelligent and versatile clinician who stays positive on even the most challenging days. “She consistently strives to keep her patients and the whole organization safe,” they explained, “and she is always ready to save the day.”

Nancy Patel, RN, BSN of West Haven is a skilled clinician who joined Gaylord Hospital as a student intern nurse in 2013 and has gone on to complete an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree and will soon receive her

APRN training at Quinnipiac University. Nancy has been an active participant in a project to reduce stroke patient falls and has spent many hours preparing education materials for her unit. Nancy is also a preceptor for new nurses, is active in Gaylord’s career ladder program and has recently taken on the role of Per Diem Nursing Supervisor. She teaches at the hospital’s annual skills validation day and has demonstrated her commitment to providing excellent patient care by completing an intensive Chemotherapy/Biotherapy administration course.
Keri Saxton, RN, ASN of New Haven is a team leader recognized for her expertise and for her dedicated, relentless advocacy for the complex medical patients on her unit. She began working at Gaylord Hospital 14 years ago as an LPN before successfully obtaining her RN degree.

Her peers explained, “Keri demonstrates compassion not only for her patients and their families but also for her colleagues. She brings clothes, toys, books and other items for her colleagues’ children year after year. Any time fellow nurses need assistance with a situation or just need help with an IV placement, Keri is there without complaint. Keri is respected by fellow RN’s, CNA’s, therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals. She has grown to become a great leader and a respected role model for many new staff members. Keri genuinely loves what she does and it always shows in her work.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a 137-bed non-profit specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute care hospital, specializing in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord treats individuals who need care and rehabilitation for illness or injury related to the brain and nervous system, spine, bones and joints, and lungs and other conditions through both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. The hospital is located at 50 Gaylord Farm Road in Wallingford, Conn.
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Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on May 18 to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Injury Patients at

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 28, 2018) — The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at the Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event wi... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 28, 2018) — The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at the Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held inside and on the outdoor patios (weather permitting) of the Brooker Building at Gaylord Hospital, 50 Gaylord Farm Road, Wallingford, CT.

The event will benefit the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund for Multiple Sclerosis and TBI to provide equipment and services that MS and brain-injured patients may need that are not covered by insurance benefits.

The evening includes wine and cordials, a beer garden, a carving and pasta station, dessert and coffee bars and a raffle. Tickets are $50 per person and are available on-line at www.gaylord.org/wine. For more information, call (203) 284-2881 or email publicrelations@gaylord.org.

Since the event’s inception in 2007, the annual Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting has raised more than $198,000 for the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund. In 2017 the EBG Fund helped pay for doctor visit co-pays, therapy co-pays, assisted in the purchase of a ramp and scooter, and treatment for foot drop. In December the EBG Fund helped secure a wheelchair for a gentleman from Puerto Rico who came to Gaylord for inpatient treatment because of no power from the hurricane.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.                      

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Racers to Conquer Mud, Fire and Water in 2018 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 27, 2018) — The Fifth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (February 27, 2018) — The Fifth Annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5K on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 is not for the faint-of-heart—or those who like to keep their running shoes clean.

Held entirely on the Gaylord Hospital campus which features 400 acres of land in rural Wallingford, the Gaylord Gauntlet offers a blend of wooded trail and open field running with 22 natural and man-made obstacles along the way to test an athlete’s strength and endurance. Mud will be used sparingly, but upper body strength will be featured in some obstacles including a rock wall climb and vine swings.

The race will feature 20 waves of runners and is appropriate for those aged 12 and older. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the initial wave launching at 8:00 a.m. and the final wave launching at 2:00 p.m. The Gauntlet will be held rain or shine.

Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and all participants will have a timing chip in their bib and costumes are highly encouraged! A festival area will feature live music and food and beverages will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks.

Online registration is $55 until April 30 and then increases to $65 until online registrations end on June 17th. Day-of registration is $70. All proceeds will support the Gaylord Sports Association which provides sports and recreation programs to adults with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast at no cost or minimal fee.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.


Gaylord Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to Lead Nursing Operations for Wallingford-Based Specialty Hospital WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 26, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital announces the appointment of Li... read more


Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to Lead Nursing Operations for Wallingford-Based Specialty Hospital

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 26, 2018 – Gaylord Hospital announces the appointment of Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, to the position of Chief Nursing Officer.

Kalafus comes to Gaylord with three decades of nursing experience at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, where she most recently held the position of Director of Nursing Operations. At St. Vincent’s, she led the development of the Clinical Informatics department, and has held a number of leadership positions throughout her nursing career.

She is well-known within the local healthcare industry for her contagious enthusiasm, her strong work ethic, and her team-building skills and has been recognized with a number of honors including the Susan Davis St. Vincent’s Medical Center Leadership Award, the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, and SVMC Distinguished Nurse Award.

“I am confident that Lisa will be an excellent match for this position,” said George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “Her passion and her vision for patient care will be strong assets in enabling Gaylord to continue its history of compassionate patient care and outstanding outcomes.”

Kalafus and her husband have three daughters and reside in Shelton.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.

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$75,000 Grant to Give Gaylord Patients a “Lift”

Monday, Feb 05, 2018

CHEFA Awards Funds for the Purchase and Installation of New Ceiling-Mounted Lift Equipment and Upgrades of Existing Systems at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare February 5, 2018, WALLINGFORD, CT – G... read more


CHEFA Awards Funds for the Purchase and Installation of New Ceiling-Mounted Lift Equipment and Upgrades of Existing Systems at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
February 5, 2018, WALLINGFORD, CT – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced the receipt of a generous $75,000 grant from CHEFA (Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority) to fund the purchase and installation of new ceiling-mounted lift equipment for safe patient transfers. A portion of the grant is earmarked to make improvements to many of the hospital’s existing lift systems.

“The new lift system addresses the care and safety needs of not only our patients, but also our nurses and staff,” said Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development and Marketing. “The early discharge of critically ill patients from acute care hospital to Gaylord has accelerated the need for this expansion. All of the new and upgraded equipment will have the capacity to lift patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds.”

Knapp explained that in addition to mobility-limited patients, those who are on a ventilator or who have pneumonia or other pulmonary issues benefit greatly from using the lifts as well.

“When a patient is lying on their back, the heart and other organs put pressure on the lungs making it harder to breathe and more difficult to wean from a ventilator. The slings and lifts allow staff to safely lift the patient into an upright position so their lungs can get stronger and can be weaned from the ventilator considerably sooner.”

Jeanette Weldon, CHEFA Executive Director said, “Hospitals face significant challenges with the dual issue of safe patient handling and minimizing work-related staff injuries. CHEFA is pleased to announce this grant in the amount of $75,000 to Gaylord Hospital to support the installation of ceiling-mounted lifts in patient and bariatric rooms, the radiology suite and the in-patient gymnasium. This equipment will support a safer patient and staff environment.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.

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Grant from Meriden-Based Cuno Foundation Helps Fund Purchase of Multi-Disciplinary, High-Tech “BITS”

Friday, Jan 05, 2018

Addition of three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems help assess, challenge, and track patients’ progress WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 4, 2017 – Through generous grants from Meride... read more


Addition of three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems help assess, challenge, and track patients’ progress

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 4, 2017 – Through generous grants from Meriden-based Cuno Foundation and MSL Renewed Hope in Colorado, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as “BITS.”

The BITS system – which is operated via a touchscreen configuration - offers 24 programs optimized for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. BITS challenges patients with deficits resulting from traumatic injuries and movement disorders through the use of visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training.

Heidi Fagan, CLT, OTR/L, Gaylord Inpatient BITS Coordinator, explained that the grants funded the purchase of two 55” BITS screens for the hospital’s in-patient and out-patient therapy areas, and a smaller, mobile version – the only one of its kind in Connecticut - so that therapy can be performed bedside for the hospital’s sickest, non-ambulatory patients.

“The addition of three BITS units changes the way Gaylord can assess, challenge and motivate our patients and continuously track their progress,” said Heidi Fagan, CLT, OTR/L, Inpatient BITS Coordinator.

Fagan said that many of the physical, occupational and speech therapy exercises offered on BITS can be customized to individual patients with uploading photos of loved ones, familiar objects or places. Customized text – such as children’s or pet’s names – can likewise be inserted into several therapy exercises to make it more client-centered, enjoyable and motivating.

“Having technology that is both versatile and customizable will add opportunities to our multidisciplinary team approach. We can offer an even larger variety of cognitive, visual and motor challenges to refresh the wide assortment of treatment options that Gaylord already delivers.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.


Watertown Resident Dr. Stephen Holland Named a 2017 Hartford Business Journal “Healthcare Hero”

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017

Gaylord Hospital VP, CMO Called “A Visionary Committed to Accelerating Quality for Connecticut’s Sickest, Most Devastatingly Injured Patients” HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 8, 2... read more


Gaylord Hospital VP, CMO Called “A Visionary Committed to Accelerating Quality for Connecticut’s Sickest, Most Devastatingly Injured Patients”

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 8, 2017 – Watertown resident Dr. Stephen Holland was honored by the Hartford Business Journal as winner of the 2017 “Health Care Hero Award” for the physician category at a luncheon celebration held this week at the Hartford Convention Center.

Dr. Holland is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. He was nominated for the prestigious award by his peers for being a well-recognized champion of continuous quality improvement for some of Connecticut’s sickest, most devastatingly injured patients.

Despite having arrived at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare fewer than five years ago, his colleagues claim that Dr. Holland has made a tremendous impact on the hospital’s culture as a leader and champion for continuous quality improvement.

George Kyriacou, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO, explained, “Gaylord has long been recognized as a leading specialty hospital in New England. But for Dr. Holland, providing excellent care isn’t good enough. He challenges himself - and his colleagues – to continuously ask ‘how can we become even better?’”

He continued, “Steve has a laser-like focus on quality. What he has done is to track, measure change and improve outcomes so that once we have that information we can continue to work towards the next level of improvements and see that Gaylord adopts best practices from around the country in order to accelerate quality improvements.”

Dr. Holland’s efforts are evident in the four Medicare-required quality indicators, rating better than the national benchmark in rate of bloodstream infections and rate of readmissions to acute care after 30 days and is equal to the national benchmark in rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Susan Hostage, Gaylord Director of Outcomes Management and Compliance Officer, said “Steve is focused on making staff truly understand what quality care means and the impact it has on our patients and the organization at-large.”

Dr. Stephen Holland’s vision is not limited to ensuring that the Hospital provides high-quality care. Having participated in a “Rugged Maniac” obstacle race in prior years, Dr. Holland surveyed the hospital’s bucolic 400-acre campus and envisioned bringing a similar race to Gaylord with the end-goal of raising funds for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, a program that provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments throughout Connecticut and the Northeast.
The first-ever Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run was held in 2014 offered 22 natural and man-made obstacles and challenges and exceeded expectations with nearly 400 participating runners. The 4th Annual Gaylord Gauntlet held last June attracted nearly 1,000 runners including dozens of adaptive-athletes and has netted $200,000 for the Gaylord Sports Association and garnered considerable positive publicity for the Hospital and Sports Association alike.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.

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Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Expands North Haven Office to Accommodate

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, November 13, 2017 – Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (PTOSM) of North Haven recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly expanded clin... read more


NORTH HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, November 13, 2017 – Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (PTOSM) of North Haven recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly expanded clinic located at 8 Devine Street.

According to Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, Manager of Gaylord PTOSM in both North Haven and Cheshire, the decision to expand the clinic was predicated by steadily increasing demand for services by new patients.

“As our reputation for excellent patient care has spread," Hunter said, “the need for additional highly qualified therapists and treatment space has grown. Since our expansion, we’ve increased our footprint to include more than 5,000 square feet of space, allowing us the capacity to increase our highly credentialed team of physical therapists by 50%.”

A preferred provider to many local sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons, Gaylord PTOSM offers local access to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s physical therapy expertise and can benefit any individual with conditions ranging from simple strains and sprains to those recovering from serious sports injuries and joint replacement or orthopedic surgeries.

Housed inside Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, Hunter explained that Gaylord PTOSM patients with their therapists are able to access the entire gym facility including its 150 pieces of cardio and strength equipment and pool, a bonus for treating the active general population as well as high-performing athletes.

Throughout the three-month construction phase, the Gaylord PTOSM office remained open with no disruption to patient treatment, a testament, Hunter said, to the work of contractor Dan Sullivan with DCA Construction.

“It was through their creativity and flexibility that we were able to smoothly maintain operations during the whole process.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.


M.J. Petretto Foundation Supports Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Adaptive Sports Programs

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 2, 2017 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic held in Clinton he... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 2, 2017 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic held in Clinton held earlier this summer.

The generous donation will be used to purchase specialized adaptive sports equipment for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team and CT Jammers quad rugby team.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. With opportunities to participate in more than a dozen adaptive sports throughout the year ranging from alpine skiing to adaptive rock climbing, the Sports Association’s goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports.

“Our motto at Gaylord Hospital is ‘Think Possible’ and the adaptive sport program allows people who have been disabled by a life-altering event like a spinal cord injury get back into the game of life,” said Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations. “We are grateful for The M.J. Petretto Foundation for continuing to choose Gaylord as a beneficiary of their golf tournament and for helping our patients and adaptive athletes ‘Think Possible.’”

About the M.J. Petretto Foundation:
The M.J. Petretto Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2009 as part of Retirement Planning Group’s commitment to give back time, talent and money to support the efforts of Connecticut not-for-profits. The Foundation’s mission is to fund organizations that support education health, and quality of life to build stronger Connecticut communities. The Foundation was also inspired by a 2008 automobile accident that nearly claimed the life of M.J.’s nephew, Jesse. He suffered a spinal cord injury that changed his life,and hers, forever. Each year The MJ Petretto Foundation Golf Classic will help fund Gaylord Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Program and other non-profit Connecticut Organizations.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.



Wallingford Resident Named a Hartford Business Journal "40 Under 40"

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT is pleased to announce that employee Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” f... read more


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT is pleased to announce that employee Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2017.

Hunter has been a Gaylord employee since 2010 and is the Outpatient Site Supervisor of the Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics in North Haven and Cheshire. He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties and is among one of the few therapists in the area to be certified in the integrative dry needling technique for pain management therapy. Hunter was nominated for the prestigious award by his peers who say that he is a “well-respected, outgoing, genuine, natural-born leader.”

His supervisor Sonja LaBarbara, Gaylord Vice President of Operations and Strategy, explained, “Every choice he makes as manager of the two Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinics is shaped by asking himself, ‘How will this help our patients and the hospital as a whole? He’s not just looking to plan for today or the next week, he’s already planning five years down the road.’”

In 2016, Hunter was honored with Gaylord Hospital’s Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award. Hunter’s winning nomination was written by a patient who described himself as incredibly fortunate to have benefitted from the therapist’s compassionate expertise for a period of several months.

Hunter’s commitment to the greater good extends to his community service. His wife, Sara, said, “He’s always helping people around him – he’d give you the shirt off of his back.”

“I’m both honored and humbled by my peers who nominated me for this award and by the Hartford Business Journal selection committee. I am extremely fortunate to have exceptionally supportive and innovative colleagues at Gaylord. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in the successful growth of our therapy programs and hospital initiatives,” he said.

Jacob lives in Wallingford with his wife, Sara, and his five children, Isaiah, Eva, Simon, Jude and Levi.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit, 137-bed specialty hospital that provides care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford, North Haven, and Cheshire. For latest news or more information go to www.gaylord.org.

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Woman Paralyzed After Falling Off Balcony During Vacation: 'I'm Happier Than I've Ever Been'

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2018

People Magazine  By CAITLIN KEATING - September 03, 2018  Jillian Harpin was 23 years old and having the best time of her life. In the spring of 2016, the recent college g... read more


People Magazine  By CAITLIN KEATING - September 03, 2018  Jillian Harpin was 23 years old and having the best time of her life. In the spring of 2016, the recent college graduate from Waltham, Massachusetts, was working as a financial analyst, taking weekend ski trips with her friends and never missing a happy hour. “I was just having a great time,” Harpin shares in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “I had just gotten this book about the 50 best day hikes in Connecticut and I decided I was going to tick them all off that summer.” But Harpin, now 25, would only end up going on four hikes. On April 18, she and three of her closest friends, feeling “burnt out from working so hard,” left for a week-long vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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Community rallying around teen, family after accident

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Citizens News, Aug. 14, 2018 by Luke Marshall, Staff Writer NAUGATUCK — Avery Moore should be starting his sophomore year at Naugatuck High School with his two brothers in a couple of weeks,... read more


Citizens News, Aug. 14, 2018
by Luke Marshall, Staff Writer NAUGATUCK — Avery Moore should be starting his sophomore year at Naugatuck High School with his two brothers in a couple of weeks, but instead a daunting fight lies ahead for the borough teenager after a car accident left him with devastating injuries. On Aug. 1, Avery, 14, suffered a broken vertebrae, paralyzing him, in a car accident in Long Island, N.Y. Thomas Moore, Avery’s father and a captain with the Naugatuck Fire Department, said he and his wife, Becky, were on their way to a sunset cruise to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. Avery and another family member were in the car as well. Moore said the car was stopped at a traffic light when it was rear-ended. Moore and his wife walked away from the accident primarily with bruises, but Avery wasn’t so lucky. After the accident, Avery underwent surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. Avery was able to move his arms, but not his hands, legs or feet, after surgery. Moore said the extent of the permanent damage Avery suffered is still unknown. It likely won’t be known for months. Moore said Avery, who is one of a set of triplets with his brothers, Brody and Casey, is passionate about the arts, including music, theater and photography, and enjoys camping and swimming in his spare time. “He is a happy kid,” Moore said. “He likes to be around family and cousins.” Avery is now at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, where he faces a long road to recovery.

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Tragic Accident That Left Jillian Harpin Paralyzed isn't Holding Her Back From the Gaylord Gauntlet

Friday, Jun 22, 2018

By Meghan Yost - WTNH CT Style WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH - Two years ago, Jillian Harpin was vacationing with friends in Mexico when her world turned upside down. "I went out onto our hotel ... read more


By Meghan Yost - WTNH CT Style WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH - Two years ago, Jillian Harpin was vacationing with friends in Mexico when her world turned upside down. "I went out onto our hotel balcony to make a phone call and when I went to go sit on the railing, I lost my balance and I fell three stories onto the ground below," Harpin recalled. Harpin fractured her back and was left paralyzed from the chest down. "I think what really keeps me going is looking back and seeing how far I've come," Harpin said. "There's nothing else I can't conquer." Which is why Harpin is participating in this year's Gaylord Gauntlet. "The Gaylord Gauntlet is a 5k obstacle run held here at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford," explained Katie Joly, CTRS, the Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager. "The entire race is on hospital property." The race features more than 20 obstacles. "Things like walls to climb over, rocks to climb up and over, logs to jump around," Joly said.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Gaylord Gauntlet in Wallingford offers obstacle course for a good cause

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018

June 18, 2018 07:16PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — The Gaylord Gauntlet will bring together 1,000 able-bodied and adaptive athletes as they compete in a 5... read more


June 18, 2018 07:16PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — The Gaylord Gauntlet will bring together 1,000 able-bodied and adaptive athletes as they compete in a 5K obstacle and trail course Saturday.  The race, held at the Gaylord Hospital campus on Gaylord Farms Road, promotes healthy living by testing the endurance of participants with over 20 obstacles.  “This is a 5K obstacle mud run and it not only promotes exercise, fitness, health, and wellness, but it’s a great challenge and a lot of fun,” said Katie Joly, program manager of the Gaylord Sports Association.

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Adaptive golfers take to the tees once again in Wallingford

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018

Fox 61 News Wallingford -- They are heavy hitters with the greens in sight. For more than two decades, Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital's Sports Association has held the Ken Murphy Memor... read more


Fox 61 News Wallingford -- They are heavy hitters with the greens in sight. For more than two decades, Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital's Sports Association has held the Ken Murphy Memorial Open (formerly the Gaylord Hospital Open) -- an adaptive golf tournament. For 2018,  16 adaptive golfers took to the course for both the camaraderie and competition. "The tournament is specifically designed for people who have a physical or visual impairment," said Katie Joly, from Gaylord Hospital's Sports Association. On the course at the Farms Country Club were players like Steve Smith, from Hamden. Smith had his leg amputated last August after a depilating infection and was playing in his first adaptive contest.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Employee of the Year

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wallingford Patch--May 14, 2018 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Kimberly Crawford of Meriden, CT as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2018 Employee of the Year. The award was establ... read more


Wallingford Patch--May 14, 2018
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT named Kimberly Crawford of Meriden, CT as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2018 Employee of the Year. The award was established in 1992 by the family of Joseph A. Lindenmayer, who had been a patient of Gaylord's. According to his daughter, Josephine L. Gierer, the award acknowledges the kindness that was returned to her father by the employees at Gaylord. This year's award celebrates the 27th recipient of the award since its inception. Kim is a nursing assistant and was nominated by two patients. She states she is honored to be chosen from among a wonderful group of nominees and co-workers, especially as she celebrates 20 years working at Gaylord Hospital. Thirteen members of her family surprised her at the award ceremony held at Gaylord Hospital, which hosted more than 100 attendees.

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http://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/fishing-tournament-provides-disabled-veterans-with-day-of-therap

Friday, May 11, 2018

WWLP 22 News By Ciaria Speller-- SOUTHWICK, MASS. (WWLP) - First they saluted our country, then they were off for a day on the water at Lake Congamond in Southwick. Veterans from across New Eng... read more


WWLP 22 News
By Ciaria Speller-- SOUTHWICK, MASS. (WWLP) - First they saluted our country, then they were off for a day on the water at Lake Congamond in Southwick. Veterans from across New England took part in the Tournament of Champions fishing event through Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut on Tuesday. The Tournament of Champions is a military fishing competition for disabled veterans.. and today was all about providing therapy to the nearly two dozens who participated in this event. "All the veterans here do have some type of of disability and we serve all kinds of people with physical disability, visual impairment, PTSD through our program," said Katie Joly, the program manager for the Gaylord Sports Association.  One veteran told 22News many of the other veterans only get out of the hospital for events like today.  "You can't beat it..good day on the water..any day is better than sitting in a hospital," said Air Force Veteran Ray Clary. "They need a little bit of joy in their lives and this is one way of doing it."  


Gaylord's Traurig House Provides a Place for People with Brain Injuries to Transition Home

Friday, May 11, 2018

CTStyle By Meghan Yost-- WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CT STYLE) - Located in Wallingford just up the road from Gaylord Hospital, Traurig House is an eight-bed ranch style home that provides a place ... read more


CTStyle By Meghan Yost-- WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CT STYLE) - Located in Wallingford just up the road from Gaylord Hospital, Traurig House is an eight-bed ranch style home that provides a place for those with acquired brain injuries to recover before transitioning back home. “People can work on home living skills, doing the laundry, paying their bills, going on outings,” explained Joy Oliano, RN, a nurse care manager at Traurig. Patients like Chris Curran live at the residence under the supervision of medical staff. “My life was so good, and my daughter was so good, that we decided we were going to come here and I was going to get better,” Curran recalled. Earlier this year Curran suffered a stroke after having surgery to unclog his carotid artery. The results were devastating. “It left me some leg problems, some hand problems,” Curran explained. It also left him with speech problems. “Everything in my head is there, just getting out here is really difficult,” Curran said. After his stroke, Curran was treated at Gaylord Hospital.

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Gaylord patient joins star-studded cast including Adam Sandler, Chris Rock of Netflix movie

Sunday, Apr 29, 2018

By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff -- WALLINGFORD — For almost two hours every day for weeks, makeup artists pored over Connecticut’s newest movie star, transforming him ... read more


By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff -- WALLINGFORD — For almost two hours every day for weeks, makeup artists pored over Connecticut’s newest movie star, transforming him from a 56-year-old into an 87-year-old man. “I hated that nose,” said Jim Barone of Hamden, who played Uncle Seymour in “The Week Of,” starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi. The movie, rated TV-14, will be released on Friday, April 27 through Netflix. Seymore is a World War II veteran who lost both his legs and is perpetually grumpy towards his family. He is grand uncle to Kenny Lustig, played by Sandler, a middle class father struggling to pay for his daughter’s wedding as her fiancé’s wealthy father, Kirby Cordice played by Rock, futilely offers his help. With no background in acting or comedy, aside from entertaining his physical therapists and co-patients at Gaylord Hospital, Barone, himself a double amputee, said he landed at the top when he was cast for the film. He attributes his launch to the improvised audition tape he sent in alongside the standard script-reading, where he launched into a low, raspy voice berating Seymour’s family. Barone said director Robert Smigel told him, “Jimmy, I could not have found a better person to play Seymour.”

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Connecticut Double Amputee Lands Role In Adam Sandler/Chris Rock Netflix Comedy

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

Hartford Courant By Susan Dunne, Contact Reporter Jim Barone of Hamden had a run of very bad luck starting in 2012. That year, when he was 51, Barone was diagnosed with diabetes. He got an infec... read more


Hartford Courant By Susan Dunne, Contact Reporter Jim Barone of Hamden had a run of very bad luck starting in 2012. That year, when he was 51, Barone was diagnosed with diabetes. He got an infection in his right foot that wouldn’t heal, leading eventually to the amputation of that leg in 2015. Then he got another infection, a very dangerous one, that led to the amputation of his other leg. In the midst of all his medical difficulties, Barone lost his job managing a gym at Yale. In a strange twist of fate, Barone has been cast in a Netflix movie because the film’s producers wanted a legless actor to portray a legless man. “The Week Of,” starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi, debuts on Netflix on April 27. In Robert Smigel’s comedy, a Long Island father (Sandler) zeroes in on the date of his daughter’s wedding and struggles to financially cut corners and juggle family obligations. Barone plays Seymour, Sandler’s 87-year-old uncle and Buscemi’s father. Seymour flies in from Florida for the wedding, and his wheelchair keeps malfunctioning, forcing Sandler to carry him everywhere.

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Friday, Feb 23, 2018

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – You can’t help but notice the intensity on Art McWhite’s face, concentrating on the touch screen at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Arms stretched and fo... read more


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – You can’t help but notice the intensity on Art McWhite’s face, concentrating on the touch screen at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

Arms stretched and focused on what’s in front of him.

This is about recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Art says, “I had brain bleeds, I had skull fractures and facial fractures.”

2018 02 22 gaylord hosptial art mcwhite How patients with severe trauma injuries benefit from new technology at GaylordAfter a serious crash on his Harley.

“I couldn’t read. I definitely couldn’t identify or recognize faces, including my own family, my own son,” he says.

Enter Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems — BITS.

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Seymour father beats long odds after 2016 ATV wreck

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

New Haven Register By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich SEYMOUR — Following a serious ATV accident in November 2016 that landed him in a coma, Gil Moreiras was told he might never walk, talk or breathe o... read more


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By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich

SEYMOUR — Following a serious ATV accident in November 2016 that landed him in a coma, Gil Moreiras was told he might never walk, talk or breathe on his own again.

Fifteen months later, the 38-year-old father of two just completed his first 5K, returned to his job as a mechanic at Sikorsky Aircraft and resumed driving his two toddlers back and forth to day care.

And Moreiras now is spreading a message in the hope of saving lives.

“Thank God I used my helmet because I'd be dead if I didn't,” he said.

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Grants help Gaylord acquire new touch-screen system for patient therapy

Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Hartford Business Journal By John Stearns Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as "BITS," featuring touch-screen... read more


Hartford Business Journal
By John Stearns

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford recently acquired three Bioness Integrated Therapy Systems, also referred to as "BITS," featuring touch-screen technology to help patients undergoing therapy for various ailments.

Grants of $28,000 each from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation and MSL Renewed Hope in Colorado helped fund the BITS purchase.

The BITS system offers 24 programs optimized for physical therapy, occupational therapy, cognitive and speech therapy, and complements Gaylord's myriad therapy options, Gaylord said. BITS challenges patients with traumatic injuries and movement disorders through the use of visual motor activities, visual and auditory processing, cognitive skills and endurance training.

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Awesome Athlete: CT athlete doesn't let disability define him

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

For athletes, there is nothing worse than an injury, but it's how they choose to respond to their physical setback that can determine their future. Joe Stone is featured in this newscast. He was injur... read more


For athletes, there is nothing worse than an injury, but it's how they choose to respond to their physical setback that can determine their future. Joe Stone is featured in this newscast. He was injured in a car accident suffering a spinal cord injury. But his message of never giving up has taken him far.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare gets $75,000 grant for patient lifts

Thursday, Feb 08, 2018

WALLINGFORD — A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority will allow Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to purchase and install new, ceiling-mounted lift equipment... read more


WALLINGFORD — A $75,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority will allow Gaylord Specialty Healthcare to purchase and install new, ceiling-mounted lift equipment for safe patient transfers.

Tara Knapp, vice president of development and marketing, said a surge in the number of critically ill patients being discharged from acute-care hospitals to Gaylord for rehabilitative care has accelerated the need for the new lifts.

“The new lift system addresses the care and safety needs of not only our patients, but also our nurses and staff,” Knapp said in a statement. “All of the new and upgraded equipment will have the capacity to lift patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds.”

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Walter Camp All-Americans Past and Present Visit Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Jan 15, 2018

By Desmond Conner Contact Reporter, Hartford Courant Calvin Hayden has completed several weeks of rehab at Gaylord Hospital following a very serious back injury that could have paralyzed him. He ... read more


By Desmond Conner
Contact Reporter, Hartford Courant Calvin Hayden has completed several weeks of rehab at Gaylord Hospital following a very serious back injury that could have paralyzed him.

He couldn’t be happier Friday that he was scheduled to go home Saturday. Or could he? Seated in a wheelchair but capable of walking on his own, the 72-year-old Hayden had a smile that lit up the room, the facility’s inpatient gym. It got even wider while sharing a few words with former Steelers and Tampa Bay safety Will Allen, a 2003 Walter Camp All-American out of Ohio State.

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford welcomes former NFL players, All-Americans for Walter Camp Weekend

Monday, Jan 15, 2018

By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — It’s not everyday you get to meet a football player you’ve watched on television, especially when it’s your birthday. ... read more


By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — It’s not everyday you get to meet a football player you’ve watched on television, especially when it’s your birthday.

Yet Bridgeport resident Robert Taylor got that lucky, meeting former NFL player Blair Thomas on the same day he turned 30.

“I’m a little excited. This is the most fun I’ve had all week,” Taylor said. “I’m still shocked I got a picture with Blair Thomas.”

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Paraplegic FIU grad uses exoskeleton suit to pick up diploma

Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

NEWS 7 Miami Robbin Simmons WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A car crash may have left him paralyzed, but one Florida International University graduate picked up his diploma on his own two feet, ... read more


NEWS 7 Miami
Robbin Simmons WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A car crash may have left him paralyzed, but one Florida International University graduate picked up his diploma on his own two feet, Sunday night, reaching the finish line on a tough and rewarding journey — with a little help.

Shane Mosko’s journey to this point has had its twists and turns, but he said this moment has made it all worthwhile. “For me, walking on stage at graduation, it means everything,” he said. “It means that I could literally do anything I set my mind to.”

The 25-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down after a car crash in Connecticut five years ago, but that wasn’t enough to keep him from his dreams of walking across the stage at FIU as a Worlds Ahead graduate to receive his business degree.

A robotic exoskeleton suit helped Mosko take those momentous steps — and it is another step toward his future. He’s already landed a marketing job with the company that developed the device.

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Paralyzed FedEx driver returns home after months in rehab

Monday, Jan 01, 2018

NEWS12 Connecticut BRIDGEPORT -  A Bridgeport FedEx driver who was paralyzed while on the job is home from the hospital for the first time in over six months. Joseph Newson, 29, was paraly... read more


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BRIDGEPORT - 

A Bridgeport FedEx driver who was paralyzed while on the job is home from the hospital for the first time in over six months.

Joseph Newson, 29, was paralyzed back in May when he had an accident in Warren in his FedEx van.

Newson is a Navy combat veteran who served in Iraq.

Newson now has the use of his arms but is paralyzed below his chest.

After months in rehabilitation, state and local leaders visited Newson at his home Sunday to salute his courage and wish him well into the New Year.

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Holland's 'Dashboard' system improves patient's care quality, safety

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017

Hartford Business Jouranl CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN SPECIAL TO THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL Category: Physician Dr. Stephen Holland Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Title: Vice President and Ch... read more


Hartford Business Jouranl CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN
SPECIAL TO THE HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL
Category: Physician
Dr. Stephen Holland
Employer: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Title: Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Holland's mission is to improve the quality and safety of patient care, and to do that, he said, you need numbers, lots of them, every day.
That's why Holland created "Dashboard" shortly after becoming Gaylord Specialty Care's vice president and chief medical officer. The system tracks care-quality outcomes in 18 areas such as infection rates from catheters and IVs inserted for long-term infusions of medicine.

Those metrics give clinicians and staff a real-time, running tally on what is working, what is not working and what needs improvement, he said. The information is regularly reviewed by various groups within the hospital and available to staff.

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Local high school student helps host unique tournament

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017

POSTED 8:44 AM, DECEMBER 5, 2017, BY NATEBROWNSPORTS FOX 61 NEWS HARTFORD – Lyndsey Broxton -a senior at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy -has plenty to check off her to-do list before gra... read more


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HARTFORD – Lyndsey Broxton -a senior at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy -has plenty to check off her to-do list before graduating in 2018, such as final exams, prom, and the all important Senior Capstone Project.
The Project is designed to have students take part in something that helps to better their community around them.

Broxton, an Enfield native who hopes to pursue occupational therapy in college, initially thought of holding a Unified Sports Day at her school, when her Capstone advisor introduced her to an idea she quickly fell in love with: helping to organize and host a wheelchair rugby tournament.

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Sports Academy senior organizes wheelchair rugby tournament

Monday, Dec 04, 2017

Posted: Dec 03, 2017 9:29 PM EST Updated: Dec 03, 2017 10:24 PM EST By Rebecca Cashman By Caroline Powers HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Second Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this year went off ... read more


Posted: Dec 03, 2017 9:29 PM EST
Updated: Dec 03, 2017 10:24 PM EST
By Rebecca Cashman
By Caroline Powers

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
The Second Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this year went off without a hitch thanks to a senior at the Sport and Medical Science Academy, Lyndsey Broxton, who organized the event.

Since 1991, the Connecticut Jammers have been the only quad wheelchair rugby team in the state. Each year, the athletes compete with other quad wheelchair rugby teams in the northeast.

“I can get some aggression out in a positive way, very positive way to get some aggression out,” said athlete Michael Stokes.

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Where Patients Dare to Think Possible

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

25-Year-Old Paralyzed Woman Walks Again at Gaylord Hospital Delicately encircling 25-year-old Jillian Harpin’s throat is a necklace inscribed with the words “Think Possible.” Gif... read more


25-Year-Old Paralyzed Woman Walks Again at Gaylord Hospital Delicately encircling 25-year-old Jillian Harpin’s throat is a necklace inscribed with the words “Think Possible.”

Gifted by her friends at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Connecticut, the necklace’s inscription represents more than the hospital’s tagline. Rather, it’s a pledge that the young paraplegic and her therapists take to heart in their quest to transcend the limits of her disability.

“Never Walk Again”
While vacationing in Mexico in April of 2016, Jillian propped herself onto the railing of her hotel room’s balcony to take a phone call. The young woman slipped backwards and plunged three stories to the ground, paralyzing her from the chest down. She was told she would never stand or walk again.

“There was a lot of uncertainty,” Jillian recalled. “I was scared that I’d never drive a car, have a relationship, or feel the crunch of leaves under my feet.”

Jillian was flown home to Connecticut and admitted to Gaylord Hospital. It was a carefully researched decision, her family said, based entirely on giving her the best chance of recovering to the fullest extent possible.

More Than Medical Experts; Medical Leaders
The Harpin family was pleased to learn that Gaylord doctors and therapists aren’t just experts in their fields, but are nationally and internationally recognized healthcare leaders. Gaylord’s expertise is not only reflected by the numerous “Top Doc” and other respected healthcare awards bestowed on many of its staff, but is externally validated by its accreditations by the Joint Commission and CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

The Hospital’s latest CARF survey recently earned Gaylord the distinction of being the only facility in Connecticut to be accredited for both its in- and out-patient services and for its stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury programs.

Gaylord’s reputation for high-quality care and exceptional patient satisfaction, coupled with innovative programs including its recently opened complex stroke unit and adolescent spinal cord injury suites, and its role as the only Connecticut hospital to be part of a spinal cord injury model system, makes Gaylord the prime destination for specialty care after serious illness or injury.

But among everything that Gaylord offered, one program particularly piqued young Jillian’s interest.

One Step at a Time
In her first weeks at Gaylord, Jillian’s therapist told her about the Ekso Bionics wearable exoskeleton - the only device of its kind in Connecticut - that would let her stand and walk again.

“That was news to me,” she exclaimed, “I didn’t think that was possible!”

The battery-powered suit helps patients with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness from a spinal injury or neurologic condition, including stroke or multiple sclerosis, ambulate by providing the power to alternately put one foot in front the other.

Each week in outpatient therapy, Jillian logs thousands of steps through Gaylord’s corridors. The physical benefits to its users are many including improved circulation and bladder function and increased bone density. But for Jillian, the greatest benefit of all is the feeling of freedom.

“Having face-to-face conversations with my friends is liberating,” she said. “When I am in Ekso, I can’t stop smiling!”

Think Possible
Since her injury, Jillian has been on a mission to “try out as many different ‘impossible’ tasks that people wouldn’t expect to see from someone in a wheelchair” and credits Gaylord Hospital for helping her regain the physical strength and confidence needed to crush her goals.

“I’m driving, working, dating, I’ve been to concerts. I’ve gone skiing, waterskiing, tried wheelchair archery and basketball and even finished a half-marathon!” she said.

“It’s crazy to think that in a year and a half I’ve gone from my normal life … to the lowest point … to basically back to where I was before, if not better!”

To watch Jillian’s journey from accident to Ekso, visit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s YouTube page.


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Gaylord receives generous donation

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

October 22, 2017 Record Journal Staff-- Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic that took place in... read more


October 22, 2017
Record Journal Staff--
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford recently received an $8,000 donation raised by The M.J. Petretto Foundation 2017 Golf Classic that took place in Clinton earlier this summer.

The generous donation will be used to purchase specialized adaptive sports equipment for the Gaylord Hospital Sports Association’s Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team and Connecticut Jammers quad rugby team.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. With opportunities to participate in more than a dozen adaptive sports throughout the year ranging from alpine skiing to adaptive rock climbing, the Sports Association’s goal is to empower individuals to embrace new challenges and reach beyond the barriers to discover what is possible through adaptive sports.

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