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2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Award

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020

The 2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:        Darielle Cooper, Outpatient  Therapy ... read more


The 2020 4th Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
 
     Darielle Cooper, Outpatient  Therapy
 
  Lynne Lombardi, Pharmacy Services
 
  Tammy Maher, Respiratory Services
 
     Stephanie Zetye, Nursing Services  

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


2020 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020

The 2020 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:        Jordan Davis, PC, Lan Technician &... read more


The 2020 3rd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
 
     Jordan Davis, PC, Lan Technician
 
  Sue Goldstein, Outpatient Therapy
 
  June Napolitano, Nursing Services
 
     Brenda Paluszewski, Food and Nutrition  

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


2020 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

Friday, Oct 11, 2019

The 2020 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:        Kayla Horien, Physical Therapy, North Haven ... read more


The 2020 2nd Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:
 
     Kayla Horien, Physical Therapy, North Haven
 
  Michele Lutz, Nursing Services
 
  Bill Neidel, Inpatient Therapy
 
     Phil Silverio, Physical Therapy, Cheshire  

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


$5,000 NewAlliance Foundation Donation Funds Medical Training Manikins at Gaylord Specialty Healthca

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 16, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare system, recently received a $5,000 donation from the NewAlliance Foundation ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 16, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare system, recently received a $5,000 donation from the NewAlliance Foundation to fund the purchase of medical training manikins. Gaylord Nurse Educator Caitlin Handley, RN, said that the generous donation will be used to purchase an airway management manikin and a catheterization manikin for the continuous training of staff.

She explained that the airway management manikin was a high-priority acquisition for staff as the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the number of patients on ventilators throughout the state.

“Gaylord also has a large patient population with tracheostomies, as well,” she said. “Having the airway management trainer will be invaluable in helping our front-line caregivers practice intubation and ventilation, tracheostomy care and their suctioning skills during such a critical time,” she said.

The grant will also purchase an updated catheterization manikin to help new and current nursing assistants practice the aseptic insertion and maintenance of urinary catheters.

“We are so grateful to the NewAlliance Foundation for enabling us to continue to provide high quality patient care by giving our front-line caregivers the tools they need to learn new skills and sharpen their competencies at all stages of their careers.” About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury. For more information please call (203) 284-2800 or go to Gaylord.org.   About Philanthropy at the NewAlliance Foundation: As an independent charitable foundation, the mission of NewAlliance Foundation is to provide financial support to charitable organizations addressing diverse community needs in the arts, community development, health & human services, and youth & education. A segment of our grant making is


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Meriden Resident June Napolitano 2020 Employee of the Year

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CT, July 16, 2020 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare organization, named June Napolitano, BSN, RN of Meriden, CT, as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT, July 16, 2020 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare organization, named June Napolitano, BSN, RN of Meriden, CT, as the Joseph A. Lindenmayer 2020 Employee of the Year. 

A Gaylord employee since 1998, June is currently the Manager of Patient Flow and Nursing Supervision on the Wallingford campus.

June was nominated by a coworker who wrote, “She is one of the most effective shift supervisors, often dealing with crises quietly and with excellence. She understands the needs of the hospital and communicates with multiple stakeholders to find the best solution for our needs on any given day. Her experience in multiple departments at multiple levels helps her understand each peer and lends detail to her long view of the hospital and the consequences of each decision.”   June’s supervisor, Lisa Kalafus, MSN, BSN, RN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, stated, “Starting as a nurse’s aide 21 years ago, June continued to grow in the healthcare field. As a night supervisor, she quickly became one of the most resourceful employees at Gaylord and our staff felt safe and supported with her at the helm.”

“A year ago, June transitioned to the day nursing supervisor role; a brand new role with responsibilities focused on triaging patients to allow for admissions in addition to flexing staffing for the census. June has literally knocked this role out of the park with a positive can-do attitude. She exemplifies teamwork and collaboration; there is nothing June can’t do and we are fortunate to have her on our leadership team.”

Calling the award truly humbling, Napolitano said that the honor was made possible only by the support of her amazing family, friends and Gaylord family. “Seeing the impact we make on our patients, having the honor to be part of their lives, and witnessing the amazing things we accomplish as a team is beyond words. My wish is for everyone who comes through Gaylord’s doors to experience the same heart-touching moments, lifelong memories and impact that Gaylord has made on my life.” The award was established in 1992 by the family of Joseph A. Lindenmayer, a former Gaylord patient. According to his daughter, Josephine L. Gierer, the award acknowledges the kindness shown to her father by the employees at Gaylord. This year’s celebration marks the 29th recipient of the award since its inception. About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 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 www.gaylord.org.   ###


UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Brings Groundbreaking Ozone + UVC Te

Thursday, Jul 09, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 8, 2020 –Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is the first in New England to implement UVZone shoe disinfection technology from Florida-based PathO3Gen Solutions as part o... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 8, 2020 –Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is the first in New England to implement UVZone shoe disinfection technology from Florida-based PathO3Gen Solutions as part of an ongoing effort to protect patient and staff safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The UVZone shoe sanitizing station was recently acquired through a $35,000 grant from The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund (a joint effort coordinated by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the United Way of Greater New Haven) that also was used to purchase protective equipment for staff.
A 2016 study by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America states that more than 75 percent of people carry harmful pathogens, including Human coronavirus, on their shoes.

“With the CDC recommendation that all persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of areas with COVID-19 patients, obtaining the best form of protection with PathO3Gen Solutions UVZone shoe sanitizing station, for our staff and patients was a priority for Gaylord,” said Dr. Stephen Holland, Chief Medical Officer of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “We are appreciative to the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund for making this a reality.”

PathO3Gen Solutions UVZone shoe sanitizing station is the first and only UL-Certified, proactive disinfection equipment that uses an exclusive and multi-patented combination of Ozone + UVC. It has been proven to be on-average 110-times more effective than UV light alone in eliminating deadly pathogens and is more than 24-times more effective at eliminating Human coronavirus.

The technology eliminates up to 99.999% of pathogens including MRSA, C. diff, E. coli, Candida Auris, Staphylococcus Aureus, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, and other similar pathogens; and leaves zero Human coronavirus residue on footwear in eight seconds.
"The goal of PathO3Gen Solutions is to prevent infections and save lives by creating cleaner and safer environments. There is nothing more rewarding for us than seeing our UVZone shoe disinfection technology on the ground, when and where it really matters the most,” said Scott Beal, Chief Operating Officer, PathO3Gen Solutions.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury. For more information, visit www.gaylord.org. About PathO3Gen Solutions PathO3Gen Solutions sole mission is to prevent infections and save lives by creating cleaner and safer environments. The privately held Florida-based company holds multiple patents on their technology and equipment. The UVZone shoe sanitizing station is UL Certified and manufactured by an IS0 9001 facility in the U.S.A.  For more information, visit www.patho3gen.com   ###


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Respiratory Therapist Ryan Wanat Earns Nationally Recognized PHIL Award

Friday, Jul 03, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 7, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare presented the 2020 PHIL Award to Respiratory Care Practitioner Ryan Wanat, BS, RRT for his compassionate care of respiratory... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, July 7, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare presented the 2020 PHIL Award to Respiratory Care Practitioner Ryan Wanat, BS, RRT for his compassionate care of respiratory patients.

This was the inaugural year for presenting The PHIL (Pulmonary Health and Illnesses of the Lungs) Award. The annual award will be given to a Gaylord Specialty Healthcare respiratory therapist who is nominated by patients, family members, visitors and other caregivers, on the basis of professional excellence and compassion in the education and care of patients with pulmonary illness. For this year’s award, Wanat was nominated by a colleague.

In a written nomination, June Napolitano, BSN, RN, Manager of Patient Flow and Nursing Supervision, said, “Ryan has made such a positive impact on so many lives. It’s not one big thing … it’s a million little things.”

“I have had the honor of watching Ryan on countless occasions through the years comfort patients and family in their most difficult times. His teaching skills and patience is remarkable, tailoring to each individual’s needs. Far more important is his compassion. The simple gesture of holding a patient’s hand and just talking to them. Reassuring them that although this may feel like one of the biggest challenges they have ever faced, he will be there to face it with them.”

“Ryan is extremely deserving of this award,” said Lorraine Cullen, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, Director of Respiratory and Radiology Services. “His passion for our profession is evident and his patients often comment on his excellent care and compassion.”

A Gaylord respiratory therapist for nearly nine years, Wanat said that being recognized with the PHIL Award was “a surprise and a great honor.”   “I take great pride in the work that we do here and I am privileged to work with a team of such extraordinary respiratory therapists.”
 
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.

About the PHIL Award:
The PHIL Award was established by The FACES Foundation to recognize outstanding respiratory therapists who provide care and treatment for patients with respiratory illnesses. Sharman Lamka established the PHIL Award as part of The FACES Foundation after her husband, Philip C. Lamka, passed away from an Interstitial Lung Disease. Sharman wanted to establish a way of acknowledging the valuable role that respiratory therapists play in the lives of patients with life-threatening pulmonary illnesses.

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Walmart Donation to Support Adaptive Sports Opportunities at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare received a $2,500 donation from the Walmart Community Grants Program in support of Gaylord Sports Association’s adapti... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, June 9, 2020 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare received a $2,500 donation from the Walmart Community Grants Program in support of Gaylord Sports Association’s adaptive sports programming.
  Facilitated by Wallingford Walmart Store Manager Jon Roth and Training Coordinator Evelyn Smiles, the donation made through the Gaylord Gauntlet fundraiser will be used to purchase adaptive sporting equipment and offer programming at little or no cost to participants with permanent physical or visual impairments.

Last year, hundreds of adaptive athletes participated in the nearly 150 classes, clinics, and practices held by the Gaylord Sports Association. The program also provides specialized programming for military veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities.   “Walmart has a rich history of supporting both veterans and adaptive sports,” said Tara Knapp, Gaylord Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations. “We thank Walmart for their continued commitment and support in helping our participants discover new possibilities and an enhanced quality of life through adaptive sports.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   About Philanthropy at Walmart: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.   ###     

 


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Names Quarterly DAISY Award Recipient Keri Saxton, RN, Recognized for

Monday, Jan 06, 2020

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 6, 2019 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system, presented its quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care to New ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, January 6, 2019 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system, presented its quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Care to New Haven resident Keri Saxton, RN.

In a written nomination, colleague Jody O’Brien described Saxton as skillful, compassionate, and a “true leader” on the hospital’s Milne unit for medically complex patients.

“Keri is usually found in one of her patient’s rooms providing care, support, or teaching to both the patient and their family,” wrote O’Brien.

“She is a strong patient advocate and collaborates with the entire care team to provide the highest level of care. Keri is also wonderful at recognizing areas for improvement. She leads by example and her resourcefulness and assistance with problem-solving help achieve this goal.”
  Saxton was also commended by a colleague whose family member was recently hospitalized at Gaylord, citing both her “beautiful, attentive care” and emotional support when the patient was not doing well.   A nurse of 15 years, Saxton said that being recognized with the DAISY award is a reminder of the “true value” of the time she spends with her patients.

“I’ve been on the other side as a caregiver when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. The entire experience has made me a better nurse.”   “Gaylord is an amazing place,” she commented. “Together with my coworkers, we are a fierce group of advocates for our patients and their families.”
About the DAISY Award:
The international award was created by the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died of an auto-immune disease in 1999. Appreciative of the clinical skills, caring and compassion exhibited by each of the nurses who cared for Patrick, the Barnes family created the international award and foundation to say ‘thank you’ to nurses throughout the world.
About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness and injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is widely recognized for its leadership in treating spinal cord and brain injuries and is also known for treating pulmonary, cardiac, amputee and stroke patients as well as sports-related injuries. It is the only rehabilitation system in CT accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for both inpatient and outpatient programs.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient 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 www.gaylord.org.
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Connor F. Dolan Appointed Chairman of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Board of Directors

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 17, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced the appointment of Connor F. Dolan as Chairman of the Wallingford-based health care system’s Board of D... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 17, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare today announced the appointment of Connor F. Dolan as Chairman of the Wallingford-based health care system’s Board of Directors.

Dolan, a Senior Wealth Advisor with Fair Street Advisors, explained that it didn’t take long after joining the Gaylord board in 2017 to “fall in love with Gaylord and its mission”.
“I am so passionate about what Gaylord does for its patients,” he explained. “Life can change in an instant. I’ve seen lives that have been turned upside down by illness or injury that have been completely transformed here.”
  “I look forward to helping Gaylord continuously evolve to best meet the needs of our patients and families. We’re dedicated to making the future as bright as possible,” he continued.

“The energy that Connor brings to the table is unmatched,” said Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

“His deep understanding of non-profits and extensive financial expertise will be incredible assets as we grow and make decisions based on what is best for our patients.”
The Guilford resident succeeds former Gaylord Chairman of the Board, Robert J. Lyons, Jr. 

A graduate of Lynn University in Florida, Dolan is the former President of the Board of Directors of the SARAH Foundation and is a Connecticut Special Olympics volunteer and coach. He also volunteers as a Smart About Money budget coach with Women and Family Life in Guilford and is an active mentor with the Guilford Youth Mentoring program.

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###  


Katie Joly, Adaptive Sports Advocate, Named a “Healthcare Hero”

Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager among Eight Recognized   WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 12, 2019 - Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager Katie Joly was among eight healt... read more


Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager among Eight Recognized   WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, December 12, 2019 - Gaylord Sports Association Program Manager Katie Joly was among eight health care professionals honored at today’s Hartford Business Journal’s annual Healthcare Hero Awards luncheon at the Hartford Marriott.  

Joly, a Salem resident, received the “Healthcare Hero Award” in the Healthcare Staff category. She was nominated by her colleagues for improving the quality of life for hundreds of Connecticut and New England residents with disabilities by introducing them to the world of adaptive sports.

The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association is a donor-funded program of the nonprofit, rehabilitation-focused health system Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. The Sports Association provides adaptive sports and recreational opportunities at no or little charge to any adult with a permanent physical disability or visual impairment. The program also offers specialized programming for military veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities.

A dynamic leader, Katie Joly has carefully nurtured and cultivated the Gaylord Sports Association to become Connecticut’s largest - and one of the Nation’s most widely recognized - adaptive sports program. She encourages others to remember that the only limitations in life are the ones we set for ourselves. She believes that everyone, regardless of their ability level, should have the opportunity to enjoy sports and recreational activities.

Many individuals who come to the Sports Association have suffered a devastating injury or illness as an adult and suddenly find themselves trying to cope with their new limitations. Often, they long to return to the activities in which they used to participate or try new activities. Katie Joly will stop at nothing to make that happen by overseeing more than 200 events each year and ensures that all can participate, regardless of the severity of their disability.

Over the last six years, Joly has doubled the number of programs that the Sports Association offers to include adaptive waterskiing, golf, boccia, kayaking, alpine skiing, archery, paratriathlon, sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, seated yoga, fishing, rock climbing, curling, tennis, and biking. She also manages two competitive team sports, the Gaylord Wolfpack Sled Hockey and the Connecticut Jammers Wheelchair Rugby Team, who compete throughout the country. She has also led the Sports Association to become a bronze-level Paralympic Sport Club.

Joly expanded the very popular SAVES (Sports Association Veteran Event Series) program specifically geared towards veterans with PTSD or a physical or visual impairment. Veterans can interact with other veterans and participate in a number of programs specifically tailored for them including fishing tournaments, archery clinics and a veteran’s golf class.

“Katie passionately leads others to embrace new challenges,” said Sonja LaBarbera, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. “She keenly understands the immense positive physical, social and emotional impact that the program has on its participants.”

Joly, an avid biker and skier herself, said, “I know what being involved in sports does for my own quality of life. To be able to share it with someone as they move forward from what may be the biggest challenge of their lives

is an amazing opportunity. To be able to see a person respond and say, ‘Wow, I thought I couldn’t do that again and here I am waterskiing’ or to hear a family say, ‘We’ve never seen our son smile so much’ is why I do what I do every day.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 30 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury. Learn more at Gaylord.org.   ###  


Five Tips for Preventing Pressure Injuries

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Governor Lamont Proclaims Thursday, November 21, Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 20, 2019 – Pressure injuries (formerly referred to as pressur... read more


Governor Lamont Proclaims Thursday, November 21, Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 20, 2019 – Pressure injuries (formerly referred to as pressure sores or pressure ulcers) claim the lives of more than 60,000 people each year and cost the US healthcare system more than $11 billion annually.

To call attention to the prevalence of pressure injuries, Governor Ned Lamont officially proclaimed Thursday, November 20th as Pressure Injury Prevention Day in Connecticut.

“Over the last five years, there has been a disturbing national trend of more severe pressure injuries,” says Tim Fournier, Chapter President of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Connecticut (SCIACT). “Research from the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that no other preventable event occurs as frequently as pressure-related injuries. We hope that education will help prevent this high incidence of pressure injuries and alleviate the substantial pain that 2.5 million Americans experience each year.”
  Diana Pernigotti, SCIACT chapter Secretary and Research Coordinator at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, says that those who are most at risk include bedbound individuals, anyone unable to move due to illness, medical condition or pain; those who use a wheelchair or sit for long periods of time; and even those undergoing surgery that will last more than three hours.

In honor of Pressure Injury Prevention Day, the SCIACT offers five tips for preventing pressure injuries:   Gently wash (don’t scrub) and dry skin, being careful to manage sweat, bowel and bladder habits. Special skin barriers and cleansers may be available to help meet your needs. Change positions regularly. Special beds or cushions can help protect the skin, depending on your situation. Pay special care to nutrition. Too few calories can cause loss of muscle mass. Protein helps repair and maintain tissue and muscle. Being properly hydrated ensures that nutrients are spread throughout your body. Many vitamins and minerals are essential to healing and the amino acids arginine and glutamine are critical in wound healing. Check skin regularly. The first signs of a budding pressure injury can include skin discoloration. The area could even feel hard or warm. Adapt clothing and moisturizers to the season.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Lauded as “Woman of the Year”

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

Wallingford resident Sonja LaBarbera recognized by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 6, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, ... read more


Wallingford resident Sonja LaBarbera recognized by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, November 6, 2019 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP,  today received the Woman of the Year Award at the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Annual Women’s Achievement Awards Luncheon held at the Wallingford Hilton Garden Inn.

LaBarbera – a Wallingford resident – was nominated by her colleagues for making tremendous progress in growing the healthcare system’s reputation as a regional and national provider of choice for rehabilitation and complex medical management since assuming the helm of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare last January.

Her staff also commended her commitment to patient-centric care, noting that her trademark motto, “It is always about the patient,” is the litmus test for each decision she makes as Gaylord’s leader. She has been instrumental in launching a significant renovation to update 100 patient rooms, nurses’ stations and family areas on four patient floors and advocates for the use of technology to advance care, whenever possible.
  “Every day I am motivated to do what’s best for our patients as they recover from life-altering illness or injury,” said LaBarbera at the event. “There’s nothing more rewarding than to watch a paralyzed patient take their first steps in a bionic exoskeleton suit, or see a stroke or a brain-injured patient go home and return to their lives.”

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for something I am so passionate about.”
  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 30 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###  


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Undergoes Renovations $10M project to update 100 inpatient rooms, clini

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 26, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is undergoing a major $10M renovation of four floors of inpatient rooms on its Lyman and Hooker wings. One-hundred ... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 26, 2019 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is undergoing a major $10M renovation of four floors of inpatient rooms on its Lyman and Hooker wings.

One-hundred patient rooms, nurse stations, family areas and staff rooms that were originally constructed in the 50s and 70s, are being renovated to create a more functional and aesthetically pleasing environment that more accurately reflects the quality of care that Gaylord provides.
“Our patients are at the center of all that we do,” said Gaylord President and CEO Sonja LaBarbera. 

“Because our patients’ average length of stay is at least 26 days, making sure that their time with us is as supportive, productive, safe and comfortable as possible is of utmost importance to the entire Gaylord team. This overarching commitment has driven the redesign of our patient rooms, incorporating the latest in both architecture and medical knowledge to meet the unique needs of the patient, their family and our world-class clinicians.”
  LaBarbera explained that over the last year, Gaylord conducted a series of in-depth interviews with staff, therapists, physicians and nurses to identify the chief concerns related to the current facility and identified three key aspects to be upgraded and modernized: patient rooms, equipment and technology, and common and technical spaces.

Each renovated room will provide plenty of light and is designed with modernized color schemes and contemporary furniture that enhance the comfort of both patients and their visitors. Similar to patient rooms, the entire patient wing – including lounge areas, nurses’ stations, hallways, and solariums – will be made to feel modern, bright, and comfortable.

The optimized rooms will ensure that clinicians will have space to easily access all of the instrumentation, equipment, communication tools, and other technology that they need to care for their patients quickly, efficiently, and correctly.

Patients will be provided ample space to participate in the rehabilitative process and will have access to modern-day amenities such as Wi-Fi and smart televisions to make their stays as comfortable as possible. The rooms are also designed so that families and visitors are given ample space to support their loved ones throughout their extended stay.   Patient rooms also have been designed to meet the latest in health and safety standards, with the installation of new toilets, solid-surface sinks, blinds, glass whiteboards, reconfigured medical fixtures, and additional handrails. Each patient room will be outfitted with a ceiling-mounted lift for patient and staff safety.   Additionally, cardiac telemetry monitoring units are being installed to monitor the heart health of vulnerable patients in real-time. Gaylord will also add bedside medical verification technology throughout the patient wings and will provide necessary training to all personnel.
  The $10M project is being funded through donor support and from an $890,000 grant from the Governor’s Nonprofit Grant Program; a $120,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which includes support from Ruth A. Meier Fund, Anne Hope Bennett Fund, Aspel and Seymour & Clara Gans Memorial Fund, Eugene M. Blake Fund, Estelle A. Johnson Fund; and a $75,000 grant from the Meriden-based Cuno Foundation.   About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system located 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 includes three components. Gaylord Hospital offers medical rehabilitation for acute illnesses, accidents, or complex medical conditions. Gaylord Outpatient Services offers nearly 40 programs for a wide range of conditions. Gaylord Physical Therapy provides orthopedic rehabilitation for recovery from surgery or injury.   ###


Reeve Grant Funds Free Exercise Class for People with Paralysis

Monday, Sep 21, 2020

The Patch.com  Wallingford, CT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare organization, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $23,900 grant as part o... read more


The Patch.com  Wallingford, CT Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a rehabilitation-focused nonprofit healthcare organization, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $23,900 grant as part of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2020 Direct Effect grants program. The generous funding will enable Gaylord to launch a year-long exercise program, Exercise for Life (EX4L), for individuals with paralysis and other physical disabilities. Participants in the free EX4L program will have the opportunity to attend any or all of the four, eight-week-long exercise sessions held at Gaylord's Physical Therapy clinic in Cheshire throughout the year. Gaylord has engaged exercise physiologists who will address each individual's strength, endurance, power, and flexibility through high-intensity circuit training. The program will also offer "specialty" classes, such as seated yoga, dance, functional mobility, and Pilates.

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‘I’m gonna make it’: CT doctor heads home after beating COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS by: Rich Coppola Poste

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020

WTNH, Channel 8 Posted: Sep 9, 2020 / 08:30 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 10, 2020 / 03:50 AM EDT WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a story that at several points could ha... read more


WTNH, Channel 8 Posted: Sep 9, 2020 / 08:30 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 10, 2020 / 03:50 AM EDT WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a story that at several points could have had a much different outcome, but thanks to the care he received at Middlesex and Gaylord hospitals, Dr. Prakash Huded is finally back home. On Wednesday, Huded, a 74-year-old gastroenterologist, as greeted by family, friends and members of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford after spending around 150 days in acute care. “He really made our job easy,” said Marcia Brassard, an occupational therapist with Gaylord Hospital. “He was so motivated and really would do anything to get stronger to walk out of here.” The journey to this point was a long and difficult one. Huded’s family said they think he may have contracted the virus while seeing patients at one of the four nursing homes he attends. Huded was hospitalized five times and spent 70 days on a ventilator. But now, he’s home. “It means a lot,” Huded said of his care. “I never thought I would make it, but with all the help from Gaylord, and Middlesex Hospital, I’m gonna make it.”

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In a CT hospital, his family said goodbye. Now they're saying 'welcome home.'

Thursday, Sep 10, 2020

New Haven Register, September 9, 2020 WALLINGFORD — It was somehow appropriate that as Dr. Prakash Huded was discharged from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Wednesday afternoon, the theme from t... read more


New Haven Register, September 9, 2020 WALLINGFORD — It was somehow appropriate that as Dr. Prakash Huded was discharged from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Wednesday afternoon, the theme from the movie “Rocky” was playing.

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News 8 Exclusive: A look at a new memorial quilt to help fight Connecticut’s opioid crisis

Sunday, Aug 23, 2020

by: LaSalle Blanks Posted: Aug 21, 2020 / 06:29 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 21, 2020 / 06:36 PM EDT MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new memorial quilt is helping Connecticut f... read more


by: LaSalle Blanks Posted: Aug 21, 2020 / 06:29 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 21, 2020 / 06:36 PM EDT MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new memorial quilt is helping Connecticut families who have lost loved ones during the opioid crisis. It will debut Saturday, but News 8 was granted a sneak peek on Friday. The quilt will tour the state to bring more awareness to the opioid crisis and highlight the need for more programs to help people fight addiction. Connecticut lost more than 1,000 people last year to the crisis, and a group called TriCircle, Inc. is working to lower those numbers. Working on this quilt has been their passion.

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Quadriplegic paints with mouth to honor healthcare workers’ dedication during the pandemic

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020

WTNH By Sarah Cody Posted: Aug 18, 2020 / 05:34 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 18, 2020 / 06:04 PM EDT MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – – “They’re sitting on the world... read more


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By Sarah Cody Posted: Aug 18, 2020 / 05:34 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 18, 2020 / 06:04 PM EDT MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – – “They’re sitting on the world,” said Ryan Rosario, describing his painting called “You Are the Light.” “He’s slouched over because he’s tired. God is shining his light on them, pretty much saying, ‘a light is coming soon.'” The work of art is a gift for healthcare workers, fighting a pandemic. And, amazingly, Rosario, a quadriplegic, painted the strokes using his mouth, not hands. Looking for light is a sentiment he knows all too well. He experienced darkness after a devastating diving accident left him paralyzed in 2007 with no movement in his legs or hands.

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Bridgeport woman is 100th COVID patient to be discharged from Wallingford’s Gaylord

Monday, Aug 10, 2020

NHR Insider By Luther Turmelle, Aug. 8, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Tears and hugs flowed in equal measure as Anika Stevens of Bridgeport became the 100th COVID-19 patient treated and released by Gay... read more


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By Luther Turmelle, Aug. 8, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Tears and hugs flowed in equal measure as Anika Stevens of Bridgeport became the 100th COVID-19 patient treated and released by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.


81-year-old West Haven man survives COVID-19 takes to the mic again

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020

Fox 61 News By Jim Altman   WALLINGFORD, Conn. — He has been in the hospital under acute care almost every day since mid March, so 81-year old Marty Ganter had something to sing about ... read more


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By Jim Altman
  WALLINGFORD, Conn. — He has been in the hospital under acute care almost every day since mid March, so 81-year old Marty Ganter had something to sing about on discharge day.  The West Haven resident battled back from the deadly coronavirus and, with friends, family, and hospital staff cheering him on, Marty emerged from the Gaylord Hospital, ready to head home. “I’m just grateful to see all these people,” Ganter said in front of the Milne Pavilion at Gaylord.

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West Haven dad overcomes COVID-19 complications in time to walk daughter down the aisle

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020

News 12 Connecticut A West Haven dad is back home after a long recovery from COVID-19 complications and is ready to do the honor of walking his daughter down the aisle. Marty Ganter left Gaylord... read more


News 12 Connecticut A West Haven dad is back home after a long recovery from COVID-19 complications and is ready to do the honor of walking his daughter down the aisle. Marty Ganter left Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Wednesday after spending five weeks at the facility relearning how to walk. Ganter says his daughter's wedding was what kept him motivated while he was in the hospital. "It's been quite the rollercoaster for us," says daughter Sheri Ganter.

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81-Year-Old Singer Recovering From COVID-19 Complications

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020

NBC 30 Connecticut   A West Haven man and his family are celebrating after the 81-year-old recovered from COVID-19 complications. Marty Ganter developed complications back in March and h... read more


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  A West Haven man and his family are celebrating after the 81-year-old recovered from COVID-19 complications. Marty Ganter developed complications back in March and has been battling against the virus for almost four months. Complications from the virus left the former lead singer of the 50s band The Academics needing both a ventilator and a feeding tube. "His condition was changing sometimes hour to hour," said Sheri Ganter, Ganter's daughter. "We were very scared and emotional."

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Wallingford healthcare provider begins using new shoe disinfection technology amid pandemic

Friday, Jul 10, 2020

New Haven Register By Ben Lambert  Updated 8:20 am EDT, Friday, July 10, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced this week that it had be... read more


New Haven Register By Ben Lambert  Updated 8:20 am EDT, Friday, July 10, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announced this week that it had begun using a new technology to disinfect shoes as it takes further safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said the organization was the first in New England to “implement UVZone shoe disinfection technology from Florida-based PathO3Gen Solutions as part of an ongoing effort to protect patient and staff safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” The sanitation system uses “an exclusive and multi-patented combination of Ozone and UVC light” to eliminate the vast majority of pathogens, including any “coronavirus residue on footwear in eight seconds,” Gaylord officials said.

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Coronavirus CT News: Patient released after 15-week battle with COVID-19

Thursday, Jun 25, 2020

By Kemberly Richardson, abc7ny.com Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:40PM WALLINGFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- After a 15-week battle with COVID-19, a man from Connecticut has finally returned home ... read more


By Kemberly Richardson, abc7ny.com Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:40PM WALLINGFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- After a 15-week battle with COVID-19, a man from Connecticut has finally returned home to his family.

It may not seem like much, but Vinny Malvarosa walked out of a Connecticut rehab facility on his own on Tuesday.

"I couldn't lift my arm to scratch my nose, I was pretty much catatonic, I didn't understand how much time had passed," Malvarosa said.

More than three months passed. It was an ordeal that started March 11, when the married father of three from Yorktown Heights, thought he had the flu and ended up in the ER.

"Assumed I'd go there, get some antibiotics and come home after a few hours, that was 103 days ago," Malvarosa said.

Malvarosa was Northern Westchester Hospital's first COVID-9 patient.

The 50-year-old ended up on a ventilator and his wife was told he may not make it.

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‘Life starts anew’: Brave dad released from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare after fighting coronavirus

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

by: Sarah Cody, WTNH News 8 Posted: Jun 23, 2020 / 06:03 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 24, 2020 / 04:03 AM EDT WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There were cheers and tears as V... read more


by: Sarah Cody, WTNH News 8 Posted: Jun 23, 2020 / 06:03 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 24, 2020 / 04:03 AM EDT WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There were cheers and tears as Vinny Malvarosa greeted his loved ones at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare after an ordeal that began back on March 11. “I drove myself to the ER,” he explained. “Little did I know what was in store.” “I certainly didn’t think, at that time, that he would be gone for three and a half months,” added wife, Sally. After being diagnosed with coronavirus, the 50-year-old was placed in a coma at Northern Westchester Hospital before being moved here to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare at the end of April. “It’s really been overwhelming,” he said. “I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t always have faith.” Malvarosa, a New York resident, is the lead singer in a Connecticut band called Stuntfish. His 15-year-old daughter, Michaela, said he is energetic and charming. “He’s so funny, and he’s so caring. He’s just the best.”

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Singer who beat COVID-19 performs song to thank staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

by: Kent Pierce, WTNH News 8 Posted: Jun 19, 2020 / 05:50 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 19, 2020 / 03:09 PM EDT HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It was a big thank you Friday morni... read more


by: Kent Pierce, WTNH News 8 Posted: Jun 19, 2020 / 05:50 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 19, 2020 / 03:09 PM EDT HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It was a big thank you Friday morning from a man who beat COVID-19 to the staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Peter Baldwin wanted to sing again. He is finally able to after a two-week stay at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Just walking out of the building and seeing his wife again is a big deal. Peter caught COVID-19 back in early May. He seemed okay early in the week. “And then all, of a sudden, by Friday he just got weaker and weaker, and by Sunday I was like, ‘something’s very wrong here,'” said Peter’s wife Ella Fawber. “I was also diagnosed with COVID. I couldn’t even take him to the hospital”

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Harwinton family battles COVID-19

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

The Register Citizen By Emily M. Olson  Updated 11:31 am EDT, Monday, June 22, 2020 HARWINTON — It’s been a week since Linda Figlewski returned to her family h... read more


The Register Citizen By Emily M. Olson  Updated 11:31 am EDT, Monday, June 22, 2020 HARWINTON — It’s been a week since Linda Figlewski returned to her family home, after months in the hospital battling COVID-19. Her recovery from deathly complications from the virus, which claimed the life of her husband of 50 years, Henry Figlewski, has been slow and steady. She’s been home since June 12, after spending months at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Gaylord Hospital. Being home now is bittersweet. Fortunately, Linda Figlewski’s son, the Rev. Brett Figlewski, is with her every step of the way. They are celebrating her life while they mourn the loss of Henry; and both realize how fortunate Linda is to be alive.

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Harwinton resident, 76, leaves hospital after 3-month battle with COVID-19

Saturday, Jun 13, 2020

BY JOHN MCKENNA Republican-American June 12, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Linda Figlewski of Harwinton defied the odds Friday when she walked out of Gaylord Specialty Heathcare and into the arms of ... read more


BY JOHN MCKENNA Republican-American June 12, 2020 WALLINGFORD — Linda Figlewski of Harwinton defied the odds Friday when she walked out of Gaylord Specialty Heathcare and into the arms of her son, Brett, for an embrace celebrating a victory over COVID-19. A month earlier, Figlewski was admitted to Gaylord, a long-term rehabilitation hospital, after spending 52 days on a ventilator at Charlotte

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Windsor Locks Man Goes Home After Recovering From the Coronavirus

Friday, Jun 12, 2020

By Jamie Ratliff • Published June 10, 2020 After 11 weeks apart, a Windsor Locks man finally got to hug his wife and come home. The father of two fought for his life after contr... read more


By Jamie Ratliff • Published June 10, 2020 After 11 weeks apart, a Windsor Locks man finally got to hug his wife and come home. The father of two fought for his life after contracting COVID-19, but he didn’t fight alone. With a little dance and a lot of humor Jerry Blais showed friends and family he's back. Loved ones waited outside Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford with signs, happy just to be near him. But it's taken a lot of time and hard work for Blais to stand in front of everyone. In late March a fever and difficulty breathing sent him to Saint Francis Hospital and on a ventilator. For nearly 40 days Blais doesn't remember anything but says his bride of 39 years never gave up. She had thousands of people praying for his recovery.

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Recovering from COVID-19 and stroke

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WTNH Channel 8 by: Jocelyn Maminta WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Time in rehab at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has 72-year-old Papa of Weston ready to put COVID-19 behind him. ... read more


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by:  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Time in rehab at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has 72-year-old Papa of Weston ready to put COVID-19 behind him. He shares, “Initially the feeling was fatigue and not feeling quite myself, and then I seemed to get a little bit better and then I just spiraled completely out of control.” Papa spent five days on the respirator at Norwalk Hospital — not just dealing with COVID.
He also had a stroke. “We don’t know exactly when I had the stroke,” says Papa. Medical Director at Gaylord Dr. Alyse Sicklick says, “Whether or not it’s because of risk factors that they have already or an increase clotting of blood when they have COVID or a combination of both remains a little bit unclear right now.” There is still a lot doctors do not know about the link between COVID and stroke says Dr. Sicklick.

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One Good Thing: Memorial Day ‘pony parade’ held for patients at Gaylord Healthcare ONE GOOD THING by

Monday, May 25, 2020

NEWS 8 WTNH by: Leah Myers Posted: May 22, 2020 / 01:09 PM EDT  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford invited horses to its campus for a M... read more


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by: Leah Myers Posted: May 22, 2020 / 01:09 PM EDT  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford invited horses to its campus for a Memorial Day celebration on Thursday. Several horses from Pembroke Hill Equestrian in Avon were decked out in red, white, and blue to visit the patients around the campus, who were watching from inside the buildings.

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Fast-tracked by the pandemic, telehealth is here and it's the future of medicine

Monday, May 25, 2020

Connecticut Magazine By Mike Wollschlager May 22, 2020 “Stay home, stay safe,” has been a rallying cry in many states since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The main reason... read more


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By Mike Wollschlager
“Stay home, stay safe,” has been a rallying cry in many states since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The main reason is to attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through person-to-person transmission. But a byproduct of the stay-at-home initiative is a reduction of emergency room and doctor’s office visits for any number of incidents that can happen while we’re out and about in the world. That’s crucial for overworked and mentally fatigued health care workers, and patients in dire need of immediate attention.  While sheltering in place is an effective weapon against acute illnesses and injuries, people with chronic conditions and prolonged maladies still need care. And even at home, accidents do happen. Telehealth, or health care that is done remotely over a smartphone, tablet or computer, provides present-day solutions for a new world of problems. It’s also the future of medicine. “The tidal wave is here,” says Dr. Jerrold Kaplan, a physiatrist at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford. “Physicians, psychologists, therapists and patients are realizing the benefit of telehealth. [The pandemic] probably moved us 10 years ahead of the curve.”

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Longtime Wallingford EMT reunited with family after 7 week battle with coronavirus

Sunday, May 24, 2020

WTNH Channel 8 by: Amber Diaz, Leah Myers Posted: May 23, 2020  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Longtime Wallingford EMT Lenny Guercia was reunited with family Sat... read more


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by: Amber Diaz, Leah Myers
Posted: May 23, 2020  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Longtime Wallingford EMT Lenny Guercia was reunited with family Saturday afternoon after a 53 day battle with coronavirus. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” he said. The father of three was released from Gaylord Hospital after a grueling battle with coronavirus. He was on a ventilator for three weeks at Yale-New Haven Hospital before he was transferred to Gaylord to recover. But for those 53 days he sat, not worried about himself but about the community he serves. “I take care of other people, it’s hard for people to take care of me,” Guercia said. “I got here, I couldn’t walk, and they saw me walk out. It’s been a long 53 days.”

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YNNH paramedic is reunited with his family after beating COVID-19

Sunday, May 24, 2020

FOX 61 Author: Gaby Molina Published: 10:49 PM EDT May 23, 202) Len Guercia has been helping to save lives for 31 years as a paramedic, but nearly two months ago, he found himself on th... read more


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Author: Gaby Molina
Published: 10:49 PM EDT May 23, 202) Len Guercia has been helping to save lives for 31 years as a paramedic, but nearly two months ago, he found himself on the other side after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Saturday, he was reunited with his family after being released from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Cheered on by those who helped him recover, Guercia, walked into his family’s arms for the first time in two months.

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One Good Thing: Memorial Day ‘pony parade’ held for patients at Gaylord Healthcare

Friday, May 22, 2020

WTNH News 8 by: Leah Myers WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford invited horses to its campus for a Memorial Day celebration on Thursday. Several ... read more


WTNH News 8 by: Leah Myers WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford invited horses to its campus for a Memorial Day celebration on Thursday. Several horses from Pembroke Hill Equestrian in Avon were decked out in red, white, and blue to visit the patients around the campus, who were watching from inside the buildings. The horses in the ‘pony parade’ were accompanied by the children who help train them. One of the horses featured was a 32-inch mini pony named “Disney.” Pembroke Hill says Disney is a certified therapy pony who has a permanent disability that causes her to limp.

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Retired Newington deputy fire chief beats COVID-19, welcomed home by family, firefighters

Thursday, May 21, 2020

WFSB News, Channel 3 May 20, 2020 WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) - Newington firefighters and family members welcomed home a former town deputy fire chief following a bout with the coronavirus. Thomas ... read more


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May 20, 2020 WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) - Newington firefighters and family members welcomed home a former town deputy fire chief following a bout with the coronavirus. Thomas Gill, 67, is a retired deputy fire chief who worked for the Newington Fire Department. He's also an electrician for Eversource. Wednesday, walked out of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford on his own. It happened at 11 a.m. "Remarkable, long journey. This is day 57, and I'm very excited,"

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Family Visits Recovering COVID-19 Patient Through Window

Friday, May 15, 2020

NBC 30 Connecticut By Kristen Johnson An excited wife waits at the window.  Save for the five minutes they saw each other as he was loaded onto the ambulance headed for rehab, Jerry and Karen... read more


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By Kristen Johnson An excited wife waits at the window.  Save for the five minutes they saw each other as he was loaded onto the ambulance headed for rehab, Jerry and Karen Blais of Windsor Locks, have been separated for 51 days by COVID-19. “Hi," Karen says into her phone while waving at her husband through a pane of glass.

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Window Visits Reconnect Couple Married 50 Years, Separated by COVID-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

NBC 30 Connecticut By Kristen Johnson   Mimi and Papa, as they asked to be called, celebrated their 50th anniversary in New Zealand last year. Now, the couple, college sweethearts, is separa... read more


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By Kristen Johnson
  Mimi and Papa, as they asked to be called, celebrated their 50th anniversary in New Zealand last year. Now, the couple, college sweethearts, is separated by glass. “I have not seen him since he left me on the seventh of April,” said Mimi who resides in Weston with her husband. She said doctors told her Papa suffered a stroke after contracting COVID-19. 

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West Haven family canceled child’s birthday party — and it may have saved lives

Thursday, May 07, 2020

New Haven Register - By Pam McLoughlin May 6, 2020 Updated: May 7, 2020 6:29 a.m. WALLINGFORD — Who knew that a 1-year-old’s birthday party could hold such potential... read more


New Haven Register - By Pam McLoughlin  WALLINGFORD — Who knew that a 1-year-old’s birthday party could hold such potential danger?

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Discharge day for a West Haven Dad

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Author: Jim Altman Published: 6:05 PM EDT May 6, 2020 Updated: 6:07 PM EDT May 6, 2020 WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Anthony Spina, just 42 years old, never thought he would fall vi... read more


Author: Jim Altman Published: 6:05 PM EDT May 6, 2020 Updated: 6:07 PM EDT May 6, 2020
WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Anthony Spina, just 42 years old, never thought he would fall victim to Covid-19, not to the extent it hit him. "This virus has no age limit, it's something when it hits you," Spina said. Spina would spend seven weeks in the hospital -- the first four and half at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was on a ventilator for 17 days

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Helpers Helping Helpers During Coronavirus

Monday, May 04, 2020

WNPR.org By CHION WOLF • MAY 1, 2020 You remember what the mother of Mr. Rogers said: Always look for the helpers. Turns out, they're everywhere. Sometimes they'r... read more


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You remember what the mother of Mr. Rogers said: Always look for the helpers. Turns out, they're everywhere. Sometimes they're livestreaming themselves doing great work on social media, sometimes they're in a photo, smiling behind a mask as part of a group of volunteers (spaced six feet apart, of course), and sometimes you never even know they're there. Today, you're going to meet all kinds of helpers getting the good work done.

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From patient to frontline physician at Gaylord Specialty Health in Wallingford

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

FOX 61 News, April 29, 2020 "Before she was a pulmonary and critical care physician, Dr. Meagan Panico, from Killingworth, was a patient at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford." read more


FOX 61 News, April 29, 2020 "Before she was a pulmonary and critical care physician, Dr. Meagan Panico, from Killingworth, was a patient at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford."

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Wallingford family raises money to give free coffee to healthcare workers

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020

April 27, 2020 02:00PM By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Overtaxed nurses and doctors at Gaylord Hospital were treated to free coffees from a gourmet coffee t... read more


April 27, 2020 02:00PM By Devin Leith-Yessian, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Overtaxed nurses and doctors at Gaylord Hospital were treated to free coffees from a gourmet coffee truck, courtesy of a local family selling homemade lawn signs to raise money for healthcare workers. “I wanted to find a way to spread positivity among the community and I really wanted to give back to those who are sacrificing so much keeping us safe,” said Mitchell Wollen, 16, who has been creating and selling wooden thank you signs to donate snacks for local hospitals and nursing homes. Drawing from nearly $4,000 raised from selling hundreds of signs since they started on April 5, the Wollen family pre-purchased 150 coffees for Gaylord staff from Rogue Coffee Co., which visited the hospital on Thursday. Though the truck intended to visit twice for the morning and afternoon shift, it was so well received that all 150 coffees sold out in a couple hours.

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‘This thing came up like a freight train and just blew me off the rails.’ Gaylord patient recounts f

Friday, Apr 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 05:41PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — On Saturday morning, Jay Bialkowski is scheduled to walk out of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare after an ... read more


April 24, 2020 05:41PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — On Saturday morning, Jay Bialkowski is scheduled to walk out of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare after an intense 30-day recovery from COVID-19. The 54-year-old Glastonbury resident has seen two hospitals since first being admitted four weeks ago and has been quarantined the entire time, unable to see his wife and daughter.   Related Stories:
 Wallingford plans bulk purchase of face masksProtective equipment supplies increasing locally, but shortages still a concern “This almost destroyed my family,” Bialkowski said. “My wife and daughter are the strong ones.” Bialkowski first started feeling sick with cold-like symptoms and a slight fever on March 23. Two days later he was having trouble breathing and told his family to call 911. EMS personnel took him to Hartford Hospital, where he was immediately admitted to the ICU. 

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1st coronavirus patient to leave Gaylord Hospital feels ‘phenomenal’

Friday, Apr 24, 2020

New Haven Register By Pam McLoughlin WALLINGFORD — As he was about to become the first COVID-19 patient released from Gaylord Hospital Friday, Vic Gara, 56, of Burlington, said h... read more


New Haven Register By Pam McLoughlin WALLINGFORD — As he was about to become the first COVID-19 patient released from Gaylord Hospital Friday, Vic Gara, 56, of Burlington, said he now has two birthdays: July 5, 1963, the day he was born; and April 8, 2020 - the day he came off a ventilator at Hartford Hospital.

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Connecticut sophomore got busy making signs to thank — and feed — health care workers during the cor

Thursday, Apr 23, 2020

By LORI RILEY  HARTFORD COURANT | APR 22, 2020  Mitchell Wollen is a competitive swimmer and a sophomore at Xavier High School in Middletown. When swimming stopped and school sh... read more


By LORI RILEY  HARTFORD COURANT | APR 22, 2020  Mitchell Wollen is a competitive swimmer and a sophomore at Xavier High School in Middletown. When swimming stopped and school shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, he found he had a big block of free time. “My friend and I were brainstorming,” said Wollen, 15, of Wallingford. “We thought we’d make these hearts for people on the front line who are sacrificing everything for us.” Wollen made a prototype of one: a wooden heart painted red with the words “Thank You” painted on the sign. People could put them on their front lawns to thank health care workers. His mom Julie posted it on her Facebook page on April 5. After that, Wollen didn’t have any more free time. He had 100 orders in the first week. He had to cut the signs with a jigsaw, sand them, paint them and deliver them.


Southington residents make face shields, other supplies from SoCCA grant

Sunday, Apr 19, 2020

By Michael Gagne, Record-Journal staff FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail SOUTHINGTON — Nikolas Thomson is just a few weeks into his latest project: making 3-D printed face shields and oth... read more


By Michael Gagne, Record-Journal staff FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail SOUTHINGTON — Nikolas Thomson is just a few weeks into his latest project: making 3-D printed face shields and other protective equipment for health care workers and first responders. Thomson and his friends, fellow Southington residents Evan D'Agostino and Drew Steindl, have set up shop in the building previously occupied by Hop Knot on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Plantsville. They’ve utilized the bar counters and tabletops to set up a makeshift manufacturing plant that includes about a dozen 3-D printers and space to assemble the shields... ...That equipment has been sanitized and distributed, at no charge, to various facilities — including Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, nursing homes and various ambulance companies throughout the area and beyond — delivering them as far as Danbury and the shoreline.    

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Wallingford FD assists Gaylord staff with fit-testing respirator masks

Friday, Apr 10, 2020

Wallingford Fire Department staff including Deputy Fire Chief, Samuel Wilson volunteered to assist Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in “fit-testing” nearly 200 hospital employees as part of th... read more


Wallingford Fire Department staff including Deputy Fire Chief, Samuel Wilson volunteered to assist Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in “fit-testing” nearly 200 hospital employees as part of the rehabilitation-based healthcare system’s Coronavirus disease preparedness plan. Fit-testing is a time-intensive procedure that tests the seal between a respirator’s mask and the user’s face. A well-fitting respirator mask is essential in keeping employees safe from airborne illnesses.  Lorraine Cullen, Gaylord Director of Respiratory and Radiology, said that the extra hands and testing equipment brought by the WFD was invaluable in helping Gaylord fit-test employees in a timely manner. For updates on Gaylord’s planning and precautions, visit Gaylord.org/coronavirus. 

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"Pictures for Patients" at Gaylord, spreading encouragment

Thursday, Apr 09, 2020

Author: Rachel Piscitelli WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Amid COVID-19 restrictions, the rehabbing at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare continues, even though visits from loved ones have stopped. Sa... read more


Author: Rachel Piscitelli WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Amid COVID-19 restrictions, the rehabbing at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare continues, even though visits from loved ones have stopped. Sam Cuda, is reclaiming his life after suffering a spinal cord injury while surfing in Rhode Island. With families relying on digital interaction vs. face to face there are times when things get difficult.  Sam recorded a video for FOX61 from Gaylord and he explains “throughout my journey recovering from a spinal cord injury there are a lot of days where things are going well, but there are also days when things aren’t going well”

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Through adaptive sports, the physically disabled are getting back in the game

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

By Mike Wollschlager, Connecticut Magazine,Feb 18, 2020 Jay Ross watched the action out the window from his hospital bed. He sat in his room at the long-term-care Gaylord Specialty Healthcare&... read more


By Mike Wollschlager, Connecticut Magazine,Feb 18, 2020 Jay Ross watched the action out the window from his hospital bed. He sat in his room at the long-term-care Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford — unable to walk after a motorcycle accident weeks earlier — as the annual Gaylord Gauntlet took place across the 400-acre campus. The 5k mud run and obstacle course is the biggest fundraiser for the Gaylord Sports Association and draws nearly 1,000 participants. The Sports Association at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare helped Jay Ross get back into physical competition following a motorcycle accident. Ross was in a dark place. “His nurse was like, ‘Hey, that’s gonna be you next year,’ ” says Katie Joly, the Sports Association program manager. “And he’s like, ‘No way.’ He had no idea what his life had in store for him.” That was June 2018. Ross would soon find out about the Sports Association while doing physical therapy. An athlete and gym rat before the accident, Ross signed up. The Gaylord Sports Association is the largest adaptive sports program in the state


High-Energy Rehab

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Young Stroke Program ElIgibility This name, “Young Stroke,” can be deceiving since qualification for the program depends mostly on the patient’s baseline before the stroke, rather... read more


Young Stroke Program ElIgibility This name, “Young Stroke,” can be deceiving since qualification for the program depends mostly on the patient’s baseline before the stroke, rather than age. A stroke patient of any age may be considered a candidate for Gaylord’s Young Stroke program if that person was significantly and actively employed, or a student or primary caregiver at the time of the stroke. The complexity of the patient’s stroke is also taken into consideration in determining eligibility for the program. Patients who participated in Gaylord’s Young Stroke program last year spanned from age 17 to 81 years, with an average age of 55 years. The patient population that fits the Young Stroke criteria generally has fewer co-morbidities and a more active baseline than those in Gaylord’s general stroke population. The program’s more aggressive and highly activity-specific therapies take advantage of the greater energy and resilience of these patients.

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‘A phenomenal miracle’: Colchester man survives EEE

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020

By Taylor Hartz   Day staff writer One day last August, Richard Pawulski was doing yardwork in his family's lush, wooded backyard in Colchester, when he was bitten by a mosquito.... read more


By Taylor Hartz   Day staff writer One day last August, Richard Pawulski was doing yardwork in his family's lush, wooded backyard in Colchester, when he was bitten by a mosquito. Pawulski, a healthy 42-year-old husband, father and physical therapist, had no idea he had been bitten, or that the mosquito that bit him was carrying the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus, commonly known as EEE. Now, Pawulski is bedridden and struggles to speak after awakening from a two-month coma with a fatal prognosis. He said he feels like he has "gone through hell" and "wouldn't wish this on anyone." On average, only seven people contract the virus in the United States each year, with a spike in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said there's no one cause for the increase to nearly 40 cases last year. In Connecticut, Pawulski was one of four people to contract the virus last year — and he is the only one who survived. On Aug. 22, Pawulski began complaining of flu-like symptoms, including a high fever and stiff neck, according to his wife, Malgorzata Pawulski.

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Gaylord Launches ‘Destination Vent,’ an Online Video Series for Vent-Dependent Patients

Monday, Dec 30, 2019

Published on December 23, 2019 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the launch of the video series, Destination Vent: Home Ventilator Education Series on YouTube and on i... read more


Published on December 23, 2019 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the launch of the video series, Destination Vent: Home Ventilator Education Series on YouTube and on its website. The video series was the concept of Gaylord Pulmonologist Dr Brett Gerstenhaber after an exhaustive search for educational materials for families wishing to bring home a loved one who is unable to be weaned from a ventilator yielded disappointingly few results. Throughout the three-video original series, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare pulmonology experts provide a candid, in-depth look at what patients and their families can expect as they transition to life at home on a ventilator. “As you can imagine, the decision to care for someone on a vent at home is a difficult one,” Gerstenhaber states, in a media release. “The process itself is an act of love,” he continues. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week commitment and an emotionally taxing and resource-intensive journey that requires extensive preparation.” “We felt that there was a vital need to present information in an easy-to-understand manner so patients and families can make fully informed decisions and have realistic expectations of the journey to come.” The first video in the Destination Vent series provides an overview of the vent-weaning process and the critical decisions that must be made when a patient is unable to be weaned. The second video includes an overview of the required training and home preparations necessary to enable the vent-dependent patient to go home. The final video reviews the caregiver training and home-preparation process, and provides a realistic snapshot of day-to-day life for both caregiver and patient. End-of-life care considerations are also discussed. The Destination Vent series videos were funded via a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), per the release. [Source: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare]

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Joly helps physically disabled patients ‘think possible’

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Hartford Business Journal By Karen Sackowitz Think possible” is a guiding principle at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, a leader in the care of spinal cord injuries, complex st... read more


Hartford Business Journal By Karen Sackowitz Think possible” is a guiding principle at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, a leader in the care of spinal cord injuries, complex strokes and traumatic brain injuries. Katie Joly demonstrates that principle every day as the program manager for the Gaylord Sports Association, a donor-funded program that provides low- or no-cost adaptive sports and recreational opportunities for adults with permanent physical disabilities or visual impairment. Joly has worked tirelessly to elevate the program, doubling the number of sports and activities offered over the last four years. In 2018, she oversaw 221 adaptive sports events, clinics, classes, team practices and competitions. She also led the development of the Sports Association Veteran Event Series (SAVES), specifically designed for veterans with PTSD, or a physical or visual impairment.

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Most OB-GYN Practices Fall Short In Caring For Women With Disabilities

Monday, Dec 02, 2019

By Elizabeth Heubeck November 26, 2019 Over the past 20 years, Connecticut women with cognitive or physical disabilities have found their way to the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare&rsqu... read more


By Elizabeth Heubeck November 26, 2019 Over the past 20 years, Connecticut women with cognitive or physical disabilities have found their way to the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Gynecological Clinic for Women with Disabilities in Wallingford. There, obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) Anna Tirado provides routine and preventive gynecological care to disabled women. Now nearing retirement age, Tirado isn’t sure what will happen when she no longer sees patients. “I am very worried. The patients are not going to be easily absorbed into a private practice,” she said. An estimated 207,100 female residents of Connecticut have at least one disability, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The disabilities range from barely noticeable to those that render women unable to see, speak, move freely, or make sound decisions. But no matter the type of disability, all women need access to gynecological health care. But there are obstacles to getting care, and Tirado’s concerns are valid.

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Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford By Isa Gutierrez Published Nov 24, 2019  Athletes from all over the Northeast come to Connecticut each year for the annua... read more


Players in Wheelchairs Play Rugby at Tournament in Hartford By Isa Gutierrez Published Nov 24, 2019  Athletes from all over the Northeast come to Connecticut each year for the annual Gaylord Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Tournament. This year, the Gaylord Sports Association hosted the two day event at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford. “You think ‘oh, I’m not going to be able to play sports anymore,’ and to find a sport that you can compete in and get competitive in is just awesome,” said Gaylord Jammers Defenseman Mike Delysle. The Colchester native has been an athlete his whole life. He played hockey and dirt biked across the country until a spinal cord injury on the bike, put him in a wheelchair in 2016.

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Q Chamber fetes Gaylord’s LaBarbera

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

New Haven Biz By Michael C. Bingham Sonja LaBarbera hasn’t been on the job as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for even a year (she began last Janua... read more


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By Michael C. Bingham Sonja LaBarbera hasn’t been on the job as president and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for even a year (she began last January), but she’s already been celebrated as the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year.” LaBarbera was joined by five other female business leaders who were feted as part of the Q Chamber’s 2019 Women’s Achievement Awards Luncheon last Friday (Nov. 1) at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford. Some 200 honorees and celebrants attended the 20th edition of the annual event. LaBarbera joined Gaylord in 2005 and has occupied positions of increasing responsibility, including director of inpatient therapy services, senior director of therapy and outpatient services, vice president of operations and strategy and, most recently, chief operating officer.

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HBJ names Health Care Heroes award winners

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019

Hartford Business Journal   artford Business Journal has named eight organizations and individuals as winners of its 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by readers... read more


Hartford Business Journal   artford Business Journal has named eight organizations and individuals as winners of its 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. The winners were nominated by readers and the broader healthcare and business community and selected by HBJ’s editorial staff. The awards identify outstanding leaders in the healthcare industry across eight categories. They will be recognized at our Health Care Heroes event Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The honorees will also be profiled in HBJ’s Dec. 9 print publication. The 2019 awardees are: Advancement in Healthcare-Innovation: Dr. John Pelegano, Chief of Pediatrics,
Hospital for Special Care Advancements in Healthcare-Prevention: UConn Health’s Connecticut EMS Statewide Opioid Reporting Directive Community Service-Advocacy/Policy: Patricia Baker, President & CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation Corporate Achievement-Innovation: Hartford Hospital’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO Team, led by Dr. Jason Gluck Healthcare Staff: Katie Joly, Program Manager, Gaylord Sports Association,
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

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Woman recovers at Gaylord in Wallingford after fall that partially paralyzed her

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

September 21, 2019 05:15PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email WALLINGFORD — When Kayla Carbaugh first woke in a hospital in Turkey she remembered... read more


September 21, 2019 05:15PM By Bailey Wright, Record-Journal staff Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email WALLINGFORD — When Kayla Carbaugh first woke in a hospital in Turkey she remembered being on the wall of an archeological site and then being on the ground near the wall. She didn’t remember the fall that paralyzed the 20-year-old from the waist down.  Carbaugh, who had just graduated from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania, was on a school trip tracing the missionary journey of Paul, one of the Twelve Apostles.  While climbing around an archeological site, she fell 8 feet headfirst onto solid rock. “My foot just slid out ... I just didn’t have a good footing,” Carbaugh said.  Her back was broken, she couldn’t move her legs, she had several broken ribs, a head wound that needed seven staples and her lungs were bleeding.

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Moving with the music: Gaylord Hospital and Fred Astaire Dance Studio open up a new world to people

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019

By KASSI JACKSON HARTFORD COURANT | OCT 18, 2019 | 1:35 PM For Molly Carta, who watched from a wheelchair when her friends danced when she was growing up, the chance to da... read more


By KASSI JACKSON HARTFORD COURANT | OCT 18, 2019 | 1:35 PM For Molly Carta, who watched from a wheelchair when her friends danced when she was growing up, the chance to dance herself brought a new sense of freedom. “To move with the music the way everyone else might move with the music was pretty cool," said Carta, of Middletown. The feeling of dancing to a love song, and recognizing these techniques can be applied whenever she attends weddings and other events, opened up new perspective for her, she said. Carta joined nearly a dozen others in a para dance sport clinic offered through partnership of Gaylord Hospital and Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Hartford on Thursday night in Wallingford. Waltz, salsa and cha-cha techniques were just a couple of the styles they practiced. While learning the moves and techniques to the waltz, Carta said she felt a sense of beauty that really stood out to her, particularly in the longer and slower movements as the class danced to John Mayer’s “Gravity.”

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