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2017 Gaylord Nightingale Nursing Award Nominees

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Excellence in nursing. That's the hallmark of nurses honored with the Nightingale Award. The award was developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative ef... read more


Excellence in nursing. That's the hallmark of nurses honored with the Nightingale Award. The award was developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. Gaylord is proud to announce that Joan Buckley, RN, Melissa DeSandre, RN, Jennifer Mordino, RN, and Nicole Morrill, RN will be among the ranks of excellent nurses honored at the annual Nightingale Gala in May.


Joan Buckley, RN
  Joan Buckley, RN
Melissa DeSandre, RN
  Melissa DeSandre, RN
Jennifer Mordino, RN
  Jennifer Mordino, RN
Nicole Morrill, RN
  Nicole Morrill, RN
Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Nominee Nomination Details PDF


 


Innovative Stroke & Neurological Rehab Treatment Approaches Course, 4/8/17 at Gaylord

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

INNOVATIVE STROKE & NEUROLOGICAL REHAB TREATMENT OPTIONS COURSE to be held at Gaylord on April 8, 2017, will provide therapists with treatment ideas to improve function for patients with stroke, t... read more


INNOVATIVE STROKE & NEUROLOGICAL REHAB TREATMENT OPTIONS COURSE to be held at Gaylord on April 8, 2017, will provide therapists with treatment ideas to improve function for patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury and other neurological issues. The latest research on neuroplasticity and motor learning will be presented and how to integrate this information into practice. To sign up call: (800) 791-0262 or email: admin@motivationsceu.com or see the website: www.motivationsceu.com

Stroke Course on April 8, 2017 information


Formation of Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) Model System,

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) Model System, representing a merger of the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Mode... read more


We are pleased to announce the formation of the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) Model System, representing a merger of the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System.

SNERSCIC has been funded as one of 14 SCI Model Systems across the United States, working together to optimize clinical care, research, education, and service related to the impact of spinal cord injury on individuals and their communities. SCI Model Systems are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

SNERSCIC has a long and distinguished history in working with the spinal cord injury community across the New England region. As a Model System, the Center serves as an advocate and resource for individuals with SCI, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals. SNERSCIC works to enhance the lives of people with SCI across their lifespan through innovative science and technology, with particular attention to underserved populations.

The SNERSCIC network of treatment, research, and educational facilities includes the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Public Health, as well as Gaylord Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
PDF of Announcement/ Research Priorities /Meaning of Change


3rd Quarter 2017 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Thursday, Jan 05, 2017

The Third Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:      Katie Zimmerli    Inpati... read more


The Third Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:

 Photo of Employee of the Year Nominee    Katie Zimmerli
   Inpatient Therapy 
 Photo of Employee of the Year Nominee    Ann Pacileo
   Outpatient Therapy 
 Photo of Employee of the Year Nominee    Cheryl Tansley
   Inpatient Speech 
 Photo of Employee of the Year Nominee    Jaclyn Magnuszewski
   Inpatient Therapy
Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF  


Hartford Business Journal Names Health Care Heros

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

Dec. 1, 2016 - The Public Relations Department is proud to announce that David Rosenblum, MD and Heather Hancort, RN, BSN, CRRN will be honored as recipients of Hartford Business Journal’s Healt... read more


Dec. 1, 2016 - The Public Relations Department is proud to announce that David Rosenblum, MD and Heather Hancort, RN, BSN, CRRN will be honored as recipients of Hartford Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes awards on December 1 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The Health Care Heroes Awards identifies outstanding leaders in the health care industry who are the epitome of a "hero”. Dr. Rosenblum and Heather were nominated for their patient-centered work with rehabilitation patients. Their nominations for the award are in the links below. Dr. Rosenblum Nomination Heather Hancort Nomination


2nd Quarter 2017 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

The Second Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:      Dan Bergeron   Inpatient The... read more


The Second Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:

 Photo of award nominee    Dan Bergeron
  Inpatient Therapy 
 Photo of award nominee   Kim Crawford
  Nursing Services 
 Photo of award nominee   Philip Silverio
  Physical Therapy, Cheshire 
 Photo of award nominee   Lori Vickers
  Therapy Services

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


Hearing Exam Highlights Health Benefits of Early Detection

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

CHESHIRE HERALD - by John Rook - As we get older, our hearing begins to go.That’s just a part of the natural aging process, and no more controllable than a thinning hairline or a few more wrink... read more


CHESHIRE HERALD - by John Rook - As we get older, our hearing begins to go.That’s just a part of the natural aging process, and no more controllable than a thinning hairline or a few more wrinkles.

By the age of 65, most people have some level of hearing loss and, by the age of 90, everyone has expe-rienced a decline in what they can hear. Yet Lori Charette warns that people shouldn’t just accept hear-ing loss as a common part of growing old.Charette, an audiologist at the Gaylord Hospital Hearing Center, was on hand at the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine facility in Chesire.

Hearing and Early Detection Full Article


Ist Quarter 2017 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016

The First Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are: Burt Fleischner Inpatient Therapy ... read more


The First Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award are:

Photo of Burt Fleischner Lindenmayer Award Nominee Burt Fleischner
Inpatient Therapy
   
Sue Goldstein, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Sue Goldstein
Outpatient Therapy
   
Kate Grevelding, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Kate Grevelding
Outpatient Physical Therapy
   
Jennifer Mordino, Lindenmayer Award Nominee Jennifer Mordino
Nursing Services


Congratulations to all of our First Quarter Nominees!
Nominee Bios and Nomination Details PDF


Free Hearing Screening at Gaylord Chesire on 8/9/16

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016

Join us for a free hearing screening at the new Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office in Cheshire located at 1154 Highland Ave. To schedule your Mobile Hearing Screening ap... read more


Join us for a free hearing screening at the new Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office in Cheshire located at 1154 Highland Ave. To schedule your Mobile Hearing Screening appointment call the Gaylord Hearing Center at (203) 284-2880. Appointments are available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Free Hearing Screening  


Gaylord Hospital’s David Rosenblum, M.D. Earns “Top Doc” Ranking by Connecticut Magazine for 11th Y

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 11, 2017 – David S. Rosenblum, M.D., of Gaylord Hospital has been named a 2017 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Rosenblum is the Medical Directo... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, April 11, 2017 – David S. Rosenblum, M.D., of Gaylord Hospital has been named a 2017 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Rosenblum is the Medical Director of Outpatient Medical Services at Gaylord Hospital, the Director of Gaylord’s Spinal Cord Injury program and Spinal Cord Injury Research, and the Co-Director of Clinical Care and Site Principal Investigator at Gaylord for the Spinal Cord Injury Model System site to which Gaylord belongs.

The announcement, featured in the April issue of the magazine, marks the eleventh year that Dr. Rosenblum has been lauded with the honor.

Since 1992, Dr. Rosenblum has treated patients at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare with a spinal cord injury or other types of neurologic injury or disease. As a physiatrist board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine as well as additional board sub-specialization certification in brain injury medicine, Dr. Rosenblum continuously seeks out new ways to improve the present and future quality of life for his patients.

His innovation and leadership has propelled Gaylord Hospital to the national forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation. In the 1990s, Dr. Rosenblum was instrumental in creating and directing Gaylord’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. At that time he also brought intrathecal baclofen - a technologically advanced treatment for spasticity (a muscle control disorder in which muscles are continuously contracted) - to Gaylord and to Connecticut. Gaylord continues to have an active program in providing state-of-the-art care to people with spasticity.

Dr. Rosenblum also achieved his goal of helping Gaylord become an integral part of a Model Spinal Cord System – the only hospital in the state to achieve this status. With only 14 model systems in the U.S. funded by NIDILRRL (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation), the application process is rigorous and facilities must meet specific criteria. Dr. Rosenblum currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of this Model SCI System.

Dr. Rosenblum was also a key player in bringing exoskeletal robotic technology – a recent development in spinal cord injury therapy – to Gaylord. The wearable robot is used to help patients with spinal cord injury or lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Gaylord is one of the few facilities in the world to offer the Ekso bionic exoskeleton, which was named a top-ten invention by CNN and Wired and one of the “Best Inventions” by Time.

"Dr. Rosenblum is extremely deserving of this honor,” explained George Kyriacou, President and CEO of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.

“He is valued by patients and peers for his compassionate approach and forward-thinking vision. We are proud to have outstanding doctors like Dr. Rosenblum who help make Gaylord a national leader in rehabilitative health.”

Dr. Rosenblum was recently honored by the Hartford Business Journal with the 2016 Healthcare Hero Award.

The Woodbridge resident graduated summa cum laude and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Rosenblum is also an associate clinical professor at Yale Medical School.
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Gaylord Speech Language Pathologist to Address Swallowing Difficulties with Free Seminar at Meriden

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 6, 2017) — Did you know that one in five people over the age of 50 experiences some level of difficulty swallowing? Join Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Speech... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (April 6, 2017) — Did you know that one in five people over the age of 50 experiences some level of difficulty swallowing?

Join Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Speech and Language Pathologist Cheryl Tansley, M.S., CCC-SLP as she explains what you need to know in a free seminar, “The Aging Swallow”, on Thursday, May 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main Street, Meriden.

Participants will learn the role of the speech pathologist in helping people to swallow better, understand the basic anatomy and physiology of a “normal” swallow, discover how aging changes basic swallow function, and learn what one can do to make difficult swallowing easier.

Interested participants may sign up at the Meriden Senior Center front desk or call (203) 237-0066.
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Cheshire Community YMCA Presents Gaylord with “Healthy Living Award” for its Commitment to Communit

Tuesday, Apr 04, 2017

Cheshire Community YMCA Presents Gaylord with “Healthy Living Award” for its Commitment to Community’s Wellbeing CHESHIRE, CONN. (April 4, 2017)— Gaylord Physical Therapy,... read more


Cheshire Community YMCA Presents Gaylord with “Healthy Living Award”
for its Commitment to Community’s Wellbeing

CHESHIRE, CONN. (April 4, 2017)— Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine of Cheshire was recently honored by the Cheshire Community YMCA with its 2016 Healthy Living Award. This recognition is given annually to a local organization who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the Cheshire community.

In 2016, a new Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (PTOSM) office opened on Highland Avenue. In accepting the award Jacob Hunter, Manager of Gaylord PTOSM, said, “With a rich history in rehabilitation and medical care, we continuously strive to extend our reach to serve those in need. Opening a new location in Cheshire has allowed us to integrate Gaylord’s mission into the heart of the Cheshire community.”

Since the facility opened in June, Cheshire Gaylord PTOSM staff have formed collaborative relationships with the YMCA, as well as local businesses, the senior center, and the athletic community. In addition to providing patient care to hundreds of local patients, Gaylord’s highly trained physical therapists have participated in multiple community events which included education to the Cheshire YMCA about the principles of physical therapy and ways to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Gaylord PTOSM therapists have also volunteered by providing manual stretching for athletes at local racing events such as Running with the Rams, Ives Farm Land Trust Tractor Trot, and the Hot Cocoa 5K and plan to participate in more community events in the coming year.

“Events such as these allow our entire Gaylord team to become part of the fabric of this warm Cheshire community,” said Hunter. “We look forward to continuing to build strong bonds, serving those in need of physical therapy services and to reinforce our commitment to public service."

YMCA Healthy Living Award photo


Wine, Beer & Cordial Tasting to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Injury Patients at Gaylord, May

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on May 5 to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Injury Patients at Gaylord Hospital WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 25, 2017)— The community is invited to raise a ... read more


Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on May 5 to Benefit
Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Injury Patients at Gaylord Hospital

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 25, 2017)— The community is invited to raise a glass for a good cause at the Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting on Friday, May 5, 2017 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, care and financial assistance to MS and brain injured patients who are struggling to pay for services or equipment they may need. The evening includes hearty appetizers, carving and pasta stations, dessert and coffee bars as well as raffle items and a Treasure Chest.

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.

The annual Wine, Beer and Cordial Tasting has raised more than $142,000 for the Elizabeth Birney Gagliardi Endowment Fund since the event’s inception in 2008. In 2016 the EBG Fund spent nearly $13,000 to cover co-pays, a foot drop brace, a lift seat, two walk aides, a forearm crutch and assistance with the cost of a power wheelchair.

Purchase Tickets


Adaptive Sports Fest Encourages with Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Visual Impairments

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 13, 2017)— The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, SCSU Institute for Adaptive Sports and Inclusive Recreation and Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness will host the 2017 Ad... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONN. (March 13, 2017)— The Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, SCSU Institute for Adaptive Sports and Inclusive Recreation and Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness will host the 2017 Adaptive Sports Fest to build awareness of the opportunities and benefits of participating in adaptive sports programs.

The one-day festival will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University, 125 Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, CT 06515. All are invited to attend and admission is free.

“The festival is a great way for people with permanent physical disabilities and visual impairments to become familiar with the world of adaptive sports,” said Gaylord Hospital Sports Association Program Manager, Katie Joly. “It’s a fun opportunity to learn about - and even try - new activities.”

Joly explained that during the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations or participate in clinics for wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair lacrosse, boccia and wheelchair basketball.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with local and national athletes and parathletes and to peruse an expo area featuring adaptive sports programs and resources in Connecticut including sled hockey, archery, yoga, kayaking, running and much more.

To register, please contact the Gaylord Sports Association at (203) 284–2772 or email sports@gaylord.org

2017 Sports Fest Postcard Photo


Thomaston Feed Commits to Feeding Galya - Gaylord Hospital’s Working Facility Dog - For Life

Thursday, Nov 03, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 27, 2016 - It all started with a single birthday wish. Gaylord Hospital Regional Manager of Outpatient Services Jason Zagorski was about to turn 40 years old, and his... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 27, 2016 - It all started with a single birthday wish. Gaylord Hospital Regional Manager of Outpatient Services Jason Zagorski was about to turn 40 years old, and his friend Nicole Cammack and her fiancé wanted to celebrate by giving him a special gift.

That’s when Zagorski told his friend, who also happened to be manager of Thomaston Feed in Cheshire - a store offering holistic pet food and supplements - all about Galya, Gaylord Hospital’s working facility dog who has lifted the spirits of hundreds of patients recovering from devastating injury or illness.

“All Jason wanted was for us to give Galya a month’s supply of dog food in his honor,” she said. Cammack and her Thomaston Feed colleagues were not only happy to not only fulfill Zagorski’s request, but took it one step further: the family-run natural and holistic pet food and supplement business happily offered to feed Galya for life.

Galya is a sweet-natured yellow lab who came to Gaylord after two years of training from Canine Companions for Independence and was integrated into the hospital’s care to improve patients’ quality of life, increase their motivation, and help patients de-stress.

At the beginning of each work day Galya and her handler, Unit Manager of Gaylord’s Rehabilitation Division Heather Hancort, RN, visit brain injured and spinal cord patients who have specifically requested to see her as well as other patients who have been identified to be in need of a morale boost. The rest of Galya’s day is equally busy as she is often found assisting patients in the gyms or in therapy sessions elsewhere on campus.

Gaylord Hospital recently celebrated Galya’s one-year anniversary at the hospital with a “paw-ty” for her, staff and patients alike. Cammack was on hand to present Galya with a basket of her favorite “cookies” and toys and to officially declare Thomaston Feed’s lifetime promise.

Cammack, an animal nutrition expert who also has committed to feeding several local police dogs for life, says that it is “always a joy to watch Galya interact with patients.”

“It’s so heartwarming,” said Cammack. “You can’t put words to it. You see Galya work with people who are trying to come back from the worst point in their life. And seeing them light up around her is amazing. It means a lot to be a part of that.”

About Thomaston Feed
With stores located in Brookfield, Cheshire, Thomaston and River Vale, NJ, Thomaston Feed is a family run business specializing in dog and cat nutrition and holistic alternatives to synthetic medicines since 1990.


Book Signing, Red Carpet Movie Screening at Gaylord for Nat'l Caregivers Month

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

Nov. 10th Lecture, Book Signing with Ed Cantor, Author of “Remember Me” Nov. 18th Red Carpet Screening of “Gold Star” Movie Filmed at Gaylord in 2014 WALLINGFORD, CT, Oct... read more


Nov. 10th Lecture, Book Signing with Ed Cantor, Author of “Remember Me”
Nov. 18th Red Carpet Screening of “Gold Star” Movie Filmed at Gaylord in 2014

WALLINGFORD, CT, October 14, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, will recognize National Family Caregivers Month in November with two free events open to the public.

On Thursday, November 10, noted author Ed Cantor will provide a lecture and signing of his recent novel, “Remember Me, Living with Cancer: A Story of Life, Love, and Courage”. The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooker Lecture Hall of Gaylord Hospital with a wine and cheese reception followed by a lecture by the author, Q&A, and book signing. 
“Remember Me” chronicles Cantor’s wife’s battle with cancer and his own experiences as her primary caregiver. A resident of Orange, Cantor, a retired attorney and his wife, Micki, a retired cable TV advertising executive, had their retirements shattered in 2003 when Micki was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. For the next eight years, Micki faced surgeries, chemotherapy, several hospitalizations, a lengthy period of remission, and an uncontrollable recurrence and decline before she died in 2011. Micki and Ed were caught up in the medical system and consumed by the cancer-its diagnosis, its treatment, its uncertainty, its pain, unpredictability and heartbreak. Cantor wrote “Remember Me’ following his wife’s death as both a love story and a caregiver guide. Gaylord will also host a Red Carpet screening of the film “Gold Star” on November 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooker Lecture Hall at Gaylord Hospital. The free event will begin with a wine and cheese reception, screening of the feature-length movie, and a Q&A with the producer and director, Victoria Negri.

“Gold Star” was partially filmed at Gaylord Hospital in 2014 and is based on Negri’s real-life experiences as a caregiver of her own older father, Carmine, who suffered a devastating stroke and spent time rehabilitating at Gaylord Hospital. The film stars Negri herself and Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Robert Vaughn.


Gaylord Social Worker Dorene Scolnic, LCSW, explained that attending the month’s events can be especially useful for anyone caring for a sick or disabled loved one.

“Being a caregiver is inherently stressful,” she said. “It’s easy to feel as if you’re the only one going through the struggles and difficulties. But it’s very empowering to be with others who are walking the same journey and to hear their stories and know that they ultimately survived. Realizing that you’re not alone really helps.”
Seating is limited, if you are interested in attending this free event please RSVP by calling (203) 284-2829.  About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the 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 their website at www.gaylord.org.                                         


Gaylord VP Recognized as "Woman of the Year" by Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerece

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

Wallingford Resident and Healthcare Leader Receives Prestigious Award at Annual Event WALLINGFORD, CT, October 21, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care ... read more


Wallingford Resident and Healthcare Leader Receives Prestigious Award at Annual Event

WALLINGFORD, CT, October 21, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is pleased to announce that Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Public Relations and Marketing, was recently honored as “Woman of the Year” at the 2016 Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Achievement Awards.

Knapp was recognized for her proven track record in not-for-profit fundraising and for most notably spearheading a multi-million dollar capital campaign to expand the footprint, capacity and medical capabilities of the hospital. Opened in December 2008, the Milne Pavilion offers a modern technology-enhanced wing to care for some of the state’s sickest patients.

Tara has been in Development for more than 26 years serving in both healthcare and educational fundraising. She serves as an active volunteer in her community. She serves on the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce; Mount Holyoke College as a Class Agent; the Independent Day School as a Trustee where she chairs the Development Committee; the Wallingford Historic Properties Commission; and the Connecticut Hospital Association on both its Development Directors Group and Communications Group.

Tara was awarded the 2015 Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the 2016 Hartford Business Journal “Women in Business Award”.

Knapp attributed her continued business success to having an open mind, willing spirit, and a can-do outlook.

“At Gaylord Hospital we encourage patients to ‘Think Possible.’ It’s a mantra I’ve always taken to heart when opportunities fall in my lap – and fall outside of my comfort zone. I think that saying ‘yes’ and never turning my back on opportunity has been critical to my career,” Knapp said.

“It’s an honor to be counted among such an amazing and talented group of women and to be recognized for doing something that I love.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the 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 their website at www.gaylord.org.

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Family-Friendly Halloween Party to Benefit Gaylord's Stroke & TBI Programs

Saturday, Oct 01, 2016

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 22, 2016 – For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D’Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun. Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D&rsqu... read more


WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, September 22, 2016 – For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D’Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun.

Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D’Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time U.S. ballroom dancing champion and world championship hopeful permanently paralyzed on one side. Her brother Dennis DeMatteis Jr., the other half of this dance team’s career ended also.

D’Angelo spent more than three months at Gaylord Hospital, regaining as much mobility as possible and learning how to adapt and overcome the challenges that her condition brought.

“Gaylord taught me how to live with my issues. They teach you how to go on with what you have, even if you aren’t totally 100% yourself again,” she explained.

“I always say Gaylord gave me back my life … and that’s why it’s truly my honor to give back to Gaylord.”

Kim and her husband Richard will host their sixth annual family-friendly Halloween Bash for the community on Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Elks Club, 175 School Street, Hamden. Admission price for ghouls and boys aged 10 under is $5, and admission for individuals 11 to 100 is $20.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Gaylord Hospital’s Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. Ticket purchases or donations can be made online before October 10th at www.gaylord.org/halloween.

Kim explained that last year, nearly 250 people of all ages attended the event which has raised nearly $10,000 to-date.

Attendees, she said, will enjoy a full buffet from two master chefs including braised beef, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, ravioli, salad, fruit salad, an enormous array of desserts and a much-anticipated candy buffet. Subway Sandwiches will also be available, a donation. from Subway locations: 315 & 320 Foxon Blvd. New Haven also Bridge Rd. Haddam Ct.

Kids and adults will also enjoy a scavenger hunt, a child and adult costume contest, piñatas, a professional DJ, free enormous children’s gift bags, a spook house, raffle prizes for a 50 inch TV and other electronics, and a 50 / 50 raffle.

D’Angelo explained that each year, the Halloween event honors a local community member who has survived a stroke and received rehabilitative services from Gaylord Hospital. This year’s honoree will be Branford resident Ray Radovich.

“This event is just as much about raising money for Gaylord stroke care as it is about providing information to attendees on stroke awareness,” said Kim D’Angelo.

Tara Knapp, Vice President for Development and Public Relations stated, “Gaylord is honored to be the beneficiary of this wonderful annual event. It is a great example of patients giving back and also paying it forward.”

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


Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Opens on Highland Avenue

Monday, Jun 27, 2016

CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, June 16, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the opening of its newest Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine location at 1154 Highland Ave in Cheshi... read more


CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT, June 16, 2016 - Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the opening of its newest Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine location at 1154 Highland Ave in Cheshire. The office is located on the second floor of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Outpatient Center.

Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, Outpatient Site Supervisor said that opening a presence in the Cheshire community this June was important as Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is a preferred provider to many local sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons.

Hunter explained that referrals are not necessary and that the new location will offer same-day appointments.

“Our services can benefit patients with any orthopedic condition ranging from strains and sprains to those recovering from joint replacement or orthopedic surgery. Our therapists can help assess the injury and provide or recommend the next steps in treatment,” he said.

“Whether a patient is a serious athlete sidelined by a sports injury, a weekend warrior, or just wants to regain an active lifestyle, our therapists can provide the expert, personalized care that can help build strength, mobility and quickly return them to the activities they love.”

Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine also comes highly recommended by its current and former patients, with more than 96% of those treated at the practice’s North Haven office reporting being highly satisfied with their therapy services.

A number of experienced Gaylord therapists are available for appointments, including:

Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS, a Cheshire native and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist who was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties and was recently named Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s 2016 Employee of the Year. Hunter is among the few therapists in the area to be certified in the integrative dry needling technique for pain management therapy.

Kate Grevelding, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University with current research focusing on injury prevention in the high-level athlete. She actively works in the Cheshire sporting community to promote sports injury prevention and enthusiastically works with her patients, coaches, and athletes of all ages.

Philip Silverio, PT, DPT, who received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. He is a section member of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a certified provider for the selective functional movement assessment and functional dry needling. Phil is currently pursuing his manual therapy certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

Anyone interested in making an appointment themselves can call (203) 679-3533 or can be referred by any community healthcare provider. To learn more about Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s services, please visit www.rehabwithapro.org.


Record Attendance for Adaptive Rock Climbing in Wallingford

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017

March 25, 2017 Myrecordjournal.com By Sheridan Cyr Special to the Record-Journal WALLINGFORD — The Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital hosted its fourth annual adaptive rock climbing cli... read more


March 25, 2017 Myrecordjournal.com
By Sheridan Cyr Special to the Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — The Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital hosted its fourth annual adaptive rock climbing clinic at Prime Climb in Wallingford Saturday afternoon with record attendance.

Employees from Prime Climb, from the Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital, from Hangar Clinic and students studying therapeutic recreation at Southern Connecticut State University volunteered time to help visually impaired and disabled people face an incredible challenge — rock climbing.

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Galya, Gaylord's Facility Dog, and Heather Hancort Profiled on "Crossroads Magazine"

Monday, Mar 20, 2017

GALYA & HEATHER on TV: See Heather Hancort, BSN, RN, CRRN and Galya, Gaylord's facility dog, in action during this video profile for "Crossroads Magazine." Galya is a 3 yr. old yellow lab specia... read more


GALYA & HEATHER on TV: See Heather Hancort, BSN, RN, CRRN and Galya, Gaylord's facility dog, in action during this video profile for "Crossroads Magazine." Galya is a 3 yr. old yellow lab specially trained to work in a setting like Gaylord. Their story starts at 10:08 minutes into the video.


Why You Should Get Your Hearing Checked

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Can’t hear any noise? Need to turn up the television or radio? You may need to have your hearing screened. Audiologist Lori Charette heads up the Gaylord Hea... read more


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Can’t hear any noise? Need to turn up the television or radio? You may need to have your hearing screened.

Audiologist Lori Charette heads up the Gaylord Hearing Center.

“Once you are 50, just like you would have many other screenings, when you have a screening for hearing then you know, is your hearing on a decline and you can do something about it,” said Audiologist Lori Charette at Gaylord Hearing Center.

Doing something about it could have a huge impact.

“A brain that can hear is a well functioning brain,” said Charette.

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Rare condition helps two young women form special bond

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) - A special bond was formed between two young women who recognize how life can change in an instant. After one of them shared the story of her health scare on Channel 3 a fe... read more


WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A special bond was formed between two young women who recognize how life can change in an instant.

After one of them shared the story of her health scare on Channel 3 a few months ago, the other wound-up having a lifesaving surgery.

Last September, Channel 3 introduced viewers to Skylar Vumback who was recovering from an arteriovenous malformation, or an AVM.

It's a condition when blood vessels get tangled in the brain, and in Vumback’s case, there was a brain burst that left her in a coma for nine days.

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New Haven Register Photos of CT Jammers Wheelchair Rugby vs. Southern

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

New Haven Register - The Southern Connecticut State University Rugby Team competes in a wheelchair rugby match against the CT Jammers at Southern's Pelz Gymnasium in New Haven on 1/22/2016. The match ... read more


New Haven Register - The Southern Connecticut State University Rugby Team competes in a wheelchair rugby match against the CT Jammers at Southern's Pelz Gymnasium in New Haven on 1/22/2016. The match was organized by the Institute for Adaptive Sports and Recreation at Southern and Gaylord Hospital.
Photos by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

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Walter Camp All-Americans visit Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017

January 14, 2017 By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff WALLINGFORD — When she was admitted to Gaylord Hospital three weeks ago, Erika Van Buren noticed the hospital would be hosting current a... read more


January 14, 2017
By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff

WALLINGFORD — When she was admitted to Gaylord Hospital three weeks ago, Erika Van Buren noticed the hospital would be hosting current and former Walter Camp Foundation All-Americans.

Van Buren, who had brain surgery after it was discovered she had Arteriovenous Malformations, is a freshman at the University of Michigan.

“I was so excited because there were three (Michigan) players who made the Walter Camp All-American team this year,” said Van Buren, who is from Canton.

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With therapist's help, paralyzed man proposes to girlfriend at Wallingford hospital

Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

FOX 61 News, Dec. 9, 2016, Posted by Doug Stewart WALLINGFORD — A man who was paralyzed in a diving accident last summer proposed  to his girlfriend with the help of his therapists Th... read more


FOX 61 News, Dec. 9, 2016, Posted by Doug Stewart

WALLINGFORD — A man who was paralyzed in a diving accident last summer proposed  to his girlfriend with the help of his therapists Thursday.

Joe Graham, 29, broke his neck and crushed vertebrae when he dove into a pool this past July. At the time he was told he would be on a ventilator to help him breathe for the rest of his life.

According to Gaylord Hospital, while he was In the intensive care unit, his girlfriend Tonya told him she was pregnant. Video Link:  http://bit.ly/BendedKnee

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Local paralyzed man proposes on bended knee

Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

WFSB News, Dec. 9, 2016, by Olivia Lank WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -A local man was able to propose on bended knee even though he is a quadriplegic.  Joe Graham ,29, was able to propose to his girl... read more


WFSB News, Dec. 9, 2016, by Olivia Lank WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -A local man was able to propose on bended knee even though he is a quadriplegic. 

Joe Graham ,29, was able to propose to his girlfriend at Gaylord Hospital with the help of his team of physical therapists. 

Graham broke his neck and crushed his vertebrae when he dove into a pool in July of 2016. 

According to Gaylord Hospital, he was told he would be on a vent his whole life.

Graham found out that his girlfriend, Tonya, was pregnant when he was in the ICU. 

When Graham was transferred to Gaylord, he was motivated by the news of the baby to get off the vent and increase his strength to use both arms. He then asked his team of physical therapists to help him propose to Tonya. 

Video link: http://bit.ly/BendedKnee

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Lori Riley: After Brother's Accident, Kaylea Mazzamurro Gives Back To Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Dec 05, 2016

Hartford Courant - Dec. 3, 1016 - by Lori Riley Every December, it's tough for Joe Stone to find a gym in which to run his Connecticut Classic wheelchair rugby tournament "It seems like basketball... read more


Hartford Courant - Dec. 3, 1016 - by Lori Riley Every December, it's tough for Joe Stone to find a gym in which to run his Connecticut Classic wheelchair rugby tournament

"It seems like basketball was pushing our dates out of the way," said Stone, who is a member of the Connecticut Jammers wheelchair rugby team at Gaylord Specialty Healthcarein Wallingford. "Every December, our gym that allows us to practice year round, they close. Every year, it's a fight to find a gym to allows us to host. We called a lot of gyms. We need an inside person to move things along."

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Renovations planned for Gaylord Hospital facility

Monday, Dec 05, 2016

MyRecordJournal.com - December 2, 2016 By Matthew Zabierek Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Hospital is soliciting donations for renovations to its Traurig House, a transitional hom... read more


MyRecordJournal.com - December 2, 2016
By Matthew Zabierek Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — Gaylord Hospital is soliciting donations for renovations to its Traurig House, a transitional home for patients with brain injuries.

The facility helps patients transition from inpatient care before returning home. Case manager Joy Oliano said the facility has not undergone a major renovation since it was built in 1988.

“It’s dated and needs renovations,” Oliano said.

In September, Gaylord launched a fundraising campaign dubbed “The Traurig Challenge” with hopes of raising $120,000. The CUNO Foundation, a Meriden-based organization that provides grants for public, charitable or educational purposes, has pledged to donate $60,000 along with an anonymous donor. With the pledge, the hospital has collected about $104,000 in total.

The money will go for new carpet, furniture, bathroom fixtures and painted walls. Oliano believes the renovations will take the home’s “college dorm” appearance and transform it into a state-of-the-art facility.

Patients stay in the co-ed facility, which includes eight beds, for roughly eight weeks while completing therapy to repair cognitive and speech skills. Injuries that patients rehab include traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, or neurological disease.

Patients have often lost the ability to complete everyday tasks, like balancing a checkbook and grocery shopping, Oliano said.

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Choate Boys and Girls Hockey Team Come Together for Charity Ice Hockey Game

Monday, Nov 07, 2016

SportsEdge.com--November 6, 2016 Nicole McGuigan has been playing hockey since she was 7-years-old. McGuigan is a junior at Choate in Wallingford and Sunday she organized a charity ice hockey game... read more


SportsEdge.com--November 6, 2016 Nicole McGuigan has been playing hockey since she was 7-years-old.

McGuigan is a junior at Choate in Wallingford and Sunday she organized a charity ice hockey game for the Gaylord Sports Association’s Wolfpack Sled Hockey team. After volunteering at a sled hockey game at her home in Long Island, McGuigan decided to do the same thing at Choate.

“I love hockey its my passion, I love hockey,” said McGuigan.

Members of the boys and girls varsity hockey team battled the Wolfpack in a sled game that was pretty one-sided

“I thought it would be really fun event so I came out and played and I got lit up a little bit, but it was fun,” said Jackson Elkins.

Elkins joined McGuigan and their teammates on the ice, but more important that the score, they raised money for the Wolfpack. Over $8,000.

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Choate Teams Up with Wolfpack Sled Hockey Players in Wallingford Charity Event

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016

November 6, 2016 07:24PM By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff WALLINGFORD — When she was just three weeks old, Choate Rosemary Hall’s Nicole McGuigan had to have open heart surgery and... read more


November 6, 2016 07:24PM
By Pete Paguaga Record-Journal Staff

WALLINGFORD — When she was just three weeks old, Choate Rosemary Hall’s Nicole McGuigan had to have open heart surgery and over the past 17 years she has been giving back.

Whether it was donating hair for Locks of Love, being a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Foundation, serving as a Red Cap Ambassador for the American Heart Association, helping out at the Building Homes for Heroes annual skate-athon or volunteering with the Long Island RoughRiders sled hockey team, she has always wanted to help.

Helping out with the Long Island RoughRiders inspired her to organize the first sled hockey charity game with the Gaylord Wolfpack sled hockey team on Sunday at Choate.

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Wallingford Native Named Woman of the Year by Q Chamber

Friday, Oct 21, 2016

MyRecordJournal.com, Oct. 20, 2016 By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — While volunteering as a candy striper at Gaylord Hospital as a teenager, Tara Knapp never imagined sh... read more


MyRecordJournal.com, Oct. 20, 2016
By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff WALLINGFORD — While volunteering as a candy striper at Gaylord Hospital as a teenager, Tara Knapp never imagined she would one day become a vice president at the hospital.

On Thursday, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce presented Knapp with its Woman of the Year Award at the chamber’s annual Women’s Achievement Awards luncheon. Knapp has served as the vice president for development, public relations and marketing at Gaylord since 2003.

“I’m very flattered and humbled,” Knapp said. “I never thought I’d be here. It’s a wonderful, full arch.”

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Galya is more than a Therapy Dog at Gaylord Hospital

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

FOX 61 - Jim Altman - WALLINGFORD – Instead of the Monday blues, it was a Monday celebration at GaylordHospital on October 17. The guest of honor? A 3 1/2-year-old Labrador R... read more


FOX 61 - Jim Altman - WALLINGFORD – Instead of the Monday blues, it was a Monday celebration at GaylordHospital on October 17. The guest of honor? A 3 1/2-year-old Labrador Retriever named Galya.

Galya is a beloved--and highly-trained--therapy dog officially known as a facility dog. She spends much of her day visiting patients and raising their spirits.

To celebrate Galya’s first year of service at the hospital, co-workers gathered in the courtyard, which was decked out in streamers and balloons.


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Back in the Game: Radovich's Recovery Inspires Others

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

BEATING ALL ODDS: After a heart attack Ray was unconscious and on life support for nearly a month. He recovered enough to come to Gaylord where he spent seven months. His rehab continued at Traurig ... read more


BEATING ALL ODDS: After a heart attack Ray was unconscious and on life support for nearly a month. He recovered enough to come to Gaylord where he spent seven months. His rehab continued at Traurig House, Gaylord's on-campus home that helps patients rebuild the skills to transition to independent living. Ray will be honored at the Halloween Party, on Oct. 15., 6 - 11 p.m., 175 School St., Hamden, CT. Proceeds will benefit the Traurig Challenge to update Traurig House. Join us and say "hi" to Ray, help a great cause and have a ton of fun! Tickets: http://bit.ly/GaylordEvents
T House Challenge info: http://bit.ly/THouseChallenge


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Hamden Halloween Bash to Raise Funds for Gaylord

Tuesday, Oct 04, 2016

HAVE FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE: When Kim D'Angelo had two strokes 21 years ago, she was treated at Gaylord and spent time recovering in Traurig House. Traurig is Gaylord's residential center for patients ... read more


HAVE FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE: When Kim D'Angelo had two strokes 21 years ago, she was treated at Gaylord and spent time recovering in Traurig House. Traurig is Gaylord's residential center for patients with stroke or acquired brain injury. Over the past several years, D'Angelo and her husband have organized a benefit Halloween party that has raised thousands of dollars for the hospital. This year's party, Sat., Oct. 15, 6-11 PM at the Hamden Elks Lodge, in Hamden, CT will help support the Traurig Challenge, a project for updating Traurig. www.gaylord.org/traurigchallenge. Halloween Party tickets: https://www.gaylord.org/Halloween

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Family Friendly Halloween Party in Hamden to Benefit Stroke & TBI

Saturday, Oct 01, 2016

For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D'Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun. Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D'Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time ... read more


For Hamden stroke survivor Kim D'Angelo, Halloween is a time to give back while having fun.

Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 37, D'Angelo suffered a massive stroke, leaving the former nine-time U.S. ballroom dancing champion and world championship hopeful permanently paralyzed on one side. Her brother Dennis DeMatteis Jr., the other half of this dance team's career ended also.

D'Angelo spent more than three months at Gaylord Hospital, regaining as much mobility as possible and learning how to adapt and overcome the challenges that her condition brought.

"Gaylord taught me how to live with my issues. They teach you how to go on with what you have, even if you aren't totally 100% yourself again," she explained.

"I always say Gaylord gave me back my life … and that's why it's truly my honor to give back to Gaylord."

Kim and her husband Richard will host their sixth annual family-friendly Halloween Bash for the community on Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Elks Club, 175 School Street, Hamden. Admission price for ghouls and boys aged 10 under is $5, and admission for individuals 11 to 100 is $20.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Gaylord Hospital's Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. Ticket purchases or donations can be made online before October 10th at www.gaylord.org/halloween.

Kim explained that last year, nearly 250 people of all ages attended the event which has raised nearly $10,000 to-date.

Attendees, she said, will enjoy a full buffet from two master chefs including braised beef, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, ravioli, salad, fruit salad, an enormous array of desserts and a much-anticipated candy buffet. Subway Sandwiches will also be available, a donation. from Subway locations: 315 & 320 Foxon Blvd. New Haven also Bridge Rd. Haddam Ct.

Kids and adults will also enjoy a scavenger hunt, a child and adult costume contest, piñatas, a professional DJ, free enormous children's gift bags, a spook house, raffle prizes for a 50 inch TV and other electronics, and a 50 / 50 raffle.

D'Angelo explained that each year, the Halloween event honors a local community member who has survived a stroke and received rehabilitative services from Gaylord Hospital. This year's honoree will be Branford resident Ray Radovich.

"This event is just as much about raising money for Gaylord stroke care as it is about providing information to attendees on stroke awareness," said Kim D'Angelo.

Tara Knapp, Vice President for Development and Public Relations stated, "Gaylord is honored to be the beneficiary of this wonderful annual event. It is a great example of patients giving back and also paying it forward."

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




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Woman Speaks Out After Massive Brain Bleed

Friday, Sep 30, 2016

1 YEAR LATER - Skylar Vumback is walking and talking again a year after suffering a massive brain bleed. She was a freshman in college when a malformation of the vessels in her brain ruptured, sending... read more


1 YEAR LATER - Skylar Vumback is walking and talking again a year after suffering a massive brain bleed. She was a freshman in college when a malformation of the vessels in her brain ruptured, sending her into a coma for a week. She had to relearn almost everything thing, including how to talk. Skylar came to Gaylord for her rehab and continues to come twice a week for outpatient therapy. Her progress has been remarkable and her goal is to eventually become an occupational therapist.

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Disabled Vets Compete in Fishing Tournament in Hartford

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Hartford Courant - Sept. 13, 2016 - by John Woike Twenty four disabled veterans were given the opportunity to compete in the Gaylord Hospital SAVES (Sports Association Veterans Events Series) Tournam... read more


Hartford Courant - Sept. 13, 2016 - by John Woike Twenty four disabled veterans were given the opportunity to compete in the Gaylord Hospital SAVES (Sports Association Veterans Events Series) Tournament of Champions Fishing Tournament.

Sgt. Joe Kowalski, president of Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program, teamed up with Gaylord Hospital and Riverfront Recapture to host the daylong event Tuesday at Riverside Park in Hartford. Each veterans that participated was paired with a fishing pro on their own boat and set out to catch the largest fish with a limit of five and the winner determined by weight.

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Gaylord Sports Association Wheelchair Tennis at CT Open

Friday, Sep 02, 2016

Video interviews of two wheelchair tennis athletes from the Gaylord Sports Assoc. during the Connecticut Open. read more


Video interviews of two wheelchair tennis athletes from the Gaylord Sports Assoc. during the Connecticut Open.

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Wheelchair Tennis Players Come Out to CT Open to Showcase Skills

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

THE REGISTER CITIZEN - By Benjamin Carroll - For Carlos Quiles, a wheelchair tennis player representing a team from Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, playing the sport is more than just a ga... read more


THE REGISTER CITIZEN - By Benjamin Carroll -

For Carlos Quiles, a wheelchair tennis player representing a team from Gaylord Hospital Sports Association, playing the sport is more than just a game — it’s about setting an example for others with disabilities. 

The wheelchairs were rolling all over the court at the Connecticut Tennis Center during the Connecticut Open on Wednesday, and Quiles understands the importance of showcasing what he can do with a racquet in his hands.


 

 

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Disabled Athletes Showcase Wheelchair Tennis Skills at CT Open

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

NBC CONNECTICUT - by Justin Schecker - Carlos Quiles from Meriden does not let his disability limit his love of sports. "I play organized wheelchair basketball, I coach and play on the team," he sa... read more


NBC CONNECTICUT - by Justin Schecker -

Carlos Quiles from Meriden does not let his disability limit his love of sports. "I play organized wheelchair basketball, I coach and play on the team," he said. "And I also do track and road racing as well." Now 35, Quiles has been wheelchair bound from an injury suffered when he was only two-years-old. "Sports overall, really helped me become who I am," Quiles said. "Shaped who I am today, helped me become independent." Source: Disabled Athletes Showcase Wheelchair Tennis Skills at Connecticut Open | NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Disabled-Athletes-Showcase-Wheelchair-Tennis-Skills-at-Connecticut-Open-391233231.html#ixzz4ISUywnlx
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Pooling the Resources to Heal

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

In Rehab Management by Susan Goldstein, PT, July 25, 2016 --- “I was never able to exercise until I did aquatic therapy.” --- “This is the first time I feel free to move with l... read more



In Rehab Management by Susan Goldstein, PT, July 25, 2016 --- “I was never able to exercise until I did aquatic therapy.” --- “This is the first time I feel free to move with little pain.”

Expressions such as these can be heard from patients who experience what they sometimes refer to as the “magical” effects of aquatic therapy. These patients sometimes have found they are able to walk in the water after unsuccessful attempts to ambulate on land due to weakness and pain limitations. Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford, Conn, designed its aquatic facility and specialized programs with the aim of regularly providing these types of experiences for patients who receive treatment there.
http://www.rehabpub.com/2016/07/pooling-resources-heal/

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Through Yoga, Survivor Helps Those in Recovery with Disabilities

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016

By Lori Riley, Contact Reporter for the Hartford Courant WALLINGFORD — Tanya Sage is a yoga teacher. She has been a triathlete, a swimmer and a runner. She is also a survivor. On Thursday ... read more


By Lori Riley, Contact Reporter for the Hartford Courant

WALLINGFORD — Tanya Sage is a yoga teacher. She has been a triathlete, a swimmer and a runner. She is also a survivor.

On Thursday night, Sage, 49, of Prospect introduced a group of about 30 people, some in wheelchairs, some not, to adaptive yoga at Gaylord Hospital. She is familiar with the hospital, as a little over 10 years ago, she spent a month there rehabilitating from a car accident that left her in a coma for 23 days, paralyzed on one side, legally blind with a brain injury, a collapsed lung and a lacerated liver.

"I did my fair share of crying, punching pillows, yelling and screaming at home," Sage said. "You do what you got to do to get through it. But recovering from that, it just sucked. I just felt like my life was over.

"I was on an emotional rollercoaster, partially from the brain injury. Looking back, if I had this yoga available from the get-go, it would have given me a place to go."

http://bit.ly/DisabledYoga

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GAYLORD GAUNTLET: Record field runs (and climbs and dives) through third annual obstacle race

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016

June 25, 2016 11:43PM By Michael Hewitt Special to the Record-Journal WALLINGFORD — He’s spent most of his life strapped in a wheelchair. Yet that didn’t keep 35-year-old Carlos ... read more


June 25, 2016 11:43PM
By Michael Hewitt Special to the Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — He’s spent most of his life strapped in a wheelchair. Yet that didn’t keep 35-year-old Carlos Quiles of Meriden from climbing walls, pushing logs, and sliding into a pool of water at the third annual Gaylord Gauntlet on Saturday afternoon.

Quiles was not alone. He was one of 12 registered adaptive athletes at Saturday’s 5K race that combined running with a greuling obstacle course.

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All can compete in one-of-a-kind race in Wallingford

Sunday, Jun 26, 2016

FOX61 NEWS, June 25, 2016 WALLINGFORD - A special race in Wallingford was held Saturday, all to benefit people with physical disabilities. The third annual Gaylord Gauntlet race benefits the Gaylo... read more


FOX61 NEWS, June 25, 2016 WALLINGFORD - A special race in Wallingford was held Saturday, all to benefit people with physical disabilities.

The third annual Gaylord Gauntlet race benefits the Gaylord Sports Association.

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Wallingford Golf Course Offers Hole-In-One Opportunity for Golfers with Disabilities

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Fox 61 News - June 13, 2016 -  WALLINGFORD -- The weather has turned, the grass is green, and that means it's time for the Gaylord Hospital Open. The annual tournament at the Farms Golf Cl... read more


Fox 61 News - June 13, 2016 - 

WALLINGFORD -- The weather has turned, the grass is green, and that means it's time for the Gaylord Hospital Open.

The annual tournament at the Farms Golf Club in Wallingford brings adaptive golfing to the green. Golfers with physical disabilities from all over the area come to play for a day of competition and camaraderie.

"I love just coming out here and doing this, playing with these guys," said Todd Blosser, from Meriden,  who lost his leg 10 years ago after an infection from an operation.


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Adaptive Golfers with Disabilities Take Part in the Gaylord Hospital Open

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Channel 8 - WTNH - SportsEdge - June 13, 2016 (WTNH)–Monday was a great day to get out and enjoy a little golf. About two dozen golfers took part in the GHO on Monday at the Farms Country Club ... read more


Channel 8 - WTNH - SportsEdge - June 13, 2016 (WTNH)–Monday was a great day to get out and enjoy a little golf. About two dozen golfers took part in the GHO on Monday at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford.

And when we say GHO, we mean the Gaylord Hospital Open.

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