Gaylord Hospital
50 Gaylord Farm Road
PO Box 400
Wallingford CT 06492
Contact Information
Address 50 Gaylord Farm Road
PO Box 400
Wallingford, CT 06492-
Telephone (203) 284-2800 x
Fax 203-284-3586
E-mail info@gaylord.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Our mission is to preserve and enhance a person's health and function.

Gaylord is the place you or your loved one goes to when you want extraordinary care for your complex chronic medical issue or rehabilitation needs. What do you do after your car accident, stroke or brain injury, or you have chronic respiratory problems, and your acute care hospital has stabilized you, but you need more care? You go to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. For nearly 110 years Gaylord has been a premier provider of medical care, giving to those in the community who need it the excellence in healthcare which they want and deserve.   Our patients count on us to deliver the best, most effective clinical services to get them home as soon as possible with as much independence as possible.   How do we know this? Over 95% of our patients would recommend Gaylord to others. How do we do this? We focus on our patients to give them care beyond the ordinary. As donor Bob Fechtor says of the treatment his wife received after her paralyzing stroke: “Thanks to Gaylord, we had five more happy years together.” (You can listen to Bob’s video on this page). We also hire exceptional people. We are one of only 14 Model Spinal Cord Centers in the nation. Our staff goes beyond ordinary lengths to provide the best solutions for our patients – and for their families.  When the daughter of a patient on a ventilator wanted to get married, what did we do? We held the wedding at Gaylord. We coordinate your care with doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists and social workers so that you can recover as well as you can, as soon as you can.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1902
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Kyriacou
Board Chair Mr. Robert Lyons Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation President & CEO, The Bilco Company
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $77,983,527.00
Projected Expenses $76,647,483.00
Statements
Mission
Our mission is to preserve and enhance a person's health and function.

Gaylord is the place you or your loved one goes to when you want extraordinary care for your complex chronic medical issue or rehabilitation needs. What do you do after your car accident, stroke or brain injury, or you have chronic respiratory problems, and your acute care hospital has stabilized you, but you need more care? You go to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. For nearly 110 years Gaylord has been a premier provider of medical care, giving to those in the community who need it the excellence in healthcare which they want and deserve.   Our patients count on us to deliver the best, most effective clinical services to get them home as soon as possible with as much independence as possible.   How do we know this? Over 95% of our patients would recommend Gaylord to others. How do we do this? We focus on our patients to give them care beyond the ordinary. As donor Bob Fechtor says of the treatment his wife received after her paralyzing stroke: “Thanks to Gaylord, we had five more happy years together.” (You can listen to Bob’s video on this page). We also hire exceptional people. We are one of only 14 Model Spinal Cord Centers in the nation. Our staff goes beyond ordinary lengths to provide the best solutions for our patients – and for their families.  When the daughter of a patient on a ventilator wanted to get married, what did we do? We held the wedding at Gaylord. We coordinate your care with doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists and social workers so that you can recover as well as you can, as soon as you can.
Background
Gaylord Hospital was founded in 1902 as a tuberculosis sanatorium and provided long-term treatment during the 50 years when the disease was epidemic. Gaylord's expertise became recognized nationwide. 
In the 1950s, with the discovery of medications that successfully curbed TB’s progress, Gaylord turned its expertise to other forms of rehabilitation beginning with chronic pulmonary disorders, then stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury. The hospital's programs grew over the years and Gaylord established itself as the premier long-term acute care hospital in the state. Today, Gaylord is well known among health care professionals throughout southern New England and metropolitan New York. 
 
Gaylord Milestones

•1904 First six patients are admitted

•1912 American playwright Eugene O'Neill is treated for tuberculosis at Gaylord

•1948 Gaylord Farm Sanatorium became Gaylord Hospital to address the health care issues of people with chronic illnesses

•1954 Gaylord became New England's first hospital specializing in comprehensive rehabilitation

•1989 Dedication of The Louis D. Traurig House, a transitional living facility for people with brain injuries

 •1991 Dedication of the 60,000 square foot Jackson Pavilion for ambulatory care

•1993 Gaylord and Yale University School of Medicine establish a professional affiliation

•1995 Gaylord joins National Handicapped Sports Association, now know as Disabled Sports USA 

 •2006 Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine North Haven location opens

•2007 Gaylord breaks ground in June for new 36-bed patient pavilion, which opens in December 2008.

•2008 Gaylord partners with Boston Medical Center to become designated by the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a Model System of Care for spinal cord injury.This highly competitive designation is renewed in 2011 and 2016.

• 2011 Gaylord is chosen by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to establish a Community Fitness & Wellness Facility.

• 2011 The independent Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyed Gaylord and gave a glowing review, including comments:

“Excellent quality of rehab care”

“Leadership demonstrates commitment & passion to patient care”

•2011 The U.S. Paralympics Committee announces that Gaylord will become an official Paralympic Club.

•2012 Gaylord acquires the ONLY Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton in CT
 
•2013 Gaylord establishes the Center for Concussion Care
 
•2014 Gaylord earns designation as Center of Excellence for Passy-Muir and Vapotherm
 
•2016 Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine opens a site in Cheshire
 
Impact

 ·       One of only 14 Model Spinal Cord Centers in the country, Gaylord remains a regional leader for patients with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Patient satisfaction surveys show that 100% of our SCI patients would recommend Gaylord’s SCI Program to those who need it.  It is led by Dr. David Rosenblum, named this year as one of Connecticut’s Top Docs.

·       Gaylord’s combination of highly specialized medical care services creates an individualized patient experience based on clinical expertise, attention to the physical and psychological needs of the patient, and support for the family. We find the right balance between hope and possibility of recovery with realistic outcomes.  This is why 96% of our patients would recommend Gaylord to their friends and families.

·       With a renowned expert on staff, Gaylord offers a total continuum of care for patients with acquired brain injury. Our services range from inpatient care, to Traurig House, the only transitional living center for those with acquired brain injury in the tri-state area, to a full range of outpatient services.

·       Our exceptional employees provide great care and give back to the community. Last year they volunteered over 38,000 hours, and over 50% made a gift to the Gaylord Fund. 

·       For the third year in a row, our distinguished Gaylord Sports Association ran the Connecticut Adaptive Sports Weekend for disabled veterans. Over 25 permanently disabled vets were brought here as our guests and trained on adaptive kayaking, rowing, cycling and an adventure course.

·       In the coming year, Gaylord will do all it can to become one of Connecticut’s Top Ten Best Places to work. 

·       We will aim to provide the best-trained staff to our patients, through an extensive, donor-funded education program.

·       We will advance our abilities to train our disabled patients for as independent a life as possible by obtaining more state-of-the-art assistive technology. 

Needs

Five Most Pressing Needs

 

 

Hooker/Lyman Unit upgrades- Our 2 patient wings, Lyman and Hooker, which have not been updated since the 1970s need to be renovated. 

 

Guest Cottages – We hope to build several cottages on our hospital campus for families of patients who wish to be near their loved ones during their hospital stay.

 

Interdenominational Chapel – There are improvements planned for a better chapel space that will continue to accommodate patients of all faiths. The new improved chapel will allow for better privacy of those worshipping.

 

Infection Control Machine – the hospital seeks to purchase the best, state of the art infection control system.  

 

Technology upgrades- Our IT department needs help improving technology systems that will support patient and staff needs. 

CEO Statement

As a newcomer to the Gaylord family, I have the privilege of seeing care beyond the ordinary in action every day. More than just our motto, it’s a pledge that our top-notch team of specialists take to heart to ensure that each patient receives the highly skilled, individualized care they deserve.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is not your ordinary hospital. It is where you want to come to after you’ve had complex surgery, a serious medical condition or sustained multiple injuries and the acute care hospital says you’re not sick enough to stay there but you’re not well enough to go home. You need more time—under a doctor’s watchful eye—to recover. What do you do?

That’s where Gaylord comes in.

I do see Gaylord as extraordinary. Our patients—whether they come to us for their inpatient, outpatient or sleep medicine care—can count on us to deliver the best, most effective clinical services designed to promote their functionality. This feat, of course, wouldn’t be possible without our talented staff. Our staff goes beyond ordinary lengths to provide the best solutions for our patients. Working together—doctors, nurses, therapists, patients and families—we create “care beyond the ordinary.”

The support of our donors enables our hospital to sustain and continuously improve the gold standard of care for which we are renowned. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that more than 95% of patients would recommend Gaylord to their friends and families!

 

I’m proud to have joined an institution whose staff and donors are so personally vested in ensuring our patients’ swift return to health and function. They make highly-regarded, personalized patient care not just possible, but a priority.

 

George M. Kyriacou
President and Chief Executive Office

Board Chair Statement