•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
•1995 Gaylord joins National Handicapped Sports Association, now know as Disabled Sports USA
•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.
· 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.
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.
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. KyriacouPresident and Chief Executive Office