•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 Gaylord and Yale University School of Medicine establish a professional affiliation
•1993 Dedication of the 60,000 square foot Richard Jackson Pavilion for ambulatory care
•1997 Acquisition of the New Haven Sleep Disorders Center
•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.
• 2011 Gaylord is chosen by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to establish a Community Fitness & Wellness Facility. There are now five others in the nation, and this will be the only one in Connecticut. The CFW will provide training & fitness programs for disabled persons in our region.
• 2011 The independent Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyed Gaylord and gave a glowing review, including comments such as:
“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.
#5. Gaylord’s Adaptive Sports Program. The Sports Association provides adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities throughout Connecticut. Offerings include wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, golf, snow skiing, adaptive cycling and a host of other activities.
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
Gaylord Hospital is one of our state’s greatest assets. No one thinks about – much less plans for- what they would do when faced with a chronic medical condition or disabling injury. Gaylord Hospital is the place that thousands of people and their families turn to each year when they ask the question: “What do I do now?” From medical care to rehabilitation to patient advocacy, Gaylord Hospital is a tremendous, much-needed resource for the residents of Connecticut. It is one of only two licensed chronic disease hospitals in the state and is considered the premier facility of its type. I am proud to be affiliated with Gaylord Hospital and honored that I have the opportunity to lead its efforts on its journey to excellence.
William J. Simione, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gaylord Hospital
Simione Consultants, LLC
Our Medically Complex Program is for patients with serious medical issues due to illness or injury and who require 24-hour medical and nursing supervision. The program also suits those who have generalized poor endurance and strength because of extensive surgical procedures, cancer, infections or other major organ problems.
Our services include:
• Ventilator weaning
• Post-operative organ transplant care
• Moderate sedation
• Cardiac telemetry
• Wound care team
• Central lines/PICC lines
• Laboratory services
• Chest tubes
• Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis
• Bariatric care
• Destination vent training
• IV medications
• Blood transfusions
• ACLS certified nursing care
• Registered dietitian and nutritional counseling
• Clinical pharmacy services
• 24/7/365 coverage by physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists
• Accredited by the Joint Commission
• Gaylord Hospital has full facilities for pulmonary testing and exercise tolerance studies
Rehabilitation is one of our hallmark services. Rehabilitation at Gaylord consists of:
Gaylord Sleep Medicine can put you on the way to sleeping well again. We offer consultative and diagnostic services at our centers in Glastonbury, Guilford, North Haven and Trumbull. Each one of our centers features high quality accommodations in a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere.
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Gaylord takes sleep medicine seriously. Our physicians are board-certified in sleep medicine as well as neurology, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry. Gaylord has an active research program led by Meir Kryger, M.D., an internationally known expert in sleep medicine.
Quality sleep is crucial to your health. Medical studies have linked a risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease, obesity and attention deficit disorder to sleep disorders.
We also work with children from infancy through adolescence. Our sleep centers are even designed for parents who wish to stay with their child overnight.
George Kyriacou, of Hanover Health Care in Pennsylvania, was selected last Fall to succeed retiring Gaylord President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Cullen.
“After an extensive search that began in January, the Board is confident that we have found the ideal chief executive in George,” said William Simione, then Chair of the Gaylord Hospital Board of Directors. “He is the right person to lead Gaylord at a time when the very fabric of the health care system is changing.”
Before coming to Gaylord, George served as president and chief executive officer of Hanover Health Care, a 106-bed acute care hospital.
Kyriacou is no stranger to the Connecticut health care scene. Before his three-year stint at Hanover Health Care—where he achieved financial turnaround of the hospital with a $3.5 million operating margin—Kyriacou was instrumental in the development of the Hartford Healthcare System (HHCS) over two decades, first as vice president of administration and professional services at Meriden-Wallingford Hospital (now MidState Medical Center which is owned by HHCS) in the late 1980s,then vice president of system development at HHCS and executive vice president and chief operating officer at MidState Medical Center.
Given his 30 years in the health care industry, Kyriacou brings experience in strategic planning, business development, philanthropic fundraising, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, and physician recruitment and integration within acute care hospitals and ambulatory centers in the Northeast.
Kyriacou received his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he also earned his master’s degree in public health administration.
“As health care reform progresses,” Kyriacou said, “Gaylord is well positioned to work with Connecticut’s acute care hospitals to enhance clinical care and contribute to controlling the cost of providing high quality health care.”
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