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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 or injury to maximum recovery. Founded in 1902 and headquartered in Wallingford, Conn, Gaylord serves a mix of local, regional, national, and international patients.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare ranks among the most effective and successful medical rehabilitation health systems nationally.

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Hospital administrators and Auxiliary members review architectural drawings for the new Luscomb Building CA 1970

President’s Message

For 120 years, Gaylord has helped patients reclaim their lives. We are driven by patients and inspired by practitioners who are pioneers in therapy, medicine, and confronting life’s most devastating moments. Each year, we earn national and regional recognition for our excellence in patient care. Patients, their families, and providers choose Gaylord because they know that, using the latest technology and therapies in a compassionate environment, our staff demonstrates their Think Possible mindset and their ability to return patients to their everyday lives.

Our vision for Gaylord is aspirational. To be forward-thinking and anticipate the future of rehabilitation care, we must continue to expand our clinical programs, recruit the best and brightest clinicians from around the country, increase our service area through additional outpatient facilities and create new partnerships with our area hospitals and academic institutions. Clinical innovations, technological advances and patient preferences to heal at home have tilted the balance toward more demand for outpatient settings. Coupled with our inpatient capabilities and strategic partnerships, we provide the best rehabilitation services throughout the continuum of care.

By continuing to Think Possible, we are revolutionizing recovery and shaping the landscape of rehabilitation medicine.


Sonja LaBarbera

Sonja LaBarbera, MSOL, MS CCC/SLP

President and Chief Executive Officer