Consortium Scholarship for Stroke Clinical Program Coordinator

As the clinical program coordinator for the Stroke Center at UConn Health, Jennifer Sposito constantly strives to advance her training.

She is on her way to completing her doctorate in nursing leadership at the University of Hartford and is now supported by the T. Stewart Hamilton Fellowship, presented to her by the Capital Area Health Consortium.

In a letter of appointment that recounts Sposito’s instrumental role in building and sustaining the UConn John Dempsey Hospital stroke program, Dr. Sanjay Mittal, Medical Director of the UConn Health Stroke Center, wrote, “His skills in leadership are reflected at various levels, most notably in the successful organization of a group of stroke champions. These stroke champions spread stroke education and awareness on their respective floors. Leading such a group is a path to success for any stroke program.

“She easily reaches across the entire stroke program, effectively communicating with providers at various levels to ensure the safe and timely delivery of acute and sub-acute stroke care to our patients,” added Mittal.

Sposito was also his immediate supervisor since 2018, Michelle DeLayo, director of patient safety and quality.

“Over the past five years, I have watched Jen grow exponentially as a leader within the stroke program and quality department,” DeLayo wrote. “She is remarkably thorough when investigating stroke cases and always looks for opportunities for improvement when identifying a potential gap in care.”

“It is an honor to have won the T. Stewart Hamilton Fellowship and I am extremely grateful to the Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees and my two sponsors, Dr. Sanjay Mittal and Michelle DeLayo, for having believed in me and to help me carry on. my dreams,” says Sposito. “This award will help me further my education and pursue my passions for program management, process improvement, and optimizing the health of vulnerable populations.

The Capital Area Health Consortium is an alliance of central Connecticut hospitals that employs medical residents and fellows in UConn-sponsored programs. Twice a year, it awards scholarships to those who wish to pursue a career in healthcare management, medicine or nursing. Hamilton was the first president of the consortium, founded in 1974.

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