Consortium Scholarship for Stroke Clinical Program Coordinator

Recognized for her leadership building UConn Health’s stroke program, Jennifer Sposito will apply the Capital Area Health Consortium’s T. Stewart Hamilton Scholarship to her pursuit of a doctorate in nursing leadership.

Jennifer Sposito portrait

Jennifer Sposito, clinical program coordinator in UConn Health's Stroke Center, is a 2022 recipient of the Capital Area Health Consortium's T. Stewart Hamilton Scholarship. (Photo provided by Jennifer Sposito)

As the clinical program coordinator of UConn Health’s Stroke Center, Jennifer Sposito is constantly striving to advance her education.

She’s on a path to obtaining her doctorate in nursing leadership at the University of Hartford, and now has the backing of the T. Stewart Hamilton Scholarship, presented to her by the Capital Area Health Consortium.

In a nomination letter that chronicles Sposito’s instrumental role in building and maintaining the UConn John Dempsey Hospital stroke program, Dr. Sanjay Mittal, the UConn Health Stroke Center’s medical director, wrote, “Her leadership skills are reflected at various levels, most notably in the successful organization of a group of stroke champions. These stroke champions disseminate education and stroke awareness to their respective floors. Leading such a group is a pathway to success for any stroke program.”

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

Also nominating Sposito was her immediate supervisor since 2018, Michelle DeLayo, director of patient safety and quality.

“Over the last five years I have observed Jen’s exponential growth as a leader within the stroke program and quality department,” DeLayo wrote. “She is remarkably thorough when investigating stroke cases, and always looks for improvement opportunities when she identifies a potential gap in care.”

“It is an honor to have won The T. Stewart Hamilton Fellowship Scholarship and I am extremely thankful to the application committee, board of trustees, and both my sponsors, Dr. Sanjay Mittal and Michelle DeLayo, for believing in me and helping me pursue my dreams,” Sposito says. “This award will help me further my studies and follow my passions of program management, process improvement and optimizing vulnerable population’s health.”

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 for those seeking to further their careers in health care management, medicine, or nursing. Hamilton was the first president of the consortium, which was founded in 1974.