A Helping Hand

When Viola Spinelli ’65 MPH graduated from the Yale School of Public Health in 1965, it was the start of a decades-long career in health care capped by a term as senior vice president of Bridgeport Hospital.

Spinelli received help from others along the way to make her many accomplishments possible. Now she wants to offer support for the next generation. She and her late brother, Dr. Nicholas Spinelli ’44 M.D., made a significant contribution to the School of Public Health.

The Domenick and Gertrude Spinelli Fund (named after their parents) will be used for student scholarships, particularly for those entering the Health Management Program.

“We need people who are educated on the issues of health care management. Yale has what it takes to put out good people,” she said. “I especially want to help students who have the desire to improve our health care system—we need some new ideas. Education is perhaps the single most important thing that can be given to a human being.”