DeLeon, Griffin Heart Wellness Clinic to receive Caring Heart Award

Former Director of The Umbrella Susan DeLeon, of Shelton, and The Heart Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital will be honored with the Caring Heart Award at The 11th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness and Caring Heart Award Brunch on Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m.-noon, at the Griffin Hospital Dining Room, 130 Division Street, Derby

The award recognizes individuals and groups that foster initiatives to promote and improve the general health and well-being of all. This is the eighth year that the award will be bestowed.

DeLeon served as director of The Umbrella, a domestic violence shelter in Ansonia, for more than 25 years. She is a marriage and family therapist who has received many community recognitions for her work with The Umbrella and BHCare including the Lillian Chrostowski Award from TEAM, Inc., the Silver Seal Award from the Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Outstanding Community Service Award from Gateway Community-Technical College.

Griffin Hospital’s free Heart Wellness Clinic helps those with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) stay well by giving them regular screening and support and providing a better understanding their condition by equipping them with skills and strategies to stay healthy and avoid preventable hospital admissions.

The Caring Heart Award is presented by the Women’s Heart Wellness Committee, which consists of healthcare professionals, heart patients and women from throughout the Valley communities. The primary focus of the group is to increase heart disease awareness among women, empower them to love and save their hearts, and ensure they are provided the means to do so through education and rehabilitation. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills nearly twice as many women in the United States as all types of cancer.

The brunch will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. There will be presentations by Griffin Hospital’s Department of Radiology Chair Dr. Devika Jajoo on ways to take care of your health and Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Swansiger of diabetes prevention and management. There will also be blood pressure and diabetes testing and consultation.

Tickets for the brunch are $25 and the event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Heart Wellness Fund, which supports heart wellness programs for women in the Valley.

Valet parking will be available.

Reservations are due by March 4. To make a reservation or for more information, email