Jacqueline Rosemarie Satchell, 51, affectionately known as “Dr. Jackie” or “Jackie” of New Haven, Connecticut was born in Victoria Jubilee Hospital on the Island of Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies on October 19, 1968, to Gloria Beckford. Jackie departed this life on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, while in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital (Saint Raphael’s Campus).
When Jackie was six years old she was determined to become a physician. Jackie attended Meadowbrook High School in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. before immigrating to the United States in 1985, at the age of 17. She settled in New Haven, Connecticut with her mother, step-father, and siblings. Jackie enrolled in James Hillhouse High School in New Haven to complete her senior year in high school.
In 1986, she entered the freshman class at the University of Connecticut (UConn) for her undergraduate studies. Jackie was actively involved in her university community. She was selected to be a resident assistant in her junior and senior years which required her to facilitate social, academic, and personal adjustments of students to the residence hall and the university. Jackie graduated from UConn in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree with Honors in Chemistry. She took the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1991. There she earned her doctorate of medicine degree in May of 1995. After graduation, Jackie moved back to Connecticut to begin her three-year Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency at Yale University School of Medicine. While in residency Jackie participated in a one-month externship in Anchorage, Alaska, and a two-month externship in Harare, Zimbabwe.
After residency, Jackie briefly worked in private practice, at Waterbury Hospital, as an internal medicine physician. Shortly thereafter she accepted a position at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Hospital Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. Her duties included an assistant professorship in clinical education at the Yale University School of Medicine. She was a board-certified primary care physician and internist and later became the Women’s Health Clinic Medical Director for the VA Hospital. She actively participated in the academic teaching of both residents and medical students at Yale University School of Medicine and the VA Hospital Women’s Clinic for students and residents rotating through. She had a special interest in developing and advocating for trauma-informed practices in healthcare. She also routinely made presentations at community events, such as the Jamaican American Connection (JAC), and local churches promoting healthy eating, exercise, and behaviors to decrease hypertension and diabetes, and increase healthy lifestyles, in communities of color. She also set up similar healthcare fairs for underserved communities in her country of origin, Jamaica, and her community of residence, New Haven.
Jackie attended the Christian Fellowship Church of God for decades under the leadership of Bishop S.A. Munroe. She was an active member, a mentor, a Sunday school teacher, and was involved in many more activities such as Women’s Day, Women’s Enrichment, Anniversary, Sunday school, choir, picnics, and other church-related events. She was a charming, free-spirited, considerate, thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic, champion for all. Jackie had a particular affection and fondness for the geriatric population. She often established lasting bonds with many of her patients, especially the elderly population. Jackie touched many lives and left a lasting impression on all she met. She was passionate about medicine and welcoming to all regardless of their station in life.
Jackie enjoyed traveling and spending time with family, especially her two daughters. She enjoyed her annual international vacations with her daughters. In her spare time, Jackie enjoyed reading, gardening, cycling, and workouts. She had a peaceful, calming spirit, and was quick to laugh at life. She was a fervent warrior of God. Each morning she had a prayer session with her mother, Gloria, before starting the day.
Jackie remained in Connecticut for the majority of her life. She married her college sweetheart Scott M. Jones, Esquire on April 4, 1997. During their marriage of twelve years, they produced two beautiful daughters, Erica Elizabeth Jones and Alissa Marie Jones.
Left to cherish her memories are her mother: Gloria Beckford (Joseph); daughters: Erica Jones and Alissa Jones; siblings: Merdena Harrell (Anthony), Mecham Beckford, Rickerdo Beckford, Oneil Williams, Daniel Beckford, Sarah Beckford, Catherine Beckford, and the late Christopher Beckford; Aunt: Theresa Bailey-Smith (Randall);
Uncle: Vincent Soares (Jean); Nieces: Dasjah, Kayla, Krystal, Monae, Korey, and Marley; Nephew: Mecham Jr., a great-nephew Dermont and a host of cousins, other relatives, friends, and well-wishers.
May her soul rest in paradise in the open arms of Christ! Please continue to keep the family in your prayers.
A celebration of Ms. Satchell’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at Christian Fellowship Church of God, Inc., 600 Jones Hill Road, West Haven, CT 06516. Viewing will be held at the church Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Anyone attending the viewing, service or burial will be asked to adhere to any COVID-19 restrictions.