History of DKH
Day Kimball Hospital of Windham County opened its doors on September 1, 1894. It was the inspiration of two sisters, Miss Elizabeth and Gertrude Vinton, who had a vision for the “Windham County Infirmary.” Mrs. M. Day Kimball donated $5,000 for the construction of the infirmary building in memory of her recently deceased son, Day Kimball, with the condition that the institution be named after him. Other Kimball family members pledged an additional $4,000, and with the $9,000 total donations, Day Kimball Hospital was born.
The hospital grew along with the community. Through the years the following additions were added to the hospital campus.
|1901 ||Southerly Wing – doubling patient capacity |
|1910 ||Bradley Wing – additional patients’ rooms and nurses’ quarters that was safe from fire, well ventilated and free from noise. |
|1922 ||Seldom Burden Overlock, MD Wing |
|1931 ||Nurses’ Home – three story building, which still stands today as Day Kimball’s Community Services Building, was built to provide the nurses with living quarters close to the Hospital. The third floor was used throughout the 1930’s as a maternity ward. |
|1951 ||North Wing expansion – raised the number of beds at Day Kimball from 76 to 90 and included new X-ray and delivery rooms as well as a new coffee shop. |
|1971 ||Dedication of the Community Wing |
|1972 ||Pediatric Center opens |
|1982 ||Day Kimball and Community Health and Home Care formed the Day Kimball Foundation, the beginnings of a comprehensive healthcare network. Hospice of Northeastern Connecticut and Northeastern Homemakers also eventually become part of this foundation. |
|1997 ||Hale Medical Pavilion dedication – includes the Burdick Birthing Center and Surgical Suites. |
|1998 ||Day Kimball HomeCare and Hospice of Northeastern CT officially become departments of the Hospital. |
|2008 ||Establishment of the Physician Services of Northeast Connecticut, LLC. |
|2009 ||Re-branding all Day Kimball brands to Day Kimball Healthcare |
April 24, 2017
On Thursday, May 11, twenty-one year old Hayden Breault of Webster, MA will set out on a three month hike across the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,658 miles, beginning at the U.S.-Mexican border...
April 19, 2017
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division is now offering a specialized physical therapy service tailored especially to women’s health, focused on alleviating the...
April 17, 2017
Putnam Bank President and CEO, Thomas Borner (center) presents a check toward its $25,000 pledge to Day Kimball Hospital to DKH Development Director Kristen Willis and DKH President and CEO Joseph...
April 7, 2017
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Cruisin’ for Cancer Care committee hosted a Guest Bartender Night at the Black Dog Bar and Grille in Putnam on Thursday, March 30 and raised $6,125 for the Northeast...
April 6, 2017
Staff from Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) attended the Connecticut Hospital Association’s (CHA) Hospital Day at the Capitol on April 5 to voice opposition to measures in Governor Malloy’s proposed...
April 3, 2017
Eight physicians on the medical staff of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) have been named to Connecticut Magazine’s recently published 2017 “Top Docs” list.
The doctors affiliated with DKH included...
March 30, 2017
Deborah Seney, housekeeper for Day Kimball Healthcare, has been named Employee of the Month for March by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Seney, who has been working at DKH since 2003 in her role...
March 13, 2017
Due to the severe weather forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Day Kimball Medical Group After Hours Care Clinic as well as Laboratory/Blood Draw and Diagnostic Imaging services at the...
March 8, 2017
Cassandra LeBlanc, lead patient services representative (PSR) for Day Kimball Healthcare’s Plainfield office, has been named Employee of the Month for February by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). ...
February 13, 2017
This Valentine’s Day, the Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital, and all of the DKH family would like to wish Moses Day Kimball, the person for whom Day Kimball Hospital was named, a very happy...