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 |
May 23, 2016
Nancy L. Meade, a registered nurse for Day Kimball Medical Group has been named the latest employee of the month at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
For the last eight years, Meade has been...
May 17, 2016
5K Replaces Former Annual Deary Memorial Walk & Run, Continues to Benefit Cancer Screening and Treatment for NECT Residents in Need
Day Kimball Healthcare is reinventing its former annual Deary...
May 4, 2016
Day Kimball Hospital, part of the Day Kimball Healthcare system, today announced that it has received two national distinctions for its hip and knee replacement program. The Joint Commission, a...
April 28, 2016
Left to right: Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), DKH Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Dunn, DKH Chief Medical Officer and VP for Medical Affairs and Quality Dr. John Graham, ...
April 14, 2016
The Joint Commission has Re-Certified the Hospital as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Day Kimball Hospital, part of the Day Kimball Healthcare system, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold...
March 31, 2016
Day Kimball Healthcare leadership and staff met with local legislators at Day Kimball Hospital on Thursday, March 31 to discuss the recent restoration of Day Kimball’s 2016 hospital funding and...
March 28, 2016
Pamela Kane, certified medical assistant for Day Kimball Medical Group’s pediatric primary care practice, has been named employee of the month for March by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
March 17, 2016
Day Kimball Healthcare President and CEO Robert Smanik (far left) speaks with Governor Dannel P. Malloy about the impact of hospital cuts to Day Kimball and Northeast Connecticut at the Capitol on...
March 9, 2016
“We have acted prudently and responsibly to protect that which is most precious to those we serve - their health and their livelihood. Today I ask that our legislature do the same.”
March 4, 2016
DKH President and CEO Robert Smanik addresses the crowd at a May 14, 2015 advocacy event to restore state funding to the small community hospital.
Robert Smanik, President and CEO of Day Kimball...