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 |
October 26, 2016
Renee M. Smith, RN, MSN and executive director of In-Home Care at Day Kimball Healthcare, has been elected to the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home (CAHCH) Board of Directors. CAHCH...
October 21, 2016
October is most often associated with the bounties of autumn harvests and the spooky thrills of Halloween. In recent years, it has also become very well known as breast cancer awareness month. The...
October 13, 2016
The Oncology Department at Day Kimball Hospital received an unexpected cash donation of $108 on Friday, October 7, presented to the staff in person by the president and vice president of the Thompson...
October 4, 2016
Brittany Bonchuk, Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Day Kimball Healthcare, has been appointed to the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Evaluation Committee by the Governor's Task...
September 29, 2016
Kevan Hazelton, Information Technology (IT) customer service technician, has been named employee of the month for September by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Hazelton began working for DKH nearly...
September 12, 2016
Stephanie Walters, certified medical assistant at Day Kimball Medical Group’s Internal Medicine office in Dayville, has been named employee of the month by Day Kimball Hospital (DKH).
September 8, 2016
A new, state of the art patient monitoring system has been installed in the Intensive Care and Medical/Surgical departments at Day Kimball Hospital.
The new system, installed in July, is the same...
September 7, 2016
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) will host its annual Cancer Survivorship Day on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Day Kimball Hospital, Fields Conference Rooms, 320 Pomfret Street. ...
September 1, 2016
Dr. Marc Cerrone, Director of Pediatrics for Day Kimball Medical Group’s Pediatric Centers and Medical Director of Day Kimball Hospital’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, has been voted Best...
August 30, 2016
Members of Day Kimball Healthcare’s Development department partnered with members of Putnam Bank to host a Celebrity Scoops Night on August 18 at Deary Brothers Mike’s Stand in Putnam. Many families...