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 |
August 3, 2016
Shelly Newton, lead service specialist in the Diagnostic Imaging department, has been named employee of the month for July by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Newton oversees the day to day...
July 21, 2016
Net Proceeds to Support Northeast Connecticut’s Nonprofit Community Hospital
The 32nd annual Day Kimball Hospital Golf Classic has raised more than $80,000, the net proceeds of which will support...
July 19, 2016
Janet Johnson, Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services coordinator at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH), has been awarded the Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services credential by the Council for...
July 13, 2016
Kevin Chisler, a housekeeper for Day Kimball Hospital, has been named employee of the month by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Chisler has worked in housekeeping for more than 20 years and has...
July 7, 2016
Kristen Willis has been named Director of Development for Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). Willis is responsible for overseeing all development functions for the nonprofit community healthcare system, ...
June 23, 2016
More than a decade ago, Leonard and Barbara Wielock of Thompson set up a trust that would determine how their estate would be disbursed upon their passing. Today, their forethought and commitment to...
June 8, 2016
Deborah Lucier, a patient account representative for Day Kimball Healthcare, has been named employee of the month by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). Lucier began working for Day Kimball Hospital in...
June 2, 2016
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) took the top prize for excellence in healthcare communications at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ (NESHCo) annual Lamplighter Awards, held June 1...
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...