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 |
November 30, 2015
L to R: DKH President and CEO Robert E. Smanik and Marjolaine and Steven Townsend unveil a commemorative plaque in the Townsend Emergency Medical Center at Day Kimball Hospital that honors the...
November 25, 2015
Recognized for Providing Comfort, Guidance and Leadership, Bamber Also Continues a Family History of Caring at Day Kimball
Rachel Bamber LCSW, has been named employee of the month for November at...
November 17, 2015
DKH is Only Acute Care Hospital in CT to Achieve Zero Adverse Events in 2014, One of Only Five in Last Five Years
A recently released report from the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) that...
November 3, 2015
Now One of Eight CT Behavioral Health Clinics to Provide Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic is now one of just eight...
October 27, 2015
The Daughters of Penelope Asteria Chapter of Danielson recently made a generous donation of baby clothes, blankets, booties, and bibs to the Birthing Center at Day Kimball Hospital, all purchased by...
October 26, 2015
Patient Access Representative Has a Knack for Putting People at Ease
Often when walking into a hospital people feel rushed, lost, worried, or any number of other feelings. But when greeted by...
October 14, 2015
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is inviting area women to “Stop and Pink” about their own breast health during a Breast Health Event at the Day Kimball...
October 13, 2015
Day Kimball Hospital has been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) for its Community Cancer Program. The...
October 9, 2015
Governor Malloy announced today that he will restore 95% of the small hospital appropriation to the six hospitals in the state that qualify for that funding including Day Kimball Hospital, a part of...