Day Kimball Healthcare Regains Financial Stability in 2009, Looks to Growth and Expansion for a Successful 2010 and Beyond


(L-R) – John Miller, chairman of the board of directors, Betti Kuszaj, outgoing board member, Bob Smanik, president and CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare.

PUTNAM, CT– John P. Miller, chairman of the board of directors, presided over Day Kimball Healthcare’s annual meeting held on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at QVCC in Danielson. The meeting served to review the organization’s financial successes and accomplishments in fiscal year 2009, elect new corporators, elect the board of directors and officers, recognize an outgoing board member, announce Day Kimball Hospital’s employee of the year and create excitement over the organization’s future expansion plans.

“The spirit of Day Kimball is alive and well,” Mr. Miller began, as he addressed the more than 200 meeting attendees. Mr. Miller described several of the actions that embodied this spirit. Through the hard work and dedication of all Day Kimball employees, the organization saw a significant financial increase under the leadership of president and CEO, Robert E. Smanik. Day Kimball’s community partnerships have strengthened and continue to be beneficial as part of an overall commitment to better health for Northeast Connecticut. The organization’s cardiac partnership with UMass Memorial Medical Center received significant media attention and continues to foster treatment for heart attack victims two times faster than the national average. With the presence of the H1N1 virus in our communities, Day Kimball continues to work closely with the Northeast District Department of Health and the state Department of Public Health to ensure the protection of healthcare employees and community members.

Enhancing communications with the addition of Charlene Leith-Bushey, director of corporate communications, and an entirely new website, serves to educate the community of Day Kimball’s importance as a fully integrated healthcare delivery system. The new website features the ability to find a physician, donate and pay bills online and keep up with the latest news and events happening at Day Kimball Healthcare. DayKimball.org has increased the organization’s community outreach and educational opportunities by providing necessary information and tools for staying connected to Day Kimball Healthcare.

Other accomplishments for 2009 included the establishment of a new Wound Care Clinic operated by specialists who treat patients having chronic wounds with difficulty healing. Since the opening, the number of patients receiving this service has tripled. The Geriatric Care Management Program (formerly known as the Center for Healthy Aging), was redesigned into a stronger patient-centered care plan in coordination with physicians and family members. Alongside this program is the Diabetes Education Program which helps those living with diabetes by educating patients and recommending lifestyle changes to live healthy with diabetes. The Sleep Disorder Center at Day Kimball Hospital is the only American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep center in Northeast Connecticut. The center recently expanded to four sleep suites with a newly renovated facility that offers home-like amenities.

Several Day Kimball Healthcare services showed increased in the number of patients in 2009. This includes the number of laboratory tests, visits to the emergency department and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation visits. Day Kimball HomeCare served nearly 63,000 town residents. Day Kimball HomeMakers served more than 400 clients, totaling 82,000 hours. Volunteers at Day Kimball donated over 31,000 hours in various departments throughout the organization. All of these accomplishments could not have happened without the team efforts of the organizations 1,000+ exemplary employees. One such employee, Dennis Gagnon, microbiology supervisor, was named Day Kimball Hospital’s employee of the year at the annual meeting.
 
Fiscal year 2009 proved to be a success for Day Kimball Healthcare, reaching a net operating gain of nearly $1.3 million as opposed to the financial challenges of fiscal year 2008. This success is owed to so many people, once again giving credit to Day Kimball Healthcare employees, along with all of the community members and organizations that continue to support Day Kimball.

The Annual Corporators’ Meeting is held each year for Day Kimball Corporators; the best friends of Day Kimball Healthcare. As members of our community, corporators share Day Kimball Healthcare’s values and goals. They believe that everyone should be dedicated to quality healthcare and help make the organization’s goals become reality. Corporators partner with Day Kimball Healthcare through donating time, offering their skills and sharing their resources. New corporators inducted at the 2009 annual meeting were: Dr. & Mrs. Saul J. Ahola of Woodstock, Mrs. Charlene L. Leith-Bushey of North Grosvenordale, Drs. Arabinda & Nita Chatterjee of Woodstock, Mr. Louis Leveillee of Dayville, Dr. & Mrs. Anthony of Pomfret, Mr. Daniel Marcotte of Pascoag, RI, Dr. Toni Thomas Moumouris of Brooklyn, Mrs. Barbara Chubbuck of Pomfret Center, Mr. Donald Nagel of Sterling, Ms. Nancy Contillo of N. Providence, RI, Ms. Pamela Watts of Harrisville, RI, Mrs. Kathleen M. Demers of Willington, Mrs. Nancy Zamagni of Putnam, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Disco of Plainfield, Rep. Mae Flexer of Danielson and Dr. Michael Golioto of Cheshire.

Day Kimball Healthcare’s Board of Directors serve the organization with diligent leadership and copious amounts of time and energy. Mr. Miller said, “Each year, local residents as well as successful business and medical professionals are nominated for the Day Kimball Healthcare Board of Directors. The board is comprised of 15 outstanding individuals who have very impressive and diverse qualifications and we welcome their perspectives to our team.” Reelected board members were Rochelle Alix and David Conrad, while Jay Sinha, who has served three full terms on the board in the past, was voted back on the Board of Directors. The slate of Board Officers was approved as follows: Chairman, John P. Miller, Vice Chairman, Richard Loomis, Secretary, John Graham, MD, Treasurer, Rochelle Alix, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, Dr. Michael Baum. As Day Kimball welcomed back its new board member, Jay Sinha, a heartfelt goodbye was said to Betti Kuszaj, 9-year Day Kimball board member. Mrs. Kuszaj’s support and influence was significant on the Board of Directors and on the organization’s enhanced communications efforts.

The President’s Report highlighted significant improvements that the organization will make throughout the next few years. Mr. Smanik described plans for expansion of Day Kimball’s services in Plainfield to meet the healthcare needs of that community. Construction is underway for the new building which includes a walk-in and an adult primary care facility, each with nine exam rooms. A Women’s Health Center will occupy the second floor and will include twelve exam rooms as well as diagnostic imaging and other services. The second floor will also include meeting room space for community and educational needs. DayKimball.org describes the project in more detail and offers a link to a live webcam of construction progress. Also on the horizon are capital improvements to the hospital’s emergency department, front lobby entrance and the relocation of some hospital services to accommodate patients in the best way possible.

To complement Mr. Smanik’s future outlook, Dr. Erica Kesselman and Dr. Marc Cerrone described the impact that community partnerships and additional healthcare services will have on the Plainfield area. Referring to their presentation as “The Rebirth of Day Kimball’s Commitment to Plainfield,” Dr. Kesselman informed the audience, “The Women’s Health Center idea was born from two great ideas: one from female physicians who brainstormed of a place where a woman could go for her physical exam, mammogram and lab work on the same day, and the other idea from the organization for wanting to increase Day Kimball’s medical support in the Plainfield community.”

Day Kimball Healthcare provides high-quality integrated medical services to the 13-town service area of Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson, Plainfield, Sterling and Woodstock.