Day Kimball Hospital Dedicates Medical Staff Lounge in Memory of Influential Physician


Robert Smanik, President & CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare with Mrs. Gertrude Margolick at the medical staff lounge dedication ceremony in memory of Dr. Moses Margolick.

PUTNAM, CT – Day Kimball Hospital recently dedicated the medical staff lounge to the memory of Dr. Moses Margolick, renovating the entire lounge with funds donated to the organization in his name.

Mrs. Gertrude Margolick, her three sons, daughter-in-law and grandson all attended the dedication. In an impromptu speech, Mrs. Margolick thanked the crowd by adding, “This day is like a homecoming for us. We are so thrilled to see our friends, many of whom traveled far to be here, and we’re honored that my husband is being remembered in such a meaningful way.”

“Dr. Margolick’s family had expressed a wish to our development office that the Margolick Memorial Fund be used for a permanent tribute to the doctor who cared deeply for Day Kimball and the physicians he worked with,” said Pamela Watts, interim director of development. “A hospital committee suggested a much-needed refurbishing of the medical staff lounge, so that’s what we did.” The space offers the medical staff a place to relax and to do research. Appropriately, the modernized lounge is located across the hall from the Medical Library, founded by Dr. Margolick, but named at his request for his colleague, Dr. Leo LaPalme, who had died in a car accident.

For 47 years Dr. Margolick practiced medicine and performed surgery at Day Kimball Hospital. During that time he also served as president of the Medical Staff. Dr. Margolick and his wife Gert were active in civic affairs and created lively variety shows and travelogues to raise funds for Day Kimball before his retirement in 1986. Following his death last year at the age of 98, gifts totaling almost $10,000 were given to the memorial fund in his name.

To make a donation to the Margolick Memorial Fund, call the development office at (860) 928-7141.