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 |
June 18, 2018
Jessica Provencher, registered nurse (RN) for Day Kimball Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), has been named employee of the month for May by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Provencher, who has...
June 7, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) was recently awarded an $8,000 grant from Pink Aid, a charitable organization that helps to fund breast cancer support services for women in need, for the period March 1, ...
May 22, 2018
Sponsorship Funds Already Benefiting Patients
Putnam Bank has signed on as the $25,000 presenting sponsor of the Day Kimball Hospital Golf Classic for the second year in a row. Funds from...
May 21, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare’s 3rd Annual D’Vine Wine Tasting, held Thursday, May 3 at StoneHurst at Hampton Valley in Hampton, was attended by a sell-out crowd of over 130 guests and raised more than...
May 11, 2018
Shannon Labonte of Danielson Named as Angel Ambassador Honoree in Memoriam
Day Kimball Healthcare’s annual Walk & Race for the NECT Cancer Fund will be held Saturday, August 11, with check-in...
May 10, 2018
Jennifer LeClair, night cook for Day Kimball Hospital’s Nutritional Services department, has been named employee of the month for April by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
LeClair began her career...
May 6, 2018
Congratulations and Thank You: Day Kimball Healthcare's 2018 Nightingale Nurses
Every patient we care for deserves the very best we have to give - every day. The nurses featured here are selected...
May 3, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) recognized its more than 130 adult volunteers, who donated more than 20,000 hours this past year, with an appreciation luncheon on April 13.
The luncheon was held at...
April 12, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare has welcomed three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors for 2018. Peter Deary of Pomfret, Kathy Rocha of Woodstock and Nancy Weiss of Pomfret were approved as Day...
April 11, 2018
Heather Crouch, phlebotomist for Day Kimball Healthcare’s Laboratory and Blood Draw Services department, has been named employee of the month for March by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).