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 community members contributed another $1,000. With the $10,000 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.
|1894 ||Day Kimball Hospital of Windham County is founded on September 1, 1894. The Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital is established. |
|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 |
|2015 ||Construction of the Townsend Emergency Medical Center completed |
|2017 ||Day Kimball Healthcare becomes a Community Partner of Yale New Haven Health |
|2019 ||DKH celebrates 125 years of caring for the community |
October 6, 2021
Leanne Lafleur, pre-admission testing coordinator at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, has been named employee of the month for September by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Lafleur, who has been in...
September 28, 2021
A Norwich Bulletin Healthy Living Column
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September 24, 2021
During the month of September, we celebrate National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, observed this year from September 20 through September 26. We’re proud to highlight our outstanding rehab and...
September 21, 2021
Michelle Donahue, Hematology-Oncology Manager, Honored
More than 160 cancer survivors and their families attended Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, September 12 at...
September 15, 2021
DKH Telephone Disruptions Resolved
DKH has been notified that the telephone issues have been resolved. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding throughout the situation.
September 3, 2021
DKH wishes you a happy, safe, and healthy Labor Day Weekend!
Please note, the following DKH services and locations are observing office closures for the holiday.
All Day Kimball Medical Group...
September 3, 2021
The Solomon family has donated $1,500 to the Northeast Connecticut (NECT) Cancer Fund of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) in memory of the life of their family member and DKH’s 2018 NECT Cancer Fund Walk...
September 2, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) has announced that it is requiring all members of its workforce receive at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by November 1, 2021 as a condition of employment...
September 1, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) continues to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In March 2020, the health...
August 30, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Cruise, BBQ & Brew – a motorcycle and car cruise – was held on Sunday, August 15 and raised over $27,000 to benefit the Northeast Connecticut Cancer Fund of...