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 |
February 8, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare and the Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital celebrated the past and toasted to the future at a 125th Anniversary and Valentine Dinner Dance held at StoneHurst Valley in...
January 16, 2019
The Next Generation of Robotic Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery is here in Northeast CT
Orthopedic surgeons at Day Kimball Hospital are offering patients an innovative option for partial knee, ...
January 9, 2019
SPIROL International Corporation, a global manufacturer headquartered in Danielson, Connecticut, has pledged to support the Northeast Connecticut Cancer Fund of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) in the...
January 1, 2019
It is a new year and one local family has something special to celebrate the beginning of 2019.
At Day Kimball Hospital’s Burdick Family Birthing Center, Anastasia Rose Schacht was born at 1:11...
December 31, 2018
Leslie Taylor, phlebotomist for Day Kimball Healthcare’s Laboratory and Blood Draw Services department, has been named employee of the month for December by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
December 26, 2018
On December 2, families and friends gathered together on village greens in 11 communities across Northeast Connecticut for Day Kimball Healthcare’s 29th annual Tree of Life Ceremony. This year’s...
December 19, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare, Northeast Connecticut’s premier integrated medical services network, is now a participating provider with Aetna Medicare Advantage, effective October 15, 2018. Aetna Medicare...
December 3, 2018
Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, a service division of Day Kimball Healthcare, was honored with a 2018 Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction by Fazzi Associates, A Medicare...
November 30, 2018
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has again awarded accreditation to Day Kimball Hospital Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of...