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 |
July 23, 2021
Caitlyn Sward, registered dietitian in the Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, has been named employee of the month for July by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
July 21, 2021
A Norwich Bulletin Healthy Living Column
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June 16, 2021
Nicole Cadro, registered nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, has been named employee of the month for June by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Cadro began her...
June 10, 2021
Beginning Monday, June 21, 2021, Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) will transition COVID-19 vaccinations from its existing clinics at Day Kimball Hospital to its Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG) adult and...
June 3, 2021
Fifteen physicians on the medical staff of Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) in a variety of specialties have been named to Connecticut Magazine’s recently published “Top Doctors” list for 2021.
June 3, 2021
Day Kimball Hospital (DKH) in Putnam has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® shows an...
May 28, 2021
Lori Hamilton, clinical coordinator in the medical/surgical department at Day Kimball Hospital, has been named employee of the year for 2020 by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
May 13, 2021
Evan Combs, laboratory services specialist at Day Kimball Hospital, has been named employee of the month for May by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Combs began working at Day Kimball Hospital in...
May 11, 2021
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