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 |
April 16, 2019
In celebration of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) honored its 130 adult volunteers, who donated more than 20,000 hours of service to the hospital and community this...
April 15, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) held a flag-raising ceremony at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam on April 12 to commemorate National Donate Life Month. Celebrated in April, the annual observance...
April 8, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Cruisin’ for Cancer Care committee hosted its annual Guest Bartender Night at the Black Dog Bar & Grille on Thursday, March 28. More than $9,300 was raised through bar...
April 4, 2019
Underscores the Changing and Vital Role of Today’s Community Hospital
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is setting the standard for a new breed of community hospital committed to delivering the...
April 1, 2019
Katrina Lambert, Project Manager for Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Information Technology (IT) Department has been named employee of the month for February by Day Kimball Healthcare.
March 14, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Burdick Family Birthing Center at Day Kimball Hospital received a special donation from one local couple to honor the memory of their child and help other families...
March 11, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) held its annual meeting of the corporators at the Mansion at Bald Hill on Wednesday, February 13. Each year’s meeting invites DKH’s corporators together to reflect on...
March 7, 2019
Wendy Blackmar, pre-certification clerk has been named employee of the month for January by DKH.
Blackmar, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the medical field, began her career at DKH in...
March 4, 2019
Day Kimball Hospital (DKH) will begin using a new visitor and emergency management system to ensure patient safety and security. MitchellTrac, a visitor and emergency management solution built on...
March 4, 2019
Michelle Gardner, Intake and Outreach Coordinator for Day Kimball HomeMakers, a division of Day Kimball Healthcare at Home, has been named employee of the year for 2018 by Day Kimball Healthcare...