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 18, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is pleased to welcome emergency medicine physician Vanessa M. Brown, MD, JD, FACEP, FAAEM, who has been named medical director of the Townsend Emergency Medical Center at...
February 12, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) has been administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who qualify for phase 1b of Connecticut’s vaccination program.
Due to limited vaccine supply, ...
February 5, 2021
Ted Kirst, 80, and his wife Barbara, 77, rolled up their sleeves and received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine together at the Day Kimball Healthcare Center in Plainfield on Friday, ...
February 4, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) has begun its next phase of administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is now offering the vaccine to its Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG) patients who qualify for...
February 3, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) At Home, a service division of Day Kimball Healthcare, recently named five of its employees as “Heroes at Home” for demonstrating outstanding service in homecare. ...
February 1, 2021
PLEASE BE ADVISED
Due to the snowstorm forecasted for today, Monday, February 1, the following DKH services will be closing at 1 p.m. and resuming regular business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, February...
January 26, 2021
Mark Dieterle, materials management technician at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, has been named employee of the month for January by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Dieterle, who has been in the...
January 18, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare Responds to Coronavirus
Day Kimball Healthcare is committed to bringing our community the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is responding to any cases in our...
January 13, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) continues to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Last year in March 2020, the health...
January 6, 2021
From the Frontlines
DKH’s Health Care Heroes share their reasons for choosing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
DKH Responds to...