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 |
September 6, 2018
The 34th annual Day Kimball Hospital Putnam Bank Golf Classic has raised more than $103,000, the net proceeds of which will support cancer care services, diagnostic imaging, and technology at Day...
August 20, 2018
Stacey Jones, lead phlebotomist for Day Kimball Healthcare’s Laboratory and Blood Draw Services department, has been named employee of the month for July by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). Jones began...
August 16, 2018
Day Kimball Hospital scored better than all other Connecticut hospitals, and well above the state and national average, on a Medicare report for timely treatment of sepsis, a serious complication of...
August 2, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) 15th Annual Cruisin’ for Cancer Care event was held on June 24 at the Thompson Speedway and raised $5,800 to benefit the Northeast Connecticut Cancer Fund of DKH. The...
July 12, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Pediatric department and Family Advocacy Center received a donation of over 250 books from the students of Putnam Middle School on June 19. The books were collected...
July 5, 2018
Jillian Mancini, staff pharmacist for Day Kimball Hospital’s Pharmacy department, has been named employee of the month for June by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Mancini has been a pharmacist for...
July 3, 2018
The eighth annual Paddle for a Cure, held Sunday, June 10 at Riverside Park in Brooklyn, CT, has raised $9,500 for the Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center at Day Kimball Hospital. The funds will support...
July 2, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Pastoral Care department received a donation from members from bankHometown’s Putnam branch on June 6. Jason Howard (second from left), bankHometown Assistant Manager, ...
June 28, 2018
Amanda Miller has been named Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH), a nonprofit community hospital and healthcare system serving Northeast Connecticut and nearby...
June 25, 2018
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) Family Advocacy Programs received a donation of $300 worth of new toys from the students from the EASTCONN Killingly Northeast Regional Program on June 4. The students...