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 |
May 3, 2021
One of Four CT Hospitals to Receive CMS Highest Five-Star Quality Rating, and “A” Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Placing DKH in Top Third of Hospitals in the Nation
Day Kimball Hospital (DKH)...
April 27, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is pleased to welcome Meryl J. Reichman, MD, board-certified and fellowship-trained endocrinologist, to the Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG).
“We are very excited to...
April 26, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is pleased to announce a partnership between its hospital-based food pantry, Caitlyn’s Cupboard, and Interfaith Human Services of Putnam’s (IHSP) Food Pantry, Daily...
April 23, 2021
Day Kimball Hospital (DKH) in Putnam is pleased to announce it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal...
April 22, 2021
Gloria Singleton, scheduling supervisor for Day Kimball Homemakers, a division of Day Kimball Healthcare At Home, has been named employee of the month for April by Day Kimball Healthcare...
March 29, 2021
Timothy Van Nort, administration coordinator to the chief executive officer, has been named employee of the month for March.
Van Nort began working at Day Kimball in 2013 as a UR/PCT and secretary...
March 16, 2021
Day Kimball Hospital, part of the Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) integrated network, has again been designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield...
March 11, 2021
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is pleased to announce that Stephen F. Schiff, MD, FACS, urologist and vice chairman of surgery at Day Kimball Hospital, has been appointed Clinical Professor of Urology...
March 3, 2021
Day Kimball Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare At Home, have again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance...