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 |
June 3, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) administration hosted a staff appreciation barbecue on Wednesday, May 22 at Day Kimball Hospital. The event was held in conjunction with DKH’s 125th anniversary and as a...
May 28, 2019
Day Kimball Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities...
May 23, 2019
Tiffany Guilmette, accounts receivable technician for Day Kimball Hospital, has been named employee of the month for April by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Guilmette began her career with Day...
May 22, 2019
Cancer Survivor Rich Mineo Named as Ambassador Honoree
Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) annual Walk & Race for the Northeast Connecticut (NECT) Cancer Fund of DKH will be held Saturday, August 10, ...
May 21, 2019
Putnam Bank has signed on as the $25,000 presenting sponsor of the Day Kimball Hospital Golf Classic for the third year in a row. Funds from last year’s sponsorship are providing critical support for...
May 16, 2019
Proceeds to Benefit Day Kimball Hospital Cancer Center
The ninth annual Paddle for a Cure will be held rain or shine on Sunday, June 9 at Riverside Park in Brooklyn, beginning at 10...
May 13, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) is now offering an integrated women’s health services program for improving access to cancer screenings and combating heart disease – the Connecticut Early Detection and...
May 3, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) has been selected as the beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of May by store leadership at the Stop & Shop located at 60 Providence Pike in...
May 2, 2019
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) and the Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital are proud to participate in the Killingly Springfest on Saturday, May 11. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00...
April 26, 2019
Gyuljan Tahirova, registered nurse (RN), for Day Kimball Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been named employee of the month for March by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Tahirova, who has...