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Day Kimball Healthcare At Home Honors Heroes


Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) At Home, a service division of Day Kimball Healthcare, recently named eight of its employees as “Heroes at Home” for going above and beyond expectations to provide excellent care to the community.

DKH At Home began honoring its heroes through the “Hero at Home” award recognition program in 2016 and is the organization’s way of honoring employees for their commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care.

“Every year, we look forward to celebrating our work and our team of outstanding clinicians, caregivers and office professionals at DKH At Home,” said Renee Smith, Executive Director. “Our staff is our greatest asset because they are at the heart of home care. They strive for excellence and most importantly, they show love.”

Nominations came from peers who saw something special in each of these DKH At Home staff members and wanted to recognize their colleagues for their commitment and dedication to high-quality care.

“Our Hero at Home award winners each exemplify the skills, compassion and dedication that Northeast Connecticut families have come to expect and appreciate from the caregivers who assist their loved ones,” said Smith. “Their acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their profession and our community, and their natural ability to assist those in need, they are an inspiration to others.”

The following awardees were selected for providing outstanding care in a cooperative spirit of teamwork:

The “Office Team Hero” award was presented to Valerie Espeleta, Health Information Coordinator for DKH At Home. Espeleta was honored for her dedication to the team. As an office member, her willingness to work through challenges and offer help to her colleagues enables them to provide the best care possible for clients. Espeleta’s peers describe her as “always willing to lend a hand.”

Joanne Roy, Home Health Aide, and Candice Zamagni, RN for Day Kimball HomeCare and Hospice, were recognized as “Homecare and Hospice Field Team Heroes.” As described by their colleagues: “Patients love Joanne. She is a quiet leader, flexible, and supportive.” “Candice is a great team player. She always has a smile and radiates positive energy.”

Lynn Kerouack, Personal Care Assistant/HomeMaker, and Sherry Regener, Personal Care Assistant/HomeMaker, were honored as “Personal Care and HomeMaker Heroes.” These caregivers consistently demonstrate compassion, empathy, and a willingness to go the extra mile for clients. Their peers said: “Lynn is a quiet soul with a big heart. All of her clients enjoy her visits. She is reliable and hardworking.” “Everyone loves Sherry. She has done so much for our organization, and always goes above and beyond for her clients.”

The next award recipients were selected by the DKH At Home leadership team to highlight the many important ways these healthcare providers help to improve people’s lives every day:

DKH At Home Occupational Therapists, Siana Goodhall, Michelle Choquette, and Karen Kosier, were honored as “Remarkable Rookies.” These employees are new to home care and/or DKH At Home and have already seamlessly transformed into shining stars and valuable members of the team.

The DKH At Home Hero awards salute the impact and accomplishments of people and organizations that are making a positive difference in the community by ensuring that individuals receive the best care possible in the comfort of their own homes.

Day Kimball Healthcare At Home offers a wide range of compassionate and personalized in-home care services throughout Northeast Connecticut. Day Kimball Healthcare At Home’s services include Day Kimball HomeCare, Day Kimball HomeMakers, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut. Learn more at or call 860-928-0422.

Day Kimball Healthcare At Home “Hero at Home” Award recipients.

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