Evan Combs, laboratory services specialist at Day Kimball Hospital, has been named employee of the month for May by Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH).
Combs began working at Day Kimball Hospital in June 2018. In his current role, Combs is responsible for patient registration in the laboratory, specimen collection, and processing provider orders.
According to Combs’ supervisor, Bill Wood, manager of laboratory services, Day Kimball Hospital “Evan does an amazing job of interacting with the patients that visit the laboratory. His presence and the way that he speaks to patients has a calming influence on those that he serves. Evan keeps a close eye on the patients as they move through the laboratory and he goes above and beyond to help any who are in need. Not only are Evan’s people skills second to none, he is also a wealth of information and his extensive knowledge regarding laboratory tests and insurance procedures are invaluable to the lab.”
In response to being named employee of the month, Combs said, “It is very rewarding to know that all of my hard work does not go unnoticed. It’s amazing to hear positive feedback from my patients, but it just as refreshing to see that my fellow coworkers also recognize my dedication to the entire Day Kimball organization. Although we are a small community hospital, our entire staff always strives to go above and beyond the call of duty for our patients.”
When asked what he likes most about his job, he shared, “It is always rewarding to know that I have helped my patients to receive all of the testing necessary for their physicians to provide them with the best possible treatment for whatever troubles they are experiencing. It’s a refreshing feeling to know that I have helped every patient get one step closer to an accurate diagnosis – and hopefully a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.”
Combs credits his mother and colleague, Kathy Combs, director of professional revenue cycle and finance for
Day Kimball Medical Group, who has taught him many valuable lessons about working in the medical field and helped him pursue his professional achievements.
“As a parent you hope that the values and work ethic you have tried to example and instill in your children will follow them into adulthood and their work life,” said Kathy Combs. “I have the distinct honor and pleasure of working with Evan and as a result I get to hear from his fellow employees and supervisors what a great job he is doing; advocating for the patients he serves and working to improve the experience they have in the lab. Evan’s dad and I are so proud of him and we look forward to his future endeavors at Day Kimball.”
Combs earned a bachelor’s of science in allied health science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut in 2017, graduating with high honors. He was a participant in the Connecticut Youth Symphony from 2010 through 2012, and is an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenrodale, Connecticut.
A Northeast Connecticut native, Combs was born at Day Kimball Hospital in 1994. He currently resides in Danielson, Connecticut. In his spare time, Combs can be found on the Thompson Raceway Golf Course where he is an active member.
Day Kimball Healthcare’s employee of the month program is sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “The Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino has been focused on taking care of the people that serve within our community, and we appreciate everything Day Kimball Healthcare does,” said Foxwood’s Director of Sponsorships and Partnerships Roy Colebut-Ingram. “Supporting meaningful employee recognition programs like that at DKH is just one way that we feel we can express our appreciation.”