The existing Emergency Department facilities were constructed in 1970 and renovated in 1990. The facility was built to accommodate 18,000 visits annually, but by this time was seeing upwards of 30,000 visits annually. The Day Kimball Healthcare Board of Directors determines that a new, more spacious and modern emergency department facility is crucial if Day Kimball Hospital is to continue providing high quality emergency care into the future.
A case statement that outlines the needs, benefits and planned improvements is formulated and a "quiet phase" of fundraising begins. Together, community leaders contribute $2 million toward the project, including a $500,000 lead gift from Steven and Marjolaine Townsend.
Day Kimball Healthcare administration, board and the Care in a Heartbeat Capital Campaign Steering Committee kicks off the public phase of the campaign, with the goal of raising another $1 million from the larger community.
The Care in a Heartbeat Capital Campaign fundraising goal is exceeded. In just ten months, more than $3 million was raised for this crucial project. Donations came from more than 650 individuals, businesses and civic organizations, from all 13 towns of Northeast Connecticut, as well as from all the other New England states and from Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Virginia. -- Learn more.
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The state issues reimbursement cutbacks to hospitals, which could result in delaying construction. -- Learn more.
Day Kimball Healthcare secured needed funding to continue the hospital's emergency department renovation. A combination of favorable financing secured by DKH and a grant from the State of Connecticut enable the much-needed project to move forward, and construction begins. -- Learn more.
Ten new private rooms, including a state-of-the-art trauma room, as well as a new ambulance entrance opens. Learn more about the phase one improvements >
Nine new private rooms, including a specialized behavioral health wing, open in mid-October. Learn more about the phase two improvements >
An additional six patient rooms are added (for a grand total of 24 all-private patient rooms and one trauma room), as well as a new waiting area and entrance with covered drop-off area. Learn more about the phase three improvements >
With the new facility now complete and fully operational, a dedication ceremony to recognize and thank all those involved in making this project a reality for the residents of Northeast Connecticut is held.