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Longest-Serving Employees Spotlight | Denise Oles, RN


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In celebration of 125 years of service, DKH is showcasing many of our longest-serving employees who have dedicated 40 or more years to our organization. Here’s a chance to get a more personal look at the people woven into the history of your community hospital.   

This month we recognize Denise Oles, registered nurse with Day Kimball Healthcare’s Case Management department, who began working at DKH on December 5, 1975. Denise was born in Lowell, MA. She has lived in Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, before finally settling down in Putnam, CT.

“What I like most about working for DKH is the many opportunities for change and growth I have been provided throughout the years.”

Read on to learn more about Denise, including what inspired her career choice and more in this spotlight.

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What sparked your interest in healthcare? The sciences and a desire to make a difference in people’s lives sparked my interest in healthcare.

Where did you receive your education? I have an associate of science, I am a certified case worker (CCM), and I am a certified clinical documentation specialist (CCDS).

Do you remember your first day of work at DKH? Yes! It was very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

What roles have you had at DKH? I have had several roles during my career at DKH working on the surgical unit; as part of the intravenous team; as a visiting nurse; as a liaison to UMass Memorial Medical Center; and in my current position as a clinical documentation specialist and case manager. As a documentation specialist, I audit current inpatient records to ensure that we have the proper documentation to support medical appropriateness for an inpatient stay. 

What do you like most about your job? The autonomy and the knowledge I have gained from studying and working closely with the hospitalists.

What do you like most about working at DKH? I enjoy the community hospital environment where you know everyone. Working for DKH has provided me with many opportunities for change and growth.

What is your proudest moment at DKH? I am proud to know I provided the best care to my patients and hopefully was a role model for my peers. 

What is your fondest memory of your time at DKH so far? My fondest memories revolve around my relationships with my peers and families whose quality of lives I was able to make a difference in. With this being DKH’s 125th anniversary, what do you think makes DKH so special? DKH is special because we provide a personal, caring approach to our patients because of our close relationship with the community. 

What might people not know about you? I am a member of the Ethics Committee at DKH and I have done medical mission work in Guatemala for the past four years. 

What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy gardening, knitting, reading, bicycling, but mostly spending time with my family and friends.

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