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The healthcare industry is in a time of change - a time that requires courage, a belief that healthcare will be better, and the determination to do the work that will make it happen. Northeast Connecticut and Day Kimball Healthcare are living through this time together. We have stayed true to our mission of meeting the health needs of our community for 120 years, and we remain steadfast in that commitment as we move into the future. 

Here, we'll share with you news, information and resources to help you understand how and why health care is changing nationally, and how we're working to make those changes positive ones for Northeastern Connecticut. 

You can also explore other areas of our blog, including the Your Health and Wellness information center, for ways to improve health and wellness in your own life and for your family. 

Every new day is an opportunity to improve health and wellness. We can all rise above the challenges, see the possibilities, and achieve the benefits that await. It's a New Day at Day Kimball Healthcare.

Day Kimball Healthcare Voices Opposition at Capitol to Governor's Proposed Steep Tax Hike on Hospitals
Staff from Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) attended the Connecticut Hospital Association’s (CHA) Hospital Day at the Capitol on April 5 to voice opposition to measures in Governor Malloy’s proposed...
Day Kimball Healthcare Wins “Best in New England” for Healthcare Communications at NESHCo Lamplighter Awards
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) took the top prize for excellence in healthcare communications at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ (NESHCo) annual Lamplighter Awards, held June 1...
Day Kimball Staff Meet with Legislators to Discuss  Restoration of Hospital Funding, Next Steps to Protect It in the Future
Day Kimball Healthcare leadership and staff met with local legislators at Day Kimball Hospital on Thursday, March 31 to discuss the recent restoration of Day Kimball’s 2016 hospital funding and...
Photos: Day Kimball Staff Protest Hospital Cuts, Question Governor Malloy at Capitol
Day Kimball Healthcare President and CEO Robert Smanik (far left) speaks with Governor Dannel P. Malloy about the impact of hospital cuts to Day Kimball and Northeast Connecticut at the Capitol on...
Day Kimball Healthcare Responds to State's Move to Stop Payment on Hospital Funding
DKH President and CEO Robert Smanik addresses the crowd at a May 14, 2015 advocacy event to restore state funding to the small community hospital. Robert Smanik, President and CEO of Day Kimball...
Day Kimball Healthcare Reports High Marks for Care,  Break-Even Budget Projected for 2016 at Annual Corporators Meeting
Search for Affiliation Partner Continues as Leadership Underscores Commitment to Remain Independent “Until the Right Fit is Found” After a challenging 2015, Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) announced...
DKH Receives Significant Restoration of State Funding: Statement from President and CEO Robert Smanik
At a press event held today at Day Kimball Hospital, State Senator Mae Flexer (D-Killingly) and state Representatives Daniel Rovero (D-Killingly) and Christine Rosati-Randall (D-Killingly) announced...
Partial Restoration of Medicaid Funding Not Enough to Prevent Cuts to DKH Staff and Operations
Governor Malloy announced today that he will restore 95% of the small hospital appropriation to the six hospitals in the state that qualify for that funding including Day Kimball Hospital, a part of...
Day Kimball Healthcare Takes Steps to Mitigate Effect of State Budget Cuts
Determined to continue the fight to provide high-quality health care to the people of Northeast Connecticut, Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) today announced a series of cost-cutting measures designed to...
Podcast | DKH Leadership Address State Budget Cuts and Resulting Threats to Health, Livelihood of Northeast Connecticut
PODCAST | Listen Now > Day Kimball Healthcare President and CEO Robert Smanik and Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Graham talk with WINY Radio's Paul Coutu about the Governor's unprecedented cuts to...
Day Kimball Healthcare and Hartford HealthCare  Suspend Affiliation Talks Due to State Budget Cuts
Severe and unexpected cuts by the state of Connecticut to Medicaid payments have affected progress Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) were making toward a strategic...
What You Need to Know About Governor Malloy's Cuts to Hospitals and DKH
**UPDATE, 10/9/2015** Governor Malloy has restored a small portion of hospital funding. However, it is not enough to relieve the need for DKH to continue with cuts to staff and operations. Read the...
Day Kimball Healthcare Set to Lose Millions as a Result of Governor's Budget Cuts
Significant Reductions in Services, Staffing Unavoidable if Funding is Not Restored Take action. Tell Gov. Malloy to restore hospital funding now > Just three months after community members and...
Day Kimball Healthcare and Hartford HealthCare  Explore Affiliation
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) today announced that they are exploring a strategic partnership that could lead to a formal affiliation.  The Day Kimball Healthcare...
Health Insurance Math Simplified (kinda)
Full confession. The graphic included with this post took about a dozen rounds of revisions to finalize – and we work in health care. Candidly, we’re hoping (but not 100 percent convinced) it helps...
Budget Advocacy: Reach out to legislators during Special Session
***UPDATE | 6/29/2015*** THANK YOU, NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT The overall state budget cuts to Day Kimball Healthcare have been eliminated! DKH has been awarded $3 million in additional funding in...
Legislators deliver 1628 “I AM New Day” pledges to Governor on behalf of Day Kimball Healthcare to send message about State Budget
Senator Mae Flexer and Representatives Daniel Rovero and Mike Alberts attended the “I AM New Day” Pledge Event at Day Kimball Hospital, a service division of Day Kimball Healthcare, to each accept...
Podcast | DKH Leadership on WINY 1350AM: What's at Risk for Health, Livelihood of Northeast Connecticut
PODCAST | Listen Now >   This morning two members of the Day Kimball Healthcare leadership team were guests on WINY 1350 AM's The Talk Show with Bob Young to discuss the threats posed to the...
Take the Pledge: I AM New Day
***UPDATE | 6/29/2015*** THANK YOU, NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT The overall state budget cuts to Day Kimball Healthcare have been eliminated! DKH has been awarded $3 million in additional funding in...
An Open Letter to Our Governor and Legislators
***UPDATE | 6/29/2015*** (Scroll down for original content) THANK YOU, NORTHEAST CONNECTICUT The overall state budget cuts to Day Kimball Healthcare have been eliminated! DKH has been awarded $3...
Citizens National Bank Completes $250,000 Pledge to Day Kimball Healthcare's Care in a Heartbeat Capital Campaign
Pledge Completed Ahead of Schedule and Project's Anticipated Completion Citizens National Bank has contributed the final installment of a $250,000 pledge of support for Day Kimball Healthcare’s...
5 Terms to Know About Health Insurance
Understanding how your health insurance works has become complicated; in particular, knowing when the insurance company pays and when you do. For many of us there’s the worry with each visit, “Will...
Sleep Center and Laboratory Services Receive Renewals for Accreditation
PUTNAM, CONN. –  Day Kimball Healthcare recently received re-accreditation for its Sleep Center located at Day Kimball  Hospital and its Laboratory which conducts tests at the Hospital, manages four...
In Midst of Healthcare Changes, Seniors' Events Show Simple Things Can Make a Big Impact
As health care grapples with the big issues of the Affordable Care Act and debates the complexities of the changes in the system, sometimes it’s important to be reminded that the simple things still...
INFOGRAPHIC: What a Patient Centered Medical Home Is, How it Improves Your Care and Saves You Money
One recent development in health care is the establishment of a “patient centered medical home” (PCMH) model of care within integrated health care systems.  In this model, your primary care...
Day Kimball Hospital First in New England to Offer  Latest, Most Advanced Technology for Cataract Surgery
New Englanders suffering from cataracts now have access to the latest in surgical treatment at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut. The Hospital, a part of Day Kimball Healthcare’s medical...
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Breast Health Program Resulting in Faster, More Comprehensive Quality Care for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer we observe in Northeast Connecticut. To better serve this population, Day Kimball Healthcare instituted a Breast Health Program in 2011, which...
“We are in the best of times and the worst of times”
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Annual Corporators Meeting Reported Both Accolades and Financial Losses for Fiscal Year 2014 PUTNAM, CONN. – In the midst of change, unknowns and financial stress, what...
Infographic | Sick vs. Well Model of Health Care - and Why YOU Should Care
One important and positive way that health care is changing is that it's moving from a "sick care" model to a "well care" model. What does this mean? Well, in years past, most health care was...
Let's face it:  Change stirs up fear. But it's also a birthplace of courage. Change requires us to believe in what we cannot quite yet see, and to know without moving forward things will worsen...

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