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History of DKH

Day Kimball Hospital of Windham County opened its doors on September 1, 1894. It was the inspiration of two sisters, Miss Elizabeth and Gertrude Vinton, who had a vision for the “Windham County Infirmary.” Mrs. M. Day Kimball donated $5,000 for the construction of the infirmary building in memory of her recently deceased son, Day Kimball, with the condition that the institution be named after him. Other Kimball family members pledged an additional $4,000, and community members contributed another $1,000. With the $10,000 total donations, Day Kimball Hospital was born.

The hospital grew along with the community. Through the years the following additions were added to the hospital campus.
 

1894 Day Kimball Hospital of Windham County is founded on September 1, 1894. The Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital is established.
1901 Southerly Wing – doubling patient capacity
1910 Bradley Wing – additional patients’ rooms and nurses’ quarters that was safe from fire, well ventilated and free from noise.
1922 Seldom Burden Overlock, MD Wing
1931 Nurses’ Home – three story building, which still stands today as Day Kimball’s Community Services Building, was built to provide the nurses with living quarters close to the Hospital. The third floor was used throughout the 1930’s as a maternity ward.
1951 North Wing expansion – raised the number of beds at Day Kimball from 76 to 90 and included new X-ray and delivery rooms as well as a new coffee shop.
1971 Dedication of the Community Wing
1972 Pediatric Center opens
1982 Day Kimball and Community Health and Home Care formed the Day Kimball Foundation, the beginnings of a comprehensive healthcare network. Hospice of Northeastern Connecticut and Northeastern Homemakers also eventually become part of this foundation.
1997 Hale Medical Pavilion dedication – includes the Burdick Birthing Center and Surgical Suites.
1998 Day Kimball HomeCare and Hospice of Northeastern CT officially become departments of the Hospital.
2008 Establishment of the Physician Services of Northeast Connecticut, LLC.
2009 Re-branding all Day Kimball brands to Day Kimball Healthcare
2015  Construction of the Townsend Emergency Medical Center completed
2017 Day Kimball Healthcare becomes a Community Partner of Yale New Haven Health 
2019  Day Kimball Healthcare celebrates 125 years of service to the community