Ground broken on new Day Kimball healthcare center
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Aug. 2, 2011
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on July 27 for Day Kimball Hospital's new 11,000-square-foot Putnam Healthcare Center at 6-12 South Main St. The facility will offer physical medicine services such as physical, occupational, speech and language therapy, on an outpatient basis. It will also provide blood drawing services and access to a full line of Franklin Home Health products.
The move is intended to provide easier access and longer hours to customers requiring the services. According to the president and CEO of Day Kimball Hospital, Robert Smanik, the center will enhance the quality of life in the community. It will bring outpatient services to the community, provide more expansive hours of operation, and make home healthcare products more easily accessible.
Director of Diagnostic Services Joseph Phillips said the healthcare center will deliver a better experience by taking a patient-centric approach to services. Patients will no longer have to go to separate areas to register and have blood samples drawn, he said. “The hospital needs to continue to evolve, based on the needs of its customers,” he said. “We need to provide better access to patients and more convenient hours.”
The center's 19 staff members are expected to accommodate approximately 180 patients a day. New physical medicine equipment includes treatment tables, parallel bars, stairs, and multi-exercise workstations. There will be 12 shared physical/occupational therapy treatment rooms, one OT hand therapy room, one pediatric treatment room, and two speech treatment rooms.
The establishment of the center is the first step in the process of enlarging Day Kimball's emergency room services. “Patient volume has doubled since the emergency room was first developed,” said Smanik.
Day Kimball's director of development, Pamela Watts, said the hospital needs about $3 million to reach its end goal. “This is the quiet phase of the process,” she said.
Mayor Robert Viens praised the role Day Kimball has played in providing care to 90,000 residents in its service area. “The ER is a tremendous asset to the community,” said Viens. “It has filled a niche by providing care to people who do not have primary care physicians. It provides prompt care services and ER services. It needs to grow.”