Rep. Boyd, Sen. Flexer Welcome $5 Million in State aid for Day Kimball Hospital in PutnamMay 6, 2022
On the final day of the 2022 legislative session, state Senator Mae Flexer and state Representative Pay Boyd (D-Pomfret) announced that the state budget approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate and now awaiting Governor Ned Lamont's signature includes $5 million for Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam to help create a new workforce pipeline for critically necessary health care personnel and to mitigate some of the hospital's revenue losses suffered during the two-year COVID-19 pandemic.
Day Kimball Hospital, at 320 Pomfret Street in Putnam, is a 104-bed acute care community hospital that has served Northeast Connecticut since 1894.
"If the pandemic of the past two years has taught us nothing but this, it's that health care matters. Immediate, quality, local health care matters to all of us. And with this infusion of state aid, Day Kimball Health Care will be able to continue providing quality, immediate health care to people here in the quiet corner," Sen. Flexer said. "I don’t think the importance of having Day Kimball here in the Quiet Corner can be overstated. With health care services being cut across our area, Day Kimball's role is more vital than ever. The pandemic caused dramatic revenue losses to Day Kimball, and this money will help stem some of these losses and help Day Kimball health care build an even stronger workforce in our region moving forward. I'm proud to have partnered with Representative Boyd to have secured these critical dollars."
"As hospitals in rural areas have made decisions to stop offering certain medical services to patients, this $5 million in state aid will ensure Day Kimball Hospital will be able to continue providing high-quality, comprehensive care to residents in northeastern Connecticut," Rep. Boyd said. "I am proud to have worked with Senator Flexer to secure these critical funds and will continue working to keep medical care within reach for our residents.”
"We are extremely grateful for the support of Senator Flexer and Representative Boyd to be able to create a brighter future for the hospital," said Day Kimball Health Care CEO Kyle Kramer. "This funding means the world to us, and it would not have happened without our partnership with Senator Flexer and Representative Boyd. They are our angels in Hartford."