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Valley Health Services
Valley Health Services is a 160-bed, long-term care and rehabilitation facility that has been a major health care provider and vital community asset of Herkimer, NY since its founding in 1984. Privately owned and not-for-profit, VHS provides care to a largely rural population.Call: 315-866-3330 View practitioners at this location
Valley Health Services Follows Guidelines Addressing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Visitation
Infection control measures have always been a priority of Valley Health Services, and now is no exception.
Valley Health Services and Valley Residential Services are following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health.
In order to permit visitation, nursing homes must meet a host of criteria. One of these conditions is no new residents or staff testing positive for COVID-19 for 28 consecutive days. As of July 13, 2020, one new staff member tested positive (this brings our total to 3 staff and one resident). Among other factors being assessed to permit visitation will be the facility’s ability to staff and monitor the visitation site and the number of COVID-19 cases being reported for the greater Herkimer area. Because these conditions are likely to change from week to week, or even day to day, visitation may be suspended without prior announcement.
We understand visiting with loved ones is important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them until visitation is allowed. Let us know how we can help facilitate communication.
Please check this site for updates on how COVID-19 affects Valley Health Services and potential visitation.
Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation in helping us keep our residents safe and healthy.
Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility
Valley Health Services (VHS) is considered the Mohawk Valley’s best kept secret. At the heart of our mission is our commitment to providing access to a continuum of long-term care services when families need it. In an effort to provide quality, person-centered care and make a difference in the lives of our residents and their families, we at Valley Health Services realize it is a community initiative. We get to know the families of our residents. We engage the families in a variety of activities and events annually. We ensure our residents a home-like living environment so they experience comfort and privacy.
A comfortable, healthy environment with qualified staff who place an equal emphasis on mind, body and spirit defines the care at Valley Health Services which includes:
- Skilled nursing, long-term care
- Short-term inpatient rehabilitation and subacute care
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Adult Day Health Care (two locations: Herkimer and Little Falls)
- Palliative Care
Testimonial from a VHS family
John Scarano's mother, Rosina, was a resident of VHS for quite a long time. She passed away and John wanted to share his family's experience:
"Valley Health Services and specifically 1West will always be near and dear to my heart. As a family, we trusted Valley Health for the care and rehab of our mother and that trust was never ever in doubt. Our family was allowed to utilize the venue for privacy for occasions when needed, for special meals for the family to attend on holidays and an outside gazebo when the weather allowed.
Activities for our mother were always available as well as musical entertainment which she always enjoyed. Valley Health has a Bell Choir which our mother was a part of; they actually would travel around to perform so I would attend - kind of like a Bell Choir groupie.
Most important and paramount in our decision for our mother to be a resident of Valley Health was the care. We were able to observe the level of care given to the residents because of other relatives being in Valley Health - so the decision was easy. The care that our mother received was the reason she was able to reach the age of 95.
The staff on 1West was always there for her and the family; they loved referring to her as Gram. As a family, our visits were frequent and may I add that the staff on 1West always made us feel like part of their family. Looking back, Valley Health was the right decision. Our family is at peace with that and will always recommend Valley Health Services."
Valley Health Services is in compliance with regulations set forth by the New York State Department of Health. In addressing the fiscal responsibility of the facility, the annual audit has consistently revealed no exceptions. Valley Health Services has enjoyed community support since its founding. Over 80 volunteers support the staff and residents. Eight men and women from the surrounding area comprise the voluntary board of directors who collectively contribute over 1,000 hours annually to provide governance of the healthcare institution.