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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
Visitation is closed (posted January 14, 2021)
Valley Health Services is committed to the infection control practices as directed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. All staff members continue to be tested weekly and residents are tested as necessary, per NYSDOH guidelines. All required residents are on precautions and all are continually being monitored for signs and symptoms of the virus. All staff are screened upon entry to the building and continue to follow NYSDOH and CDC guidelines for use of personal protective equipment.
We report four new residents and two new staff having tested positive for COVID-19, bringing our cumulative total to 35 residents and 48 staff since March 2020.
Per NYSDOH directives, the facility remains closed to visitation, but as soon as it is permissible, notification will be sent to the residents’ primary contacts. This webpage will also be updated at least weekly to keep you informed.
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.