Long-Term Care

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.

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  • Valley Health Services
  • Sun Room
  • Resident Common Room
  • Rehab Therapy

Phone Number: (315) 866-3330


690 West German Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

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Valley Health Services Follows Guidelines Addressing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Visitation

Limited Visitation (posted September 10, 2021) 

Due to staff testing positive for COVID-19 this week, visitation for residents on two units remains closed, but permitted for residents living in the other units. Those able to receive visitors will do so by appointment and the visits will be outdoors, weather permitting. Please call (315) 866-3330, extension 2297 to schedule a visit. We are hopeful to resume our regular visitation options during the week of September 20th. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.

Staff continue to adhere to 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 are screened upon entry to the building and follow NYSDOH and CDC guidelines for use of personal protective equipment.

Click here to view our pandemic emergency plan.

Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine page for more information about the vaccine, including facts, how to schedule an appointment if you're eligible, and more. Visit our COVID-19 information page to learn more about our response to the novel coronavirus, including our testing criteria, visitor response plan, and more.

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.