Herkimer County
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Caring for Body & Mind

Residents of Herkimer County reast easy knowing that, should an accident or illness befall them, they should have a selection of state-of-the-art, caring medical facilities.

Little Falls Hospital offers primary care facilities in Dolgeville, Herkimer, Newport and St. Johnsville. Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in Ilion is affiliated with Little Falls Hospital through the Mohawk Valley Network and provides additional care and services in the Herkimer County area. The Herkimer County Rural Health Network serves as a forum for Herkimer County care providers to identify, discuss and resolve health care issues and concerns. For residential care, we have Valley Health Care. Overall, you can be sure that any preventative, diagnostic or treatment needs will be served with compassion and professionalism in Herkimer County.

Little Falls Hospital

Little Falls Hospital has been committed to providing excellent and accessible care to Herkimer County residents since 1893. Over 100 years later, the hospital maintains its reputation for providing reliable and efficient health care to those in its three-county service area.

In addition to being Herkimer County's sole provider of 24-hour emergency care, the hospital offers an extensive array of primary, acute, extended and outpatient care. The hospital has over 30 full-time medical staff members and, for the convenience of area residents, operates four primary care centers, located at 9 Gibson Street in Dolgeville, 401 East State Street in Herkimer, Bridge Street in Newport and 8 Park Place in St. Johnsville.

Little Falls Hospital's mission statement reflects the staff's dedication not merely to meeting but exceeding their patients' expectations: "Little Falls Hospital is a voluntary, not-for-profit, community health care system whose mission is to offer quality care, with compassion, to all who seek or need our services, which include acute, chronic, residential and preventive care as well as health information."

Little Falls Hospital's affiliation with the Mohawk Valley Network (MVN) facilitates its successful fulfillment of this stated mission. The MVN affiliation has allowed the Little Falls Hospital to relocate its Herkimer Primary Care Center and open Imaging Services in the MVN Medical Arts Center in Herkimer. Because the center provides residents access to laboratory and rehabilitation services as well as regional cancer treatment, this affiliation with MVN serves to promote continuity in patient care.

Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare

Through its MVN affiliation, Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare has developed a close working relationship with Little Falls Hospital. In 1998, Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare opened a dialysis satellite at Little Falls Hospital, allowing Herkimer County patients greater ease of access to necessary care. In 1999, Faxton-St.Luke's opened a new radiation satellite in Herkimer in the Mohawk Valley Network Medical Arts Mall. The new facility also houses Network Rehab, Centrex Labs and primary care offices associated with Little Falls Hospital.

Faxton-St. Luke's also offers primary care services through the Mohawk Valley Division in Ilion, another example of the staff's strong commitment and ties to the residents of Herkimer County.

For more than 25 years, Faxton's Regional Rehabilitation Center has been providing individualized, goal-oriented, coordinated care to help patients reach beyond the boundaries of disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. Faxton's Regional Rehabilitation Center is the only New York State Health Department-approved Level I comprehensive rehabilitation program serving Oneida, Herkimer and adjoining counties in central New York.

In 1999, the Regional Rehabilitation Center's Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program received a three-year accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). CARF is the agency responsible for setting the standards for delivery of superior rehabilitative care. Internationally, less than 900 comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation programs are CARF-accredited. The Rehabilitation Center is the only one in the area to have obtained this honor, another example of the exceptional work that is being done within the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare family.

To meet the needs of expectant mothers and growing families, The Birthplace at Faxton-St. Luke's includes a labor, delivery and recovery area; a postpartum unit; a nursery; a special care Level II nursery; and a pediatrics unit. The Birthplace provides a state-of-the-art, attractive, comfortable environment for expectant parents and their newborns. Almost 2,000 babies are born annually at The Birthplace. In addition, the Obstetrical Care Center offers prenatal services for middle- and low-income women.

Faxton-St. Luke's also offers medical/surgical services, including ambulatory surgery, critical care units and emergency departments at both campuses. The Faxton Campus has a hearing and speech center, and the St. Luke's Campus operates a 26-bed psychiatric unit and a 36-station regional dialysis center, including dialysis satellites in Rome, Little Falls and Oneida. Six primary care centers are also operated by Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare: on Burrstone Road in New Hartford, on Route 12 in Boonville and in Barneveld, on Riverside Drive in North Utica, on North Main Street in Poland, and on Main Street in Ilion (the Mohawk Valley Division Primary Care/Urgent Care).

Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare also plays a vital role in the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute. Faxton-St. Luke's and St. Elizabeth Medical Center jointly own and operate the Heart Institute, and cardiac catheterizations are performed in St. Luke's new, state-of-the-art laboratory. The St. Luke's Campus offers an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, while the Faxton Campus houses an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program. The Mohawk Valley Network, particularly Little Falls Hospital and Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, are pleased to collaborate in order to provide residents of Herkimer County and the surrounding areas with the highest quality medical care and facilities.

The Herkimer County Rural Health Network

The Herkimer County Rural Health Network has facilitated collaboration and planning among Herkimer County's health care providers for 12 years. The demonstrated value of the coordination services provided by the Rural Health Network has been positive enough to allow them increased grant funding as well as a transition from an informal network to a more structured network in 1998.

In addition to creating and monitoring a comprehensive and mutually beneficial community health plan for the residents of Herkimer County, the Rural Health Network has been involved in the following projects:

• "Are You O.K.?" Telephone Reassurance System - This is a computer-controlled, automatic dialing system that calls homebound seniors and others in Herkimer County to see if they're all right each and every day of the year.
• Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Project - A provider was selected to provide PERS equipment and monitoring for those in Herkimer County who have a demonstrable need for the service but who cannot afford to pay for it. The selected provider developed a sliding fee scale based upon household income (full cost to no cost).
• Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Ad Campaign - This program creates television ads promoting parent/teen communication. Concepts include various high-risk behaviors, such as pregnancy, self-esteem and communications.
• Community Referral and Information System (CRIS) - The Rural Health Network purchased telephone equipment to provide access to medical information and referrals (via an 800 number) to the residents of Herkimer County. Residents can call the 800 number, enter a three-digit code corresponding to an agency/ organization and listen to a 30-second recording of the services provided by the respective agency. Contact information is also provided.
• Integrated County Plan - The Network is a participating member of the Community Development Committee working to develop an Integrated County Plan.

Elder Care

In addition to quality health care for all ages, Herkimer County takes special interest in our elders. The Herkimer County elder care facilities - such as Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Folts-Claxton Manor, Superior Home Healthcare, The Mohawk Homestead, and Van Allen Nursing Home - seek to provide the highest quality of life for our elderly.

Bassett Healthcare-Herkimer

Bassett Healthcare-Herkimer is part of the Bassett Healthcare System serving Herkimer and seven other counties in central New York. For more than 75 years, Bassett Healthcare has been providing experienced, compassionate care to the people of the Mohawk Valley. Here, you'll find a wide range of specialists and services, from urgent and heart care to women's health and primary care. You can see a specialist without going out of the area. There's also a cancer treatment center and an ambulatory surgery facility. And all the advantages of Bassett's unique team approach to your health care.

Primary Care Center
. Bassett has been providing primary care services in Herkimer for the whole family since 1986. By integrating patient care, education and research, Bassett's approach to primary care is comprehensive and progressive. From well-baby visits to smoking cessation to regular check-ups, Bassett's Primary Care Center covers all your family's health care needs. They even provide patient educational sessions on a one-to-one basis on a variety of topics, including diabetes, menopause, parenting, hypertension, asthma and nutrition.

Ambulatory Surgery Facility. Bassett's Outpatient Surgery Facility in Herkimer offers all the benefits of Bassett quality surgery in a convenient location on a same-day basis. Patients benefit from convenience, since there is no hospital stay, and they have the option of recuperating at home, where they are most comfortable. Surgeries offered in this location include urologic, gynecological, orthopedic, otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat), plastic surgery and opthalmology, among others.

Cancer Center. Bassett Healthcare's Regional Cancer Center-Herkimer is equipped with the latest in cancer treatment options. Patients find treatment and services that are not readily available elsewhere in the region, including medical and surgical oncology, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Bassett's affiliate, At Home Care Inc., also provides skilled home care.

Bassett Heart Care Institute
. Bassett is the area's preferred provider for heart care. Cardiologists are on staff to provide consultation and testing right in the Herkimer Health Center. Should further analysis or treatment be needed, Bassett's main campus, located in Cooperstown, has the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. From nuclear testing and catheterization to angioplasty and open-heart surgery, Bassett provides a full spectrum of cardiac care.