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Valley Health Services receives Community Foundation grant for food heat-retention system

By Journal Staff (



HERKIMER, N.Y. — Bassett Healthcare Network’s Valley Health Services (VHS) in Herkimer received a $7,500 grant from the Wesley and Marion Small Fund at The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to purchase a Camduction Complete Heat System for hot-meal service at its facility.

The system is designed to retain the temperature, quality, and safety of foods being served bedside in a health-care facility.

“On behalf of our residents, we are very thankful for the meal-enhancing equipment we are able to acquire,” VHS Administrator Bryan Ehlinger said in a press release, adding the grant supports VHS in promoting optimal quality of life for older adults.

In its grant application, VHS said, “Palatable meals are essential to the enjoyment and wellbeing of our residents. In a nursing-home setting, the food-service program is more than a way to provide nourishment, but a highlighted experience.”

VHS is a 160-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility that offers inpatient and outpatient services. Founded in 1984, it’s a corporately affiliated member of Bassett Healthcare Network

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