Quality of Life – Why We Call the Mohawk Valley Home

Affordable Living

The Mohawk Valley offers an affordable cost of living and has some of the most attractive housing rates in the country. This paired with its award winning public school systems and low crime rates make the region an ideal place to raise a family.

Educational Opportunity

Opportunities for higher education are abundant in the Mohawk Valley. Local colleges and universities offer a wide-range of two-year, four-year and graduate level programs. With 14 higher education institutions in the area, the Mohawk Valley is home to many excellent educators and talented students. Utica is also part of New York’s Tech Valley.


The Utica area offers a large 15K annual road race, 900 acres of city parks including one for downhill skiing and snowboarding, a zoo, a large arts institute and historical sites in the city and nearby towns.

Within Oneida County to Utica’s west is Rome, which includes attractions such as an outdoor living history museum at the original site where the Erie Canal began. As the Mohawk Valley played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War, there are several recreational attractions with deep historical roots, including Fort Stanwix National Monument, also in Rome, and the nearby Oriskany Monument and Battlefield.

To the east is the village of Herkimer, which also has a rich history extending back to pre-Revolution times, plus current natural attractions such as the Herkimer Diamond Mines.

From four-season recreation to cultural activities, the Mohawk Valley has something for everyone. The Adirondack Mountains are only an hour drive to the north and the Catskill Mountains are located to the south. Sports and recreation in the area include hiking, mountain biking, boating, golfing, fishing and college sporting events.

Arts and entertainment are at their best in the Mohawk Valley including highly acclaimed museums – Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, the Oneida Community Mansion House and the Utica Children’s Museum – plus theaters (The Stanley Center for the Arts that presents Broadway Theatre League shows, among others), a sports arena, the Utica Memorial Auditorium, a 3,860-seat multi-purpose venue with a capacity of 5,700 for concerts. It is the home arena of the Utica Comets, the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.

Also known as “the city that loves refugees”, Utica is home to more than 40 nationalities and offers extraordinary dining options that include Bosnian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Italian, German, Caribbean and more choices for the adventurous. Utica is also home to F.X. Matt Brewing Company, the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. It offers tours of its facility, and more craft breweries have recently opened across the area.

In addition, Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, and Destiny USA, a six-story, regional shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY, provide many opportunities for recreation.

To the North: Adirondack State Park, the largest state park nationwide, which is internationally known for its hiking, camping, boating, skiing, and countless picturesque landscapes, and beyond that, Canada

To the South: Cooperstown, with Otsego Lake and its Baseball Hall of Fame, the Catskills, where you can easily find outstanding skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, and camping locations

To the East: The Tri-City region including Albany, then Vermont, New England and the scenic mountains of western Massachusetts

To the West, Syracuse, Rochester, and the Finger Lakes Region, where wine tours abound.

Utica is centrally located: New York City: 4 hrs. Boston: 4.5 hrs. Montreal: 4.5 hrs.

Both Syracuse and Albany are easily reached on the NYS Thruway, with international airports and Amtrak.

Top Reasons Our People Love Working Here

Reputation for Excellence

From our mission to our actions, our organization has a long standing track record for offering unmatched patient care not only on a physical level, but an emotional level as well. This philosophy is emphasized through our Spirit of Caring awards for employees who display exceptional customer service.

Staff to Patient Ratio

Structured for success, our staff to patient ratio reinforces our mission to not only provide patients with a heightened level of care, but to also equip employees with a safe environment and appropriate resources to provide such care.

Welcoming Community of Professionals

We understand how much of your day is spent at work, and that is why we strive to foster a sense of community within our workplace. With events like holiday parties and employee appreciation days, you will be welcomed by your new colleagues.

Comprehensive Benefits Program

Great employees deserve great benefits, and that’s why MVHS provides a comprehensive and flexible benefits package to reward our employees who are integral in accomplishing the mission and vision of our organization.

Highly Competitive Compensation

Striving to attract the most talented and highly skilled professionals in the field, MVHS offers highly competitive salaries.

Flexible Scheduling

If you’re a parent of three, a student or you just like working different hours, we offer the flexibility you need to do what it is you work to do … live your life! Full-time and part-time employees have ample opportunity to find a schedule that works just right for their situation.

Promising Growth Opportunities

After consolidating and centralizing many of our services, MVHS has been able to expand into areas that now allow us to offer services to ALL levels of care. And every time that we grow as an organization, growth opportunities for all of our employees are opened up as well.

Tuition Reimbursement

All employees are encouraged to continue their education to further enhance their skills. Eligible employees can enjoy various levels of tuition reimbursement. Scholarship programs are also offered for certain fields of study in high market demand positions.

Career Development

Encouraging employees to get involved and continue to sharpen their skills is what career development is all about. By offering educational seminars and programs and practicing internal hiring and promoting, MVHS is far more than just a place to work, it’s a place to map out your career.

State of the Art Facilities

New offerings, new acquisitions, new equipment, new construction and new patients — this all adds up to a state of the art environment that healthcare professionals can thrive in. It’s designed for success, and it helps our employees provide that high level of care that they have become proud to be associated with.

Center for Continuous Learning

MVHS promotes an environment of continuous, life-long learning among our patients, residents, their families, employees, physicians, volunteers and the public in order to create a healthier, more vibrant organization and community. We are a learning center of excellence, well known in our community for exceptional educational opportunities in a supportive environment with quality instruction that meets the personal and professional needs of participants, while supporting wellness, prevention and treatment, and the most current, high quality, best practices within healthcare.

Simulation Lab

MVHS offers a Simulation Lab with four robotic simulation manikins to educate nurses, physicians, emergency medical service trainees and other team members involved with patient care. The robotic simulation manikins perform as if they were real, living patients including their pulse rate and their ability to breathe.