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Salem Hospital
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Salem Hospital (Oregon) is located in Salem OR
Salem Hospital (Oregon)
Salem Hospital (Oregon) is located in Oregon
Salem Hospital (Oregon)
LocationSalem, Oregon, United States
Coordinates44°55′59″N 123°02′05″W / 44.9330°N 123.0348°W / 44.9330; -123.0348Coordinates: 44°55′59″N 123°02′05″W / 44.9330°N 123.0348°W / 44.9330; -123.0348
Hospital typeCommunity
Affiliated universityOHSU
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
ListsHospitals in Oregon

Salem Hospital is a non-profit, regional medical center located in Salem, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1896, the hospital has 454 beds. Salem Hospital's emergency department is the busiest ED in the west from Seattle WA to San Francisco CA. A Level II trauma center, the community hospital is the largest private employer in Salem and the only hospital in the city. Salem Hospital is one of five Magnet designated hospitals in Oregon.


In 1896, Salem General Hospital was incorporated at the Glen Oak Orphanage.[1] Situated on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land donated to the orphanage by the Oregon Children's Aid Society, the hospital opened a school of nursing with the first class graduating in 1899.[1] The original building for Salem General burned in 1920, with a new building completed the following year.[1] Salem General expanded in 1926 and 1953.[1]

In 1916, Frank B. Wedel and his wife started the Deaconess Home and Hospital in a former hotel on Winter Street.[1] Started with four nurses, the hospital grew and was expanded in 1920, becoming Deaconess Hospital.[1] The hospital was expanded again in 1924 to 1925, with administration staying in the Wedel family home until it was converted into a community hospital and renamed as Salem Memorial Hospital.[1] In 1969, Salem Memorial Hospital and Salem General Hospital merged to create Salem Hospital.[1]

Salem Hospital purchased Valley Community Hospital (now known as West Valley Hospital) in neighboring Dallas in 1999.[2] In 2001, the hospital finalized plans to expand and replace the 1950s building.[3] As part of this program, a new emergency room was completed in December 2003.[4] In 1999, the hospital was downgraded from a Level II to a Level III trauma center by the State of Oregon.[4] Beginning in 2001, the hospital was allowed to treat some Level II patients that would normally be transferred to another hospital under the state's four tier trauma care rating system.[5]

In 2003, a new five-story building was added to house infant, child, and pregnancy services.[6] In October 2006, construction on a new seven-story, 347,700-square-foot (32,300 m2) building began.[7] Completed in May 2009, the $219 million tower replaced approximately half of the existing hospital beds and include three skybridges to the other buildings at the hospital campus.[8][9]

Salem Hospital received five-star ratings from HealthGrades in 2007 for cholecystectomy, total-hip replacement, back and neck surgery, coronary bypass surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, coronary interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack, and spinal surgery, as well as an award for cardiac and gastrointestinal surgeries.[10] The hospital’s laboratory became accredited in 2007 by the College of American Pathologists' Laboratory Accreditation Program Accreditation Committee.[11] In 2008, the hospital added the da Vinci System, a robotic surgery system, with a grant from the Salem Hospital Foundation.[12] Salem Hospital was elevated to a Level II trauma center from Level III in December 2010.[13]


New patient tower finished in 2008
Campus at night

Salem Hospital contains 454 hospital beds and serves an area of 350,000 people.[14] Thirty-five beds are skilled care patient beds while the remaining 419 are acute care beds. Service is provided to a three-county area that includes Marion, Yamhill, and Polk counties.[15] The hospital is Salem’s largest private employer with 4,600 employees.[16] Admissions totaled 25,147 as of 2001 with 111,002 emergency or urgent care patients.[16] As of 2016, 13,690 surgeries were performed and 3,522 babies delivered at the hospital.[16]

Facilities at the hospital include one of a few psychiatric regional care centers in Oregon.[14] Designed to replace the services of the state hospital system, the Salem facility has a 24-bed unit.[14][17] The emergency department includes nearly 60 beds,[4] and in 2016 was Oregon's busiest, with an average of 304 patients treated each day.[16] Other services include a cancer center, a surgery center, imaging, and a center for sleep disorders.[16]

Management is performed by the board of trustees, a fifteen-member volunteer group.[16] The hospital also operates a rehabilitation center, an urgent care center, an MRI facility, and an outpatient center.[16] The Oregon Department of Human Services has designated the hospital as a Level II trauma center.[13]

Salem Hospital was originally granted Magnet status in 2010, received recertification in July 2015, and is currently 1 of 5 Oregon hospitals with this status.[18]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Early Hospitals. 1840-1990 Keepsake Edition, p. 31. Statesman Journal, October 26, 1990.
  2. ^ Walker, Meg. Salem Hospital to buy Dallas facility. Statesman Journal, January 29, 1999.
  3. ^ Loew, Tracy. Hospital expansion plan approved. Statesman Journal, August 1, 2001.
  4. ^ a b c Gustafson, Alan. New hospital wing brings relief. Statesman Journal, December 6, 2003.
  5. ^ Loew, Tracy. Salem Hospital will handle more emergency patients. Statesman Journal, January 22, 2001.
  6. ^ Tom, Susan. Salem Hospital expands staff and floor space. Statesman Journal, April 29, 2003.
  7. ^ Guerrero-Huston. Salem Hospital is making changes inside and out. Statesman Journal, April 22, 2008.
  8. ^ Liao, Ruth. Salem Hospital tops milestone. Statesman Journal, May 23, 2007.
  9. ^ Rogers, Kelli (February 1, 2011). "Salem Hospital to be designed by Mahlum Architects". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  10. ^ Kim, Eunice. Company gives Salem Hospital highest marks in 8 categories. Statesman Journal, December 29, 2007.
  11. ^ Hospital lab earns accreditation. Statesman Journal, May 9, 2007.
  12. ^ Kim, Eunice. Hands-off approach works well for Salem Hospital. Statesman Journal, April 11, 2008.
  13. ^ a b Rose, Michael (December 16, 2010). "Salem Hospital upgrades trauma center accreditation". Statesman Journal.
  14. ^ a b c Bloom, Sandra L., et al. "Multiple Opportunities for Creating Sanctuary." Psychiatric Quarterly, 74.2 (June 2003): 173.
  15. ^ Harvey, Cynthia and Monica Mersinger. Salem Online History: Salem Hospital: Current Facts and Services. Salem Public Library. Retrieved on July 28, 2008.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g "Fast facts about Salem Health | About us | Salem Health". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  17. ^ Rose, Michael. Hospital to end psychiatric program. Statesman Journal, August 2, 2007.
  18. ^ ANCC. "List of all Magnet-recognized organizations". Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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