Our History Highlights!

Over 115,000 patients are expected to be treated in the ER this year. In the past, an average of 2.5 people accompanied patients, but due to current restrictions, this number will vary. More than 250,000 people see the Hands & Words Project’s Pledge Banners, Signs, and Pledges hanging in the waiting area alone.

In 2005, the Salem Hospital Foundation provided funds to purchase official Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® logo sign sets. These were displayed prominently along with other Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® educational materials throughout various departments within the hospital system. These permanent Purple Hands Pledge® signs are located in the following areas:

Pediatric Exam Room

Emergency Department: Reception/Triage

Emergency Department: Reception/Waiting Area

Intensive/Critical Care Unit: Waiting Room

Emergency Department: Children’s Play Area

Family Birth Center - Children's Play Area

Family Birth Center: Children’s Play Area

Exam Room

Hands & Words Project brochures are located at various display racks in the Emergency Department and the Family Birth Center

Area’s not pictured:

  • Sexual Assault Exam Rooms
  • Urgent Care Treatment Facility
  • Pediatric Unit