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: