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Forest 2 temporary move4/2/2019

​To allow for a deep clean of the unit, patients who live on Forest 2 on the Junction City Campus will move to Forest 3 on April 15. They will return to Forest 2 on April 22.
During this time, visitors can call patients who live on Forest 2 at 541-465-2698 and 541-465-2699. 
For questions or concerns, please contact Consumer & Family Services at 541-465-2785.

Security changes take effect April 13/22/2019

​Effective April 1, security staff will screen patients and their belongings when they return to the secure perimeter from an outing. This change is intended to keep the hospital safe for patients, staff and visitors.

Non-staff members who take patients off grounds – also known as “authorized others” – will witness this new process. It will involve security staff moving a metal detector around the patient to help prevent contraband and prohibited items from entering the secure perimeter. Staff will also screen all property and belongings coming in with a patient after an outing.

Please see the Friends and Family flyer for more information.


OSH Friends and Family Day celebrates connections3/21/2019

2019.03.19-FriendsAndFamilyDay.jpgEver since her son was admitted to Oregon State Hospital, Alice Wilson of Jefferson, Ore. couldn’t help but worry.

Is he OK? Who is taking care of him? How is he spending his time?

Through Friends and Family Day on March 16, Wilson’s fears were put to rest.

“Parents need to know where their children are and what they could be doing,” she said about her son, Jason Harris of Bridge 2. “This has helped ease my mind.”

About 20 patients – and 30 of their friends and family members – took part in Friends and Family Day on the Salem Campus. Highlights of the event included tours of the hospital, a shared lunch, and face time with hospital administrators.

Through informational booths, guests also learned more about the treatment and services the hospital provides. Representatives from Peer Recovery Services, Social Work and Consumer and Family Services discussed their roles, and other staff shared information about spiritual care, therapy groups and educational offerings.

Harris, Wilson’s son, said people who haven’t been to a Friends and Family event need to give it a chance. Not only has it helped his mom attach names to faces, it’s reassured her that he’s doing well.

“This has helped her understand what my life is like here,” he said. “I think people should check it out. And if they like it, they should keep coming back.”

This was the hospital’s second Family and Friends event since last fall. The next one is planned for Saturday, Sept. 28.

“The OSH Friends and Family Day is designed to bring patients, staff, family and friends together to celebrate the community at OSH,” said Dolly Matteucci, the hospital’s superintendent.

“The sharing of information, answering of questions, touring of the hospital, and the breaking of bread – in this case, pizza – allows us to better understand our individual and collective experience and to inform opportunities for improvement.”

For David Robles of Bridge 3, the event is a way for him to bring together two of his closest friends, Richard Layton, a Catholic priest from Carlton, Ore.; and Dan Lane, a hazelnut farmer from Dayton, Ore.

“It’s not all about me. It’s about them,” he said. “These two people – my spiritual advisor and my farming partner – are a big part of my life. They’re a good combination for me.”

Layton said he enjoyed Friends and Family Day so much that he plans to return for the next one in September – no matter what. 

“Even if you aren’t here, I will come,” Layton told Robles, joking. “I learn something new every time.”

For more information about Friends and Family Day, call Consumer & Family Services at 503-947-8109 or email

Friends and Family Day set for March 162/8/2019

luncheon flyerOregon State Hospital will host a Friends and Family Day on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Salem campus. Guests will have an opportunity to meet OSH leadership, tour the hospital, learn about resources and join their loved ones for lunch.

The last Friends and Family event took place in September 2018, with more than 100 visitors in attendance. Having the ability to see, first-hand, the activity and treatment rooms, dining room and hospital grounds helped guests get a glimpse into their loved ones’ daily lives at the hospital. That event was so successful that OSH decided to hold two more similar events in 2019: one on March 16 and another on Sept. 28.

The schedule for Saturday, March 16 is as follows:

  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Guests arrive, check in and meet each other
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Townhall with OSH leadership
  • 10:45 a.m.-noon: Hospital tours, information tables and activities
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Buffet lunch, information tables and activities

Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Consumer and Family Services is asking for RSVPs by Saturday, March 2, to plan for their attendance.

To RSVP, or for more information, please call 503-947-8109 or email

OSH Salem lifts mask directive for visitors2/8/2019

Oregon State Hospital’s Salem Campus no longer requires visitors to wear surgical masks for flu prevention. 

The hospital lifted the requirement Friday, Feb. 8, because no further patients have developed the flu. Visitors are still encouraged to wash their hands and monitor themselves for symptoms of the flu for the duration of flu season.
For more information, please contact Consumer and Family Services at 503-947-8109 or email
OSH Salem visitors required to wear face masks2/5/2019

flu-mask.jpgSeveral patients have tested positive for influenza. Visitors are now required to wear face masks when entering the secure perimeter at Oregon State Hospital’s Salem Campus.

Masks are available in the lobbies and all visitors are to wear them until further notice. Masks will help protect visitors from illness and prevent the further spread of flu throughout the hospital.

For more information, please contact Consumer and Family Services at 503-947-8109 or email


New patient handbooks are here!1/30/2019

handbooks​From now through mid-February, all Oregon State Hospital patients are receiving new and updated handbooks and program guides.

These guides contain valuable information for newly admitted patients about their hospital stay – including their rights, their responsibilities and their medical treatment.

Broad, high-level information is included in one of three handbooks, which are customized based on a patient’s legal status. Additional, program-specific information is included in each of the hospital’s seven program guides.

Patients are receiving both a handbook and a program guide. They’ll receive a new program guide if they change programs.

Oregon State Hospital’s communication team spent two years creating the materials with input from patients, clinicians, administrators, consumer advocates, peer recovery specialists and other subject-matter experts.

The goals of this project were to create materials that are standard, consistent and easy to understand. The handbooks and program guides use person-centered and recovery-oriented language, and they’re updated regularly – ensuring patients continue to receive current and correct information. 

The hospital will update the materials – both online and in print – at least once a year. Staff and patients are also encouraged to share their suggestions for how to improve the handbooks and program guides for future editions.

More information – and copies of all of the handbooks and program guides – can be found here.

Bird 1 is now open for visitors. 1/16/2019

The unit was closed for several days, due to reported cases of gastrointestinal illness.

For more information, call Consumer and Family Services at 503-947-8109 or Reception at 503-945-2800.
Visitation suspended for Bird 11/14/2019

​Visitation is suspended on Bird 1  through part of Tuesday, due to reported cases of gastrointestinal illness.

OSH will continue to reevaluate the suspension of Bird 1 and will post status updates to its website and the Friends and Family Services Facebook page. If no new symptoms occur, the hospital plans to lift restrictions by early Tuesday evening.
OSH is taking measures to prevent the virus from spreading and is taking special care of patients who are ill. 
For more information, call Consumer and Family Services at 503-947-8109 or Reception at 503-945-2800.
2018 Holiday Visiting & Gift Process 12/10/2018

​To celebrate the holiday season, visitors may bring gifts into the visiting area on Dec. 23, 24 and 25 for patients to open. Staff will then arrange to deliver the gifts to the patient’s unit. For safety, security and property-size limits, please contact your loved one’s unit in advance to confirm the gifts you want to give are permitted.

For additional details, download the 2018 Holiday Visiting & Gift Process flyer.

Friends and Family Bar-B-Que8/3/2018

OSH Salem will be hosting a Friends and Family Bar-B-Que, Town Hall with our new superintendent, and a resource fair on September 8th. Visit our facebook page for more information.

Drinking Water Advisory5/30/2018

The City of Salem has issued a drinking water advisory, which affects Oregon State Hospital’s Salem campus. The hospital is providing bottled water for patients and staff who are at risk of getting sick, as well as for food preparation in its kitchens.

Meet the therapy dogs of Oregon State Hospital 5/3/2018

Animal-Assisted Therapy program inspires hope among patients at OSH. Click here to learn how these four-legged canines are trained to hep therapists in the work they do everyday.

Peer Recovery Services wins 2018 Oregon Advocacy Award3/9/2018

​Oregon State Hospital's Peer Recovery Services Department received the 2018 Oregon Advocacy Award March 2 in Portland. 

The Mental Health Association of Portland gives the award to an individual or group who advocates for peopel with mental illness and addiction.

Read the full story on Oregon State Hospital's website.

Dolly Matteucci to become new OSH superintendent 2/2/2018

​Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen announced the hiring of Dolores "Dolly" Matteucci as superintendent of Oregon State Hospital.

Matteucci steps into her new role leading the hospital in mid-March.

For more information on the new superintendent, see the full story on the Oregon State Hospital's website.

OSH celebrates successful survey from The Joint Commission 2/1/2018

​After years of planning and preparation, Oregon State Hospital passed The Joint Commission’s survey with flying colors – despite increased survey scrutiny.

“I cannot express how proud I am of the Oregon State Hospital team,” said Interim Administrator John Swanson. “This survey went better than anyone could have imagined, and it’s all due to the incredible and dedicated staff we have here.”

One surveyor said OSH’s ligature mitigation plan does “a better job reducing ligature risk than any psychiatric hospital I have surveyed,” and another stated OSH is among the “top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for environment of care and life-safety issues.” Surveyors added, “This is a report to celebrate; this is a testament to the culture here.”

For more information on the survey, please see the full story on Oregon State Hospital's website.

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