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Award winning pediatric care in Salem, Oregon.

When your child needs hospitalization

Salem Hospital's pediatric unit is carefully designed to keep you close to your child while they receive care.

The Pediatric unit is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive unit that cares for children experiencing acute and chronic conditions. Here, physicians and nurses are highly trained in the unique requirements of infants, children and adolescents.

During your child's hospital stay, we will do everything possible to make you and your child feel included, safe and comfortable.

At Salem Hospital, we work as a care team to give your child the best possible care. Our care teams include specialists like care managers, dieticians, occupational therapists, lactation consultants, physical therapists, pharmacist and many others.

Our hospital also partners with your child’s local primary care provider to ensure continuity of care, from the clinic to the hospital and back. 

You and your child are essential members of the health care team. Please ask us questions anytime.

You can rely on Salem Health for:

Care for children of all ages: infants, toddlers, school age, and young adults.

Inpatient care: intermediate care not requiring pediatric sub-specialties, such as pediatric neurology or pediatric intensive care.

Observation care: outpatient services (intravenous hydration, lab draws, intramuscular medication administration, short stay procedures).

Diagnosis we treat:

  • Fever
  • Dyspnea
  • Acute bronchiolitis
  • Cough
  • Dehydration
  • Asthma with (acute) exacerbation
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Pneumonia
  • Neonatal Opiate Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Unspecified abdominal pain

The Pediatric Unit offers:

  • Constant nurse supervision supported by the latest medical technology.
  • Coordinated care between nurses, physicians and specialists.
  • Experienced nurses who will answer your questions and give specific details about your child’s care around the clock.
  • Designated quiet time for rest and healing.
  • Consultation with specialists on-site and online using specialized technology.
  • Telemedicine consultation with the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit, as needed.

Parent information

We offer family-centered care where families are encouraged to stay with their child. 

  • Each room comes equipped with a daybed to accommodate one parent or guardian.
  • Additional waiting areas are available for other family members. 
  • Nutrition Services offers three meals per day to one parent who stays with a child 5 years old or younger. 
  • Guests may use the phone in the patient’s room for local calls. 
  • Internet and educational resources are available at the Salem Health CHEC on the Salem Hospital campus.
  • Shower facilities are also provided for parents.

Since most parents cannot be at the hospital 24 hours a day, you will receive a PIN code that will allow you to call for information about your child as needed.

Award-winning care

We’ve taken nursing to a new level: the top seven percent nationwide! Salem Hospital is a magnet for the best and brightest nurses in the field. How do we know for sure? 

In July 2020, The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® officially predesignated Salem Hospital as a Magnet-recognized organization for a third consecutive time. The 2020 honor also acknowledged four exemplars — exceptional practices that highlight excellence in nursing practice. Read the full press release here.

Salem Health was first recognized with this four-year distinction in 2010 and again in 2015.

Learn more about the prestigious Magnet® recognition program.

Visitor information

Visitor restrictions have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read our latest visitor information and mask policy to make arrangements. Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Sick children need a lot of rest, so visitors may need to keep their stay short.
  • Visitors should be healthy and free from flu, cold or infection.
  • Adults should accompany visitors 12 years old and under.

OHSU Doernbecher Clinic

Located in Building C on the Salem Hospital campus, the OHSU Doernbecher Clinic offers a full line of outpatient pediatric specialty services. Its team of providers offers high-level care for:

  • Cardiology
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Fetal therapy
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Orthopedics
  • Urology