St. Vincent Salem Hospital is a critical access care facility with a 24/7 emergency department, and a variety of medical specialists provides all levels of care from minor to multi-system care.
We are part of the Indiana Heart Attack Network which includes the expertise of the St. Vincent Heart Center physicians. A Cardiac Clinic and cardiac rehab is onsite. The Surgical team represents general surgery, endoscopic and orthopedic expertise. Our orthopedic program for joint replacement provides pre-op education classes and a strong rehabilitative program. If needed, skilled rehab care is also onsite.
St. Vincent Salem associates are active in our community and surrounding area at health fairs, providing education and screening tests like mammography and diabetes support. We also provide CPR training.
Bariatric Support Group: This is a general support group for pre- and post-op bariatric patients. Bariatric pre-op testing can be done at Salem Hospital in coordination with the St.Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the hospital classroom.
Cancer Crusaders Support Group: The mission of the Cancer Crusaders is to support mentally, spiritually and physically, those who are currently battling cancer, cancer survivors, their family and friends. This group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. For more information, call 883-3627.
Diabetes Support Group: Get help and support from our registered dietitian and other individuals with diabetes. This support group meets the second Monday of each month in the hospital classroom at 1 p.m. To register, call 883-5881 ext. 1366.
St. Vincent Salem outpatient services provide safe, convenient, and comprehensive care for patients without the need for hospitalization. Care is provided by specialized physicians and nurses, with the dedication and attention to detail you expect from St. Vincent.
Infusion Therapy is available at St. Vincent Salem with a written physician order. Infusion therapies available, include: blood transfusions; iron transfusions/injections; immunosuppressive support and antibiotic therapy.
The highly-trained staff at the St. Vincent Salem Laboratory provide physicians with accurate and expedient results.
St. Vincent Salem Sleep Disorders Center specializes in providing comprehensive evaluations and treatments for people suffering from sleep disorders. Our physician is board certified in sleep medicine and has extensive clinical and research experience in sleep disorders.
The Specialty Clinic at St. Vincent Salem provides an array of specialists for the convenience of our patients. The services offered through the clinic include:
St. Vincent Salem is committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all our patients and their families, especially those with limited English proficiency, deaf and hearing-impaired patients, as well as those with unique physical needs.
To access any of our specialized services in these areas, please notify our Pre-registration or Registration Staff before or upon your arrival. If you are an inpatient, please let your nurse know and these services will be readily accessible to you.
The following sections will help you prepare for your hospital visit. You may be coming in for a procedure that will have you spending one or more nights, or you may be coming in for an outpatient (same-day) test or procedure. Either way, these helpful tips will help make your visit more comfortable.
We want you to feel comfortable while you are staying with us. Learn more about those who are available to help you during your stay.
St. Vincent personnel wear ID badges that are white with black lettering and include the St. Vincent doves symbol, a photo of the employee, and the person's title and/or department. All of our associates have one goal in mind: to care for you, our patient, to bring about your recovery as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.
Our associates are highly trained and directed by the philosophy of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, which calls upon them to protect and promote the dignity and rights of each person as they participate in the healing ministry of Christ.
Our physicians are members of the St. Vincent medical staff. Physicians consult with the nursing staff and possibly other medical personnel and are ultimately responsible for your medical care. If your doctor is in private practice, his/her services provided to you while in the hospital will be billed separately.
Our St. Vincent nursing staff are at the center of your health care team and are committed to providing you with exceptional nursing care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your nurses carry out your physician's orders for medical treatment and respond to your needs.
Use the nurse call system in your room to contact the nurses' station. Please feel free to ask your nurse if you have questions about your care at St. Vincent. A representative from hospital administration is also available upon request 24 hours a day by calling the hospital operator (0) from the phone in your room.
St. Vincent plays an important role in educating physicians and specialists. As a teaching medical center, care may be given to you by resident chaplains, physicians, and medical or nursing students during your stay. St. Vincent provides advanced experience for graduate physicians who are pursuing specialty training.
Professionals in training are called residents and are always under supervision. A doctor may also be called an “intern” or “house physician.” Residents may participate in your care under the supervision of your own physician, who is the “attending physician.” The availability and thoughtful contributions of house physicians are considered a vital part of high-quality patient care.
Technologists & Other Experts
Along with nurses and physicians, your medical care rests in the hands of numerous health care specialists. These include technologists in radiology and other departments, medical technologists in the laboratory, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, chaplains, social workers, and many others who are available upon your request.
Numerous associates who are vital to the operation of St. Vincent Salem provide support to the doctors and nurses. These include administrators, unit managers, clerical workers, food and nutrition services personnel, housekeepers, maintenance workers, security officers, and others. Together, they support your caregivers and help make your stay at St. Vincent as pleasant as possible.
Over 1,000 volunteers regularly give their time at St. Vincent facilities, providing many services to enhance patient comfort. Volunteers deliver mail and flowers, work in the gift shop, provide assistance to patients and their families, and perform many other duties in nearly every hospital department. These volunteers in red shirts or jackets give an important gift to St. Vincent patients and visitors—their compassion, time, and service.
If you have concerns regarding the care you receive from any member of our care team or other concerns about your hospital stay, please contact one of the following associates:
To reach the unit/department director or the practice facilitator, please ask your nurse. To contact the administrative representative, dial "0" for the operator.
St. Vincent recognizes outstanding job performance, conscientious service, cooperation with fellow associates, and adherence to the St. Vincent philosophy, mission, and values. Nomination forms for Service Excellence awards are available through your nurse.
Our case management social workers are here to help you or your loved ones find the services that may be needed after leaving the hospital. They will listen to your concerns and help create a plan to meet immediate and long-term needs.
They can help with referrals to such services as:
Whether you are currently healthy or facing a health challenge, it is important to consider what your wishes would be if you were unable to give direction to your medical caregivers because of unforeseen circumstances.
Regardless of the reason for your upcoming hospital stay, now is a good time to consider documenting your wishes so that family members will be confident making decisions on your behalf should it ever become necessary. Thinking about your preferences and discussing them with family and friends is important.
Documents called advance directives will make your wishes known to your physician. These documents state your choices for health care or appoint someone to make those choices for you if you are unable to do so.
If you already have advance directives, please bring a copy with you to the hospital at the time of your admission.
The Patient Self-Determination Act went into effect on Dec. 1, 1991. This act requires hospitals, nursing facilities and other health care organizations to inform patients about advance directives by giving them written information at the time they are admitted.
If the patient has executed such a document, the signed document will then become a part of the patient's medical file for that admission only.
For years, fewer than 10 percent of all Americans had executed an advance directive. However, with the new law, both the young and old are encouraged to put their health care wishes in writing while they are still healthy and able to make these decisions.
Three types of advance directives can be prepared at St. Vincent Salem. Call 812-883-5881 and request Pastoral Care for assistance.
A fourth type of advance directive is also an option but cannot be prepared at St. Vincent. Many people consult an attorney for the preparation of this document:
If you have questions or concerns regarding advance directives, we encourage you to talk with your physician and loved ones. Even if you have been admitted to St. Vincent previously, we will need a current copy of your advance directive. Situations and wishes change so the hospital cannot assume that advance directives are valid from one admission to another.
If you need additional information about how to execute an advance directive, please call 812-883-5881 and request Pastoral Care. After business hours, please ask your nurse to page the hospital chaplain.