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Staffers at Oregon State Hospital endure violence, long hours despite promises of improvements

Incident reports from Oregon State Hospital provide a window into some of the chaos at the institution. (Salem Reporter graphic)

SALEM - Raph can’t remember how many times the patient punched him in the head.

It was just before 1 a.m. on July 5 when the patient, who had been in seclusion earlier that day, came to the medication window on his unit at Oregon State Hospital, asking for something to help him sleep.

The man, upset when the nurse first had to get a doctor’s approval, ran to the unit’s common area.

There, he came up on Raph from behind, hitting him in the head without warning. Trying to protect himself, Raph slumped down in his seat and put up his arms.

“I think about it, I replay it . . .