Citing the need to attract and retain talent, US hospitals and health systems are working to raise minimum wages for workers.
Six health systems announced wage increases in August:
1. Cox Health In Springfield, Missouri, it is raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, the system said August 24. The change, which took effect in October, affects 6,500 employees, including 5,000 entry-level workers.
2. Intermountain Healthcare In Salt Lake City it will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the system said August 25. The change, which takes effect September 19, affects about 2,200 employees who earn less than $15 an hour.
3. Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 25 that his change to $15 per hour would be reflected in salaries starting October 1. Entry level employees will be paid at least $15 per hour, and hourly workers earning $15 per hour will see additional raises.
4. Samaritan Health Raise current and starting wages, the Watertown, N.Y. health system said August 18. The minimum hourly wage has been raised to $15 for about 1,300 current employees and all new hires, a standard that increases current and starting wages by 19 percent, the organization said.
5. Banner Health In Phoenix it raised the minimum hourly wage and started paying for many registered nurse jobs. Banner’s minimum hourly wage has been raised to $15.
6. Virginia Commonwealth University Health System The Richmond-based organization on August 10 raises the minimum hourly wage from $12 to $15, and the change will apply to about 1,700 frontline workers, or about 10 percent of the health system’s total workforce.