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WellSpan Health will increase minimum wage to $15 per hour

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WellSpan Health, South Central Pennsylvania’s largest locally governed health system, announced today that it will increase its internal minimum wage to $15 per hour effective July 4.

The change is part of a multi-year strategy that will position WellSpan to be the employer of choice in South Central Pennsylvania, and is grounded in an unwavering commitment to its 20,000 team members across the region. 

Raising the internal minimum, and enacting associated increases for team members who currently make slightly above the new minimum, will represent a nearly $30 million investment WellSpan is proud to make in its workforce and the communities where they live.    

“The people of WellSpan are the heart and soul of this organization,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of WellSpan Health. “We are physicians and nurses, housekeepers and food service workers – all working as one to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Raising the bar for minimum wage will help ensure all of our team members and their families are well-supported, given the valued contributions made to our patients and mission every day.”  

The increase will be the latest update to WellSpan’s minimum wage, which has stepped up over the past several years as part of a multi-year strategy. At $12.50 per hour, WellSpan’s current minimum rate is more than $5 above the federally mandated minimum wage.   

Conversations around this latest increase began prior to the pandemic, during which the health system doubled down on efforts to support our caregivers and support staff in unprecedented times. This included the health system launching the WellSpan Health Family COVID-19 Assistance Program – funded in part by a temporary reduction in executive salaries – and deploying a host of other programs and services to help our team members in their own times of need, professionally and personally.   

“We are pleased to continue investing in our people for all the hard work and dedication they have shown, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bob Batory, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for WellSpan Health. “This also is an investment in our future workforce, to continue meeting the healthcare needs of the region we are so privileged to serve well into the future.”   

As a leading regional health system serving south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, WellSpan offers competitive salary; well-regarded benefits packages and paid time off; a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; support for career aspirations and professional growth; and the chance to give back to local communities by joining its non-profit mission of service.  

For job listings impacted by this impending change, all open positions, and more on the benefits of a rewarding career with WellSpan Health, visit www.JoinWellSpan.org.
About WellSpan Health WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization includes a clinically integrated network of approximately 2,600 physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs), including more than 1,600 employed physicians and APPs; a regional behavioral health organization; a home care organization; eight respected hospitals; approximately 20,000 employees; and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit WellSpan.org.
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