Brevard-based hospital group Health First announced this week an increase of its associate minimum wage to $15 per hour across the system.
Health First continuously evaluates the market for all positions across the organization and makes adjustments accordingly. As part of the plan, all hourly associates currently making less than $15 an hour will have a pay adjustment to the new minimum rate of $15 an hour. COVID-19 has shed light on healthcare as a system, from doctors and leaders to nurses to support staff. Health First values every member of that system and wants to show appreciation for hourly workers who could use it most.
In addition, those individuals currently making between $15 and $19 an hour will also receive a compensation adjustment.
Health First's goal is to make sure the patient gets the highest quality care. Compensation is an important part of making sure our patients are getting not just care but the highest quality care. The decision to raise the minimum wage will allow Health First to remain competitive in hiring and ensure adequate staffing levels.
The increase will officially take effect on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
“We recognize that many of our associates in support roles are a critical part of delivering high-quality, compassionate, and much-needed care, especially as COVID-19 cases continue to rise regionally and nationally,” said Health First Chief Administrative Officer Paula Just in a memo to associates. “Thank you for all you do to care for our community during this unprecedented time.”
Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County's not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2020, Health First provided more than $184 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we're giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.