Stormont Vail Health announced today it is increasing the minimum wage for all team members to $15 per hour effective Nov. 29. The new Wellpower Wage will benefit over 800 Stormont Vail team members.
“As a population health organization, we know our mission of ‘improving the health of our community’ doesn’t stop at our doors,” said Robert Kenagy, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Stormont Vail Health. “One of the pillars of our strategic plan at Stormont Vail is Community, and includes a specific focus on economic vitality. Our team members are a part of the communities we serve. Creating more equity amongst our team and taking our minimum closer to a living wage will help to create healthier communities.”
“Financial stability is a powerful social determinant of health,” Kenagy added. “We are proud to be part of a team that makes this commitment to each other, especially during these unprecedented times.”
Team members across all areas of the health system will receive the increase to the Wellpower Wage, including door screeners, medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, patient care technicians, environmental services technicians, nutritional services technicians, registrar, phlebotomist, courier, transporter, linen technicians and more. The expected cost to the health system is $1.8 million.
“In 2019, we created the Wellpower Wage by raising our minimum wage to $12.45 with the goal of reaching $15,” said Darlene Stone, chief experience officer, Stormont Vail Health. “We are thrilled to reach this goal a year later. Every day I see our team members going the extra step and living the small moments culture that makes up Stormont Vail.”
Stormont Vail has been a leading employer in the region. This increase is a component of the compensation and benefits team members receive. Stormont Vail is currently hiring for positions across the health systems. Applicants can find open positions on the Stormont Vail website, www.stormontvail.org.