DCH Health System Makes a Major Investment in Its Employees
DCH Health System has made a major investment in its employees, hospital officials say.
The wages for many positions at DCH were adjusted in April to make them more competitive. DCH studied wages for health care professionals and for individuals who work in scores of positions ranging from information technology to food service, according to DCH President/CEO Bryan Kindred.
The adjustments will add about $11 million to DCH’s operating costs, according to Kindred.
“The market adjustment and merit increases are a significant investment in our most important resource: our people,” Kindred said. “This is also an investment in our patients and our community, because we must recruit and retain excellent employees to accomplish our mission.”
Positions whose wages were below the market rate were adjusted to position them in the marketplace. Employees whose rate was within the market salary range received a raise based on their annual evaluation.
As a result of the adjustments, the starting wage for entry-level positions in support departments like the laundry, nutritional services and environmental services is now $10.
“Because the unemployment rate is low, there is fierce competition for employees in many positions,” Kindred said.
The wage increases took effect April 28 and will be reflected on pay checks distributed on May 16.