Estimated annualized cost of $3.31 million
DANVILLE, PA -- Officials at Geisinger Health System announced today the implementation of a $10 per hour minimum hire rate and increases to shift differential and on-call rates, effective September 6, 2015. The estimated annualized cost for these increases is approximately $3.31 million.
“It is important to maintain our long history as a high quality employer and even more important to take care of our employees who are providing excellent care to our patients,” said Amy Brayford (right), Geisinger Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our decision to increase these rates as part of our overall competitive compensation and benefits programs will help us to continue to retain and hire the best employees.”
In addition to raising the minimum hire rate, some employees will receive an adjustment to move them higher in the pay range.
Over 1,000 employees will be positively impacted as a result of the change to the minimum hire rate, ranging from $500 to $4,000 annually with an average increase of $1,400 per year for full time employees. Sample job titles receiving increases include but are not limited to dietary aide, housekeeping aide, care assistant, image scan operator, receptionist, file clerk, home care aide, personal care assistant, environmental services worker, food service worker, patient transporter and hospitality shop aide.
For most non-union employees throughout the health system the shift differential will increase from $1.50 per hour to $1.75 per hour for both second (evening) and third (night) shifts and the on-call rate will increase from $2 per hour to $2.50 per hour. Areas with shift differentials or on-call rates that are already equal to, higher or are covered by a contract will remain at the current rate.
Overall, Geisinger spends approximately $1.9 billion annually in wages and benefits for its employees. A recent report by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) indicates that Geisinger annually contributes more than $8.9 billion to the local, regional and state economy in wages and purchases from Pennsylvania suppliers and other businesses.
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.