Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Announces Raise of Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour for Employees & Wage Adjustments in January 2019

11/29/18

PHILADELPHIA — Jefferson announced to employees this week that effective January 2019, it will increase minimum wage to $15 an hour. This pay increase applies to all 14 hospitals, including Magee Rehab, as well as Thomas Jefferson University, and will benefit more than 1,800 current employees.

“We take seriously our value of putting people first and the important role our employees play in delivering a great experience to those who choose us,” said Bruce A. Meyer, MD, MBA, President of Jefferson Health and Senior Executive Vice President of Thomas Jefferson University. “Providing fair and consistent pay is just the beginning of our efforts to enhance Jefferson’s benefits’ programs for our valued employees.”

For several months, Jefferson has been evaluating an increase in minimum-wage pay, which is currently set at $7.25 by the federal government. Jefferson has grown over the last five years from a $1.1 billion to a $5.1 billion operation and with more than 30,000 employees is one of the largest employers in the region.

“Doing the right thing by patients and employees is ingrained in our values,” added Jeffrey Stevens, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “This increase to minimum wage supports those standards and helps us work toward achieving our mission of improving lives.”

Additionally, after an analysis was conducted of Jefferson employees earning less than $18 an hour, Jefferson is committed to ensuring these rates are adjusted to adequately compensate employees for their work. More than 2,600 Jefferson employees can expect to see this adjustment in January 2019.

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