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COLUMBUS -- OhioHealth announced Wednesday it will raise its minimum, starting wage to $15 per hour, from the current $12 per hour, across the system, effective Nov. 3.

OhioHealth currently has more than 4,200 associates who earn less than $15 per hour. Moving from $12 to $15 per hour will increase annual compensation for a full-time employee  by 25 percent, from $24,960 to $31,200 per year.

OhioHealth is the largest employer in Richland County and one of the largest in the state of Ohio, the company said.

Additionally, associates earning just above the $15 minimum starting wage will receive a pay adjustment to preserve their relative placement in their pay grade. In total, more than 9,600 associates will receive a pay increase as a result of this change.

“One of the most foundational things we do to ensure a great workplace for all associates is to pay people fairly,” said Johnni Beckel, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “That means each and every associate – regardless of where they work or the job they perform.”

OhioHealth defines fair pay as compensation that is equitable within OhioHealth and competitive with its external market.

For some jobs, however, the external market rate may be insufficient. Ohio’s state minimum wage of $8.55 per hour is not enough to enable people to support themselves and their families, OhioHealth said.

“For many years,” Beckel said, “OhioHealth has paid well above minimum wage for certain jobs in order to attract and retain talent and, more importantly, to live our values. In today’s strong labor market, competitive pay helps us attract top talent for patient-facing roles that are essential to a positive patient and family experience.”

Groups most impacted include areas of highest voluntary turnover such as environmental services, patient escorts and patient support associates.

“As one of the largest employers in Ohio with 28,000 associates, we are happy and proud to be able to provide this to our associates. It’s one very important way we live our cardinal value of honoring the dignity and worth of every person," Beckel said.

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About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.

Based in Columbus, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 13 years in a row, 2007-2019.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 30,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200-plus ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.