North Dakota hospital paying COVID-19 bonuses to employees

Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, N.D., is paying bonuses to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Pierce County Tribune.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Association board approved the payments Aug. 24, the newspaper reported.

Hospital executives told board members the one-time payments are for employees at Heart of America Medical Center, Heart of America Johnson Clinic and Haaland Estates. More than 240 full-time employees will receive $500, while nearly 15 part-time employees will receive $250.

The projected total cost of the "hero pay" bonuses is $124,750, which will come from federal relief aid the hospital received during the pandemic, according to Heart of America Medical Center CEO Erik Christenson and CFO Melissa Shepard.

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