North Carolina hospital lifts minimum wage to $12.50

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said it has raised its minimum hourly wage from $11 to $12.50.

The academic medical center said about 1,460 employees, or about 9 percent of its staff, will benefit from the pay boost. Overall, the increase will cost an additional $1.7 million for fiscal year 2019. 

"We are committed to taking care of our employees and their families. When our employees feel valued and supported, they can focus on caring for our patients," said Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist and dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. "We continuously look for ways to attract and retain highly qualified employees who are committed to our mission of improving the health of those in our communities."

Wake Forest Baptist said it plans to raise minimum hourly wage to at least $15 an hour over the next several years.


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