Memorial Health System announced that they will be raising their minimum wage. Starting Thursday, Memorial raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for jobs at its five hospitals and dozens of other health care locations in central Illinois.
The rates won’t go into effect until this fall and employees whose pay will be affected will receive a letter mailed to them with full details. The letter will be sent no later than October 15th. Nearly 1,200 employees or 14% of the staff will see their pay go up to or slightly above $15 an hour. More than 3100 employees or 37% of the health system’s staff will receive larger checks as roles are compensated and adjusted.
President and CEO of Memorial Health System Ed Curtis says that raising wages is one small way the hospital can express its gratitude for workers' dedication. Currently, the minimum wage in Illinois is set at $11 but it will go up until it reaches $15 in 2025. This increase will mostly impact entry-level positions including support staff, housekeeping, customer service, and food & nutrition.
Memorial Health System includes five hospitals including Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.