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Geisinger Health System pay increase to affect Holy Spirit employees

Some employees of Holy Spirit-A Geisinger Affiliate in Camp Hill are getting a raise, effective Sept. 6.

Officials at Geisinger Health System announced a pay increase for more than 1,000 employees that calls for starting pay at $10 per hour and increasing shift differential and on-call rates at its hospitals. The move comes at an annual cost increase of $3.31 million for the health system.

Holy Spirit became an affiliate of Geisinger last fall. As of May, records show that the hospital has 994 part-time employees and 1,636 full-time employees. The number of employees affected by the pay increase fluctuates, but according to Amy Brayford, Geisinger’s chief human resources officer, the biggest impact will be for on-call and shift differential workers.

Shift differential employees will see an increase of $1.75 per hour and on-call workers will go from $2 to $2.50 for every hour they’re on-call.

Positions that will be affected include dietary aides, housekeeping aides, care assistants, image-scan operators, receptionists, file clerks, home care aides, personal care assistants, environmental services workers, food service workers, patient transporters and hospitality shop aides.

For full-time employees, the pay increase could range from $500 to $4,000 annually, with an average increase of $1,400 per year.

“It is important to maintain our long history as a high quality employer and even more important to take care of our employees who are providing excellent care to our patients,” said Brayford. “Our decision to increase these rates as part of our overall competitive compensation and benefits programs will help us to continue to retain and hire the best employees.”

The company decided to make a change in pay based on employee feedback in a company survey, Brayford said.

In July, Holy Spirit employees received a 3 percent increase in pay across the system.

In Pennsylvania, hospitals supported nearly 591,000 jobs in 2014, according to a study provided by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. The Economic Impact of Pennsylvania Hospitals report, released in April of this year, stated that hospitals directly employed 271,000 workers with a total payroll of $14.7 billion. This created a direct economic impact of $48 billion.

Out of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, 55 count hospitals as among the top five employers.

Lenay Ruhl

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