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IU Health Raises Minimum Wage To $11 Per Hour
Updated February 24, 2016 7:36 AM | Filed under: Health
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University Health hospitals increased their minimum wage at $11 per hour last month.

The Herald Times reports that IU Health's $3 million statewide change affected more than 1,000 employees. The decision to raise the hospitals' minimum wage to $11 per hour for both clinical and nonclinical workers was made Jan. 10. It's an effort to remain competitive, not just in the health care market, but across different sectors that have seen wage increases and garnered potential employees.

President and CEO of IU Health Bloomington Hospital Mark Moore says that $11 seemed to be a reasonable benchmark to use saying entry level positions are just as important as clinicians.

According to Moore, many employees were already above the state and national minimum wage, but the hospital wanted to be proactive rather than continue to chase rising wages.

The south-central region alone has more than 35,000 employees, covers 10 counties and stretches from Martinsville to Paoli and beyond. Where one segment may have trouble not only raising the minimum, but also incorporating raises for those already in the $11-$12.99 range, another system can help aggregate those costs.

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