Saint Francis Healthcare boosting minimum wage to $15 an hour

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Saint. Francis Healthcare and other ministries of Trinity Health in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective this month.

The announcement comes after Delaware’s largest health care provider, Christiana Care, Wilmington, announced it would boost the wages of 500 employees to the $15 mark.

St. Francis operates a hospital in Wilmington and has physician practices and other services in northern New Castle County.

Other Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic operations raising the base wage are Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Lourdes Health System,and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

“Increasing the minimum wage is the right thing to do for our colleagues and the right thing to do for our community,” said James Woodward, CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “This is a clear demonstration of the commitment to colleagues at every level of our organization.”

Trinity is a Michigan-based Catholic health ministry with more than $17.5 billion in revenue and operations in 22 states.

Since 2016, Trinity Health ministries have increased minimum wages annually, moving on a path toward the new $15 per hour rate, a release stated.

This move will affect nearly 1,500 Trinity employees in the region.

Delaware’s minimum wage is slated to rise to $9.25 later this year after a battle in the final hours in the General Assembly in the summer. Republican legislators were able to tack on a slightly lower training wage.

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