Health First Announces Associate Minimum Wage Increase to $15 Per Hour Across the System

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Associates making between $15 and $19 an hour will receive compensation adjustment

Health First announced an increase of its associate minimum wage to $15 per hour across the system. The increase will officially take effect on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Health First announced an increase of its associate minimum wage to $15 per hour across the system. The increase will officially take effect on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Health First continuously evaluates the market for all positions across the organization and makes adjustments accordingly.

As part of the plan, all hourly associates currently making less than $15 an hour will have a pay adjustment to the new minimum rate of $15 an hour.

In addition, those individuals currently making between $15 and $19 an hour will also receive a compensation adjustment.

“We recognize that many of our associates in support roles are a critical part of delivering high-quality, compassionate and much-needed care, especially as COVID-19 cases continue to rise regionally and nationally,” said Health First Chief Administrative Officer Paula Just in a memo to associates.

“Thank you for all you do to care for our community during this unprecedented time.”

Nationally, healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, employing about 1 in 7 Americans, more than retail or even manufacturing.

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Studies show that raising pay for hourly workers can improve the health of not only the workers themselves but their families, the core of Health First’s mission in Brevard County.

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system.

The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community.

In 2020, Health First provided more than $184 million in community support.

To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.

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