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Novant: 1,100 People Just Got A Raise

By Cece Nunn, posted Mar 8, 2021
Novant Health's $15 minimum wage has been extended to NHRMC employees. (File photo)

Novant Health has extended its $15 per hour minimum wage to all eligible New Hanover Regional Medical Center employees, according to a news release Monday.

The sale of NHRMC to Novant closed Feb. 1, and the minimum wage change took effect Feb. 21.

Officials said in the release that financial viability is a key factor in health and wellness, and "Novant Health is dedicated to the well-being of team members." The release calls the measure the "healthy community wage increase" and stated that it aligns employee pay rates with the cost of living.

"This roughly $3 million investment will directly support approximately 1,100 team members and their families,” said John Gizdic, Novant Health executive vice president and chief business development officer, in the release. 

Gizdic is responsible for Novant's coastal region, including NHRMC.

“Healthy wages are not just a recruitment tool," he said. "When employees earn higher wages, they have better access to key elements of health and the resources to improve their communities."

NHRMC implemented an $11.50 wage in 2017. It was later increased to $11.85 and then to $12.50.

According to the release, "Increasing the NHRMC minimum wage to Novant Health's has been a priority for transition teams since NHRMC joined Novant Health on Feb. 1.

"The wage applies to all eligible NHRMC team members, NHRMC Physician Group, Pender Memorial Hospital and NHRMC Home Care."
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