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June 28, 2018  |  News Category: CHS News,

Minimum wage increased to $12.50 by Atrium Health to lead industry in Charlotte region

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 28, 2018 – Today, Atrium Health announced it is increasing its minimum wage to $12.50 per hour, ensuring Atrium Health is not just competitive among top large employers, but also industry-leading in the Charlotte region. This increase from $11.50 per hour to $12.50 will take effect on July 22, 2018. In addition, teammates who are currently in the $12.50 per hour pay range will receive an increase to maintain pay differentiation. This represents an investment into the lives and families of more than 7,500 employees.

“Each and every one of our teammates is integral to ensuring our patients receive the very best,” says Gene Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. “As we continue to work together to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, this increase represents our ongoing commitment to our team and supports the incredible work they do every single day.”

Atrium Health consistently reviews employee wages and benefits each year and makes appropriate adjustments to ensure it remains competitive and well positioned as the region’s most comprehensive healthcare provider.

Over the past seven years, Atrium Health has been on a journey to increase its minimum wage well beyond the federal requirement to provide a more reasonable wage for all Atrium Health teammates. Since 2012, Atrium Health has increased its minimum wage by 72.4 percent – taking it from $7.25 per hour to the upcoming $12.50 per hour. The last increase was from $10 per hour to $11.50 per hour just last year.

“Atrium Health is proud to have one of the most dedicated teams in the region,” says Jim Dunn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Atrium Health. “Our teammates consistently go above and beyond for our patients and communities, and we believe this increase not only shows our commitment to our employees and their families, but also our gratitude for the remarkable work they do every single day.”

As one of this region’s largest employers, with more than 35,000 teammates in the Charlotte region, this increase not only supports Atrium Health teammates, but exemplifies Atrium Health’s full commitment to improving economic growth and mobility in Charlotte and the surrounding region.

About Atrium Health
Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and well-being of its communities through high-quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.

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