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Local Trinity Health Ministries to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour Beginning January 2019

12/21/2018
Philadelphia (December 21, 2018): Trinity Health ministries in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective January 2019. These specific ministries include: Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (comprising Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center and Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington), 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, President and CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, which is comprised of Mercy Health System, St. Mary Medical Center and Saint Francis Healthcare (Wilmington). “This is a clear demonstration of the commitment to colleagues at every level of our organization."

Since 2016, Trinity Health ministries have increased minimum wages annually, moving on a path toward the new $15 per hour rate. This rise in minimum wage illustrates these health ministries’ commitment to ensure colleague compensation is fair and market-competitive.

"What pleases me the most about our decision is that this increase will benefit the colleagues upon whom we most depend,” said Reginald Blaber, MD, MBA, FACC, representative of Lourdes Health System, Southern New Jersey. “I am talking about the folks responsible for creating first impressions for our facilities – the colleagues who greet our patients and families, who keep our facilities clean and safe, and who deliver hot meals and transport our patients. Their service is not only valuable, but critical to achieving our goals as an organization."

"Every St. Francis employee has an important job. Together, we ensure that each patient we serve receives the outstanding care that we are known for. The increase is the right thing to do in showing our employees how much they are valued, and it aligns with our mission of caring for the greater community," said Daniel P. Moen, President of St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. This move will effect nearly 1,500 colleagues across these health ministries.

About Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic comprises Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pa., St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. and Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, DE. These three Mission-based healthcare organizations are part of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. A diverse, integrated system providing comprehensive healthcare services, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic includes five hospitals with two state-accredited trauma centers as well as continuing care including seven Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) sites, more than 500,000 home care visits annually, physician practice networks, and Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 9200 colleagues serving in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic strives to become the recognized leader in improving the health of our communities and each person we serve. For more information, visit www.mercyhealth.org, www.stmaryhealthcare.org or www.stfrancishealthcare.org.

About Lourdes Health System
Lourdes Health System is a member of Trinity Health and is one of the region’s leading healthcare providers, recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care and service to the community. The health system has two acute care hospitals, several community-based ambulatory care centers, and an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which has nearly 200 physicians and provides coordinated, comprehensive care across physician practices, hospitals and other healthcare providers. A major teaching affiliate of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lourdes provides a full range of medical, surgical, obstetrical, behavioral health, rehabilitation and long-term acute care services. The Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute is recognized nationally for excellence in heart care and is consistently ranked as among the top hospitals in the nation for heart care. Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is the only provider of solid organ transplantation services in the Central and Southern New Jersey region. It is the only hospital in New Jersey to ever have been awarded the American Hospital Association’s top honor for excellence in community outreach services. Lourdes Health System operates Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing. For more information, visit www.lourdesnet.org.

About St. Francis Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Trinity Health, an acute care teaching hospital, is most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program. It holds the only certificate of need for cardiac surgery in Mercer County and was the county's first accredited Stroke Center. St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program. St. Francis’ partners in care include LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders), the state's first program for the all-inclusive care of the elderly (PACE).
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