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Delaware's Largest Private Employer Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

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Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System) Christiana Hospital (Photo: Christiana Care Health System)

WILMINGTON, Del.- Christiana Care Health System, Delaware's largest private employer, says it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour.           

Officials with Christiana Care say the increase will take effect Feb. 1 and will boost pay for about 500 of the health system's nearly 12,000 employees.

“Our extraordinary caregivers are our most important investment,” said Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin. “We serve together, guided by our values, Excellence and Love. In every position, at every level of our organization, each of our employees plays a vital role in the care of our patients and their families. This is the right thing to do for our employees, and we also believe that it will have a positive economic impact on our community.

Officials with Christiana Care, which operates two hospitals and a network of other health care units, say the increase affects a variety of positions including clerical, technical and service roles.           

The new wage will be more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and well above Delaware's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. The state minimum increases to $8.75 an hour on Jan. 1.

“As the largest private employer in Delaware, it is important for us to set this standard as our caregivers support their families and contribute to the economic well-being of our state,” said Dr. Neil Jasani,Christiana Care’s chief people officer. “This new policy strengthens our organizational vitality, increasing our ability to attract and retain the most talented employees in all positions and reinforcing our role as a sought-after employer and a great place to work.”




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