South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday February 25, 2020

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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7




Memorial Healthcare System Raises Minimum Hourly Wage

In a state where the minimum hourly wage is $8.46, we’ve chosen to increase the minimum we pay employees to $12.00 an hour. Memorial Healthcare System personnel who were already making between $12-14.81/hour were also given a raise. It’s a direct investment of $4.3 million by the healthcare system into its staff that will positively impact 2,200 people, more than 15% of our workforce.

I’m proud to say we now have the highest minimum wage of any public healthcare system in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The increases were approved by the South Broward Hospital District’s Board of Commissioners and took effect with the first pay period of November 2019.
All our employees contribute to the care we provide patients and families, so it’s important we invest in them and demonstrate their value to us. The goal is to attract and retain the best people for every position in our facilities and we feel being proactive with this increase helps us do that.
With more than 14,000 employees in South Florida, Memorial competes for local talent not just with other healthcare providers, but with other industries as well. Our new minimum hourly wage compares favorably to large organizations in retail, travel, and hospitality.
Memorial Healthcare System has earned a reputation for taking great care of patients and families, but that wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t also prioritize the people that contribute to the quality of that care, which is why we made this decision when we did.
Memorial Healthcare System is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the U.S. and a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction. We’re highly regarded for a patient and family-centered approach at facilities that include Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, and Memorial Manor nursing home.
Among the many awards and recognition we have earned are Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Best Place to Work in Healthcare,” Florida Trend’s “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For,” and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” In a recent report (“Humanizing Brand Experience”), the Denver-based consulting firm Monigle named Memorial the top health system brand in America, based on consumer surveys.

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Margie Vargas is a Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood.
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