WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In addition to its dedication to providing compassionate care and service, Novant Health is committed to offering competitive compensation and benefits packages. As part of this commitment, Novant Health is implementing a minimum wage based on local costs of living over and above the state-mandated minimum wage, commonly referred to as a living wage.

«Novant Health is dedicated to caring for our communities, starting with our own team members,» said Carl Armato, CEO, Novant Health. «We want to remove barriers for our team members so they can focus on what they love, both inside and outside of work.»

Novant Health will have two living wages to compensate for local costs of living: one for North Carolina and one for Northern Virginia. The living wage for team members working in North Carolina will be $11 per hour; the living wage for team members in Northern Virginia will be $14 per hour.

«Implementing a living wage across our organization represents about a $1.2 million investment in our team members,» said Janet Smith-Hill, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. «We are committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified team members, and offering a living wage is another way to live up to that commitment.»

This change benefits about 2,000 team members in North Carolina and 350 team members in Virginia.

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Named in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 25,000 employees that provide care at over 470 locations, including 14 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the health system serves more than 4 million patients annually and in 2015 provided more than $706 million in community benefit, including charity care and services. Diversity MBA has recognized the organization as one of the 50 best places for women and managers of diverse background to work and SK&A ranks Novant Health among the top 25 integrated health systems in the nation. Novant Health provides care in Virginia under the joint operating company, Novant Health UVA Health System.

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