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Pay enhancement in effect for Wayne Memorial health workers

Posted 9/29/21

HONESDALE, PA — Staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH), the community health centers affiliated with the hospital (WMCHC) and staff at Wayne Woodlands Manor will see pay hikes for eight pay …

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HONESDALE, PA — Staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH), the community health centers affiliated with the hospital (WMCHC) and staff at Wayne Woodlands Manor will see pay hikes for eight pay periods. Senior management is not included.

According to a statement from the Wayne Memorial Health System, $2.75 million has been allocated for the “pay enhancements.” The boost is to recognize staff for their commitment to their jobs in the pandemic.

The hospital will also offer further enhancements to those working in critical and hard-to-recruit positions such as clinical staff in the acute COVID inpatient unit, the Emergency Department and COVID testing site, as well as provide “essential shift incentives” for clinical staff filling specific shifts in designated areas, according to the statement.

“Our employees are our most precious resource,” said David Hoff, CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital (WMH), “and without them, we cannot fulfill our mission to care for our community in their times of need.”

“I have never been more proud of the job you all do, day in and day out, in service to our patients and community,” Frederick Jackson, executive director for Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, told the staff.

Both Hoff and Jackson called the initiative a sound investment at a critical moment in the healthcare industry.  According to the American Hospital Association and a 2021 Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey, nearly 30 percent of health care workers are considering leaving their profession altogether, and nearly 60 percent reported impacts to their mental health, stemming from their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  WMH, Wayne Woodlands and WMCHC officials all admit to staff shortages in both clinical and non-clinical areas.

“Working in a healthcare environment, caring for people when they are sick or injured, whether you are a nurse or a lab technician, a medical assistant or a housekeeper, calls for very special skills,” said Hoff, “and we want those who do it well to continue to work in the field and to want to work for organizations such as ours that support and respect them.”

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