Springfield, Ill.  – Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is increasing the minimum wage for its colleagues to $15 an hour, effective Oct. 31. This change will provide a rate increase to approximately 3,000 HSHS colleagues across Wisconsin and Illinois and is a multi-million-dollar annual investment. About half of those positions are at the current HSHS minimum wage rate. The other half of these colleagues are already earning above $15/hour.

HSHS is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois and is comprised of nine hospitals in Illinois and six hospitals in Wisconsin, including HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. The HSHS system also includes HSHS Medical Group in Illinois and 183 clinics in Illinois operated by Prairie Heart Institute. In total, HSHS employs approximately 13,000 individuals across two states – 8,600 in Illinois and 4,400 in Wisconsin.

For several years, the HSHS minimum wage rates in Illinois and Wisconsin have remained higher than the respective states’ minimum wage. The state minimum wage in Wisconsin is currently $7.25/hour and in Illinois the state minimum wage is currently $11/hour. 

“We feel it’s important to raise the HSHS minimum wage rate even a step higher right now so we can better retain and attract the most engaged, committed and talented people to fulfill our healing mission,” said HSHS President and CEO, Damond Boatwright. “HSHS is committed to investing in our colleagues by providing a total compensation and benefits package that recognizes each individual for their personal contribution to the exceptional service our patients expect.”

This HSHS minimum wage increase will apply to multiple entry level positions. 

“We truly hope this increase helps reinforce how much we respect and care about the important work these colleagues are doing around the clock,” said Boatwright. “Some of these colleagues are the ones helping to keep patient rooms clean. Some help to nourish our patients and their loved ones by preparing and serving food within our ministries. They help get our patients registered and checked-in when they arrive for care. And others help with important clinical work that allows our organization to provide the great care we do. We need additional caring people in these roles at HSHS.”

Jobs in entry level roles have become increasingly competitive in the U.S. over the last year. This rate increase will continue to position HSHS as highly competitive in the labor market. To search for open positions at HSHS, please visit: https://careers.hshs.org/ 

The HSHS minimum wage rate increase will begin October 31. Salary increases for nearly all 13,000 HSHS employees will occur around this same time.

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About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.

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