Columbus Regional Health is increasing its base wages to $15 an hour throughout the organization.
According to the hospital, pay ranges that are currently below $15 an hour will be raised to the new minimum effective October 24th. Any employees that are being paid less than $15 an hour, will be brought up to the new minimum or more. More than 580 employees will be affected and the adjustment will cost about $1.7 million dollars.
Hospital President and CEO Jim Bickel said the raises are meant to support the employees and to remain competitive in making new hires.