Sentara Healthcare Achieves $15 Starting Wage, Merit Pay Raises

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Sentara Healthcare is taking a leadership position in the communities by achieving a $15 per hour minimum starting wage eight months sooner than promised. Sentara announced in late 2019 that it would incrementally increase its starting wage to $15 by January 2022, but recently chose to accelerate the process. This starting wage is more than twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. A robust benefits package adds additional value to a position with Sentara and reflects the company’s appreciation of all its employees’ contributions in all occupations and disciplines.

“At Sentara, we strive to attract, retain and engage a diverse workforce committed to our mission to improve health every day,” says Becky Sawyer, Sentara’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “We know our people are our future.”

In addition to the accelerated starting wage, Sentara is investing an additional $43 million in team members through across-the-board 3% merit pay increases and market adjustments.

These enhancements in pay are in addition to a Gift of Gratitude ranging from $750 to $1,500 for most
employees, recognizing their dedication and professionalism throughout the pandemic.

The increases will take effect in May and benefit more than 90 percent of Sentara’s 28,300 employees.

About Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, not-for-profit community hospital serving Prince
William County and its surrounding communities. Our medical center combines the resources of a major
health system with the compassionate, personalized care of a community hospital. SNVMC offers quiet,
private rooms and high quality care focused on safety and patient satisfaction. We offer a wide range of
medical specialties, a highly qualified medical and clinical staff and state-of-the-art technology. Our clinical
services include advanced imaging, cancer services, diabetes management, emergency care, heart and
vascular care, lab services, neurosurgery, primary care, orthopedics, urology, weight loss surgery, women’s
services and more.


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