Saint Joseph Berea Implements $15/hour Minimum Wage for Employees


BEREA, Ky. (August 17, 2021) – CHI Saint Joseph Health, including Saint Joseph Berea and the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group in the Berea area, has implemented a $15/hour minimum starting wage for all full-time, part-time and temporary employees starting this month. This move represents a more than $3 million investment across the organization.

“We believe that providing a reasonable and fair living wage is the right thing to do for our people,” said Tony Houston, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health. “We are committed to making continued investments in our employees to remain competitive in our market and continue to attract and retain top talent.”

“This increase to our minimum wage recognizes the critical role all of our employees play in caring for our patients,” said John Yanes, president, Saint Joseph Berea. “We value the contributions of each and every person who impacts the lives of our patients as they seek care in our facilities and physician offices.”

CHI Saint Joseph Health is the first health care provider in the Berea area to offer the $15/hour minimum wage. The change builds on CHI Saint Joseph Health’s moves over the past few years to raise the minimum wage for hourly employees.

The $15 minimum wage will apply to all hourly employees in the communities served by CHI Saint Joseph Health, including the hospitals and physician practices in Lexington, Bardstown, Berea, London, Mount Sterling and Nicholasville.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Berea

Saint Joseph Berea is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Berea, Kentucky. Established in 1898 on the grounds of Berea College, the facility serves residents of Madison, Estill, Garrard, Jackson and Rockcastle counties. Saint Joseph Berea recognizes the importance of family, friends and familiar surroundings in the healing process and provides a breadth of services so that getting first-rate care doesn’t have to mean being far from home.

About the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group

CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group is the employed provider network of CHI Saint Joseph Health with 88 locations in 17 communities throughout central and eastern Kentucky.

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Publish Date: 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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