PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Hudson River Healthcare plans to pay all its caregivers and employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour, the nonprofit health center announced Friday.
HRHC, which employs more than 900 people and serves 140,000 patients throughout the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, said the move comes amid “a growing national conversation around the importance of a living wage.” It pointed to similar increases in Seattle and Los Angeles, and for certain workers in New York.
HRHC was founded as the Peekskill Ambulatory Heath Care Center in the early 1970s by four local women who were concerned about the lack of health care services in their community.
The organization said its decision to increase its minimum wages is based on its commitment to its founding principles and to its employees.
“Our health centers are only able to serve their communities because of hundreds of hard-working people doing dozens of different jobs,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, HRHC president and chief executive officer.
Nolon also noted that each HRHC facility is more than just a health center, “it’s an economic engine for its community.”
“We’re a major employer around the state,” she said, “and this means more people with greater spending power supporting other local businesses.”
By making the additional investment in its staff, HRHC is “offering stable, well-paying jobs that help to strengthen our communities,” Nolon said.
HRHC’s first center, now called the Jeannette J. Phillips Health Center after one of its founders, is at 1037 Main St., Peekskill. For more information, call (914)-734-8800.
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