Peoria-based OSF HealthCare raised the minimum wage for its approximately 480 mission partners, or employees, to $10 per hour this week.
The new minimum wage is above the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and Illinois' minimum wage of $8.25 per hour.
"We have made the decision to increase the minimum wage because it is the right thing to do," Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF HealthCare board chairperson, said. “Our sisters deeply value all of our employees and the wonderful service they bring to our sacred ministry."
Most of OSF's mission partners work in the company's food services, housekeeping, gift shop or customer service departments.
"This shows me OSF cares about taking care of its workers – they value us,” Abby Nicolet, food service assistant at OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center in Alton, said.
OSF HealthCare, which operates 11 acute care facilities across Illinois and Michigan, is owned by the Catholic Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, which also operates two colleges of nursing, a physician organization and a network of home health services.
“This socially just wage is consistent with our values and the Catholic teaching on the dignity of workers and work,” OSF HealthCare CEO Kevin Schoeplein said.