Franciscan Alliance has increased its starting pay rate to $15 per hour. The health system says the increase is part of a competitive overall compensation and benefits package to attract and retain talent.

“This investment reinforces our efforts to attract and retain the best talent, so that we may serve our patients with excellence while staying focused on our shared mission and values,” said Mary Jo Smith, Franciscan Alliance senior vice president for human resources. “The Franciscan $15 pay adjustment provides coworkers with a minimum rate that’s competitive with the market, and well above state and federal minimum wages.”

Franciscan Alliance says the increase is effective retroactively to June 6.

“The impact of the COVID pandemic, infrastructure costs and other challenges has required prudent financial management. The Sisters and Franciscan leadership are proud to support this increase in recognition of the dedication our coworkers bring to the Franciscan Alliance health care ministry and those we are privileged to serve,” Smith added.

Previously, the lowest wage had been $12 an hour for employees in Indiana and $13 an hour for employees in Illinois.