NHRMC Invests More Than $20 Million to Support Employees

October 16, 2019

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce a significant investment in supporting its workforce so the health system can attract and keep the best employees to improve the health of the region.

“We’re committed to a diverse and extraordinary workforce,” said John Gizdic, NHRMC President and CEO. “Our ability to grow and improve is dependent on having a robust and engaged team.”

NHRMC is investing nearly $12 million in market adjustments, affecting more than 4,100 employees in 243 positions.

The market adjustments include an increase of $2.13 per hour for acute care nurses working in caregiving positions that require an RN or LPN degree. This rate was determined to put NHRMC’s average nursing salaries, for both new and experienced RNs, among the top in the state.

In addition, NHRMC is raising the Healthy Community Wage to $12.50 per hour, up from $11.85 per hour. This means that every NHRMC employee will earn at least $12.50 per hour. That’s up one dollar from the $11.50 Healthy Community Wage implemented in 2017.

The wage helps NHRMC fulfill its mission in leading our community to outstanding health. When employees earn higher wages, they have better access to key elements of health, including fitness opportunities, healthy foods, and preventive medical care. In addition, those employees have resources to improve their communities.

These adjustments will come in addition to the annual merit increases, which will total $8.5 million in 2019.  

“Our commitment to our team and how we support their ability to deliver great care is a reflection of who we are and what is important to us,” said Gizdic. “As we look to our future, we will do everything we can to ensure NHRMC continues to be an extraordinary place to work, thrive, and make a difference for our community.”

NHRMC employees more than 7,400 people across the system, which includes New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NHRMC Physician Group, Pender Memorial Hospital and NHRMC Home Care.

NHRMC was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers of 2019. NHRMC ranks 131st among the nation’s large employers. NHRMC had the tenth highest ranking in the healthcare category and the highest ranking in that category among North Carolina-based healthcare organizations.

To learn more about joining the New Hanover Regional Medical Center team, visit our career section.