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We Would Like You to Know

06/26/2015
We Would Like You to Know

Our hospitals have a long-standing history of providing our employees with competitive wages and excellent benefits.

Dear Humboldt County Neighbor,

Recently, you may have read materials from large out-of-town union representatives that have misleading information about our St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County ministries — St. Joseph Hospital Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital. We want to make sure you hear directly from us on this important topic.

There have been misstatements about how we pay our staff. As a not-for-profit, faith-based health care provider committed to honoring the dignity and service of everyone who works on our teams, St. Joseph Health provides our valued employees with competitive wages which are determined by comparing our salaries to local and national compensation surveys. We offer programs which ensure we fairly compensate our lowest income staff members.

Benefits are also closely examined every year. Employees choose from generous health insurance options that fit their needs. St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County pays for 100% of the full-time employee’s exclusive provider premium and most of the cost for family members. In fact, our hospitals spend between $22,000 to $31,000 per year for each covered family, depending on the particular plan the employee chooses. And, while the cost to provide these health care benefits has increased over the years, we have absorbed the majority of these expenses.

St. Joseph Health began here in Humboldt County and has been a loyal and generous partner of this community for the past century. While government regulations and economic pressures are reducing our reimbursements, and asking us to continue to provide better care, we have continually re-invested in our communities. For fiscal year 2014, we contributed a combined $39 million to support local programs that provide important services for people in need.

Presently, we are at the bargaining table with unions representing our service and technical employees. We are working very hard to reach a mutually acceptable agreement through constructive, good faith bargaining. That is the way we respect and treat one another, not just in Humboldt County but throughout our Catholic ministry.

We want you to be well informed about our pay and benefit practices and to know how privileged we are to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals who do their very best to serve you – our Humboldt County friends and neighbors.

Most Sincerely,

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