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.