Metro Health – University of Michigan Health today announced raises and starting pay increases for many frontline positions, along with a hiring bonus for certain positions. The targeted increases cover more than 1,250 frontline positions.
“Metro Health has a long tradition of frontline team members who dedicate their lives and careers to providing direct care to our patients,” said Steve Polega, Chief Nursing Officer, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “At a time of high market demand, it is important to make strategic investments in this area to uphold our culture of compassion, hard work and professionalism.”
The adjustments include certified medical assistants, graduate medical assistants, patient service representatives, patient care technicians, endoscopy technicians, OR assistants, materials management, central processing and other related roles. Starting pay will range from $15 to $16.50 an hour and existing employees in these roles will receive a corresponding market adjustment.
Registered nurses in identified roles will receive a market adjustment, with specific amounts based on current pay and experience.
Metro Health also introduced a bonus plan for new hires and existing employees in high-demand roles in the market. Positions currently approved for bonuses include certified medical assistants, endoscopy nurses and technicians, and central processing technicians.
The adjustments are based on a continuous evaluation of workforce roles and compensation across the organization, said Polega, who added that the lasting effects of COVID-19 have helped drive up demand statewide for these positions.
“Our strategic vision remains sharply focused on being the choice for healthcare excellence,” said Dr. Rakesh Pai, President of the Medical Group and Chief Population Health Officer. “This requires remaining competitive with salaries that reflect the inspiring dedication of our employees and their contributions to outstanding patient care.”
Although the pandemic posed challenges for healthcare organizations nationwide, the increases are possible because of Metro Health’s emphasis on operational excellence and efficiency, Dr. Pai said.
“Metro Health understands that our greatest strength is our people, and we will always honor their hard work, creativity and resiliency,” Dr. Pai said.
Interested applicants can browse job openings at Metro Health’s career center.