The health system increased its minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10, a boost that will first show up on employees' paychecks in late September, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Ohio.
- California: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles has received a $20 million pledge from Panda Cares, the philanthropic arm of the restaurant chain Panda Express. The pledge aims to establish the Panda Cares Center of Hope on the hospital campus, focused on improving the community's health care via music and art therapy, palliative care services, bereavement support, and more (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/17).
- Georgia: Navicent Health on Wednesday announced it has increased its minimum wage to $10 per hour, up from $7.25. According to Modern Healthcare, the increase took effect on September 6 and will first show up on employees' paychecks on September 25 (Bannow, Modern Healthcare, 9/16).
- Ohio: CVS Health on Wednesday announced it will invest $13.7 million to repair and renovate 230 low-income housing apartments in Columbus, Ohio, and establish several health and wellness programs in the community. According to CVS, the investment is part of the company's larger promise to dedicate nearly $600 million over a five-year period to addressing the social determinants of health in Black communities (Anderson, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/16).