Sentara Healthcare on Thursday said it would spend $110 million on raises and $15 million more on benefits for workers this year.
The Norfolk, Virginia-based health system will give eligible employees a 5% wage increase starting March 17 and will offer merit raises in May, the company said in a news release. The combined raises will affect more than 96% of the 29,000-person workforce.
The provider also started adding to its benefits program Jan. 1, offering reimbursement for adoptions, infertility care and surrogacy and gestational care. Sentara plans to add more benefits throughout the year for part-time and full-time workers, including paid time off, paid parental leave, short-term disability after a week, more access to sick time, support for family caregivers and greater tuition reimbursement, the health system said.