Employees at Stephens County Hospital will see a little more in their paychecks starting next year.
Monday, the Stephens County Hospital Authority unanimously approved a 1.5 percent cost-of-living pay increase for the hospital’s employees.
It takes effect in January.
Stephens County Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell said that hospital employees are deserving of the increase.
“We actually, because of financial challenges, have not had a pay raise in a couple of years, so the Authority voted and I agreed that it is time to have a pay raise,” said Gambrell. “That (the 1.5 percent) will be very close to what inflation is running right now. We are very excited and very happy for that.”
Gambrell went on to say that this decision was aided in part by the continuation of another month that ended with a positive bottom line for the hospital financially.
“Of course, the census goes up in colder weather,” said Gambrell. “We are working hard to control our expenses anywhere we can. This is the second positive bottom line we have had (in this fiscal year) and we feel very good about that.”
Stephens County Hospital has now reported positive bottom lines for each of the hospital’s first two months of its fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30.