Less than a year after raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, Saint Luke’s Health System has hiked it again, to $17.50 an hour.

The Kansas City-based hospital network also announced it will pay a $2,000 “thank you bonus” to all employees “in recognition of their hard work and commitment as we’ve managed through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The impetus behind all of this really is to recognize that the last 18, 19 months have been incredibly challenging, especially for everybody in health care,” said Dr. Melinda Estes, president and CEO of Saint Luke’s. “And we wanted to recognize the dedication and hard work of all of our employees and say thank you in a tangible and meaningful way.”

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