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County rewards health system, workers

October 13, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

The county will spend federal grant money to reimburse the Butler Health System for the cost of increased pay for frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The county commissioners at their Wednesday meeting voted to pay the health system $28,000 per month, retroactive to April.

The health system has provided premium pay to nurses, emergency room workers and others who care for COVID-19 patients for many months to retain or attract healthcare workers as the pandemic grinds on.

The total amount of Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CDFA) grant funds to be spent in the program to reimburse premium pay at the health system is $210,000.

In the program, an employee's pay can be increased by up to $13 per hour and is capped at $25,000 per employee.

Read more in Thursday's Butler Eagle.