Pen Bay Healthcare has implemented President and CEO Mark Biscone's decision to raise its employees' minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Biscone said, "A decision was made to increase the minimum entry-level pay for all Pen Bay employees to $10.10 per hour, effective with the pay period beginning July 6, 2014. Employees impacted by this decision will see this wage increase reflected in their paycheck dated July 25.... Each day, every day, Pen Bay staff provide excellent care to the patients, residents and families in our community. The increased wages recognizes the important work we do, work that influences the lives of our neighbors in very profound ways."

Pen Bay Healthcare is Knox County's largest employer. The move to increase the minimum wage followed that of Maine Medical Center in Portland. Other MaineHealth members are considering such a decision. For more information, visit www.penbayhealthcare.org.