On July 9, President and CEO Mark Biscone, stated he will raise the minimum wage this year for Pen Bay Healthcare, Knox County’s largest employer of approximately 1,600 employees.

The increase was implemented on July 6 and moved the minimum hourly rate from $8.25 to $10.10 an hour.

“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 pay check dated July 25,” said Biscone.

“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," Biscone said.

The move to increase the minimum wage follows Maine Medical Center in Portland. Other MaineHealth members are exploring this decision.