Archive for September, 2014

Raise the minimum wage for Tampa jobs? Some say yes

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Employers in a recent survey from Careerbuilder have cast their vote in favor of raising the minimum wage for Tampa jobs, among other locations.

Employers surveyed think only 7 percent think a minimum wage of $15 per hour or more would be fair. Nine percent don’t think there should be a set minimum wage. Nearly half (48 percent) think a fair minimum wage should be set between $10 and $14 per hour.

$7.25 per hour (current federal minimum): 8 percent
$8.00 or $9.00 per hour: 29 percent
$10.00 per hour: 29 percent
$11.00-$14.00 per hour: 19 percent
$15.00 or more per hour: 7 percent
No set minimum wage: 9 percent

A majority say a higher minimum wage helps the economy and helps them retain employees.

It can improve the standard of living: 74 percent
It can have a positive effect on employee retention: 58 percent
It can help bolster economy: 55 percent
It can increase consumer spending: 53 percent
Employees may be more productive/deliver higher quality work: 48 percent
It can afford workers the opportunity to pursue more training or education: 39 percent

Employers who do not support a minimum wage increase in their state cite several reasons related to negative effects it may have on their business.

It can cause employers to hire less people: 66 percent
It can cause issues for small businesses struggling to get by: 65 percent
It can cause hikes in prices to offset labor costs: 62 percent
It can mean potential layoffs: 50 percent
It can lead to increased use of automation as a replacement for workers: 32 percent
Wages for higher-level workers may suffer and create retention issues: 29 percent

A separate sample found that 79 percent of full-time, non-management-level employees have worked in a minimum wage job in the past or are currently in a minimum wage job. Of these workers, 59 percent were not or are not able to make ends meet financially.

Palliative care opens to create healthcare jobs in Tampa

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

A new facility has opened that will create more healthcare jobs in Tampa.

Horizon Palliative Care Partners has opened to provide medical support at home for patients suffering with serious, long term illness.

It was founded by Alexandra Owens, MD and Michelle León Salvat, MD, both Board Certified specialists in Hospice and Palliative Medicine with years of experience in clinical practice.

Horizon Palliative Care Partners will be based primarily in patients’ homes, which may include assisted living and long term care facilities. Palliative care is not curative, but rather supports seriously ill patients with medical care for ongoing symptoms and advance directive needs.

“The healthcare industry is quickly recognizing the growing need in our aging population for palliative care within the home setting, as well as in assisted living facilities and long term care facilities. This is not hospice care, which deals with many different end-of-life issues. Rather, it is long term care for serious, chronic symptoms that continue during day-to-day living,” said Dr. Michelle León Salvat.

“By providing this level of care at home, we can shift the paradigm of healthcare away from extended hospital stays, which are extremely expensive, toward palliative care, which reduces cost dramatically. This shift enhances both quality of care and quality of life for the patient,” said Dr. Alexandra Owens.