Axis Health System certified as Living Wage Employer 

March 15, 2018, Durango, CO:

Axis Health System is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Thrive! as a Living Wage Employer. We believe in the Thrive! principle that “all workers should be paid a living wage,” and we’re proud to be doing our part by providing a living wage to our own employees. Paying a living wage contributes to the long-term economic and social well-being of our community by allowing people to support themselves and their families.

Thrive’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in La Plata County through fair and just wages for all and envisions La Plata County as a place where all workers earn a living wage, enabling individuals, families and the community to thrive. Thrive! has determined the current Living Wage Rate in La Plata County is $13.31 per hour, or equivalent with basic needs benefits, tips or commission. For more information, visit

“Axis Health System’s extraordinary journey in recent years would not have been possible without the commitment, capacity, energy and flexibility of our staff,” said Sarada Leavenworth, Axis Senior Director of Strategy & Development.  “The health of our patients and our communities are improved by the work that our team does every day. The Thrive! designation is one way to support everyone on our dedicated team.”

Pictured in image on homepage: Thrive! Director Darren White, center, presents Living Wage Employer certification to Shelly Burke, left, Axis Health System Chief Operating Officer, and Sarah Lorenger, right, Axis Health System Director of Human Resources, on March 14 at the Axis Corporate Office in Durango.