Patients’ Perceptions of Hospitals Affiliated with America’s Highest-Rated Medical Centers

  • Kyle H. SheetzEmail author
  • Hari Nathan
  • Justin B. Dimick
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Numerous studies suggest that a hospital’s reputation is an important factor in determining where patients decide to seek care.1, 2 In an era of frequent hospital mergers and acquisitions, academic medical centers have the opportunity to extend their reputable brands across larger markets of potential patients.3 Whether these mergers influence the affiliating hospitals’ reputation remains unclear.

Using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to measure how patients perceive a hospital’s overall quality and reputation, we sought to determine whether HCAHPS scores increased for those affiliating with the prominent medical centers named to the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.


We identified hospitals affiliating with those named to the 2018 U.S. News Honor Roll between 2010 and 2016 using the American Hospital Association Survey. We used propensity scores to match affiliating hospitals with non-affiliated controls...


Funding Information

This work was funded by the NIH grants R01AG039434 (JBD) and R01HS023597 (JBD).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyle H. Sheetz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hari Nathan
    • 1
  • Justin B. Dimick
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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