Morristown Medical Center, Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Virtua Voorhees Hospital were recognized by NRC Health in its 2018-2019 NRC Health Consumer Loyalty Awards at the 2019 NRC Health Symposium taking place Aug. 14 to Aug. 16 in Nashville.
The hospitals and health systems that made the final list scored in the 75th percentile across the seven components of NRC Health’s Loyalty Index, while the top 10 “best-in-class” winners include hospitals and health systems from both small and large markets.
Launched last year, NRC Health said the Consumer Loyalty Awards are the only loyalty-based hospital rankings in the U.S., recognizing the top health care facilities across the country working to cultivate and maintain long-lasting allegiance among their patient populations.
This year’s list of winning organizations was identified by a nationally syndicated survey of more than 300,000 American consumers.
Two-thirds of hospitals recognized in last year’s list received recognition again this year. Each of these organizations achieved high scores on NRC Health’s Loyalty Index, a composite of seven different critical aspects of consumer loyalty including access, brand score, engagement, need, motivation, experience and Net Promoter Score (NPS).
Health care organizations can use these metrics to compare their performance to that of their peers, and observe trends to make adjustments over to time improve consumer loyalty.
“Today’s health care consumers are lucky to have a wide variety of choice when it comes to deciding where they receive care. But we are seeing a shift now more than ever as hospitals and health systems begin to fully understand the importance of offering a comprehensive, compassionate and accessible care model,” said Brian Wynne, vice president and general manager at NRC Health, in a statement.
Nearly 500 hospitals qualified for the Consumer Loyalty Awards by receiving 150 or more Top of Mind mentions during the national survey.
“The organizations recognized by the Consumer Loyalty Awards are leading the way in the health care industry; however, the industry as a whole still has a long way to go. At NRC Health, we are eager to continue working with organizations to help achieve our vision of customer-centric health care for all, and we are honored to celebrate this year’s winning organizations and the work they’ve done to receive this award,” Wynne said.
To qualify for the NRC Health Consumer Loyalty Awards, a hospital must receive at least 150 Top of Mind mentions on the Market Insights Internet-based survey, which measures the opinions, behaviors and profiles of more than 300,000 consumers annually in more than 300 markets across the U.S. Additionally, ranking organizations must earn extraordinarily high composite scores on the seven aspects of the NRC Health Loyalty Index.
Facilities across the country with the top composite scores are awarded. Results are weighted to account for age, income, population, presence of children in the household, marital status and ethnicity to ensure an accurate demographic distribution.