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Article
November 18, 1983

Merging Hospitals and Physician Support

Author Affiliations

From the Clinical Campus/Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York at Syracuse (Dr Tremonti) and the Department of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Dr Manning).

JAMA. 1983;250(19):2628-2632. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340190030026
Abstract

This study gives empirical documentation of physician support for a recent hospital merger. Results indicated that physicians from private practice, from the medical specialty of anesthesiology, and those least satisfied with hospital administration were also the least supportive of the merger. Formal involvement in the merger process, via task force membership, did relatively little to increase physician support for the merger. However, a significant correlation between perceived input into the merger process and support for the merger indicates positive aspects of involvement, even though this may not have occurred through the formal structure of task forces. Implications for managing physicians and hospital mergers is discussed.

(JAMA 1983;250:2628-2632)

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