65 things to know about US hospitals and health systems

Written by Tamara Rosin and Akanksha Jayanthi | July 09, 2015


Here are 65 statistics, benchmarks and facts about America’s hospitals and health systems.

1. According to the American Hospital Association’s Hospital Statistics 2015 edition, which uses data collected in 2013, there are 5,686 registered hospitals in the U.S., including nonprofit, for-profit, federal government, state and local government, psychiatric, and long-term hospitals as well as hospital units in institutions (i.e. prison hospitals, college infirmaries, etc.). Registered hospitals include those that meet the AHA’s criteria for registration as a hospital facility.

2. The AHA Hospital Statistics 2015 edition also reports there are 914,153 total staffed beds, 35,416,020 admissions and $859 billion in total expenses in all U.S. registered hospitals.

3. Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia is the country’s oldest hospital, founded in 1751, even before the United States won its independence from England. The hospital was founded by Benjamin Franklin and a physician named Thomas Bond. During the Revolution, both Continental and British soldiers received treatment from Pennsylvania Hospital. The hospital is now part of Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania health system.

4. The following nonprofit hospital systems are the largest in the U.S., based on number of short-term, acute-care hospitals:

Note: The following two lists are based on data from the American Hospital Directory, which contains information from hospital cost reports submitted to CMS. Hospital cost reports are submitted to fiscal intermediaries approximately three months after the end of a hospital’s fiscal year, and the most common fiscal year ending dates are Dec. 31, June 30 and Sept. 30.  

Systems are listed in descending order based on the number of acute-care hospitals. The company rankings total 10, although the list includes ties, which means there are more than 10 individual systems listed.

  • Ascension Health (St. Louis) — 75
  • Trinity Health (Livonia, Mich.) — 44
  • Catholic Health Initiatives (Denver) — 39
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.) — 37
  • Adventist Health System (Winter Park, Fla.) — 35
  • Dignity Health (San Francisco) — 39 [Dignity Health’s latest reported number for acute care hospitals, as of 7/14/15]
  • Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.) — 26
  • Providence Health and Services (Seattle) — 26
  • CHRISTUS Health (Irving, Texas) — 20
  • Banner Health (Phoenix) — 19
  • Baylor Scott & White Health (Dallas) — 19
  • Mercy Health (Cincinnati)* — 17
  • UPMC (Pittsburgh) — 17
  • SSM Health Care (St. Louis) — 17
  • ntermountain Health Care (Salt Lake City) — 17
  • New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System (New York City) — 16
  • Adventist Health (Roseville, Calif.) — 16

*Formerly Catholic Healthcare Partners

5. The following for-profit hospital systems are the largest in the U.S., based on number of acute-care hospitals.

  • Community Health Systems (Brentwood, Tenn.) — 188
  • Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.) — 166
  • Tenet Healthcare (Dallas) — 74
  • LifePoint Health (Brentwood, Tenn.)* — 56

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