Fast Facts on US Hospitals

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Fast Facts 2017 

The American Hospital Association conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data below, from the 2015 AHA Annual Survey, are a sample of what you will find in AHA Hospital Statistics, 2017 edition. The definitive source for aggregate hospital data and trend analysis, AHA Hospital Statistics includes current and historical data on utilization, personnel, revenue, expenses, managed care contracts, community health indicators, physician models, and much more.

AHA Hospital Statistics is published annually by Health Forum, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.  Additional details on AHA Hospital Statistics, including order information, are available at http://www.aha.org/products-services/aha-hospital-statistics.shtml

For further information or customized data and research, contact the AHA Resource Center at (312) 422-2050 or rc@aha.org.

 

  Total Number of All U.S. Registered * Hospitals

5,564

         Number of U.S. Community ** Hospitals

4,862

               Number of Nongovernment Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals

2,845

               Number of Investor-Owned (For-Profit) Community Hospitals

1,034

               Number of State and Local Government Community Hospitals

983

        Number of Federal Government Hospitals

212

        Number of Nonfederal Psychiatric Hospitals

401

        Number of Nonfederal Long Term Care Hospitals

79

        Number of Hospital Units of Institutions
        (Prison Hospitals, College Infirmaries, Etc.)

  10 

   

  Total Staffed Beds in All U.S. Registered * Hospitals

897,961

        Staffed Beds in Community** Hospitals

782,188

  Total Admissions in All U.S. Registered * Hospitals

35,061,292

        Admissions in Community** Hospitals

33,260,348

  Total Expenses for All U.S. Registered * Hospitals

$936,531,524,400

        Expenses for Community** Hospitals

$851,514,523,144

   

  Number of Rural Community** Hospitals

1,829

  Number of Urban Community** Hospitals

3,033

   

  Number of Community Hospitals in a System ***

3,198

  Number of Community Hospitals in a Network ****

1,677

 *Registered hospitals are those hospitals that meet AHA's criteria for registration as a hospital facility. Registered hospitals include AHA member hospitals as well as nonmember hospitals. For a complete listing of the criteria used for registration, please see Registration Requirements for Hospitals.

**Community hospitals are defined as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. Other special hospitals include obstetrics and gynecology; eye, ear, nose, and throat; rehabilitation; orthopedic; and other individually described specialty services. Community hospitals include academic medical centers or other teaching hospitals if they are nonfederal short-term hospitals. Excluded are hospitals not accessible by the general public, such as prison hospitals or college infirmaries.

***System is defined by AHA as either a multihospital or a diversified single hospital system. A multihospital system is two or more hospitals owned, leased, sponsored, or contract managed by a central organization. Single, freestanding hospitals may be categorized as a system by bringing into membership three or more, and at least 25 percent, of their owned or leased non-hospital preacute or postacute health care organizations. System affiliation does not preclude network participation.

**** Network is a group of hospitals, physicians, other providers, insurers and/or community agencies that work together to coordinate and deliver a broad spectrum of services to their community. Network participation does not preclude system affiliation.

© 2017 by Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association

Updated January 2017.

 

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