There are 6,120 hospitals in the United States. As the national voice and advocate for the nation’s hospitals and health systems, the American Hospital Association is committed to providing hospital statistics like this and data to support the field, including its annual survey of hospitals in the United States. Among other data points, the survey includes the number of government hospitals, the number hospitals in each state, and the number of hospital beds. The data below, from the 2022 AHA Annual Survey, are a sample of what you will find in AHA Hospital Statistics, 2024 edition. The AHA has also created Fast Facts Infographics to provide visualizations for this data.
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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; long term acute-care; 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.
Other hospitals include nonfederal long term care hospitals and hospital units within an institution such as a prison hospital or school infirmary. Long term care hospitals may be defined by different methods; here they include other hospitals with an average length of stay of 30 or more days.
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 pre-acute or post-acute health care organizations. System affiliation does not preclude network participation.