Largest health systems in the U.S. by number of hospitals 2019

This statistic depicts a ranking of the top U.S. for-profit hospital operators based on number of hospitals as of July 2019. At this point, the Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was ranked first in the United States, with a total of 185 hospitals.

Hospitals in the United States

Currently, there are approximately 6,210 hospitals in the United States. Looking over the past decades, this figure was constantly decreasing. For example, there were nearly 7,000 hospitals in 1980. There are some 5.3 million persons employed in U.S. hospitals in full-time. Contrary to the decrease in the number of hospitals, employment has been increasing steadily. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. hospitals generate a total gross output of around 895 billion U.S. dollars.

The largest portion of U.S. hospitals are non-profit facilities. A smaller share includes private-owned for-profit hospitals. In most cases, these hospitals are part of hospital chains. For-profit hospitals developed especially in the 1990s, with the aim to gain profit for their shareholders. The Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is the U.S. for-profit hospital operator with the highest number of hospitals.

Top U.S. health systems based on number of hospitals as of 2019*

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

as of July 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures reflect facilities that fall under the category of "short term acute care" as defined by CMS. Numbers do not include psychiatric, rehabilitation, children's, critical access, long-term or "other" types of hospitals, and may differ from systems' marketing materials.

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