Top U.S. health systems based on number of hospitals as of 2017*

Top U.S. hospital operators based on number of hospitals 2017 This statistic depicts a ranking of the top U.S. for-profit hospital operators based on number of hospitals as of December 2017. At this point, the Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was ranked first in the United States, with a total of 174 hospitals.
Hospitals in the United States

Currently, there are approximately 5,500 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 850 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.
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Operator (City, State)Number of hospitals
Hospital Corporation of America
(Nashville, Tenn.)
174
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.)143
Community Health Systems
(Franklin, Tenn.)
119
Ascension Health (St. Louis)78
Tenet Healthcare Corp.
(Dallas, Tex.)
59
LifePoint Hospitals
(Brentwood, Tenn.)
45
Trinity Health (Livonia, Mich.)44
Prime Healthcare Services
(Ontario, Calif.)
42
Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.)41
Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)39
Operator (City, State)Number of hospitals
Hospital Corporation of America
(Nashville, Tenn.)
174
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, D.C.)143
Community Health Systems
(Franklin, Tenn.)
119
Ascension Health (St. Louis)78
Tenet Healthcare Corp.
(Dallas, Tex.)
59
LifePoint Hospitals
(Brentwood, Tenn.)
45
Trinity Health (Livonia, Mich.)44
Prime Healthcare Services
(Ontario, Calif.)
42
Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.)41
Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)39
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This statistic depicts a ranking of the top U.S. for-profit hospital operators based on number of hospitals as of December 2017. At this point, the Hospital Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was ranked first in the United States, with a total of 174 hospitals.
Hospitals in the United States

Currently, there are approximately 5,500 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 850 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.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
as of December 2017
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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