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Hospital staffing ratios of FTEs per occupied bed by MHS ownership in the U.S. 2014

In 2014, the ratio of hospital staffing based on full-time equivalents (FTEs) per occupied bed in U.S. hospitals was highest among registered nurses and the group of “other employees”. The ratio was generally higher in all categories for non-multihospital systems (MHS) except among resident physicians. According to the data, there were 0.54 staff physicians in non-MHS hospitals and 0.34 staff physicians in MHS hospitals per occupied bed at that time.

U.S. hospital organization

A multi-hospital system in the U.S. consists of a group of hospitals that are owned, managed or financed through a central hospital branch. Other hospitals may be owned, privately, by the government or could be non-profit. The total number of hospitals in the U.S. has declined in recent years. Alongside the declining number of hospitals in the U.S., there has been a decline in the number of hospital beds as well. Despite declining number, medical staff employment numbers in the U.S. remains strong.

Hospital employment

The number of hospital employees in the U.S. was at an all-time high as of 2017. Of all health sector employees, about 40 percent work in hospital settings. Hospital supported employment in the U.S. varies by region. However, the percentage of employment in the U.S. that is attributed to hospitals ranges from about 7 percent to 11 percent.

Ratio of full-time equivalents per occupied hospital bed in the United States by MHS ownership in 2014

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Supplementary notes

MHS: multihospital system.
FTE: full-time equivalent.
Data are for all beds in nonfederal, short-term, acute-care hospitals only. Psychiatric, rehabilitation and children’s hospitals are excluded.

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