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Number of hospital beds in the United States by hospital size 2018

Hospitals across the U.S. have been decreasing the number of hospitals beds available. With increasing concerns about the cost of health care, less traditional services and shorter stays have become the norm. The number of beds available in the U.S. greatly depends on the hospital size. As of 2018 there were a total of about 242 thousand hospital beds available in hospitals with a 500 bed capacity or greater.

U.S. Hospitals

Like the decrease in number of hospital beds, there has been a steady decline in the overall number of hospitals in the U.S. since 1975. Hospitals in the U.S. are becoming increasingly more technological with things like remote patient monitoring and AI. Despite being an important factor in patient health and wellbeing, patients don’t value the up-to-dateness of technology in hospitals as highly as they value other aspects.

Hospital rankings

Hospitals are ranked across the U.S. in a variety of ways. Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami was ranked as the top hospital in 2017 according to the number of beds they had. However, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas had the most annual emergency visits in 2018. And, finally, the UCLA Medical Center was ranked as the number one hospital based on the number of organ transplants performed in the last 30 years.

Number of beds in registered hospitals in the U.S. in 2018, by hospital size

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Excludes U.S.-associated areas, Puerto Rico, and nonregistered hospitals.

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