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Hospital and Health System Statistics

Hospital Statistics

Hospital and health system statistics can provide valuable insights into the state of the healthcare system and the quality of care that patients receive.

In this statistical roundup, you’ll learn:

  • The largest hospitals in the US
  • The largest health systems in the US
  • The number of hospitals in the US
  • The largest hospitals in the world
  • The best hospitals in the world

One thing you’ll see from the data is that the largest US hospitals have relatively low bed counts compared to the largest hospitals in Asia.

The Largest Hospitals in the US

In terms of bed count, the largest hospitals in the US are clustered fairly tightly together, with no noticeable outliers.

The country’s 10th largest hospital has nearly 74% of the bed count of the largest hospital.

1Jackson Memorial Hospital1,547Miami, FL
2Yale New Haven1,541New Haven, CT
3AdventHealth Orlando1,400Orlando, FL
4Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus1,318Rochester, MN
5Cleveland Clinic1,300Cleveland, OH
6Barnes-Jewish Hospital1,273St. Louis, MO
7Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center1,211Charlotte, NC
8UAB Hospital1,207Birmingham, AL
9The Johns Hopkins Hospital1,162Baltimore, MD
10Mount Sinai Hospital1,139New York City, NY

Here is a chart of the same data.

Largest US Hospitals

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

The Largest Health Systems in the US

The Agency for Health Research and Quality determined that in 2016, 69.7% of US hospitals were a part of health systems and that 88.2% of hospital beds were in systems.

Here are the top 10 health systems in the U.S. in 2021, ranked by the number of hospitals in the system.

RankHealth SystemNumber of HospitalsLocation
1HCA Healthcare184Nashville, TN
2Veterans Health Administration171Washington, DC
3Ascension138St. Louis, MO
4CommonSpirit Health137Chicago, IL
5Trinity Health92Livonia, MI
6Community Health Systems84Franklin, TN
7LifePoint Health84Brentwood, TN
8Tenet Healthcare65Dallas, TX
9Post Acute Medical Health64Enola, PA
10Christus Health60Irving, TX

HCA Healthcare, the largest health system in the US, was founded in 1968. As of 2021, the organization had 235,000 employees. Reported revenue for 2021 was $15.06 billion.

Largest US Health Systems

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

The Number of Hospitals in the US

The data below is from the 2020 American Hospital Association Annual Survey. It is a sample of what can be found in AHA Hospital Statistics, 2022 edition.

Total Number of All U.S. Hospitals6,093
Number of U.S. Community Hospitals5,139
Number of Nongovernment Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals2,960
Number of Investor-Owned (For-Profit) Community Hospitals1,228
Number of State and Local Government Community Hospitals951
Number of Federal Government Hospitals207
Number of Nonfederal Psychiatric Hospitals635
Other Hospitals112

Source: American Hospital Association

The Largest Hospitals in the World

Below are the largest hospitals in the world in terms of approximate bed count. The information is based on a 2021 article.

RankHospital NameNumber of BedsLocation
1First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University7,000Zhengzhou, China
2West China Medical Center4,300Chengdu, China
3Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital4,000Taoyuan City, Taiwan
4Ankara Bilkent City Hospital3,800Ankara, Turkey
5Clinical Center of Serbia3,500Belgrade, Serbia
6National Hospital of Sri Lanka3,404Colombo, Sri Lanka
7Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital3,400Johannesburg, South Africa
8Government Medical College3,000Kozhikode, India
9Taipei Veterans General Hospital3,000Taipei, Taiwan
10Ahmedabad Civil Hospital2,800Ahmedabad, India

Source: Healthcare Digital Magazine

The Best Hospitals in the World

Statista conducted surveys of over 80,000 medical professionals in 27 countries to identify the best hospitals in the world. Patient surveys and medical key performance indicators were also factored in. Here are the top 10 results.

RankHospital NameCountry
1Mayo ClinicUnited States
2Cleveland ClinicUnited States
3Massachusetts General HospitalUnited States
4Toronto General – University Health NetworkCanada
5Charité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinGermany
6The Johns Hopkins HospitalUnited States
7AP-HP – Hôpital Universitaire Pitié SalpêtrièreFrance
8Karolinska University HospitalSweden
9UCLA Health – Ronald Reagan Medical CenterUnited States
10Sheba Medical CenterIsrael

Sources: Statista, Newsweek

Statista also provided the following graphic.

The World's Best Hospitals

Source: Statista


The number, size, and quality of hospitals and health systems are ever-changing statistics, but we hope these snapshots have been useful to you.

Health systems have faced many challenges, particularly over the last two years. As a Healthcare IT company, we at J2 Interactive applaud how well health systems and their staff have adapted to provide care to patients.

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