These Cities Has the Most Private Hospitals in Entire US

Hospitals are very important for a country’s society, but they also have to deal with challenges like not having enough staff and having to spend more money.

In 2022, there were 6,093 hospitals in the U.S., with over 5,000 of them being nonfederal, short-term general, and specialized hospitals such as those focused on obstetrics, gynecology, and orthopedics, according to the American Hospital Association. These hospitals have a combined total of approximately 789,000 beds that are staffed with medical professionals. Last year, they reported 31.4 million admissions and incurred $1.1 trillion in expenses, which averages out to around $35,000 per admission.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, almost 20% of U.S. hospitals experienced “critical” staffing shortages last year. Some states have a high percentage of hospitals with serious staffing shortages. For example, in Vermont, 52% of hospitals do not have enough staff. In California, which is the most populous state in the country, 35% of hospitals also report insufficient staff.

Not having enough staff can be a problem in both cities and rural areas in the United States. Rural hospitals have a hard time keeping their services running because there aren’t enough medical professionals available and they don’t have enough money. In big cities, hospitals may have enough money but face challenges due to the high number of patients compared to the limited staff, even though there are many qualified medical professionals available.

In order to find out which cities have the highest number of hospitals, 24/7 Tempo looked at data on non-federal short-term acute-care hospitals from the American Hospital Directory. The data is from the most recent cost report of each hospital and is current as of early May 2023. The AHD gathers information from many hospitals across the country. They use data from public and private sources, such as Medicare claims, hospital cost reports, and commercial licensors. The gross patient revenue, which includes both inpatient and outpatient services, is obtained from the most recent Medicare Cost Report of each hospital.

American Cities With the Most Private Hospitals

Chicago, Illinois

No. of hospitals in Chicago: 31
Hospital with most beds in the city: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (903)
Total hospital discharges in Chicago: 41,891
Days patients spent in a hospital: 292,716
Gross patient revenue: $9.2 billion

Houston, Texas

No. of hospitals in Houston: 28
Hospital with most beds in the city: Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital (1,414)
Total hospital discharges in Houston: 75,463
Days patients spent in a hospital: 366,364
Gross patient revenue: $8.1 billion

Manhattan, New York

No. of hospitals in New York: 20
Hospital with most beds in the city: New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (862)
Total hospital discharges in New York: 108,714
Days patients spent in a hospital: 749,255
Gross patient revenue: $25.0 billion

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

No. of hospitals in Philadelphia: 19
Hospital with most beds in the city: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1,061)
Total hospital discharges in Philadelphia: 41,414
Days patients spent in a hospital: 280,172
Gross patient revenue: $17.6 billion

Los Angeles, California

No. of hospitals in Los Angeles: 18
Hospital with most beds in the city: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (882)
Total hospital discharges in Los Angeles: 50,743
Days patients spent in a hospital: 295,623
Gross patient revenue: $24.0 billion

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