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Top 10 children's hospitals in the U.S. by net patient revenue

Top 10 children's hospitals in the U.S. by net patient revenue

A children’s hospital is a special kind of hospital designed just for kids, from babies to young adults, typically around 18 to 21 years old. These facilities have healthcare professionals trained to be mindful of a child’s physical and cognitive differences from adult patients. Some children’s hospitals may also serve as regional centers for research and preventative care.

According to our HospitalView product, there are more than 270 active children’s hospitals across the U.S. as of June 2024. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 children’s hospitals ranked by net patient revenue (NPR).

Top 10 children’s hospitals by net patient revenue

RankHospital nameCityStateDefinitive IDNet patient revenue# of discharges# of staffed beds
1Texas Childrens HospitalHoustonTX6386$2,842,123,13936,143905
2Childrens Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA3567$2,695,079,24521,030667
3Cincinnati Childrens Burnet CampusCincinnatiOH5576$2,508,408,28818,484711
4Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital StanfordPalo AltoCA586$2,392,709,16314,438394
5UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens HospitalClevelandOH5538$2,215,814,1337,674231
6Nationwide Childrens HospitalColumbusOH5966$2,048,660,85519,099694
7Seattle Childrens HospitalSeattleWA4366$1,907,462,6119,417370
8Boston Childrens HospitalBostonMA1979$1,856,193,14815,241485
9Rady Childrens Hospital San DiegoSan DiegoCA6217$1,823,400,82119,949401
10Cook Childrens Medical CenterFort WorthTX4133$1,612,774,16210,296447

Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. Data is accurate as of June 2024.

What children’s hospitals have the highest net patient revenue?

The number one children’s hospital in the U.S., ranked by NPR, is Texas Children’s Hospital. This facility, located in Houston, TX, has an NPR of more than $2.8B according to the most recent 12-month interval in our database. It also leads with the highest number of discharges and staffed beds.

In second place is the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, unfortunately named CHOP, in Pennsylvania. It has an NPR of nearly $2.7B. Not too far behind is the Cincinnati Children’s Burnet Campus in Ohio. It has an NPR of $2.5B.

Among the top 10 children’s hospitals on our list, three of the facilities are found in Ohio. Texas and California are tied with two high-ranking children’s hospitals respectively. The average net patient revenue of the top 10 hospitals is about $2.2B.

The top three children’s hospitals all appear on our list of the top 50 hospitals by NPR in the U.S.

What is the largest NICU in the U.S.?

Most children’s hospitals will have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). NICUs specialize in providing critical care for newborn babies who are premature, sick, or require extra support after birth. Since children’s hospitals focus on the health of infants and young children, having an NICU is essential for them to provide comprehensive care.

The largest NICU in the U.S. can vary depending on how you define “largest.” According to our data, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio has the largest NICU, with up to 259 beds reserved for neonatal intensive care.

For a deeper dive into these trends, check out our Healthcare Insight analyzing the top 10 hospitals by labor and delivery births.

What is net patient revenue?

NPR is the amount of money a hospital generates from patient services through commercial insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare—it is a standard metric for the financial performance of healthcare organizations. A high NPR is generally more favorable, as it can potentially contribute to a higher net profit.

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