Health systems, or integrated delivery networks (IDNs), are a key component of care delivery in the U.S. These entities bring together distinct healthcare facilities under one management system—coordinating patient care and retaining revenue. Currently, there are more than 1,030 IDNs in the U.S.
Using Definitive Healthcare data, we can break down the largest U.S. healthcare systems by total staffed beds at member hospitals to better understand their financial presence, place among competitors, and operating power.
Although square footage is a useful measurement as well, the value of a hospital ultimately lies in how many patients it can take in. In total, the top 10 healthcare systems cover: 1,179 hospitals; 163,155 licensed beds; and $52.3 billion in net patient revenue.
Top 10 Healthcare Systems by Bed Size
Fig 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s Hospitals & IDNs database. Number of staffed beds is from hospital self-reporting to CMS. Graphic is from the Definitive Healthcare Expert platform.
Here are some quick facts and figures about the top 5 largest U.S. health systems in descending order:
5. Tenet Healthcare
With 14,656 beds, Tenet Healthcare ranks as the fifth largest U.S. healthcare system by member hospital beds. The states of Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Michigan and Alabama have the most Tenet Healthcare hospitals.
- 14,565 staffed beds
- 85 hospitals
- 407 facilities
- 659,815 discharges
- $13.7 billion net patient revenue
4. Ascension Health
Ascension Health is the fourth largest U.S. healthcare system with 15,259 staffed member hospital beds. The faith-based organization has facilities in 26 states, concentrated in the Midwest, Southeast, and South.
- 15,259 staffed beds
- 125 hospitals
- 1,422 facilities
- 712,371 discharges
- $17.1 billion net patient revenue
3. Universal Health Services
Universal Health Services ranks third on total member beds among U.S. healthcare systems, with over 17,000 staffed beds. Its facilities are found in 41 states including Texas, Nevada, Florida, South Carolina, and California.
- 17,678 staffed beds
- 179 hospitals
- 347 facilities
- 682,410 discharges
- $9 billion net patient revenue
2. CommonSpirit Health
CHI and Dignity merged to form CommonSpirit Health, now the second largest healthcare system by bed size and total number of hospitals. The organization has 21,148 staffed beds and 196 hospitals across 23 states.
- 21,148 staffed beds
- 196 hospitals
- 857 hospitals
- 993,539 discharges
- $27.2 billion net patient revenue
1. HCA Healthcare
Ranked as the largest U.S. healthcare systems by total member hospital beds is HCA Healthcare with over 37,00 staffed beds. Its facilities cover 21 states, with the most hospitals in Texas, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Utah.
- 37,778 staffed beds
- 213 hospitals
- 1,089 facilities
- 1,882,645 discharges
- $39.9 billion net patient revenue
While Universal Health Services is considered the third largest by number of beds, this system has the lowest net patient revenue among the top 5 and the third lowest among the top 10, ranking just above the systems in the ninth and tenth spots for size.
This system is made up mostly of sub-acute care facilities with an average length of stay being 7 days. One thing that 4 out of the top 5 had in common was using Cerner as their inpatient EMR vendor; the exception being HCA Healthcare which uses Meditech .
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