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Top 10 IDNs by number of staffed beds

Integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are a critical component of the U.S. healthcare industry. An IDN, or health system, is an owner and operator of healthcare facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, imaging centers and hospices.  

“Staffed beds” is a way to measure the number of beds a healthcare facility has. The more staffed beds, the more patients a healthcare facility can care for. Like total facility area, “staffed beds” measures the size of a facility and indicates healthcare facilities’ capabilities and capacity.  

We compiled a list of the top 10 IDNs by the number of staffed beds below.   

Top 10 IDNs by number of staffed beds

Rank IDN name State # of staffed beds Explore dataset
HCA Healthcare TN 41,649 Explore
Department of Veterans Affairs DC 25,384 Explore
CommonSpirit Health IL 21,722 Explore
Universal Health Services PA 21,143 Explore
Ascension Health MO 18,738 Explore
Tenet Healthcare TX 14,022 Explore
LifePoint Health TN 12,662 Explore
Trinity Health MI 12,108 Explore
Community Health Systems  TN 10,949 Explore
10 Providence St Joseph Health  WA 10,698 Explore

Fig. 1Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Hospitals & IDN database. Data accessed March 2, 2022. 

Which IDN had the highest number of staffed beds? 

HCA Healthcare was the IDN with the most staffed beds– coming in at a whopping 41,649. This puts HCA Healthcare at about 49% more staffed beds than the second-ranked IDN, the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has 25,384.  

As the number one-ranked IDN for total facility area and net patient revenue, HCA Healthcare’s ranking on this list comes as no surprise. Their facility size alone allows them the capacity to house a much greater number of staffed beds. 

Furthermore, along with HCA Healthcare, our list notes that two other Tennessee IDNs made the top 10 ranking. Once again, this is of little surprise as many consider Nashville to be among the nation’s largest healthcare hubs with its diverse amalgamation of healthcare leaders and unique specializations. 

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