Top 20 largest California hospitals with the most staffed beds

California is by far the largest state in the country, with a population of nearly 40 million people as of 2022. According to Definitive Healthcare data, California also has the most hospitals of any state in the U.S. with 561 active facilities.

Using Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product, we created a list of the largest hospitals in California ranked by their number of staffed beds.

California hospitals by number of staffed beds

Rank Hospital Name City # of Staffed Beds # of Discharges
1 DSH - Metropolitan Norwalk 1,004 583
2 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles 882 50,098
3 Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose 827 29,960
4 UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights San Francisco 785 33,309
5 Community Regional Medical Center Fresno 663 35,961
6 Fontana Medical Center Fontana 626 21,861
7 University of California Davis Medical Center Sacramento 613 26,137
8 LAC & USC Medical Center Los Angeles 596 29,768
9 Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center San Diego 596 24,064
10 Stanford Hospital Stanford 554 28,661
11 Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo Mission Viejo 523 15,318
12 Sutter Medical Center - Ose Adams Medical Pavilion Sacramento 523 28,351
13 John Muir Health - Walnut Creek Medical Center Walnut Creek 506 20,838
14 West Los Angeles VA Medical Center Los Angeles 500 N/A
15 Huntington Hospital Pasadena 499 22,564
16 Torrance Memorial Medical Center Torrance 493 22,613
17 Los Angeles Medical Center Los Angeles 492 20,733
18 Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego San Diego 487 28,681
19 Emanate Health Inter-Community Hospital Covina 481 20,453
20 Riverside Community Hospital Riverside 478 22,856

Fig. 1  - Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product. Data is accurate as of October 2022.

Which California hospital has the most staffed beds?

The hospital with the most staffed beds in California is DHS - Metropolitan (Department of State Hospitals). This facility, located in Norwalk, California, has 1,004 staffed beds but only 583 patient discharges as of October 2022.

This low number of discharges may be because DSH - Metropolitan is a psychiatric hospital, designed to treat patients with severe mental health conditions. According to the facility’s website, this hospital serves patients who may be unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for themselves. DSH -Metropolitan also treats people with mental health disorders who have been charged with a crime and are unable to defend themselves in a rational manner or understand court proceedings. Because of this, patients are very rarely discharged from the facility.

In second place is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. One of the largest and most well-respected hospitals in the country, Cedars-Sinai has 882 staffed beds. According to the U.S News and World Report, Cedars-Sinai is currently ranked as the best hospital in California and the second-best hospital in the country. Cedar-Sinai Medical Center has significantly more discharges than any other hospital on the list. That is likely due to its high bed utilization rate (nearly 83%), its reputation as a top hospital, and its location in Los Angeles, the largest city in California with nearly 4 million residents.

Third place in our ranking is Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. They have 827 staffed beds and have also been awarded numerous accolades over the years.

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