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Top California hospitals by total discharges

With more than 39 million citizens, California is the largest state by population in the U.S.

How many hospitals are in California?

Definitive Healthcare tracks more than 7,300 active hospitals in our HospitalView product. Just over 500 of these hospitals, or 7%, are in California, which has the second most hospitals by state behind Texas.

How many patients are discharged from California hospitals each year?

Based on the most recent data from the 511 California hospitals in HospitalView, the state had just over 3 million patient discharges for an average number of annual discharges of 7,590 per hospital.

The following is a list of hospitals in California with the highest number of patient discharges. This data is updated quarterly from Medicare Cost Report data and the figure represents an annual number of discharges for the facility.

Hospitals with the most discharges in California

RankDefinitive IDHospital nameCityNumber of annual dischargesNumber of staffed bedsExplore dataset
1430Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos Angeles50,098882Explore
2325Community Regional Medical CenterFresno35,961663Explore
3550UC San Diego Medical CenterSan Diego34,103381Explore
4560UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus HeightsSan Francisco33,309785Explore
5545Sharp Memorial HospitalSan Diego30,996459Explore
6596Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterSan Jose29,960827Explore
7476LAC & USC Medical CenterLos Angeles29,768596Explore
8467Hoag Hospital Newport BeachNewport Beach29,573443Explore
9544Scripps Mercy Hospital San DiegoSan Diego28,681487Explore
10588Stanford HospitalStanford28,661554Explore
11508Sutter Medical Center - Ose Adams Medical PavilionSacramento27,198501Explore
12515University of California Davis Medical CenterSacramento26,137613Explore
13326Saint Agnes Medical CenterFresno25,525385Explore
14551Sharp Grossmont HospitalLa Mesa25,330448Explore
15519Loma Linda University Medical CenterLoma Linda23,070469Explore
16506Riverside Community HospitalRiverside22,856478Explore
17535Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical CenterSan Diego22,697596Explore
18399Torrance Memorial Medical CenterTorrance22,613493Explore
19403Huntington HospitalPasadena22,564499Explore
20553293Kaiser Permanente - Roseville Medical CenterRoseville22,105340Explore
21526Fontana Medical CenterFontana21,861626Explore

Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product and sourced from the Medicare Cost Report. Data accurate as of May 2022.

Which hospital in California has the most discharges?

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has about 50,000 patient discharges annually. The hospital also has the second highest number of staffed beds in the state. Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno had the second most discharges at nearly 36,000. The top 20 hospitals in California by total discharges account for 593,000 discharges, nearly 20% of all patient discharges in the state.

Why are patient discharge volumes important?

The number of patients discharged from a hospital is a clinical metric that indicates the volume of patients seen on an annual basis. It can be used to compare things like bed size, costs and net revenue to understand staffing, workload and financial implications.

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