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Top 20 hospitals by Alzheimer's diagnoses

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects memory, cognition, and behavior. While Alzheimer’s has no cure, certain treatments can improve symptoms and slow the disease’s progress, especially when diagnosed early.

Using our HospitalView database, we’ve ranked the top hospitals in the U.S. by their relative share of initial patient visits for Alzheimer’s through 2021.

Top hospitals by Alzheimer's diagnosis volume

RankDefinitive IDHospitalCityStateShare of diagnosis claimsExplore dataset
14906Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital (FKA Vista Health Fayetteville)FayettevilleAR2.80%Explore
21008Piedmont Eastside Medical Center (FKA Eastside Medical Center)SnellvilleGA0.75%Explore
32425SSM Health St Marys Hospital - St LouisSaint LouisMO0.68%Explore
45362Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric HospitalWyckoffNJ0.68%Explore
55112Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & HospitalBaltimoreMD0.63%Explore
62357Cameron Regional Medical CenterCameronMO0.61%Explore
71964Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - PlymouthPlymouthMA0.58%Explore
85525Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and HospitalTulsaOK0.58%Explore
93953THOP Memorial Campus (FKA Providence Memorial Hospital)El PasoTX0.55%Explore
106363Unity Psychiatric Care - Martin (FKA Behavioral Healthcare Center at Martin)MartinTN0.55%Explore
112608Northern Nevada Medical CenterSparksNV0.54%Explore
12273Baptist Health - Little RockLittle RockAR0.54%Explore
132400Missouri Delta Medical CenterSikestonMO0.54%Explore
14935Appling HealthCare System (FKA Appling Hospital)BaxleyGA0.54%Explore
152232Lakewood Health SystemStaplesMN0.53%Explore
16928207Assurance Health CincinnatiCincinnatiOH0.53%Explore
17560438Unity Psychiatric Care - Columbia (FKA Behavioral Healthcare Center at Columbia)ColumbiaTN0.52%Explore
18733Masonicare Health CenterWallingfordCT0.50%Explore
193117Euclid HospitalEuclidOH0.50%Explore
201794Tulane Medical CenterNew OrleansLA0.50%Explore

Fig 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. Annual Medicare Data is from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Standard Analytical Files (SAF).

Which hospitals had the most Alzheimer’s diagnoses?

Out of 2,354 hospitals, we found 810 that filed claims for Alzheimer’s diagnoses from January through June 2022. These claims represent 30,444 initial visits for Alzheimer’s diagnoses.

Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas ranks first with 0.76% of total visits.

Piedmont Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia, comes in a close second with 0.75% of total visits. In third is SSM Health St Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, with 0.68% of total visits.

While these figures may seem small considering the prevalence of Alzheimer’s (around 5.8 million Americans over the age of 65 live with the disease), it’s worth noting that they only represent principal diagnoses—in other words, diagnoses for which a patient has specifically been admitted to the hospital.

Through June 2022, we tracked more than 160,000 additional secondary diagnoses of Alzheimer’s, which represent Alzheimer’s diagnoses made during a hospital visit for another issue.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Dementia is a general term for cognitive impairment severe enough to limit independent living. Symptoms of dementia may include loss of memory, reasoning, communication, or other cognitive skills.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, representing about 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is caused by changes to the brain and cellular damage. The presence of amyloid plaque in the brain is an indicator of the disease, and the only currently approved treatment for Alzheimer’s (aducanumab) works by removing this plaque.

Other types of dementia include Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia.

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