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.
|Rank||Definitive ID||Hospital||City||State||Share of diagnosis claims||Explore dataset|
|1||4906||Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital (FKA Vista Health Fayetteville)||Fayetteville||AR||2.80%||Explore|
|2||1008||Piedmont Eastside Medical Center (FKA Eastside Medical Center)||Snellville||GA||0.75%||Explore|
|3||2425||SSM Health St Marys Hospital - St Louis||Saint Louis||MO||0.68%||Explore|
|4||5362||Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital||Wyckoff||NJ||0.68%||Explore|
|5||5112||Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital||Baltimore||MD||0.63%||Explore|
|6||2357||Cameron Regional Medical Center||Cameron||MO||0.61%||Explore|
|7||1964||Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth||Plymouth||MA||0.58%||Explore|
|8||5525||Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital||Tulsa||OK||0.58%||Explore|
|9||3953||THOP Memorial Campus (FKA Providence Memorial Hospital)||El Paso||TX||0.55%||Explore|
|10||6363||Unity Psychiatric Care - Martin (FKA Behavioral Healthcare Center at Martin)||Martin||TN||0.55%||Explore|
|11||2608||Northern Nevada Medical Center||Sparks||NV||0.54%||Explore|
|12||273||Baptist Health - Little Rock||Little Rock||AR||0.54%||Explore|
|13||2400||Missouri Delta Medical Center||Sikeston||MO||0.54%||Explore|
|14||935||Appling HealthCare System (FKA Appling Hospital)||Baxley||GA||0.54%||Explore|
|15||2232||Lakewood Health System||Staples||MN||0.53%||Explore|
|16||928207||Assurance Health Cincinnati||Cincinnati||OH||0.53%||Explore|
|17||560438||Unity Psychiatric Care - Columbia (FKA Behavioral Healthcare Center at Columbia)||Columbia||TN||0.52%||Explore|
|18||733||Masonicare Health Center||Wallingford||CT||0.50%||Explore|
|20||1794||Tulane Medical Center||New Orleans||LA||0.50%||Explore|
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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