Top 25 hospitals by dietary expenses
Meals and nutrition are an important part of a hospital patient’s recovery. Hospital dietary expenses include the costs of preparing meals for patients and the metric is used to target and segment facilities across the country.
Using data from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product, we put together a list of the top 25 U.S. hospitals by dietary expenses. Data is sourced from the Medicare Cost Report and aggregated from the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database.
Top U.S. hospitals by dietary and meal preparation expenses
|Rank||Definitive ID||Hospital name||Location||Dietary expenses||Explore dataset|
|1||541974||NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center||New York, NY||$68,105,711||Explore|
|2||560||UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights||San Francisco, CA||$35,211,526||Explore|
|3||3003||Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center||Charlotte, NC||$31,108,608||Explore|
|4||4012||Houston Methodist Hospital (FKA the Methodist Hospital)||Houston, TX||$30,636,957||Explore|
|5||1631||The University of Kansas Hospital||Kansas City, KS||$30,248,560||Explore|
|6||2837||Mount Sinai Medical Center (AKA the Mount Sinai Hospital)||New York, NY||$30,169,085||Explore|
|7||2096||University Hospital||Ann Arbor, MI||$29,323,571||Explore|
|8||3421||OHSU Hospital - Portland (AKA OHSU Hospital - Marquam Hill Campus)||Portland, OR||$28,452,332||Explore|
|9||3571||Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||$28,223,598||Explore|
|10||2828||Long Island Jewish Medical Center||New Hyde Park, NY||$26,632,201||Explore|
|11||273024||Montefiore Hospital - Moses Campus||Bronx, NY||$26,405,949||Explore|
|12||3015||UNC Medical Center (FKA University of North Carolina Hospitals - Memorial Hospital)||Chapel Hill, NC||$26,402,565||Explore|
|13||430||Cedars-Sinai Medical Center||Los Angeles, CA||$24,623,535||Explore|
|14||274110||UK Albert B Chandler Hospital (AKA Kentucky Hospital)||Lexington, KY||$24,412,964||Explore|
|15||2824||North Shore University Hospital||Manhasset, NY||$24,207,282||Explore|
|16||1914||The Johns Hopkins Hospital||Baltimore, MD||$23,254,048||Explore|
|17||4493||University Hospital||Madison, WI||$23,239,427||Explore|
|18||3623||Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center||Charleston, SC||$23,134,089||Explore|
|19||515||University of California Davis Medical Center (AKA UC Davis Medical Center)||Sacramento, CA||$22,744,845||Explore|
|20||2442||Barnes-Jewish Hospital||Saint Louis, MO||$22,425,243||Explore|
|21||2035||Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital||Grand Rapids, MI||$22,372,857||Explore|
|22||3930||Baylor University Medical Center - Dallas||Dallas, TX||$22,290,831||Explore|
|23||3567||Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (AKA CHOP)||Philadelphia, PA||$21,982,728||Explore|
|24||3742||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||Nashville, TN||$21,926,884||Explore|
|25||3144||OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital||Columbus, OH||$21,311,335||Explore|
Which hospitals have the highest dietary expenses?
NewYork/Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center ranks first for the highest hospital dietary expenses at $68.1 million. The hospital has the highest hospital operating expenses among U.S. hospitals and is a top hospital in New York.
UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights is next on the list, with dietary expenses of $35.2 million. The hospital is a top public hospital in the country and one of the top hospitals in California. In third is Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, another top public hospital and the second-largest hospital in North Carolina by net patient revenue.
How much do hospitals spend on food preparation for patients?
Based on data from more than 4,200 hospitals in HospitalView, average hospital dietary expenses are about $2.4 million. In comparison, hospitals on the top 25 list have average dietary and food preparation expenses of $28.6 million.
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