Healthcare Insights

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

RankDefinitive IDHospital nameLocationDietary expensesExplore dataset
1541974NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew York, NY$68,105,711 Explore
2560UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus HeightsSan Francisco, CA$35,211,526 Explore
33003Atrium Health Carolinas Medical CenterCharlotte, NC$31,108,608 Explore
44012Houston Methodist Hospital (FKA the Methodist Hospital)Houston, TX$30,636,957 Explore
51631The University of Kansas HospitalKansas City, KS$30,248,560 Explore
62837Mount Sinai Medical Center (AKA the Mount Sinai Hospital)New York, NY$30,169,085 Explore
72096University HospitalAnn Arbor, MI$29,323,571 Explore
83421OHSU Hospital - Portland (AKA OHSU Hospital - Marquam Hill Campus)Portland, OR$28,452,332 Explore
93571Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA$28,223,598 Explore
102828Long Island Jewish Medical CenterNew Hyde Park, NY$26,632,201 Explore
11273024Montefiore Hospital - Moses CampusBronx, NY$26,405,949 Explore
123015UNC Medical Center (FKA University of North Carolina Hospitals - Memorial Hospital)Chapel Hill, NC$26,402,565 Explore
13430Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos Angeles, CA$24,623,535 Explore
14274110UK Albert B Chandler Hospital (AKA Kentucky Hospital)Lexington, KY$24,412,964 Explore
152824North Shore University HospitalManhasset, NY$24,207,282 Explore
161914The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimore, MD$23,254,048 Explore
174493University HospitalMadison, WI$23,239,427 Explore
183623Medical University of South Carolina Medical CenterCharleston, SC$23,134,089 Explore
19515University of California Davis Medical Center (AKA UC Davis Medical Center)Sacramento, CA$22,744,845 Explore
202442Barnes-Jewish HospitalSaint Louis, MO$22,425,243 Explore
212035Spectrum Health Butterworth HospitalGrand Rapids, MI$22,372,857 Explore
223930Baylor University Medical Center - DallasDallas, TX$22,290,831 Explore
233567Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (AKA CHOP)Philadelphia, PA$21,982,728 Explore
243742Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN$21,926,884 Explore
253144OhioHealth Riverside Methodist HospitalColumbus, OH$21,311,335 Explore

Fig. 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product and aggregated from the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database. Data is sourced from the April 2023 Medicare Cost Report release. Accessed April 2023.

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.

Five of the 25 hospitals on the list are located in New York and another three are in California.

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.

Learn more

Healthcare Insights are developed with healthcare commercial intelligence from the Definitive Healthcare platform. Want even more insights? Start a free trial now and get access to the latest healthcare commercial intelligence on hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers.