Top 10 hospitals by facility square footage in California  

California is the most populated state in the U.S. and also recognized as one of the top five best states for healthcare. Its 561 hospitals across the state help it provide high-quality, critical healthcare services to its people. 

Explore which of the hospitals in California rank highest for total facility square footage.  

California hospitals with the greatest facility square footage  

Rank Hospital Name Hospital Type City Total Facility Square Footage
1 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Short Term Acute Care Hospital Los Angeles 3,745,428
2 Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Short Term Acute Care Hospital San Jose 3,438,172
3 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 2,689,018
4 UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights Short Term Acute Care Hospital San Francisco 2,352,259
5 El Camino Hospital - Mountain View Campus Short Term Acute Care Hospital Mountain View 2,253,943
6 UC San Diego Medical Center Short Term Acute Care Hospital San Diego 2,103,871
7 Eisenhower Health Short Term Acute Care Hospital Rancho Mirage 1,689,903
8 CHOC Children’s Main Campus - Orange Children’s Hospital Orange 1,578,802
9 University of California Davis Medical Center Short Term Acute Care Hospital Sacramento 1,478,262
10 Community Regional Medical Center Short Term Acute Care Hospital Fresno 1,439,486

Fig. 1Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product. Data is accurate as of July 2022. 

Which hospital has the most facility square footage? 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles has the most facility square footage, with 3,745,428. Second on the list is Santa Clara Valley Medical Center of San Jose, with 3,438,172. The third is Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with 2,689,018. 

A few of the hospitals on the list, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of California Davis Medical Center, made the list of best hospitals in California. In addition, both children’s hospitals rank in the top five best children’s hospitals in California. The prestige of these hospitals may increase demand for their services and thus create a need for more space in their facilities.  

Across the top 10 hospitals, there is a total of 22,769,144 facility square feet, with an average of 2,276,914. 

What is a short-term acute care hospital? 

80% of the hospitals on the list are short-term acute care hospitals. In fact, 47% of the hospitals that Definitive Healthcare tracks are short-term acute care hospitals.  

Short-term acute care hospitals care for patients presenting with short-term injuries or illnesses. Healthcare providers typically offer treatment in either brief inpatient visits or outpatient visits. This type of hospital is the “standard” for hospitals in the U.S., as they are the most common type. 

What is total facility square footage? 

Total facility square footage refers to the amount of space within a healthcare organization’s facilities and fixtures. Total facility square footage can give valuable insight into the governance, cost, and operations of a hospital.  

Theoretically, the more square footage a healthcare facility has, the more opportunity they have to utilize space and offer medical services.  

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