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Top hospitals in Massachusetts by number of beds

Despite its small geographical size, Massachusetts is home to some of the best hospitals in the U.S. Its population of nearly seven million people is also ranked second in the country for overall healthiness.

How many hospitals are in Massachusetts?

As of November 2023, Definitive Healthcare tracked 128 active hospitals in Massachusetts. However, this is just a small fraction of the more than 7,300 active U.S. hospitals that we track in our HospitalView product.

Using HospitalView, we created a list of the largest hospitals in Massachusetts ranked by their number of staffed beds, according to the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database.

Massachusetts hospitals with the highest number of staffed beds

RankDefinitive IDMA Hospital NameCity# of Staffed BedsExplore dataset
11973Massachusetts General HospitalBoston997Explore
21969Brigham and Womens HospitalBoston812Explore
31940Baystate Medical CenterSpringfield728Explore
41970Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston705Explore
56261Hebrew SeniorLife - Hebrew Rehabilitation CenterBoston667Explore
61981UMass Memorial Medical Center - University CampusWorcester657Explore
75375Tewksbury HospitalTewksbury540Explore
81979Boston Childrens HospitalBoston485Explore
9274099West Roxbury VA Medical CenterWest Roxbury448Explore
10274100Brockton VA Medical CenterBrockton448Explore
111976Boston Medical CenterBoston440Explore
12550047St Lukes HospitalNew Bedford391Explore
131947Lowell General Hospital - Main CampusLowell390Explore
141966Tufts Medical CenterBoston385Explore
151960South Shore HospitalSouth Weymouth374Explore
161956Lahey Hospital & Medical Center - Burlington Burlington335Explore
171927Charlton Memorial HospitalFall River328Explore
181936Holy Family Hospital - MethuenMethuen293Explore
195571Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital Worcester293Explore
205602Lemuel Shattuck HospitalJamaica Plain273Explore

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

Which Massachusetts hospitals have the most staffed beds?

Massachusetts General Hospital has the highest staffed bed count among hospitals in the state, with 997. Also known as Mass General, this Boston hospital is a leading academic medical center, magnet hospital, and research facility. Additionally, the facility is ranked as the top hospital in Massachusetts by net patient revenue and number of discharges.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has the second-highest number of staffed beds among Massachusetts hospitals, with 812. Another leading academic medical center in Boston, Brigham and Women’s Hospital is part of the same integrated delivery network (IDN) as Mass General, Mass General Brigham. As the second largest hospital in Massachusetts, this facility also ranked second in the state by both net patient revenue and number of discharges.

Rounding out the top three is Baystate Medical Center, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. This facility has 728 staffed beds and is another leading independent academic medical center. Baystate Medical Center also serves as one of the primary teaching hospitals for the UMass Chan Medical School and is home to the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the entire western part of the state.

Most of the top Massachusetts hospitals on this list are short-term acute care hospitals. The rest are VA hospitals, a children's hospital, and a psychiatric hospital. Seven are located in Boston, and two are in Worcester. The average number of staffed beds for these 20 hospitals is 499 beds.

Based on the most recent data from the 128 Massachusetts hospitals in HospitalView, the average number of staffed beds statewide is 176.

Why is the number of beds important when selling to hospitals?

There are many factors to consider when selling a product or service to a hospital. Different metrics can provide vital information about a hospital’s operational capabilities and overall efficiency. Understanding the number of staffed beds in a hospital can give you an overall picture of the size and capacity of the facility.

A staffed bed refers to a licensed and physically available bed that, should it be occupied by a patient, has the staff on hand to attend. Essentially, staffed beds are set up and ready to be used by patients. The number of staffed beds may differ from the number of licensed beds a hospital can operate, making it a better metric for you to measure a facility’s overall size.

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