Top 20 hospitals using locum tenens providers
With hospitals and doctor offices facing unprecedented staffing shortages, they’re relying more on contract labor and temporary healthcare staffing agencies to meet patient care needs.
Locum tenens physicians, nurses and other clinicians fill some of these service gaps by working on contract or through temp agencies as supplemental care providers. Locum tenens clinicians usually work across multiple healthcare facilities.
How many hospitals use locum tenens physicians?
Using data from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView and PhysicianView products, we analyzed hospitals by their use of locum tenens healthcare providers (HCPs). In 2021, nearly 6,000 hospitals utilized locums providers to temporarily staff their facilities.
The following list shows the hospitals that used the most locum tenens providers in 2021.
20 hospitals with the highest number of locum tenens providers
||Number of Beds
||Number of locum tenens HCPs
||CHRISTUS Ochsner St Patrick Hospital
||Lake Charles, LA
||CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Shoreline
||Corpus Christi, TX
||CHRISTUS Southeast Texas - St Elizabeth
||CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville
||CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center
||San Antonio, TX
||Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
||Kansas City, MO
||MedStar Washington Hospital Center
||MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
||Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
||Grundy County Memorial Hospital
||Grundy Center, IA
||Sibley Memorial Hospital
||Saint Luke's South Hospital
||Overland Park, KS
||Saint Luke's East Hospital
||Lees Summit, MO
||Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
||CHRISTUS St Frances Cabrini Hospital
||Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis
||Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary's Campus
Fig. 1 Data from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView and PhysicianView products for calendar year 2021 based on proprietary research. Data is accurate as of June 2022.
Which hospitals use the most locum tenens physicians?
The five hospitals that used the most locum tenens healthcare providers in 2021 are CHRISTUS Health facilities. CHRISTUS Health is one of the largest health systems by operating expense. Each of these five facilities used more than 2,000 locums providers. The number six hospital, Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama used about 1,800 locum tenens in 2021.
On average, the top 20 hospitals on this list each used more than 1,580 locum tenens providers in 2021. Four of the hospitals are in Texas and three are in Washington, DC. The average bed size of these organizations is 419 beds.
What is a locum tenens physician?
Locum tenens refers to healthcare providers that work on short-term or a contractual basis. The term comes from the Latin phrase for “to substitute for”. These providers temporarily staff clinical positions when another provider is on leave, takes a sabbatical or changes employment.
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