Top teaching hospitals by net patient revenue

One reason why the healthcare industry is such an incredible place to work is that it’s constantly on the cutting edge of change. Medical devices or treatments enter the market and make it possible for patients to recover quickly and return to their lives faster. New technology and techniques are taught that help physicians perform life-saving procedures more safely and efficiently than ever before.  

None of this innovation would be possible without teaching hospitals. Thanks to teaching hospitals, both physicians and medical students learn about these innovations and get to practice with them in a real clinical setting. Teaching hospitals not only provide education and training for future physicians but also offer essential Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs, which help active professionals develop their careers.  

Below, we have a list of the top teaching hospitals in the U.S. ranked by their net patient revenue (NPR). 

Top 20 teaching hospitals by net patient revenue 

Hospital Name 

Definitive ID 

Net Patient Revenue 

Total Patient Revenue 

# of Discharges 

Tisch Hospital 

2843 

$5,674,123,738  

$29,390,141,705  

86,448 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

3742 

$4,691,813,631  

$16,125,600,496  

60,138 

University Hospital 

2096 

$4,028,211,053  

$10,954,651,568  

45,343 

Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary's Campus 

2191 

$2,837,714,279  

$5,748,618,815  

48,836 

Duke University Hospital 

2973 

$2,675,540,231  

$8,996,018,758  

40,906 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

3571 

$2,454,906,000  

$13,262,261,573  

36,309 

University of California Davis Medical Center (AKA UC Davis Medical Center) 

515 

$2,412,137,971  

$9,501,316,056  

26,711 

University of Utah Hospital 

4222 

$2,374,684,466  

$4,920,611,788  

32,742 

Brigham and Womens Hospital 

1969 

$2,282,609,958  

$7,275,850,958  

37,821 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (AKA Ohio State University Hospital) 

3140 

$2,196,385,250  

$7,752,576,296  

48,902 

Houston Methodist Hospital (FKA the Methodist Hospital) 

4012 

$2,114,391,175  

$9,603,397,809  

36,075 

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 

1461 

$2,111,110,331  

$7,045,293,341  

30,887 

OHSU Hospital - Portland (AKA OHSU Hospital - Marquam Hill Campus) 

3421 

$2,095,415,273  

$5,126,599,807  

25,563 

Rush University Medical Center 

1149 

$1,992,372,740  

$5,228,969,416  

28,976 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital 

1135 

$1,792,009,307  

$7,596,288,666  

41,891 

Henry Ford Hospital 

2111 

$1,759,542,920  

$4,717,732,656  

31,795 

UW Medical Center - Montlake 

4374 

$1,725,110,673  

$4,477,542,066  

28,617 

UCI Medical Center (FKA UC Irvine Medical Center) 

470 

$1,469,859,922  

$5,049,478,422  

20,675 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

1970 

$1,359,617,729  

$2,951,963,731  

35,756 

Temple University Hospital 

3577 

$1,355,564,789  

$9,271,747,070  

28,750 

Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView database. Data is from October 2021 Medicare Cost Report release. Data accessed May 2022.   

Which teaching hospital has the highest net patient revenue? 

Tisch Hospital, located in New York City, ranks at the top of the list with a net patient revenue of $5,674,123,738. It’s closely followed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University Hospital, located in Tennessee and Michigan respectively. These teaching hospitals each have an NPR of approximately $4 billion.  

These results are relatively unsurprising, as nearly all these teaching hospitals are located within or near major cities. Many teaching hospitals on the list also reside in high-population states such as New York, Texas, Illinois, California and others. You can explore the heatmap below for more detailed information.  

 

 

What is a teaching hospital? 

According to the AHA, teaching hospitals “fulfill critical social missions.” These missions include teaching and training the next generation of healthcare professionals, conducting research, providing specialized clinical care to severely ill and injured patients and more.  

By partnering with medical and nursing schools and other local educational institutions and research centers, the top teaching hospitals are often at the forefront of medical innovation.  

What’s the difference between a general hospital and a teaching hospital? 

The major difference between a teaching hospital and a nonteaching hospital is that of capability. To generalize, teaching hospitals may be able to provide more specialized, higher-quality care to patients than nonteaching hospitals.  

Teaching hospitals tend to be staffed by highly qualified physicians and medical specialists in order to facilitate the research, education and training that teaching hospitals are known for. This usually means that a teaching hospital has access to cutting-edge technology and subspecialists in unique fields not available anywhere else.  

This isn’t to say that the quality of care at a nonteaching hospital is inferior. For most illnesses and injuries, a “regular” hospital will take excellent care of its patients. For rare, unique or highly complicated conditions, however, a teaching hospital is often more equipped to provide the necessary care.  

What is net patient revenue? 

Net patient revenue is the dollar amount received for all patient care performed in a hospital or health system. It’s calculated as the difference between gross patient revenue and other charges such as contractual adjustments, charity care, foundation earnings, bad debt, and more.   

Growing net patient revenue is often considered to be one of the most difficult challenges for hospitals nationwide. Between fluctuating patient volumes and decreasing reimbursement rates, improving financial performance is top-of-mind for many healthcare providers’ strategists. Healthcare commercial intelligence can help hospitals optimize revenue growth with comprehensive insights into payor claims data, patient leakage, diagnosis and procedure trends and more.   

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