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 

$6,273,707,636  

$34,521,586,839  

89,174 

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center 

541974 

$5,734,047,089  

$20,326,788,428  

102,654 

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus 

3120 

$5,241,664,591  

$16,959,307,334  

48,583 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

3742 

$4,691,813,631  

$16,125,600,496  

60,138 

UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights 

560 

$4,606,030,749  

$18,005,576,431  

33,309 

Stanford Hospital 

588 

$4,183,895,185  

$24,973,914,387  

28,661 

University Hospital 

2096 

$4,028,211,053  

$10,954,651,568  

45,343 

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 

4017 

$3,982,982,020  

$8,772,955,412  

26,908 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 

430 

$3,550,379,003  

$21,200,081,130  

50,098 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 

2846 

$3,417,060,157  

$8,955,837,339  

22,803 

Massachusetts General Hospital 

1973 

$3,376,488,407  

$11,200,803,905  

46,219 

Yale New Haven Hospital 

731 

$3,238,519,875  

$10,885,895,300  

58,034 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

3571 

$2,851,500,619  

$15,378,915,176  

37,697 

Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus 

2191 

$2,837,714,279  

$5,748,618,815  

48,836 

Brigham and Womens Hospital 

1969 

$2,707,497,042  

$8,622,860,042  

40,825 

Strong Memorial Hospital 

2818 

$2,702,464,192  

$6,054,880,853  

37,802 

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

515 

$2,683,028,902  

$10,672,719,489  

26,137 

Duke University Hospital 

2973 

$2,675,540,231  

$8,996,018,758  

40,906 

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center 

3003 

$2,485,398,176  

$9,085,603,529  

56,935 

UC San Diego Medical Center 

550 

$2,476,193,001  

$8,386,468,663  

34,103 

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 net patient revenue of $6,273,707,636. It’s closely followed by New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, located in New York and Ohio respectively. These teaching hospitals each have an NPR of over $5 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.  

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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