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Top U.S. hospitals by laundry expenses

Clean and sanitized medical linens such as hospital bedding, patient gowns and garments, and medical professional attire keep patients safe and help facilities manage infection control.

Using data from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product, the list below outlines the top 25 hospitals in the United States by laundry and linen expenditures. Data is sourced from the Medicare Cost Report (MCR) and aggregated from the most recent 12-month interval tracked in our database.

Top 25 hospitals by laundry and linen expenditures

RankDefinitive IDHospital nameLocationLaundry and linen service costsExplore dataset
1541974NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew York, NY$15,370,113 Explore
2430Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos Angeles, CA$10,599,494 Explore
3273024Montefiore Hospital - Moses CampusBronx, NY$10,542,262 Explore
42708Presbyterian HospitalAlbuquerque, NM$10,343,485 Explore
5560UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus HeightsSan Francisco, CA$9,177,940 Explore
62415SSM Health St Joseph Hospital - St CharlesSt Charles, MO$8,550,899 Explore
7395Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical CenterLos Angeles, CA$7,122,342 Explore
8476LAC & USC Medical CenterLos Angeles, CA$6,997,261 Explore
92976Wake Forest Baptist Medical CenterWinston Salem, NC$6,703,964 Explore
104534Aurora St Luke's Medical Center of Aurora Health Care MetroMilwaukee, WI$6,542,669 Explore
111772Ochsner Medical Center - Main CampusNew Orleans, LA$6,313,335 Explore
121914The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimore, MD$5,933,014 Explore
133571Hospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA$5,723,933 Explore
14814St Joseph's HospitalTampa, FL$5,707,386 Explore
15744Christiana HospitalNewark, DE$5,683,791 Explore
16996Grady Health System (AKA Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation)Atlanta, GA$5,677,433 Explore
173120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusCleveland, OH$5,413,373 Explore
184529Froedtert HospitalMilwaukee, WI$5,318,991 Explore
192610Renown Regional Medical CenterReno, NV$5,263,383 Explore
202828Long Island Jewish Medical CenterNew Hyde Park, NY$5,246,169 Explore
2181Huntsville HospitalHuntsville, AL$5,217,077 Explore
222915Stony Brook University HospitalStony Brook, NY$5,129,544 Explore
23967Wellstar Kennestone HospitalMarietta, GA$5,100,683 Explore
243567Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (AKA CHOP)Philadelphia, PA$4,890,872 Explore
252653Cooper University Hospital (AKA Cooper University Health Care)Camden, NJ$4,873,433 Explore

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

Which U.S. hospital has the highest laundry and linen costs?

NewYork/Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center has the highest hospital laundry costs at more than $15.3 million. It is a top hospital in New York, a leading academic medical center in the nation, and has the highest hospital operating expenses.

Second on the list is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – a top hospital in both the city of the Los Angeles as well as in the state of California. In third is Montefiore Hospital - Moses Campus, one of the largest hospitals in the country by staffed beds.

How much do hospitals spend on laundry services?

The average cost for hospital laundry and medical linen services is nearly $500,000, based on data from more than 4,700 hospitals with this figure reported in HospitalView.

In comparison, the top 25 hospitals on this list average $6.9 million in hospital laundry expense each year.

What is included in hospital laundry expenses?

The laundry and linen cost center metric represents the cost of routine hospital laundry and medical linen services whether performed in-house or by outside contractors such as medical suppliers.

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