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Which U.S. hospitals see the most patients for surgical care?

Surgery is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity. From ancient trephination to modern robotic procedures, the field of surgical care has come a long way over the centuries. Today, surgery is an essential component of healthcare, significantly enhancing the lives of millions of people across the globe each year.

Using data from our Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset, we’ve compiled a list of top U.S. hospitals for surgical care based on the region in which patients live, also known as patient origination. In other words, these are the hospitals most patients in the region visited for surgical care in 2022.

Healthcare providers can use patient origination data to gain insights into the preferences and behaviors of patients in different regions, such as the likelihood of traveling for care. Keep reading to see which hospitals topped the list for each region in the U.S.

Top hospitals for surgical care among patients living in the Northeast

RankHospital nameState% of surgical care patientsExplore dataset
1Mount Sinai Medical Center (AKA the Mount Sinai Hospital)NY3.2%Explore
2Baystate Medical CenterMA2.1%Explore
3Lahey Hospital & Medical Center - Burlington (FKA Lahey Clinic Hospital)MA1.7%Explore
4Reading HospitalPA1.2%Explore
5Tisch HospitalNY1.2%Explore

Top hospitals for surgical care among patients living in the Midwest

RankHospital nameState% of surgical care patientsExplore dataset
1Cleveland Clinic Main CampusOH6.3%Explore
2OhioHealth Riverside Methodist HospitalOH2.9%Explore
3IU Health Methodist HospitalIN2.0%Explore
4University HospitalMI1.6%Explore
5Parkview Regional Medical CenterIN1.5%Explore

Top hospitals for surgical care among patients living in the Southeast

RankHospital nameState% of surgical care patientsExplore dataset
1Baptist HospitalFL1.0%Explore
2Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (FKA BMC Downtown)FL0.8%Explore
3Mission Hospital - Memorial CampusNC0.8%Explore
4Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center (FKA Athens Regional Medical Center)GA0.8%Explore
5Cleveland Clinic Florida (AKA Weston Hospital)FL0.8%Explore

Top hospitals for surgical care among patients living in the Southwest

RankHospital nameState% of surgical care patientsExplore dataset
1UTMB - Texas Department of Criminal Justice HospitalTX2.8%Explore
2William P Clements Jr University Hospital (FKA UT Southwestern University Hospital - St Paul)TX2.5%Explore
3CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - TylerTX2.0%Explore
4Oklahoma Childrens Hospital at OU Health (FKA the Childrens Hospital at OU Medicine)OK1.8%Explore
5Methodist HospitalTX1.8%Explore

Top hospitals for surgical care among patients living in the West

RankHospital nameState% of surgical care patientsExplore dataset
1Stanford HospitalCA2.30%Explore
2Valley Medical CenterWA1.20%Explore
3Asante Rogue Regional Medical CenterOR1.00%Explore
4Straub Medical CenterHI0.90%Explore
5MultiCare Yakima Memorial (FKA Yakima Valley Memorial)WA0.90%Explore

Fig. 1 - Data is from the Definitive Healthcare Atlas All-Payor Claims product for calendar year 2022. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and is updated monthly. Data accessed March 2023. 

Which U.S. hospitals have the most surgical care patients?

According to our data, most patients tend to seek surgical care in the regions in which they reside. For patients who live in the Northeast, most went to Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York for surgical care in 2022, followed by Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center also in Massachusetts.

In the West, Stanford Hospital in California, Valley Medical Center in Washington, and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Oregon saw the highest percentages of patients for surgical care.

In the Southwest, most patients went to the University of Texas Medical Branch - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital for surgical procedures, followed by William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Texas, and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler in Texas.

For patients in the Southeast, Baptist Hospital in Florida, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville in Florida, and Mission Hospital – Memorial Campus in North Carolina saw the most patients for surgical care.

Finally, in the Midwest, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Ohio, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, and IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indiana led the region based on the percentage of patients seeking surgical care.

What is patient origination analysis?

Patient origination analysis looks at the origins of patients who seek medical care from a hospital or healthcare facility. This intelligence breaks down where an organization’s patients are from, providing analytical context to specific populations’ care needs and choices. With patient origination intelligence, healthcare providers can better understand their patient populations, develop new services or facilities, and optimize their outreach efforts.

What is the most common surgery in the U.S.?

Surgical care can involve a wide range of procedures, from minimally invasive surgeries like laparoscopic appendectomy, to complex surgeries like lung transplants. The most common inpatient surgical procedures in U.S. hospitals in 2022 were:

  • Arterial catheterization (AC) or cannulation for sampling, monitoring, or transfusion. Accounting for 5.5% of total surgical procedures, ACs are often inserted to closely monitor blood pressure and facilitate frequent blood sampling in surgical and critically ill patients.
  • Obstetrical care was the second-most common surgical procedure in the U.S., with 3.2% of total surgical procedures. Obstetrical care refers to all antepartum care, vaginal delivery, and postpartum care.
  • Insertion of a central venous access catheter (CVC) rounded out the top three, with 3.0% of total inpatient surgical procedures. CVCs are often inserted to administer certain medications, augment hemodynamic monitoring, and provide venous access when peripheral access is limited.

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