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The American Hospital Association conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data below, from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey, are a sample of what you will find in AHA Hospital Statistics, 2018 edition. The definitive source for aggregate hospital data and trend analysis, AHA Hospital Statistics includes current and historical data on utilization, personnel, revenue, expenses, managed care contracts, community health indicators, physician models, and much more.

AHA Hospital Statistics is published annually by Health Forum, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.  Additional details on AHA Hospital Statistics, including order information, are available at

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  Total Number of All U.S. Registered * Hospitals


         Number of U.S. Community ** Hospitals


               Number of Nongovernment Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals


               Number of Investor-Owned (For-Profit) Community Hospitals


               Number of State and Local Government Community Hospitals


        Number of Federal Government Hospitals


        Number of Nonfederal Psychiatric Hospitals


        Number of Nonfederal Long Term Care Hospitals


        Number of Hospital Units of Institutions
        (Prison Hospitals, College Infirmaries, Etc.)




  Total Staffed Beds in All U.S. Registered * Hospitals


        Staffed Beds in Community** Hospitals


  Total Admissions in All U.S. Registered * Hospitals


        Admissions in Community** Hospitals


  Total Expenses for All U.S. Registered * Hospitals


        Expenses for Community** Hospitals




  Number of Rural Community** Hospitals


  Number of Urban Community** Hospitals




  Number of Community Hospitals in a System ***


  Number of Community Hospitals in a Network ****



*Registered hospitals are those hospitals that meet AHA's criteria for registration as a hospital facility. Registered hospitals include AHA member hospitals as well as nonmember hospitals. For a complete listing of the criteria used for registration, please see Registration Requirements for Hospitals.

**Community hospitals are defined as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. Other special hospitals include obstetrics and gynecology; eye, ear, nose, and throat; rehabilitation; orthopedic; and other individually described specialty services. Community hospitals include academic medical centers or other teaching hospitals if they are nonfederal short-term hospitals. Excluded are hospitals not accessible by the general public, such as prison hospitals or college infirmaries.

***System is defined by AHA as either a multihospital or a diversified single hospital system. A multihospital system is two or more hospitals owned, leased, sponsored, or contract managed by a central organization. Single, freestanding hospitals may be categorized as a system by bringing into membership three or more, and at least 25 percent, of their owned or leased non-hospital preacute or postacute health care organizations. System affiliation does not preclude network participation.

****Network is a group of hospitals, physicians, other providers, insurers and/or community agencies that work together to coordinate and deliver a broad spectrum of services to their community. Network participation does not preclude system affiliation.

© 2018 by Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association

Updated January 2018.



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