AHA Survey Data Offers a Comprehensive Picture of the Overall Health System

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Data from the AHA offers an overview of the hospital system from 2016.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data below, from the 2016 AHA Annual Survey, is a sample of what the AHA Hospital Statistics for 2017 offer. A definitive source for aggregated hospital data and trend analysis, the AHA Hospital Statistics include current and historical data on utilization, personnel, revenue, expenses, contracts, community health indicators and more.

AHA Hospital Statistics is published annually by Health Forum, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. Additional details on AHA Hospital Statistics can be found at on its website.

• Total Number of All U.S. Registered1 Hospitals – 5,627
• Number of U.S. Community2 Hospitals – 4,926
• Number of Nongovernment Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals – 2,870
• Number of Investor-Owned (For-Profit) Community Hospitals – 1,053
• Number of State and Local Government Community Hospitals – 1,003
• Number of Federal Government Hospitals – 213
• Number of Nonfederal Psychiatric Hospitals – 403
• Number of Nonfederal Long Term Care Hospitals – 75
• Number of Hospital Units of Institutions (Prison Hospitals, College Infirmaries, Etc.) – 10

• Total Staffed Beds in All U.S. Registered1 Hospitals – 902,202
• Staffed Beds in Community2 Hospitals – 786,874
• Total Admissions in All U.S. Registered1 Hospitals – 34,066,720
• Admissions in Community2 Hospitals – 33,066,720
• Total Expenses for All U.S. Registered1 Hospitals – $892,701,370,000
• Expenses for Community2 Hospitals – $808,869,209,000
• Number of Rural Community2 Hospitals – 1,855
• Number of Urban Community2 Hospitals – 3,071
• Number of Community Hospitals in a System3 – 3,183
• Number of Community Hospitals in a Network4 – 1, 619


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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