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Who Buys Source

Of the total number of short-stay hospital discharges in 2010 (most current year available), women accounted for 59.5% while men made up 40.5% of the total.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Percentage of short-stay hospital discharges in 2010 (most current year available), by age bracket: Under 15 years, 5.6%; 15-44 years, 28.6%; 45-64 years, 27.1%; 65+ years, 38.7%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Distribution of hospital emergency room visits in 2010 (most current year available), by age bracket: Under 15 years, 19.6%; 15-24 years, 16.0%; 25-44 years, 27.9%; 45-64 years, 21.5%; 65+ years, 15.0%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Females accounted for 59.6% of hospital outpatient visits, and 55.1% of hospital emergency room visits in 2010 (most current year available).

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Distribution of hospital outpatient visits in 2010, by race/ethnicity: White, 62.6%; Black, 18.4%; Hispanic or Latino (can be of any race), 15.5%; other, 3.5%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Distribution of outpatient hospital visits in 2010 (most current year available), by age group: Under 15 years, 21.0%; 15-24 years, 10.4%; 25-44 years, 21.3%; 45-64 years, 27.5%; 65+ years, 19.8%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Distribution of emergency room visits in 2010 (most current year available), by race/ethnicity: White, 61.6%; Black, 20.9%; Hispanic or Latino (may be of any race), 14.6%; other, 2.9%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

When They Buy Source

The average length of stay for patients in U.S. short-stay hospitals in 2010 was 4.8 days in 2010, compared to 4.9 days in 2000 and 6.4 days in 1990.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Share of hospital emergency department visits in 2010 (most current year available), by season: Winter, 23.8%; Spring, 25.7%; Summer, 26.8%; Fall, 23.7%.
 

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Why They Buy Source

The leading reasons for visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2010 (most current year available): 1. Stomach and abdominal pain; 2. Chest pain and related symptoms; 3. Fever; 4. Headache; 5. Back symptoms; 6. Shortness of breath; 7. Cough; 8. Pain (unspecific); 9. Vomiting; 10. Symptoms referable to throat.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

How They Buy Source

Chronic conditions cited most often as reasons for visits to hospital outpatient departments in 2010 (most current year available): 1. Hypertension; 2. Hyperlipidemia; 3. Diabetes; 4. Depression; 5. Arthritis; 6. Obesity; 7. (tie) Cancer and Asthma; 9. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease); 10. Osteoporosis.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Primary sources of payment for emergency department visits in 2010 (most current year available) (total exceeds 100% because more than one source of payment may have been reported per visit): Private insurance, 36.9%; Medicaid/State Children's Health Insurance Program, 31.4%; Medicare, 17.4%; self-pay, 15.1%; worker's compensation, 1.2%; other, 3.7%; unknown, 4.7%; no charge or charity, 1.4%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

What They Buy Source

Principal reasons for hospital outpatient visits in 2010 (most current year available): 1. Progress visit, not otherwise specified; 2. General medical examination; 3. Prenatal examination, routine; 4. Diabetes mellitus; 5. Medication, other and unspecified kinds; 6. (tie) Cough; Counseling, not otherwise specified; Postoperative visit; 9. (tie) Stomach and abdominal pain; Symptoms referable to throat.  

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Providers seen at outpatient department hospital visits (more than one answer possible) in 2010 (most current year available): Any physician, 76.3%; R.N. or L.P.N., 45.2%; nurse practitioner/midwife, 11.2%; physician assistant, 7.6%; mental health provider, 2.6%; other provider, 22.9%.

National Center for Health Statistics, 2013

Where They Buy Source

HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) ranks as the largest for-profit hospital operator in the U.S., with roughly 160 hospitals and 110 ambulatory surgery centers in the U.S. and England. HCA has facilities in 20 states (approximately half are in Florida and Texas) and generated revenues of $33.0 billion in 2012, up 1.6% from the prior year.

Hoover's, 2013

Among the other large for-profit hospital chains in the U.S. are: Community Health Systems, Inc., 135 hospitals in 29 states (2012 revenues of $13.0 billion, down 4.4% from 2011); Tenet Healthcare, 50 facilities in 10 states (2012 revenues of $9.1 billion, 3.1% higher than 2011); Health Management Associates, with approximately 70 hospitals and 470 clinics in 15 states (2012 revenues of $5.9 billion, 1.3% higher than 2011); and LifePoint Hospitals, with 56 hospitals in 18 states (2012 revenues of $4.6 billion, up 53.4% from the previous year).

Hoover's, 2013

Ascension Health ranks as the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S., with a network consisting of more than 80 Roman Catholic hospitals in addition to nursing homes, psychiatric wards and other healthcare facilities in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension Health had 2012 revenues of $5.2 billion.

Hoover's, 2013

Breakdown of the total number of of U.S. hospitals in 2011, by category: Community hospitals, 4,973 (includes 2,903 non-government, not-for-profit community hospitals, 1,045 state and local government community hospitals, and 1,025 investor-owned, for-profit, community hospitals); federal government hospitals, 208; non-federal psychiatric hospitals, 421; non-federal long-term care hospitals, 112; hospital units of institutions, 10 (prison hospitals, college infirmaries, etc.).

American Hospital Association, 2013

States generating the most spending (total expenditures minus bad debt) on hospital services in 2011 (totals in billions): 1. California, $77.3; 2. New York, $58.5; 3. Texas, $45.6; 4. Florida, $36.9; 5. Pennsylvania, $35.2; 6. Ohio, $32.6; 7. Illinois, $29.8; 8. Michigan, $25.3; 9. Massachusetts, $23.1; 10. North Carolina, $20.1; 11. New Jersey, $18.2; 12. Missouri, $17.2.

American Hospital Association, 2013

The top grossing hospitals in the U.S., based on 2012 gross revenue (totals in billions): 1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, $11.87; 2. Cleveland Clinic, $10.51; 3. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), $9.40; 4. Florida Hospital Orlando, $8.81; 5. Stanford (CA) Hospital, $8.55; 6. New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NY City), $8.37; 7. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), $7.41; 8. Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital (Bronx, NY), $6.96; 9. University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Parnassus, $6.88; 10. Orlando (FL) Regional Medical Center, $6.70.

Becker's Hospital Review, 2013

States with the greatest number of hospital jobs in 2011 (both full-time and part-time): California, 499,739; New York, 435,963; Texas, 338,472; Pennsylvania, 285,235; Florida, 284,138; Ohio, 281,692; Illinois, 237,624; Michigan, 206,696; Massachusetts, 184,839; North Carolina, 171,445. 

American Hospital Association, 2013

Business Trends Source

The number of admissions to community hospitals in the U.S. totaled 34.8 million in 2011, compared to 35.8 million in 2008 and 35.4 million in 2006.

American Hospital Association, 2013

The overall number of community hospitals in the U.S. stood at 4,973 in 2011, compared to 5,010 in 2008 and 4,927 in 2006. In 1988, there were 5,533 community hospitals in America.

American Hospital Association, 2013

There were 797,403 staffed beds in community hospitals in 2011, compared to 808,069 in 208 and 802,658 in 2006. In 1988, there were 944,276 beds in American community hospitals.

American Hospital Association, 2013

Of the approximately 6,500 hospitals in the U.S., around 75% are not-for-profit institutions. Most doctor offices, nursing homes, outpatient and urgent care centers, and day care facilities are run as for-profit enterprises.

Hoover's, 2013

According to a 2013 survey by Health Facilities Management magazine, types of specialty hospitals planned for construction: Cancer treatment hospital, 27%; children's hospital, 20%; heart hospital, 18%; behavioral health center/psychiatric hospital, 17%; orthopedic hospital, 14%; rehabilitation hospital, 14%; women's hospital, 14%.

Health Facilities Management, 2013