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Ranking the Nation’s 25 Largest Healthcare Systems by Employees

Topping the list are, the Veterans Administration and HCA, which together employee almost 200,000 people


Recently, a ranking of the nation’s top 25 healthcare systems by number of employees was published. In the number one spot is the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Department. It employs 207,000 employees. Ranked number two is HCA, Inc., the for-profit hospital corporation. It has 77,000 employees.

Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will recognize that both the VA and HCA are national healthcare systems. By contrast, New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System ranks number five on the list with 55,048 employees and its locations are clustered in and around New York City.

Of course, the clinical pathology laboratory organizations of the nation’s 25 largest healthcare systems will be proportionately among the largest in the nation as well, when ranked by number of employees. The VA operates 163 hospitals nationally, along with 1,000 outpatient clinics and centers. HCA owns 156 hospitals and 107 free-standing surgery centers.

When Dark Daily ran the list of the Top Ten Largest Healthcare Systems by Revenue, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department was ranked number one. (See Dark Daily, November 9, 2009—“Nation’s List of Top Ten Largest Healthcare Systems Include Some Surprises”) So it is not a surprise that the VA was at the top of the list again when the healthcare systems were ranked by number of employees, with 40% more full-time employees than its closest competitor, HCA.

Nation’s 25 Largest Healthcare Systems-Ranked by Employees
(Total number of full-time equivalent employees, as of 2008)

Full-Time Equivalent Employees
Hospitals
1. U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept
207,028
163
2. HCA, Inc.
107,157
156
3. Ascension Health
77,251
78
4. Community Health Systems
54,400
125
5. NY Presbyterian Healthcare System
55.048
26
6. Catholic Healthcare West
40,566
39
7. Tenet Healthcare Corp.
35,422
52
8. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
34,172
35
9. New York City Health and Hosp Corp.
33,265
13
10. Partners HealthCare System
32,045
12
11. Trinity Health
31,567
24
12. Catholic Health Initiatives
29,123
53
13. Cleveland Clinic
27,914
12
14. Providence Health & Services
26,809
26
15. Adventist Health System
26, 504
30
16. Universal Health Services
26,339
68
17. University of California
25,947
9
18. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hlth Sys
24,966
12
19. Health Management Associates
24,904
59
20. Catholic Health East
24,113
24
21. Sutter Health
23,282
35
22. University of Texas System
22,732
5
23. Catholic Healthcare Partners
21, 403
32
24. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
20,920
16
25. Banner Health
19,791
23
(Source: American Hospital Directory, Modern Healthcare)
Editor’s Note: Banner Health states that as of 8-25-10 they have 36,000 employees

The ranking of the top 25 healthcare systems by the number of full-time employees presented above demonstrates how consolidation of hospital ownership that began in the second half of the 1990s has reshaped the hospital industry. Size matters.

Another useful insight is that the New York City metropolitan area, including Long Island, contains four of the 25 largest healthcare systems in the United States, when ranked by number of employees. It is a confirmation that this regional healthcare market continues to be one of the largest in the nation. –Karen Branz

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2 Responses to “Ranking the Nation’s 25 Largest Healthcare Systems by Employees”

  1. Win Quibids says:

    Terrific post. Thanks.

  2. Tim says:

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