With up to 3,500 beds, these are long-established and respected hospitals

When Dark Daily recently published a list of the Top Ten Largest Health Care Systems  in the United States, not only was it a popular topic, but many readers asked us to present a similar list for European hospitals. Dark Daily is glad to oblige and presents below a list of the Top Ten Largest Hospitals in Europe, ranked on bed size.

Probably the most interesting point about this list is that every hospital on this list of the Top Ten Largest Hospitals in Europe has more beds than the single largest hospital in the United States. At 1,550 beds, Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, Florida, is generally recognized as the largest hospital in the United States, based on number of beds.

By contrast, among the top ten largest hospitals in Europe tenth place is held by two hospitals, each which has 1,800 beds. Tied for tenth place on the European list is LKH Klagenfurt in Austria and University Medical Center Freiburg in Germany.

This table shows a wide variation in staff ratios among the largest European hospitals. For example, there was a ratio of 2.1 employees-per-bed for the Clinical Centre of Serbia, compared to 7.3 employees-per-bed for Sahlgrenska University Hospital. In the United States, the average number of employees-per-bed is about 5.63, according to the American Hospital Association.

Largest Acute Care Hospitals in Europe
(ranked by number of patient beds)

Beds
Employees
1. Clinical Centre of Serbia
3,500
7,500
2. Charite – Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Germany
3,213
12,800
3. Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland
2,600
13,700
4. Motol University Hospital, Czech Republic
2,410
5,424
5. Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
2,300
17,000
6. Vienna General Hospital, Austria
2,189
8,837
7. Semmelweis University Hospital, Hungary
2,096
8. University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland
2,096
8,451
9. University Hospital Pilsen, Czech Republic
1,838
4,035
10. LKH Klagenfurt, Austria
1800
4,000
10. University Medical Center Freiburg , Germany
1800
8,000
(Source: Modern Healthcare, 2010)

The large size of these hospitals means that their clinical laboratories will be of significant size. Dark Daily welcomes the comments of any pathologists or laboratory scientists who may have worked at any of these respected institutions and would like to share insights about the unique aspects of the clinical laboratories or histopathology laboratories. —K. Branz

Related Information:

Largest Acute Care Hospitals in Europe —February 8, 2010 by Modern Healthcare

Nations List of Top Ten Largest Healthcare Systems Include Some Surprises