America’s Essential Hospitals annually publishes a profile of its membership, which includes about 275 large, mostly urban hospitals that commit to caring for low-income and other vulnerable people and that provide trauma care, physician training, public health, and other communitywide services.

This year’s report, 2014 Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients, updates the status of short-term, acute-care hospitals; psychiatric hospitals; and women’s and children’s hospitals within the association’s membership. It reflects data collected through America’s Essential Hospitals’ 2014 Annual Member Characteristics Survey and presents a snapshot of that data at time of publication.

The association collected data from 108 hospital respondents for 2014 and excluded hospitals with missing or incomplete data. To compare its members with other acute-care hospitals nationally, America’s Essential Hospitals incorporated data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals.

This latest member profile report includes 10 infographics that tell the story of this data, including defining what it means to be an essential hospital. Members of America’s Essential Hospitals share five fundamental characteristics:

Characteristics of essential hospitals

Full report: 2014 Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients – Results of America’s Essential Hospitals 2014 Annual Member Characteristics Survey

News release, including comments from America’s Essential Hospitals leadership


2014 Essential Data includes these findings about essential hospitals:

  • provided 18.3 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $7.8 billion dollars
  • treated a community of which roughly half were uninsured or on Medicaid
  • operated 45 percent of all level I trauma centers, 80 percent of burn care beds, and more than a third of psychiatric care beds in the nation’s 10 largest cities
  • received high marks for patient satisfaction and quality, including for delivering all recommended care for heart attack and heart failure patients
  • trained nearly seven times as many medical and dental residents as other U.S. teaching hospitals