Essential hospitals met their core commitment to vulnerable patients in 2012, the association’s new member characteristics data report shows. They also provided a disproportionate share of vital community services, including trauma, burn, and psychiatric care, and physician training—all while often operating at a loss.
Vital Data includes these findings about essential hospitals:
- provided 17 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $7.7 billion dollars
- cared for a racially and ethnically diverse population, more than half uninsured or in Medicaid
- operated nearly one-third of all level I trauma centers and psychiatric care beds, and 38 percent of burn care beds in the nation’s 10 most-populous cities
- received high marks for patient satisfaction and quality, including for delivering all recommended care for heart attack and heart failure patients