America’s Essential Hospitals’ annual profile of its membership finds that essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients, and offer more physician residencies on average than other U.S. hospitals.
The report, Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients, updates the status of the more than 300 hospitals within the association’s membership. This year’s report — based on data collected through America’s Essential Hospitals’ 2015 Annual Member Characteristics Survey and supporting information from other sources — finds that essential hospitals:
- provided 16.9 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $6 billion;
- treated a community of which roughly half were uninsured or on Medicaid;
- operated 34 percent of all level I trauma centers, 42 percent of burn care beds, and 25 percent of pediatric intensive care beds nationwide; and
- trained nearly three times as many physician residents as other U.S. teaching hospitals.
Infographics and narrative stories throughout the report illustrate the findings, telling a story about the essential people and communities essential hospitals serve.