10 largest for-profit hospital systems | 2015

Here are 10 of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the U.S., based on number of acute-care hospitals.

The list is based on data from the American Hospital Directory, which contains information from hospital cost reports submitted to CMS. Data was accessed June 29, 2015. Hospital cost reports are submitted to fiscal intermediaries about three months after the end of a hospital's fiscal year, and the most common fiscal year ending dates are Dec. 31, June 30 and Sept. 30. 

Systems are listed in descending order based on the number of acute-care hospitals. The company rankings total 10, although the list includes ties, which means there are more than 10 individual systems listed.

1. Community Health Systems (Brentwood, Tenn.) — 188
2. Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.) — 166
3. Tenet Healthcare (Dallas) — 74
4. LifePoint Health (Brentwood, Tenn.) — 56*
*Figure includes acute-care facilities within Brentwood, Tenn.-based Duke LifePoint Healthcare
5. Prime Healthcare Services (Ontario, Calif.) — 32
6. Universal Health Services (King of Prussia, Pa.) — 28
7. IASIS Healthcare (Franklin, Tenn.) — 18
8. Ardent Health Services (Nashville, Tenn.) — 12
9. Capella Healthcare (Franklin, Tenn.) — 9
9. Steward Health Care System (Boston) — 9
10. National Surgical Hospitals (Chicago) — 8

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