Average hospital days per chronically-ill patient, last six months of life.

Hospital Stays
Alhambra Hospital Medical Center 30.0
Hollywood Presbyterian Med Ctr 26.7
Pacific Alliance Medical Center 25.6
Brotman Medical Center 24.9
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 24.4
St. Mary Medical Center 23.1
White Memorial Medical Center 22.4
Good Samaritan Hospital 21.7
San Gabriel Valley Med Ctr 21.6
Encino-Tarzana Regional Med Ctr 20.4
Glendale Adventist Med Ctr 20.3
Encino-Tarzana Regional Med Ctr 20.3
St. Vincent Medical Center 20.0
Coastal Communities Hospital 19.7
Memorial Hospital of Gardena 19.3
Northridge Hosp Med Ctr 19.1
Huntington Memorial Hospital 18.9
St. John's Health Center 18.7
Fountain Valley Regional Hosp 18.7
Simi Valley Hosp & Health Care 18.6
California Hosp Med Ctr 18.6
City of Hope National Med Ctr 18.5
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 18.5
Pacific Hospital of Long Beach 18.5
Beverly Hospital 18.3
Citrus Valley Med Ctr-QV Campus 18.3
ValleyCare Medical Center 18.1
Providence Holy Cross Med Ctr 18.1
Mission Community Hospital 18.1
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hosp 18.1
Valley Presbyterian Hospital 18.0
Providence St. Joseph Center 17.9
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center 17.8
Community Hosp of San Bernardino 17.8
Seton Medical Center 17.8
Glendale Mem Hosp & Health Ctr 17.7
Regional Med Ctr of San Jose 17.7
St. Francis Medical Center 17.6
West Hills Hosp & Med Ctr 17.6
Los Robles Hosp & Med Ctr 17.5
Sherman Oaks Hosp & Health Ctr 17.3
Los Alamitos Medical Center 17.3
Paradise Valley Hospital 17.1
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center 16.9
Antelope Valley Hospital 16.8
Methodist Hosp of Southern CA 16.7
Anaheim General Hospital 16.5
Washington Health Care District 16.4
Chinese Hospital 16.4
UC Irvine Med Ctr 16.0
St. John's Regional Med Ctr 16.0
Long Beach Memorial Med Ctr 15.9
Mission Hospital 15.7
Community Hospital of Los Gatos 15.7
San Joaquin Community Hospital 15.6
Lancaster Community Hospital 15.6
St. Rose Hospital 15.5
Delano Regional Medical Center 15.5
Prov-Little Company of Mary 15.5
Lakewood Regional Medical Center 15.5
Citrus Valley Med Ctr-IC Campus 15.5
Scripps Memorial Hosp-Encinitas 15.4
Alta Bates Summ Med Ctr-Berkeley 15.3
Garden Grove Hosp & Med Ctr 15.3
San Ramon Regional Med Ctr 15.3
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hosp 15.2
Madera Community Hospital 15.2
Loma Linda University Med Ctr 15.2
Downey Regional Medical Center 15.1
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital 15.1
Verdugo Hills Hospital 15.1
Corona Regional Medical Center 15.1
St. Mary's Medical Center 15.1
Anaheim Memorial Medical Center 15.0
West Anaheim Medical Center 14.9
Alta Bates Summ Med Ctr-Oakland 14.8
Memorial Hospitals Association 14.8
St. Francis Memorial Hospital 14.8
Desert Regional Medical Center 14.7
O'Connor Hospital 14.6
Pomona Valley Hosp Med Ctr 14.5
St. Luke's Hospital 14.5
Doctors Hospital of Manteca 14.4
El Centro Regional Med Ctr 14.4
St. Mary Medical Center 14.3
Riverside Community Hospital 14.3
Kaweah Delta Health Care Dist 14.2
Torrance Memorial Medical Center 14.2
Parkview Community Hosp Med Ctr 14.2
Hoag Memorial Hosp Presbyterian 14.2
St. Bernardine Medical Center 14.1
Menifee Valley Medical Center 14.1
Tulare Local Health Care Dist 14.1
Community Medical Center 14.1
Irvine Regional Hosp & Med Ctr 14.0
Mercy Hospital 13.9
UC San Diego Med Ctr 13.9
Hemet Valley Medical Center 13.7
San Antonio Community Hospital 13.7
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hosp 13.6
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center 13.6
John Muir Medical Center 13.6
California Pacific Med Ctr 13.5
St. Jude Medical Center 13.5
UCSF Medical Center 13.5
Pioneers Memorial Hlthcare Dist 13.3
Scripps Memorial Hosp-La Jolla 13.3
San Francisco Gen Hosp Med Ctr 13.3
Doctors Medical Center 13.3
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 13.2
Scripps Mercy Hospital 13.2
Doctors Hospital Medical Center 13.2
NorthBay Medical Center 13.1
Rideout Memorial Hospital 13.1
Sharp Memorial Hospital 13.1
John Muir Medical Center 13.1
Eisenhower Medical Hospital 13.0
Salinas Valley Mem Hlthcare Sys 12.9
NorthBay VacaValley Hospital 12.8
St. Agnes Medical Center 12.8
Bakersfield Heart Hospital 12.7
Queen of the Valley Hospital 12.7
St. Joseph Hospital 12.6
Mercy Medical Center Merced 12.6
Sutter Solano Medical Center 12.6
Emanuel Medical Center 12.6
Sharp Grossmont Hospital 12.5
Enloe Medical Center 12.4
Sutter Delta Medical Center 12.4
Hanford Community Medical Center 12.3
Foothill Presbyterian Hospital 12.3
Dameron Hospital 12.3
Saddleback Memorial Med Ctr 12.3
Pomerado Hospital 12.2
Huntington Beach Hospital 12.2
Doctors Medical Center 12.2
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital 12.2
St. John's Pleasant Valley Hosp 12.1
Rancho Springs Medical Center 12.0
UC Davis Med Ctr 11.9
Sierra View District Hospital 11.9
Sierra Vista Regional Med Ctr 11.9
Stanford Hospital and Clinics 11.9
Good Samaritan Hospital 11.8
Comm Hosp Monterey Peninsula 11.8
San Leandro Hospital 11.7
Watsonville Community Hospital 11.7
Community Medical Center-Clovis 11.7
St. Louise Regional Hospital 11.7
Sutter Medical Center 11.7
Eden Medical Center 11.6
Placentia-Linda Hospital 11.5
St. Helena Hospital 11.5
Community Memorial Hospital 11.4
El Camino Hospital 11.4
Sequoia Hospital 11.4
Chino Valley Medical Center 11.4
Mercy Medical Center Redding 11.3
Palomar Medical Center 11.3
Scripps Green Hospital 11.2
Twin Cities Community Hospital 11.2
Mad River Community Hospital 11.1
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 11.1
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 11.0
Mercy General Hospital 11.0
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 10.9
Alameda Hospital 10.8
Feather River Hospital 10.7
Redlands Community Hospital 10.7
St. Joseph's Medical Center 10.7
Barstow Community Hospital 10.7
South Coast Medical Center 10.6
Santa Clara Valley Med Ctr 10.5
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento 10.5
Dominican Hospital 10.5
Desert Valley Hospital 10.4
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital 10.4
Lodi Memorial Hospital 10.3
Mills-Peninsula Health Services 10.3
Marin General Hospital 10.3
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital 10.2
Sutter Roseville Medical Center 10.2
Hi-Desert Medical Center 10.1
Barton Memorial Hospital 10.0
Oroville Hospital 10.0
Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital 10.0
Novato Community Hospital 10.0
Mendocino Coast District Hosp 10.0
Marshall Medical Center 9.9
Mercy Hospital of Folsom 9.8
Mercy San Juan Medical Center 9.7
Sutter Medical Center 9.6
Redbud Community Hospital 9.5
Marian Medical Center 9.5
Tri-City Medical Center 9.5
Sutter Amador Hospital 9.4
St. Joseph Hospital 9.3
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital 9.3
French Hospital Medical Center 9.0
Ukiah Valley Medical Center 9.0
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital 8.3
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital 8.2
Sutter Lakeside Hospital 8.2
Woodland Healthcare 8.1
Petaluma Valley Hospital 8.0
Redwood Memorial Hospital 8.0
Sonora Regional Medical Center 7.9
Sonoma Valley Hospital 7.8

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About the data

The data were drawn from traditional, fee-for-service Medicare claims submitted on behalf of 4.7 million Medicare patients, aged 67 to 99, who died between 2001 and 2005. (Medicare Managed Care claims were not included.)

Hospitals with a statistically insignificant number of deaths among its Medicare population were not included.
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