The term "hospital" ... means an institution which-
(1) is primarily engaged in providing, by or under the supervision of physicians, to inpatients
> (A) diagnostic services and therapeutic services for medical diagnosis, treatment, and care of injured, disabled, or sick persons, or
> (B) rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons;
(5) provides 24-hour nursing service rendered or supervised by a registered professional nurse, and has a licensed practical nurse or registered professional nurse on duty at all times; ...
(7) in the case of an institution in any State in which State or applicable local law provides for the licensing of hospitals,
> (A) is licensed pursuant to such law or
> (B) is approved, by the agency of such State or locality responsible for licensing hospitals, as meeting the standards established for such licensing;
(Excerpt from Title XVIII of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. § 1395x(e)], http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00001395---x000-.html)
Included in this dataset are General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, and Specialty Hospitals (e.g., Children's Hospitals, Cancer Hospitals, Maternity Hospitals, Rehabilitation Hospitals, etc.).
Hospitals operated by the Veterans Administration (VA) are included, even if the state they are located in does not license VA Hospitals.
Nursing homes and Urgent Care facilities are excluded because they are included in a separate dataset. Locations that are administrative offices only are excluded from the dataset.
Text fields in this dataset have been set to all upper case to facilitate consistent database engine search results.
All diacritics (e.g., the German umlaut or the Spanish tilde) have been replaced with their closest equivalent English character to facilitate use with database systems that may not support diacritics.
The currentness of this dataset is indicated by the [CONTDATE] attribute. Based upon this attribute, the oldest record dates from 08/23/2006 and the newest record dates from 07/17/2007.