Spatial Distribution of Hospital Beds in New York State

February 22, 2024
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Published: February 18, 2023
Updated: February 22, 2024 at 05:13PM


Welcome to this page where I present an interactive map that displays the numbers and locations of certified beds among hospitals in New York State. The map allows users to zoom in and out, pan, and hover over points for additional information. Users can also use the menu in the upper right-hand corner to select one or service lines to display on the map.

Data Overview

The map shows the number of certified beds for each service line at each hospital in New York State. The data cover a range of service lines: AIDS, Bone Marrow Transplant, Burns Care, Chemical Dependence - Rehabilitation, Chemical Dependence - Detoxification, Coma Recovery, Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Maternity, Medical / Surgical, Neonatal Continuing Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Neonatal Intermediate Care, Pediatric, Pediatric ICU, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Prisoner, Psychiatric, Respiratory, Transitional Care, Traumatic Brain Injury. The size of the points on the map reflects the number of certified beds for the respective service line and hospital.

How to Use These Data

You can use the map to explore the distribution of certified beds for each service line across the state. To do this, simply select the service line of interest from the menu on the map. The size of the points on the map will adjust automatically to reflect the number of certified beds for the selected service line and hospital. You can also hover over each point on the map to see more information about the hospital, service line, and number of certified beds.

Why are These Data Important?

The availability of hospital beds across New York State is an important indicator of the state’s preparedness to handle public health emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having an adequate number of hospital beds to respond to the needs of the community. These data can help policy makers and public health officials make informed decisions on the allocation of resources in the event of a public health emergency.

What do These Data Show?

The map shows the spatial distribution of hospital beds, by service line, across the state of New York. By hovering over a particular hospital, users can obtain detailed information on the number of beds available for a selected service line.

What do These Data not Show?

These data do not show the current occupancy rate of each facility or the number of patients currently receiving care. These data only provide an overview of the number of beds available in each service line. The actual utilization of hospital beds can vary depending on factors such as seasonality and disease outbreaks. In addition, the data on certified beds do not provide information on other important factors that can affect health care capacity, such as staffing levels, equipment availability, and funding.

Implications for Public Health Practice

The data on certified beds can be used by public health officials and policymakers to better understand the capacity of the healthcare system to respond to public health emergencies and provide care to patients, and to help inform resource allocation decisions. The data can also inform community health planning efforts by highlighting areas that may be in need of additional resources. However, it is important to remember that certified beds are only one factor that can affect healthcare capacity. Other factors, such as staffing levels and equipment availability, also need to be taken into account when assessing the capacity of the healthcare system. The number of beds available in each service line is subject to change, and users should check the source for the latest information.


Map Prepared By: Isaac H. Michaels, MPH
Data Source: Health Data NY (Facility Information, Certificate Information)

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