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Terminology

Hospital Types

Acute care
Hospital that treats patients in the acute phase of an illness or injury.

Addiction/substance abuse treatment
Hospital that exists solely to provide assessment and treatment of individuals with addictions.

Community (General)
Non-federal, short-term (acute care) hospital where diagnostic and therapeutic services are available to the public.

Rural Hospital
Hospital that is located outside the U.S. Census-designated Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Urban Hospital
Hospital that is located within the U.S. Census-designated Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Long-Term Care Hospital
Hospital that provides medical and skilled nursing services to patients with long-term illnesses who are not in an acute phase but require a level of service not available in a nursing home.

Psychiatric Hospital
Hospital that provides diagnostic and treatment services to patients with mental and/or emotional disorders.

Rehabilitation Hospital
Hospital that provides medical, health-related, social, and/or vocational services to disabled individuals to help them attain their maximum functional capacity.

Teaching Hospital
Hospital that has an accredited medical residency-training program and usually has affiliation with a medical school.