Acute Care Beds 
Acute care is treatment for a short period of time for a brief but severe episode of illness. The term is generally associated with care rendered in an emergency department, ambulatory care clinic, or other short-term stay facility. The number of beds indicates the number of people who could concurrently receive these services. An important aspect of the current health care crisis in the US is the result of the growing need for acute care despite a decrease in the number of facilities which provide that care. This mismatch has resulted from the dramatic increase in the number of patients who are uninsured or underinsured, and therefore unable to pay for services rendered. Those patients often turn to emergency departments for their acute care needs. That has resulted in overcrowding and made it increasingly difficult to focus adequate resources on those patients who present with true emergencies.

Looking at numbers of professionals or facilities within a geographic area helps to focus on the availability of health care and its quality.

In 2021, the rate per 100,000 of Acute Care Beds in Alachua County was 516.6 compared to Florida at 247.1. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.

Alachua County is in the first quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, there are less Acute Care Beds in about three quarters of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. When fewer than 51 counties have data or zero values, no quartile map will be presented.

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Measure Type 
10 Year Report
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Alachua County
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Acute Care Beds, Rate Per 100,000 Population, 2021
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Acute Care Beds, Rate Per 100,000 Population, Single Year
Data YearCountDenomRateMOVCountDenomRateMOV
20021,114224,556496.1*29.146,14916,718,033276.02.5 is provided by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management.
Data Source: Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
11/28/2022 12:06:46 AM
Data Note(s)
  • Data as of December of the specified year
  • This is secondary, quantitative data.
  • All population-based rates are calculated using July 1 Florida population estimates from the Florida Legislature, Office of Economic and Demographic Research.
  • Chart will display if there are at least three years of data.
  • Multi-year counts are a sum of the selected years, not an average.
  • Quartiles are calculated when data are available for at least 51 counties.
  • MOV - Measure of Variability: Probable range of values resulting from random fluctuations in the number of events. Not calculated when numerator is below 5 or denominator is below 20, or count or rate is suppressed. The MOV is useful for comparing rates to a goal or standard. For example, if the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is less than the MOV, the county rate is not significantly different from the statewide rate (alpha level = 0.05). When the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is greater than the MOV, the county rate is significantly different from the statewide rate. MOV should not be used to determine if the rates of two different counties, or the county rates for two different years, are statistically significantly different.
  • Denom - abbreviated for denominator.
  • Population estimates are not available for persons whose county of residence is unknown. Given this, the denominator and associated rate are not available.
  • * - Indicates the county rate is statistically significantly different from the statewide rate.