Hospital Social Network Data & Charts

The Hospital Social Network List has moved to a new home at the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. It’s part of a new Health Care Social Media List

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Gregg Masters April 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Ed you continue to demonstrate leadership and commitment to the social media space…BIG kudos and a bravo.

I am working on interesting west coast hospitals in the space and will keep you posted. Clearly we have the early adopters in at this point, but most remain on the sidelines; however, I assume that many are contemplating their first foray into the space.

BTW, not everyone has to be attached to an hospital, parent entity or formal media outlet to credibly participate in the space.


Ed Bennett April 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm


Thanks for checking in and also for the nice post you added on your blog. I completely agree that other healthcare people and organizations can participate in the social media discussion, not just hospitals. Health related associations, medical schools, clinical professionals, the list is very long.

It would be impossible for me to track and organize the all the possibilities, which is why I decided to focus on one group, hospitals, where I have some knowledge. I welcome others to build and maintain similar lists in their area of expertise. It’s a great way to give back to the social community.

Thanks again for your contributions to the conversation, I always look forward to your Twitter updates.


Jose HC April 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Indeed a great resource… thank you.


Leonard Kish April 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I’d love to find and share info on hospitals, physicians and med schools using SM to improve care (as opposed to PR). Care to share on how to get started?


Dale Wolf May 7, 2009 at 10:47 am

Hi Ed,

Just wanted to add my note of appreciation for maintaining this list. When I joined Compass Clinical Consulting three months ago we had just one website badly in need of repair. Since then we have launched the new site, a blog ( and have set up corporate pages in Twitter, LinkedIn, FaceBook, StumbleUpon, Delicious and YouTube. We figured if hospitals are beginning to experiment with social media, we should be there too. Your list helps us stay on top of how hospitals are using these tools. I am not surprised by the fast growth of hospitals using Twitter … we have found this to be very useful and have a lot of hospitals following us at I am really amazed at how many people find healthcare twitter sites and start following the conversations. But I am equally surprised at the lag time in blog adoption.

Again, thanks.

Dale Wolf


Ben May 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Ed, do you know of any medical schools on Twitter/YouTube separate from the aegis of their hospitals/medical centers?


Jackie June 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm

great helpful information, and very eye opening to the fact that social media is being more widely used, even in healthcare. Thanks!


Katie August 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm

This is great information. Thanks a lot for providing it.


Winnie Hart September 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Thank you Ed. Sharing this blog with people at SHSMD conference Valuable resource. Best, Winnie


Brian Geyser October 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

Great work Ed! I found your blog while doing research for an article I’m putting together about social media and HIPPA. I write a blog about the convergence of senior living, eldercare, home health, hospice and social media at It’s fascinating to observe and participate in the evolution of social media in health care. I look forward to following your blog and interacting with the online community you are building. Thank you!

Brian Geyser, APRN-BC, MSN


Marcia Ouellette August 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I’d love to read your article about social media and HIPPA. Would you be willing to share it?


Dale Hannegan October 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Would anyone have advice for us on spreading the word about our Healthcare Social Network? is ready for use, and the initial feedback has been very positive. We officially launched in August and have been introducing the new site to healthcare professionals through our existing resources, and social medial outlets. We would really like some advice on marketing to facilities who understand social networking and the momentum it has in the marketplace.

The press Release can be viewed at:

Dale Hannegan


Sandy O'Keefe October 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for this incredible resource! I work at a hospital in Boston and we are getting a social media program up and running. I refer here daily.


Brad Fisher October 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

The DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has a Twitter account (@dchsystem) and a You Tube channel (


Charlie Grieve December 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Great site/resource. Working with a number of acute hospitals in London and getting them started on using channels to inform their patient and professional communities. Was struggling to get them engage – but then sent them a link to your site. On board now!
Regards from over the pond


Drew Hanson May 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Thank you for putting this list together. It would have taken me hours and hours to find all of the hospitals that are on social networks. All of your hard work has made my job as a social media strategist for a health and medical news network immensely easier. By using your list I have been able to engage in some great online conversations with fans/followers of hospitals and, in some cases, the organization’s own social media person. Thanks again, Ed!
Drew Hanson


Steve Million June 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm


Thanks for the data! I am curious as to why Clarian Health in Indianapolis is not showing up as having a Facebook page? They have had one for a couple years? Thoughts?


Sarah Ragsdale July 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

This great! Thank you very much!

A few more hospitals to add.

New Jersey – Orange Regional Medical Center!/pages/Orange-Regional-Medical-Center-ORMC/122557156556?ref=ts

New Jersey – North Shore LIJ!/NorthShoreLIJCareers?ref=ts


Ed Bennett July 27, 2010 at 7:37 am

Sarah – sorry for the delay, I will add you in the next update.


Bill Kennedy August 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm


Just a few figures for your data base from a Jamestown Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in rural North Dakota:

Web Visits
a) JH Web Site: 8/1/07 to 6/30/10 – 303,290 patient visits.
b) facebook: 10/1/09 to 6/30/10 – 1,873 fans
1,729 visits/month
c) flickr: 11/1/08 – 6/30/10 – 90,003 views
4,500 views/month
d) YouTube: 7/1/09 – 6/30/10 – 29,892 views
2,460 views/month
e) Google Ad Words: 11/28/2008 – 6/30/10 -9,435 clicks

A total of 17,351 visits to our web pages monthly.

I would be very interested in a breakdown of social media use by hospital type/size.

Thanks for your site.

Bill Kennedy
Marketing Director
Jamestown Hospital


Bryan StLaurent October 24, 2010 at 6:43 am

Thank you Ed for what you do. Excellent.


Mark Davis June 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Fantastic list I wasn’t familiar with. Thanks! You might wan’t to do a link exchange with


Anonymous June 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thank you – that’s a great rersource


Esavvy November 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Ed:  Thanks for the great list!  Any feel for which hospitals have the most twitter or facebook followers?  Just looking for examples of folks that are getting it right. 


Shantanu Ghosh March 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm

What a superb list. Hugely useful. 


Steinert June 4, 2012 at 2:51 am

Ed, really valuable insights, will provide it as a source in my MBA thesis, which covers patient becomes centre.


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