NSHA Fact Sheet

Our numbers:

  • ​Employees (unionized and non-unionized): 23,400+
  • Licensed physicians in Nova Scotia* 2,640
    • Physicians with a registered specialty (not family medicine): 1,385 
    • Physicians whose registered specialty is family medicine: 844
    • Physicians without a registered specialty: 411 
    • Medical residents in a training program: 588
  • Learners: 5,500+
  • Volunteers: 7,000
  • Annual budget: $2.06 billion
  • Specialty hospital: 1 
  • Regional hospitals: 9
  • Community and other locations (clinical, support and administrative): approx. 135
  • Collaborative Emergency Centres: 8
  • Foundations: 41
  • Auxiliaries: 33
  • Community health boards: 37
  • Beds: 3,503
  • Inpatient days: 1,041,939
  • Patients seen from out of province: 34,807
  • Emergency visits: 574,181
  • Operating room surgeries: 71,905
  • Births (at NSHA facilities): 3,686
  • Average length of stay in hospital (acute): 9.5 days
  • Outpatient visits: 3,643,126
  • Diagnostic imaging exams: 1,052,868
  • Lab tests: 16,874,728
  • Home care clients: 29,067
  • Hours of home support delivered to Continuing Care clients: 3,098,828
  • Number of in-home nursing visits: 1,003,492
  • People placed in long-term care homes: 3,225
  • Number of families participating in Public Health's enhanced home visiting program: 914
  • Number of children receiving vision screening before entering school (2016 calendar year): 7,527
  • Number of schools participating in fluoride mouth rinse program: 138
  • Active research projects: 1,278
  • New research projects: 370
  • Annual research revenue from industry, national and provincial funding agencies and foundations: $27 million
  • Number of interdisciplinary research projects: 126
  • Number of interdisciplinary and practice projects focused on patient outcomes: 101
  • Number of wellness funds supported through community health boards: 577

*College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Last updated: April 2018 (2016-17 figures)