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  • Hospital grades: Straight A's for Tacoma General, Good Samaritan

    Only two hospitals in the South Sound received top grades on their report cards this week.

    For the third time, MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., both received an “A” Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that grades hospitals nationwide.

    The “A” grades were awarded Wednesday in the latest update of hospital safety scores, and go to the safest hospitals in the country. Tacoma General and Good Samaritan also received to top ratings in June and November.

    “Our staff and physicians at MultiCare are committed to providing our patients and our community the highest quality care. This award recognizes the dedication and hard work that drives our care and focus on patient safety,” said Diane Cecchettini, RN, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System.

    Another MultiCare hospital in the survey, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, received a "B" grade. The survey looked at data from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011, before Auburn Medical Center joined MultiCare.

    MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital was named the only "Top Children's Hospital" in Washington in the most recent survey of pediatric hospitals that Leapfrog released last year. Mary Bridge was one of only 12 children's hospitals in the United States to receive that recognition, and the only West Coast children's hospital outside of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

    In the latest rankings, MultiCare’s top rating reflects a commitment to implementing a comprehensive electronic health record, which helps ensure patients get the safest and best care possible. MultiCare also is dedicated to reducing infections and has made significant progress in making sure patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

    To see MultiCare’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

    The Hospital Safety Score℠ was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

    About The Leapfrog Group

    The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

    Posted on May 9, 2013 in Trophy Case