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Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital earns national award for quality for second consecutive year

Posted on Dec. 17, 2019 ( comments)

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation awarded ‘Top Children’s Hospital’ status today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital rating organization. This is the second consecutive year that Mary Bridge received this honor.

The Top Children’s Hospital award for 2019 is tied to achievements in patient safety and quality, and is widely acknowledged as one of the great honors American hospitals can receive.

“We are honored that Mary Bridge is once again recognized for delivering great care to the communities we serve,” says Jeff Poltawsky, President and Market Leader of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network. “The Top Hospital award is a direct reflection of our dedication to providing the highest quality and safest care to our patients and their families. We are humbled to be in this year’s select group of children’s hospitals across the nation recognized for this distinction.”

The Top Hospital award considers many areas of hospital care including infection rates, patient experience, the prevention of medication errors and adherence to best practices in patient safety.

About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors.

“We are pleased to recognize Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital as a 2019 Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and to the Tacoma and Puget Sound region. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible and know they share pride in this achievement.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest known standards for quality and patient safety, and achieve top performance in its category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2019 Top Hospitals, visit

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