Three South Sound hospitals have been named winners of the 2013 Consumer Choice Award. 

MultiCare's Tacoma General Hospital and Franciscan's St. Joseph Medical Center, both in Tacoma, were given the honor, as well as Providence St. Peter Medical Center in Olympia.

The annual award, based on a survey of area residents by the National Research Corporation, is given to hospitals that, according to independent consumer research, have earned the best overall quality, image and reputation — as well as the best doctors and nurses — in their markets. This year, seven hospitals in Washington were recognized with the Consumer Choice honor.

It is the 14th such designation for St. Joseph Medical Center, the 16th for Tacoma General Hospital, and the eighth for Providence St. Peter.