CHI Franciscan’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma has been recognized with the 2019 Top Teaching Hospital award by Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization that reports hospital performances.

Each year, the group evaluates data from their annual survey, which measures several domains — medication safety, inpatient care management, infections, maternity care, inpatient surgery, and pediatric care. In addition, Leapfrog evaluates data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ mortality measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, coronary artery bypass grafting, and stroke.

To receive the Top Hospital designation, facilities must place in the top 10 percent of hospitals as measured by Leapfrog Group’s safety domains, meet and exceed CMS’ national standards, and receive an ‘A’ fall 2019 safety grade. CHI Franciscan’s St. Joseph Medical Center was the only hospital in the state to earn this designation.

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