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Originally published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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3 area hospitals are ranked among best in nation

Three hospitals in Washington have been named as "top hospitals" in the country by a nonprofit organization.

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what a crock of bull!!!Swedish is rundown and very dirty as I have seen it go down hill... MORE

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Three hospitals in Washington have been named as "top hospitals" in the country by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization funded by large public and private employers seeking to reward the highest performing hospitals.

Swedish Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center were named as top hospitals, a designation given to 67 hospitals across the country with scoring on safety and care issues. For example, scoring includes rates of medical errors, death among patients undergoing high-risk procedures such as heart-bypass surgery and readmissions for patients with conditions such as pneumonia and heart attack.

MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma was among 12 top children's hospitals named by Leapfrog.

For more information: www.leapfroggroup.org/.

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