A new home for Mary Bridge Children’s

Mary Bridge Rendering

Ushering in a new era of pediatric care for the Pacific Northwest

After more than 30 years of sharing space with MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital will be getting a new home.

The planned facility will be located in the vicinity of MultiCare’s current Tacoma campus, on the sites currently occupied by Jackson Hall, the Jackson Hall parking garage and the east wing of the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center. 

Once complete, the new Mary Bridge Children’s will be a hospital where every bed, exam table, operating room, imaging machine — where every facet of care — is designed exclusively for the care of children.

Planned features for the hospital include:

  • All private rooms in the Medical/Surgical and Pediatric Intensive Care units
  • A pediatric emergency department
  • Ten operating rooms to support a surgical center of excellence
  • Hematology/Oncology clinic and infusion center
  • Dedicating imaging, lab and pharmacy services
  • Hybrid interventional cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology suite
  • Shelled space for future growth

Work on the project is slated to begin in early 2021 and we anticipate the hospital will open its doors for care by the end of 2024. This is a complex project that will take a number of years to complete and will have impacts across our Tacoma campus.

A new hospital building, a century old vision

The new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital will usher in a new era of pediatric care for the patients and communities we serve throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

It is also the next evolution of a dream started more than 100 years ago by a group of community-minded women who envisioned a comprehensive pediatric health care destination for our communities’ children.

This dedicated group of women formed the Tacoma Orthopedic Association (TOA) in 1921 to help transport Tacoma-area children up to Seattle for hospital care. And they spent years working to give Tacoma its own children’s hospital.

In 1955, they realized their goal when the first standalone children’s hospital in our region opened its doors for care. And for more than three decades, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital cared for children in what is now the outpatient Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center.

In 1987, the need for more space and expanded services drove the hospital to move into a new wing at Tacoma General Hospital. The hospital continued to fulfill the vision of the TOA — now called the Mary Bridge Brigade — to provide specialized pediatric care. But its co-location inside an adult-services hospital meant that Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital faced challenges in providing the completely child-focused experience the hospital’s young patients and their families need and deserve.

And so, we determined that the time had come for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital to once again have its own building — designed to provide the safest and most advanced pediatric care possible. 

The Mary Bridge Children’s legacy

Learn more about the women who brought Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital to life, and how we are following in their footsteps to keep their dream alive.

New Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital News Conference

Jeff Poltawsky, President and Market Leader for Mary Bridge Children’s, announces the new hospital facility.

Your questions, answered

As details of this project are finalized, we will share updates on this page. In the meantime, read our  Frequently Asked Questions to get answers to some commonly asked questions.