In 1955, the dedicated women of the Tacoma Orthopedic Association (TOA) realized their goal when the first standalone children’s hospital in the region– Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital–opened its doors for care.
Then, in 1987, the need for more space and more services drove the hospital to move its inpatient services 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, the time has 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 new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is expected to open in late 2024. This is a complex project that will take a number of years to complete and will have impacts across the Tacoma General/Mary Bridge Children’s hospital campus. More details will be shared with the community as soon as they are finalized.
Generous community support has been the bedrock of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Network for nearly 100 years. For that reason, Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation is also in the earliest planning stages of a fundraising campaign to support Mary Bridge Children’s. Updates on the fundraising plans will be provided as they are developed. Visit the Mary Bridge website to learn more!