At UC Davis Health we proudly apply the expertise, discoveries and technology of a world-class university to advance health and well-being for people and patients — both here in California and across the nation.

Patient care

Nationally renowned UC Davis Medical Center is a leading referral center for the most seriously injured or ill patients and the most medically complex cases.

Ranked #1 hospital

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UC Davis Medical Center has been ranked the #1 hospital in Sacramento for 2021-22

Magnet® recognition

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The nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence

Level I trauma center

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The only level I trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California

Licensed beds

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ER visits

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Clinic/office visits

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*Inpatient admissions; does not include 16,581 observation days.

Statistics for year ending June 30, 2020.

Philanthropy impact

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The Children’s Miracle network raised nearly $3.5 million for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, making it one of the network’s top hospitals

Continued support from Ernest Tschannen’s historic $38.5 million gift, and other generous donations, led to substantial progress on the Tschannen Eye Institute Building


UC Davis Health research includes clinical, translational and basic-science studies, with an emphasis on collaboration and improving health for people, communities and entire populations.

Comprehensive Cancer Center

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One of only 51 in the U.S. designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

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Launching a new four-year college program for students with intellectual disabilities in fall 2021

Institute for Regenerative Cures

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46 active cell and gene therapy clinical trials

External research funding

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$276 million in 2020

Philanthropy impact

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A grateful patient’s $4 million gift created first-ever endowed chairs in glaucoma and glaucoma research

A grateful family’s anonymous $600,000 gift established the Brain Computer Interface Research and Support Initiative, to assist in stimulating recovery following a traumatic brain injury or stroke


Innovative UC Davis interprofessional education gives the health care workforce of tomorrow the skills and values needed to lead change and improve health for all.

UC Davis School of Medicine

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Ranked among America’s top medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, including #8 for primary care, #3 for diversity and #7 for family medicine training

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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Ranked among the top 25 U.S. nursing schools by U.S. News & World Report

Pandemic volunteers

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Students volunteered countless hours in free community clinics delivering care for underserved populations — including by telehealth and phone during the pandemic

  • In its first 10 years, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has grown from 33 students in two programs to 325 students in five programs.

  • Innovative training prepares future doctors to treat underserved communities in urban and rural communities; in California’s Central Valley; by advancing Latino health; and by closing the primary care gap.

  • A new online post-master’s certificate program seeks to double California’s pipeline of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

  • The Center for Health and Technology offers telehealth education programs for community providers, students and residents, with collaborations around specific conditions.

Faculty, staff and students

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Philanthropy impact

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As its class gift, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Class of 2019 doctoral program initiated a Student Success Fund

We awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to medical students in 2020, a 50% increase from 2016

More than $230,000 from 900 donations helped students, trainees and staff facing pandemic hardship

Community Engagement

UC Davis Health actively engages with the diverse communities it serves in Sacramento, Northern California and beyond.

Pandemic response

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Bringing vaccinations, testing, telehealth and training to vulnerable populations and communities

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

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Recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the nation’s largest LGBTQ organization


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Unique farm-to-fork food service Honored by Practice Greenhealth for progress on environmental performance and sustainability

  • Serving our region during the pandemic by sharing evidence-based safety advice for everyday life; bridging gaps in testing and equipment; and highlighting the importance of socioeconomic disparities.

  • Youth violence intervention and traffic safety education through our Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program.

  • Recognized with “Most Wired” status for excellence in using technology to improve care delivery.

  • National pioneers and leaders in telehealth and electronic medical records integration.

  • The UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network unites multiple cancer centers to offer patients leading-edge care in their own communities.

  • UC Davis programs train others to use technology-enabled health care; offer community workshops to increase health literacy; and help students from diverse backgrounds to consider health careers.

  • The School of Nursing partners with more than 350 clinical sites and community agencies for its education and research programs.

  • UC Davis Health partners with dozens of community organizations and events, including the popular Sacramento Republic FC and the California International Marathon.

  • Caring for vulnerable populations through:
    • Innovative partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • Helping moms with opioid use disorders, with a dedicated clinic and special training for health care teams in urban and rural communities
    • Creating a “virtual children’s hospital” for vulnerable rural Northern California children via telehealth partnerships
    • Leading a statewide anti-tobacco initiative for safety-net patients
    • Targeted physician-training programs assist underserved populations and communities

Philanthropy impact

Doctor and child

Ruth and Paul Flowers gave $100,000 to launch the Super Fritz & Friends Fund, a new initiative to support child cancer patients and their families

A $4.55 million gift from Katy and Dale Carlsen — our largest pediatrics gift to date — established the Foster Care Clinic and Resilience Support Fund

Many facts and figures from above are also shared each spring in our annual Points of Distinction brochure. View the 2021 brochure in PDF.