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 17,428 observation days.

Statistics for year ending June 30, 2021.

Philanthropy impact

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The Children’s Miracle network raised nearly $3.3 million for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, making it one of the network’s top hospitals

Retired nurses Marilyn Ratkay and Cathy Runne gave more than $150,000 to support Children’s Hospital nurses, patients and families


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 approximately 50+ in the U.S. designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

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A NIH Center of Excellence, and part of California’s Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force

Institute for Regenerative Cures

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51 active cell and gene therapy clinical trials, with UC Davis Health colleagues

External research funding

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$368 million in 2021

Philanthropy impact

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$1.1 million in gifts from Steve and Nancy Fox will advance research for challenging head and neck cancers

Grateful family member Sue LaFave donated $150,000 to the MIND Institute to support FXTAS research and the Child Life Program


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, with a top-10 Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner program

Dedicated volunteers

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

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

  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing launches a new, hybrid Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner degree program in summer 2022 to prepare new nurse practitioners.

  • California’s first training center for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Foundation’s Cardiac Surgical Robotics Program.

  • 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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For year ending June 2021

Philanthropy impact

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We awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to medical students in 2021, a 20% increase from the prior year

A $1 million gift from Western Health Advantage launched the first endowed professorship at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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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Perennially named a LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader, with a top score of 100 points for 2022


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Unique farm-to-fork food service program prioritizes nutritious local ingredients 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.

  • The first academic medical center to launch a Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with Amazon Web Services. UC Davis Health’s CIC will focus on making digital health more equitable and accessible worldwide.

  • For 10 consecutive years, a “Most Wired” health system 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.

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

  • 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 Sacramento Running Association/California International Marathon.

  • Caring for vulnerable populations:
    • Innovative partnerships with more than two-dozen Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to provide a comprehensive mix of primary care, specialty care and behavioral health to thousands of underserved patients across the region
    • 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 tobacco cessation program for community clinics serving at-risk populations.
    • Targeted physician-training programs assist underserved populations and communities

Philanthropy impact

Doctor and child

Judy Kwan donated $100,000 to form the Raymond Kwan Patient Assistance Memorial Fund, helping to alleviate food insecurity for cancer patients and their families

$195,000 from the Lions Club International Foundation, with support from Northern California Lions Sight Association and Lions District 4-C5, will support expansion of the UC Davis Eye Center’s vision screening program

Many facts and figures from above are also shared each spring in our annual Points of Distinction brochure. View the 2022 brochure in PDF.