About Us | UC Davis Children's Hospital

World-class care close to home

Children and families come first

UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers everyday care, specialty care and extraordinary expertise for your child’s needs.

UC Davis child life specialist helping young boy with procedure in medical office

Why choose us?

At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, we put your child at the center of everything that we do. It’s personalized care, uniquely sized for your child. You’ll see it in our child-friendly designs throughout the hospital, our farm-to-fork approach to dining, our playrooms and teen rooms and our team that feels like family.

More locations, near home

UC Davis Children’s Hospital delivers world-class care, close to home. Families don’t have to travel to the Bay Area or out of state to get the best, most comprehensive care for your child. Care is available on our Sacramento campus, as well as in UC Davis Medical Group offices dotted throughout the region.

Presenting UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is Sacramento’s only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. See what makes us special.

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Points of pride

See some of our highlights, accomplishments and distinctions.
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View highlights of our recognitions along with the stats of how many families and children we have served throughout the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Innovative care

Our physicians and care teams develop groundbreaking innovations to support our patients:

Awards and recognitions
US News & World Report best Children’s Hospital badge

Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Magnet Program Designation

Nursing excellence at UC Davis Medical Center again receives national recognition.

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Proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the country. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is one of only 9 CMN hospitals in California.

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American College of Surgeon's Verified Center: Children's Surgery Verification

Level I Children’s Surgery Center

Our hospital is verified as a level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. Level I centers have children’s surgeons in every discipline, with pediatric anesthesiologists and operating rooms available 24 hours a day.

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A national research network

The nationwide organization of care centers unites clinicians, researchers and families to help care for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Training the next generation of child-life specialists

The Association of Child Life Professionals accredited UC Davis’ Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy internship program where interns train in medical play, surgical and procedural preparations and more.

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Beacon Award for Excellence

The Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recognizes hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

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Blue California Blue Distinction Center

Highly rated maternity care

Recognized for expertise and commitment to quality care for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries; better overall patient satisfaction; and a lower percentage of early elective deliveries.

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Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

Center of Excellence – Obstetric anesthesia service

The SOAP Center of Excellence designation sets a benchmark for expected care that helps improve national standards by providing quality metrics for institutions that offer obstetric anesthesia care.

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Hope for families with fetal syndrome diagnoses

A parent-founded nonprofit organization, providing information for families facing fetal syndrome diagnoses.

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Baby Friendly USA Award

A baby-friendly hospital

The highly prestigious Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA demonstrates adherence to the highest standards of breast¬feeding care built on evidence-based practices.

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Community emergency preparedness

UC Davis Children’s Hospital cardiac emergency preparedness program reaches out to schools to ensure that staff, students and families are trained on how to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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Recognized for excellence in life support

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized for exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, training, patient satisfaction, and clinical care.

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