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Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis

Your donations in action

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Take a tour of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Each year, Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis supports grants funding that is typically 25 percent annual projects and 75 percent strategic initiatives, supporting a full range of children's services including research, education and clinical care. This includes a wonderful history of endowments to bring the best and most highly skilled care providers to our region.

Every dollar counts

Your donations create miracles by funding medical care, research, equipment and programs that save and improve the lives of children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Any UC Davis faculty or staff member may apply for grant funding for clinical and research programs. Proposed projects must have a primary focus on directly improving the health and welfare of children, particularly those served by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The grants are two years in duration and requested funds cannot exceed $50,000 (maximum total for two years).

Grants at a glance

Donations by category

CMN donations fund equipment, research, programs and patient care. Explore the examples listed below to learn more. Also, download our donations in action poster, or our donations in action poster in Spanish for more information.

  • Child patient petting facility dog

    Facility dog program

    Sick or injured kids can sometimes be afraid of visiting the hospital for treatment. But then, a dog walks in the room and everything seems better. That’s the power of facility dogs.

    Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals funding, we started the facility dog program and now have four dogs to help lessen a patient’s stress or pain.  

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  • Sibling Support Program

    Funded by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) donations, MIND Institute programs for siblings of kids who have autism, ADHD, fragile X syndrome or other developmental disabilities have been expanded. Now, in-person sessions are available to siblings, inlcluding older teens.

  • Example of a Sib Sack; backpack with art supplies and other items

    Sib Sacks

    When a child is hospitalized, their siblings are at risk of suffering emotional and psychological distress. The Sib Sack was designed to help brothers and sisters better cope by validating their feelings and fostering communication, creativity and self-expression. With help from local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, this child life program helps create a more inclusive, family-centered experience for our patients.

  • American Girl dolls

    When a child is treated for cancer, they may lose their hair. One therapeutic tool to help kids cope is a doll that looks like them. When treatment ends and hair grows back, the American Girl doll gets new hair, too, thanks in part to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors.

  • Mom holding phone which is playing video feed of her infant child on NICU webcam

    NICU webcams

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stays can often be lengthy. Sometimes, babies need to stay in the hospital for months. When families can’t be at their baby’s bedside, they can still see their child on their cellphone or tablet, thanks to FamilyLink, our NICU webcams program. This was funded by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors. 

  • MRI goggles

    Lying still in an MRI machine can be hard for kids. But Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors have helped make the process easier and more fun for kids by purchasing MRI goggles so kids can watch their favorite movie during the procedure.

  • Mother using milk analyzer with her infant child

    Milk analyzer

    Premature babies need extra nutrition. With help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, the Human Milk Analyzer machine determines which key nutrients could be added to mom’s breast milk to help each preemie get exactly what they need.

  • Child-friendly ambulance

    The child-friendly design and state-of-the-art medical features of our ambulance allow our Transport Team to get the tiniest of patients to our hospital safely within our 33 county coverage area. This ambulance was funded with help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors and is operated by NORCAL Ambulance.

  • Health care worker smiling at infant using giraffe bed

    Giraffe beds

    Premature babies often have underdeveloped systems. They need additional protection once they are out of their mother’s womb. With help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, we have Giraffe beds in our NICU specifically designed for their needs.

  • ECMO/ECLS machine

    ECMO is short for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. The ECMO machine allows blood to be pumped outside the body when the heart and lungs need help healing. Doctors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital use the ECMO machine – funded by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors – to help save the lives of area children.

  • Nurse transporting infant patient using portable bed and wireless monitor

    Wireless monitors in the PICU

    Pediatric intensive care unit patients are now able to leave their rooms while still being safely monitored, thanks to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) donors. A wireless technology upgrade gives staff access to patient vitals via central screens, allowing kids more freedom during treatment.

  • Health care worker using vascular ultrasound on child patient

    Vascular ultrasound

    Children’s veins are hard to see. That often means more “pokes.” But thanks to local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, a new, portable ultrasound machine helps staff better see the veins. This minimizes needle placement attempts and more importantly, lessens stress and pain for the patient.

Patient care
  • Health care workers supporting child patient

    Comfort Commitment

    Being hospitalized for treatment can sometimes involve painful procedures, but with help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, we have a program that helps the care team manage each pediatric patients’ comfort.

  • Health care workers talking with child patient

    Children’s Surgery Center

    Our Children’s Surgery Center was the first on the West Coast to receive the Level l designation. What does that mean? It means we provide the highest quality of children's surgical care in an environment that’s designed for kids. How? With help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors.

  • Expansion to the PICU

    PICU/PCICU expansion

    Our pediatric and cardiac intensive care unit (PICU/PCICU) offers care for the most critically ill and injured kids. We treat traumatic injuries, life-threatening diseases and birth defects, providing care for 1,600+ pediatric patients annually. How can we do this? With help from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors.

  • Colorful murals of nature on the walls of the MRI room

    MRI room makeover

    When pediatric patients have an MRI – or Magnetic Resonance Imaging – it can be stressful. But thanks to local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, new colorful, themed murals help children relax and provide a distraction during the procedure. Research also shows that when kids are calmer, less sedation is required to complete the procedure.

  • Child using inhaler

    Asthma care research to minimize health disparities

    Studies of children with asthma indicate they miss more than double the number of school days than those without asthma. But thanks to local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors, researchers identified that a combination of telemedicine and in-person visits helped children needing asthma care. This combination helped minimize health disparities, maximize patient experience and increase access for children and young adults.

  • Pediatric surgeon Payam Saadai

    Hirschsprung’s disease testing research

    Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital condition present at birth. It is the result of nerve cells missing in the muscles of a baby's colon, affecting the large intestine and causing problems passing stool. Funding from local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals donors allowed pediatric surgeon Payam Saadai to make a medical discovery: a short and less-invasive diagnostic test for Hirschsprung’s disease.

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