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.
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).
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.
A free summer camp geared for kids with liver disease is now being offered. Designed by pediatric gastroenterology physicians, YMCA certified group fitness instructors, personal trainers, nutritionists and summer camp professionals, pediatric patients ages 8 to 15 can learn life-changing tools for healthy living.
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. Generous donations started the facility dog program and now there are four dogs throughout the hospital to help lessen a patient’s stress or pain.
Care teams now have a scentsational option to reduce anxiety, increase relaxation and alleviate nausea: personal aromatherapy nasal inhalers. AethereoSticks portable aromatherapy devices resemble lipbalm tubes and are infused with essential oils. Patients hold the tube near the nose and take deep breaths.
MIND Institute programs for siblings of kids who have autism, ADHD, fragile X syndrome or other developmental disabilities have been expanded. In-person sessions are now available to siblings, including older teens.
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. This child life program helps create a more inclusive, family-centered experience for our patients.
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.
There's a new diagnostic tool available to pediatric patients experiencing pulmonary and sleep-related challenges. Flexible laryngoscopy is a bedside procedure now being offered in the pediatric pulmonology and sleep clinics at UC Davis Health, a procedure not offered in other pediatric pulmonology clinics in the Sacramento area.
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.
Lying still in an MRI machine can be hard for kids, but 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.
Premature babies need extra nutrition. 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.
Premature babies often have underdeveloped systems. They need additional protection once they are out of their mother’s womb. We have Giraffe beds in our NICU specifically designed for their needs.
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 to help save the lives of area children.
Pediatric intensive care unit patients are now able to leave their rooms while still being safely monitored. A wireless technology upgrade gives staff access to patient vitals via central screens, allowing kids more freedom during treatment.
Children’s veins are hard to see. That often means more “pokes.” 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.
Being hospitalized for treatment can sometimes involve painful procedures. We now have a program that helps strengthen coping abilities and unifies comfort measures throughout the children’s hospital.
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.
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.
When pediatric patients have an MRI – or Magnetic Resonance Imaging – it can be stressful. 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.
Studies of children with asthma indicate they miss more than double the number of school days than those without asthma. 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.
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.
Epinephrine (adrenaline) is used in the delivery room to resuscitate newborn infants who have a low heart rate and are not responding to coordinated chest compressions and positive pressure ventilation. A Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals research grant allowed UC Davis Health Researchers to review previous studies and publish a commentary in the journal Pediatric Research on the efficacy of epinephrine during neonatal resuscitation.