UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a proud member of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and one of only 9 Children's Miracle Network hospitals in California. With physicians in more than 30 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital offers families a comprehensive range of pediatric services.

Helping kids

That's the real bottom line when it comes to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. We believe in the power of philanthropy to save lives. We're dedicated to connecting and inspiring community support for the children and families we are privileged to serve at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

National quick stats

  • Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat 17 million children each year
  • 170 Children's Hospitals in the network
  • To date, more than $7 billion raised for Children's Miracle Network hospitals
  • 100% funds raised locally stay local

Made possible by donations

CMN donations fund equipment, research, programs and patient care. These are just a few examples:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 program and now have four dogs to help lessen a patient’s stress or pain.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 program helps create a more inclusive, family-centered experience for our patients.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Dr. Payam Saadai to make a medical discovery: a short and less-invasive diagnostic test for Hirschsprung’s disease.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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