What We Offer | Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital

Pediatric Heart Center

Why choose us for your child’s heart care?

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Owen Rinek with his mom Bobbie, Frank Ing and dad Joe.

Surgical and minimally invasive treatments

In addition to offering world-class pediatric cardiothoracic surgery in a Level I Children’s Surgery Center, we offer cardiac catheterization, a non-surgical procedure which can treat many heart conditions using catheters — thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, to name a few.

We also offer pediatric cardiac electrophysiology, which uses radiofrequency arblation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

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Family-friendly, healing environment

Close nursing attention

Our Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care

A sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child’s beside around the clock. Explore our facilities to learn more.

Stress-relieving activities

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music and art and play therapy provided by child life specialists, who aim to help relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization for kids.

Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy worker doing music therapy with child patient
Doctor performing ultrasound on patient

Early diagnosis of heart defects

Our fetal cardiologists use state-of-the-art technology that can detect congenital heart defects before the birth of your child.

We offer families precision-based in utero diagnosis and heart care services in our pediatric cardiology clinics located in Sacramento, Stockton and Roseville.

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Helping to influence national standards

National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative

The Pediatric Heart Center is proud to be part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC). This group of 58 medical institutions collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease, and to enhance communication between clinicians and patients.

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Tabitha Downs with daughter Savannah who is being assessed by doctor

Referrals and appointments

Clinic locations and appointments
Families have access to our full-service Pediatric Heart Center along with the added convenience of six outreach clinic locations. 

For referring physicians, please call our patient referrals phone number at 916-734-3456 for assistance with pediatric cardiology services or use on our online referral form.

Online referral form

Pediatric Heart Center - main clinic location

2521 Stockton Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA

The Pediatric Heart Center is located in the Glassrock Building on the UC Davis Health campus.

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Sacramento clinic appointments


Outreach clinics

We have 6 convenient locations in the surrounding communities.

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Outreach clinic appointments


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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