Year in review highlights
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At a glance

Select highlights from UC Davis Children’s Hospital

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our experts have responded and shared the latest evidence-based safety advice nationally and internationally in the care of pregnant mothers and newborns. From co-authoring COVID-19 guidelines to establishing protocols, our experts have been on the frontline providing insights on how to safely deliver care for those with and without the virus.

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This past year we were recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a gold safe sleep champion for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

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We unveiled our new pediatric emergency waiting room, a private, family-friendly space to accommodate the needs of families who require trauma and emergency care.

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Last October, our surgeons took part in our hospital’s first-ever separation of nine-month-old craniopagus twins. After 10 months of high-tech preparation, the 24 hour landmark surgery was conducted by a multidisciplinary team of more than 30 experts in our state-of-the-art level I Children’s Surgery Center.

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Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program earned accreditation as a level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The program provides more complex forms of neurodiagnostic monitoring, medical neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment.

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In 2020, we earned the highly prestigious Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, demonstrating adherence to the highest standards of breastfeeding care built on evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

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UC Davis Children’s Hospital worked with Our Little Life Foundation and Sacramento County Health Center to establish a Comprehensive Integration of Resilience into Child Life Experiences (CIRCLE) clinic to address the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in foster-care children.

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UC Davis Health became the first and only hospital in California to offer Zulresso (brexanolone), a new medication to treat mothers with postpartum depression. The 60-hour intravenous treatment has helped new mothers improve their postpartum depression symptoms, including insomnia, appetite loss and mood swings.