New pediatric ER waiting room

Our pediatric patients and their families can now benefit from a new private, family focused, pediatric emergency waiting room. The 500-square-foot waiting room offers on-site child life specialists who provide activities for kids, while guiding and assisting families as they cope with urgent situations.

Level I pediatric trauma center for 65,000 miles

UC Davis Medical Center is a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, as verified by the American College of Surgeons. It is the only level I trauma center for both adults and children in inland Northern California, and one of only two in California.

Our hospital and trauma center serve a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area with the help of the most comprehensive children’s hospital critical-care transport team in Northern California. The program travels 24-7 by ambulance, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to carry more than 700 children each year, some from hundreds of miles away. In all we saw more than 13,378 pediatric emergency department visits in FY 19/20.

Interventions to prevent violent injuries

Our Wraparound program, designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults in Sacramento’s Oak Park area, was awarded a $966,049 grant from The Board of State and Community Corrections to continue its mission in reducing preventable pediatric injury in underserved communities. The program features two intervention specialists who work to turn tragic circumstances into teachable moments for stabbing, gunshot and beating victims admitted to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.

Tracking a troubling syndrome in children

In 2020 UC Davis Children’s Hospital became part of an international group researching multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new form of COVID-19 likened to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease.