Trauma and Emergency Care

Level I trauma care for 65,000 miles

In May 2018 UC Davis Medical Center was re-verified as a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons — making it 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 critical-care transport team in Northern California. The program travels 24-7 by ambulance, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft to carry in more than 700 children each year, some from hundreds of miles away. In all, we saw more than 16,000 pediatric emergency department visits in FY 17/18.


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“The medical team that helped our little Princess Avery is beyond incredible. To everyone — from the janitorial and cafeteria staff to the nurses, therapist, and doctors — who treated our family with such kindness, love, and respect — we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Ed and Kathy Cunha, grandparents of Avery Cunha, who made a remarkable recovery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital after a near-fatal drowning accident.