All of us at UC Davis Children’s Hospital are enormously proud that we’ve had another outstanding year and that our talented faculty members and providers are drawing more national recognition as they lead the way in patient care, research and quality improvement initiatives. Recognition is important to our mission, but what we are most proud of is the extraordinary care and comfort we continue to provide to children and their families throughout the region.
A hallmark of our children’s hospital is that our leading-edge technology and groundbreaking research are just the start of our care. We have a culture of compassion woven through everything we do, and an awareness that children need care that is patient-centered and personalized to their needs.
Here are some of the reasons our care resonates nationally. We are the only hospital in California recognized as a level l Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons, a standard that was re-verified this year. And once again, we were ranked nationally in five pediatric specialties and among the Best Children’s Hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report.
In addition, our hospital received the 2019 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Care Award, as recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. This year, we also created a Pediatric Aerodigestive Center to provide a specialized team approach for children with complex airway, pulmonary, upper digestive tract, sleep and feeding disorders — health issues that are often complex and interrelated. We unveiled a new pre-operative clinic to further improve quality and safety, and reduce surgery delays and cancellations. We are expanding our telemedicine network to provide pediatric subspecialty coverage to Federally Qualified Health Centers in rural and remote areas of Northern California.
As inland Northern California’s only nationally ranked, comprehensive pediatric hospital we offer world-class care for virtually every health condition for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Just as importantly, we offer kindness and respect to every one of our patients — some of them very tiny — and to their families. We understand that beyond needing very special equipment, children need a very special touch from their caregivers. This understanding along with the experience and skills to offer that special touch are what we remain most proud of this year, and every year.
Satyan Lakshminrusimha, M.D.
UC Davis Children’s Hospital