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A sampling of recent major achievements and developments from UC Davis Health and the UC Davis School of Medicine. For more listings and news, please visit our newsroom and follow us on social media.

Ranked among America’s best

UC Davis Medical Center

Nationally ranked in eight adult specialties

U.S. News & World Report Adult Rankings BadgeU.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Medical Center among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in eight adult medical specialties for 2023–24, including: cancer (#36); cardiology, heart & vascular surgery (#27); diabetes & endocrinology (#33, tie); ear, nose & throat (#18); geriatrics (#32); neurology & neurosurgery (#32, tie); obstetrics & gynecology (#44, tie); and pulmonology & lung surgery (#27).

The hospital also earned “high-performing” acknowledgement in the gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery and orthopedics specialties. U.S. News ranked the medical center the No. 1 hospital in Sacramento and No. 7 in California.

High-performing in multiple adult procedures and conditions

U.S. News & World Report High-Performing BadgeU.S. News also released ratings for common types of adult procedures and conditions, with “high-performing” considered the highest level of recognition. UC Davis Medical Center earned that rating in 16 common adult procedures and conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); colon cancer surgery; diabetes; heart attack; heart failure; hip fracture; hip replacement; kidney failure; leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma; lung cancer surgery; ovarian cancer surgery; pneumonia; prostate cancer surgery; stroke; transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR); and uterine cancer surgery.

Nationally ranked in three pediatric specialties

U.S. News & World Report Children Rankings BadgeU.S. News ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best in three pediatric specialties for 2023–24, including: pediatric diabetes & endocrinology (#41, tie); pediatric nephrology (#34, tie); and pediatric orthopedics (#20).

The orthopedics ranking was awarded in collaboration with Shriners Children’s Northern California, UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and urological issues. Regionally, UC Davis Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 8 in California and No. 10 in the Pacific Region.

Prestigious Magnet Designation for third time

UC Davis Health has once again been ranked among the nation’s elite institutions for valuing the nursing profession, earning its third Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)’s Magnet Recognition Program® in June. The Magnet program is the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence, and less than 10% of hospitals in the nation earn the designation. UC Davis Medical Center is the only hospital in Sacramento and one of 52 hospitals in California to earn a Magnet designation, earning its first Magnet designation almost 10 years ago, in 2014.

Among the nation’s top hospitals

UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the 2023 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Great hospitals in America” list. This year, UC Davis is one of 91 hospitals nationwide, one of 12 hospitals in California and the only hospital north of San Francisco to receive recognition on the list.

A best maternity hospital in U.S.

UC Davis Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2023 Best Maternity Hospitals, announced this spring by Newsweek and the global market research and consumer data firm Statista. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families. It is the fourth year in a row that UC Davis Medical Center has been included on this list.

National top-10 award for consumer loyalty

NRC Health awarded UC Davis Health the Consumer Loyalty Best in Class Award for 2023, joining institutions such as Mayo Clinic hospitals in Arizona, Rochester and Florida and The Cleveland Clinic’s Weston Hospital. Each year, NRC Health ranks 100 health care facilities based on their consumer loyalty score, with only the top facilities receiving the highest honor of Best in Class. NRC Health is a market research organization that helps health care systems learn data-driven insights about their patients to improve patient and system outcomes.

A Forbes ‘best employer in California’

In lists by the global media company Forbes, UC Davis is ranked #3 statewide among educational institutions and UC Davis Health ranked #3 in health care for 2023. Out of all employers in California, the university outranked organizations like Apple and NASA, placing at #7 for UC Davis and #15 for UC Davis Health. For 2023, Forbes also identified UC Davis as a Best Employer for Diversity for the fourth consecutive year and a Best Employer for Women for the second consecutive year.

7 environmental excellence awards

Messages committed to environmental sustainabilityPractice Greenhealth has recognized UC Davis Health as a national leader in environmental sustainability for the second year in a row. The health system was again named one of the Top 25 hospitals in the country, the nonprofit’s highest honor for hospitals, and was also honored with the Greening the OR Recognition Award for the third time. It also received five designations in the Circles of Excellence, which honors up to 10 of the highest performing hospitals nationwide in various areas of sustainability — in this case, sustainable procurement, water, transportation, green building, and food (shared award).