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September 2021

Girl gets expert care for rare growth hormone deficiency condition

September 9, 2021

MRI results confirmed that Scarlett Hershey had panhypopituitarism, a rare condition in which the pituitary gland stops producing all or most hormones. Internationally, there are 4.2 cases of panhypopituitarism per 100,000 people per year. 

After a tragic longboarding accident, one patient fights to regain all that was lost

September 7, 2021

Last August, Kyle Benton was in a terrible longboarding accident and was transported to the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. His injuries included a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae and a blood clot in the brain. He would spend 43 days hospitalized, fighting for survival. This is his story.

New virtual group supports children, teens through a caregiver’s illness

September 1, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is launching a new virtual support group for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 who have a parent or caregiver with a serious illness.

August 2021

Oak Park Rotary House provides hope, free accommodation for patient families (video)

August 31, 2021

Located within walking distance of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Oak Park Rotary House offers a two-bedroom private home for a family with a child who will be hospitalized for at least six months. Made possible by the Oak Park Rotary House Foundation, it provides rent-free, long-term temporary housing.

Busting myths about diabetic ketoacidosis, a common but serious complication of diabetes

August 26, 2021

In a Q&A, Pediatrician Nicole Glaser discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment of DKA in children with Type I diabetes.

Back-to-school eye health

August 23, 2021

Kids are returning to the classroom after more than a year of remote learning. Pediatric ophthalmologist Marcela Maria Estrada discusses the impact of the pandemic on kids’ eye health and offers tips for healthy eyesight, no matter what your age!

Video game makes speech therapy fun for children with cleft palates

August 20, 2021

For more than seven years, UC Davis Health experts Travis Tollefson and Christina Roth have partnered with UC Santa Cruz researchers to provide feedback and testing of SpokeIt, a UC Santa Cruz-developed game. SpokeIt provides a tool that incentivizes children to improve their speech. 

Health experts answer questions about COVID-19 and back-to-school safety

August 20, 2021

UC Davis experts Dean Blumberg and Lena van der List will be answering questions in a virtual Q&A session, “COVID-19 and Children: Vaccines and Back to School,” on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group starts Sept. 15

August 18, 2021

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital will offer a free eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals ages 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Platinum Level Excellence in Life Support Award

August 6, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Platinum Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). UC Davis’ Extracorporeal Life Support Program provides vital support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

ACE Hardware joins forces with local pediatric patient to raise money for sick and injured children

August 5, 2021

A young entrepreneur was invited to sell her Girls BBQ product at Ace Hardware this month. A portion of sales will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

At the hospital gift shop, hope is in stock

August 5, 2021

Recently reopened to patients, visitors and employees, the gift shop in the Pavilion of UC Davis Medical Center provides more than just flowers and balloons. For people like Samantha Torrence and her son in the PICU, it offers inspiration.

9 things to know about COVID-19 and the Delta variant as kids return to school (video)

August 4, 2021

The Sacramento area is seeing more cases of COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant. What does this mean for students who are slated to be back on campus, especially those too young to be vaccinated?

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine posts latest position statement on infant feeding

August 2, 2021

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) has published its latest position statement, affirming its commitment to gender equality and health equity, and providing guidelines on infant feeding, lactation-related language and gender.

July 2021

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

July 27, 2021

U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.

UC Davis Health fixes baby’s heart defect using echocardiography-only strategy

July 27, 2021

Cedric Taylor was born at 25 weeks. Like many premature babies, he was born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a condition in which the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel in the heart, does not close spontaneously after birth.

Children’s hospital leaders surprise Walmart/Sam’s Club employees during CMN campaign

July 23, 2021

Visits from UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s CEO and other top hospital staff during the annual event provided a boost for staff. By recognizing the importance and impact of their fundraising efforts, leadership hopes each team member realizes that every dollar makes a difference.

UC Davis NICU receives gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

July 19, 2021

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now the 12th in the U.S. to receive a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. It is the only hospital in Northern California to receive this honor.

Annual CMN Miracle Balloon campaign at DQ raises money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 14, 2021

Record hot temperatures are just one reason to visit your local Dairy Queen through July 31. Helping save local kids’ lives is another. The CMN Miracle Balloon campaign is on now, raising money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Girl with Nager syndrome receives life-changing care to help her eat, breathe

July 6, 2021

Born with Nager syndrome, Lily Jones had craniofacial challenges, no ear canals and extremely short forearms at birth. The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial team partnered with her and her parents, Nick and Elysia Jones, to help improve her life.

Undiagnosed celiac disease is one local family’s cautionary tale for other parents

July 2, 2021

It was obvious one-year-old Piper was sick, but what was wrong? When her parents could not get answers, they turned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

June 2021

Neurology chair receives Ambassador for Epilepsy Award

June 30, 2021

UC Davis Department of Neurology Chair Amy Brooks-Kayal has received the prestigious Ambassador for Epilepsy Award. The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy recognized Brooks-Kayal and 11 others worldwide for outstanding contributions to the cause of epilepsy.

Overcoming the odds despite challenges of spina bifida

June 30, 2021

At this year’s Bear Creek High School graduation ceremony in Stockton, 17-year-old Ben Brogger walked gracefully onto the stage and delivered an inspiring speech to the graduating seniors. It was a moment that Adriana and Dan Brogger weren’t sure they would ever witness when their son was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb.

The danger of button batteries

June 29, 2021

Button cell batteries, the flat, coin-shaped batteries found in many toys, watches and remote controls, can do serious internal damage if accidentally swallowed. UC Davis pediatric emergency physicians warn families to keep these batteries secure and out of children’s reach.

Annual Walmart and Sam’s Club Campaign benefiting local kids kicks off Monday

June 25, 2021

Help kids live better when you shop. All donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) stay local to help treat sick and injured kids in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s 33-county service area.

Long-standing genomic medicine partnership expands specialty care for children in region

June 22, 2021

A seven-year telemedicine partnership between the UC Davis MIND Institute and Dignity Health ensures that more children with genetic disorders receive quick, convenient specialty care. The success is due to high-quality robots and a commitment to improving access to genomic medicine. 

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2021-2023

June 17, 2021

From blood pressure monitoring to cellular therapy for neuroblastoma treatment, UC Davis Children’s Hospital continues to be on the cutting edge thanks to generous donations from CMN. This year’s grant winners are the best of the best in pediatric clinical care and research.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital again named among nation’s best

June 15, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric specialty areas: neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

Want to help sick Sacramento children? Then ‘Scoop Scoot’ on July 16

June 11, 2021

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the California Family Fitness Scoop Scoot 2021. The family-friendly event raises funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports kids while they are in the hospital.

Teens and acne: Top tips to clearer skin

June 9, 2021

Eighty-five percent of teenagers are affected by acne during their teenage years and more than 50 million people have acne in the U.S. June is acne awareness month and we asked UC Davis pediatric dermatologist Smita Awasthi for her top tips to help teens on the path to clearer skin.

Extra, extra, read all about it in the latest issue of The Pediatric Press

June 7, 2021

The Pediatric Press, the online newsletter of UC Davis Children's Hospital, has published its summer issue. The summer edition includes stories about hospital awards, research developments, patient milestones, new clinic openings and other successes within the pediatric units.

Cardiac arrest: Save a life in five steps with guidance from Project ADAM Sacramento

June 4, 2021

CPR/AED Awareness Week is a solemn reminder of cardiac arrest statistics. The good news? UC Davis has free education and training available so you can provide lifesaving assistance through a program called project ADAM.

Rapid whole genome sequencing leads to better outcomes for babies, lower medical costs

June 4, 2021

A study published today outlined the success of Project Baby Bear, a real-world quality improvement program designed to test the clinical and economic value of using rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to diagnose and guide treatment for infants with unexplained rare disease.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital welcomes new facility dog Daniels (video)

June 3, 2021

The newest employee at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has a wet nose and a wagging tail! Facility Dog Daniels works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to help calm, comfort and motivate young patients going through medical procedures and long hospital stays.

Heather Siefkes receives 2021 Eli Gold Prize

June 1, 2021

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, received the 2021 Eli Gold Prize. Siefkes works in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and is the medical director of Project ADAM Sacramento.

May 2021

Three-dimensional models provide road map to cloacal repairs (video)

May 28, 2021

Three-dimensional printed models, created at the 3D PrintViz Lab on the UC Davis Health campus, have helped surgical teams plan for cloacal surgery in children. These models provide a veritable road map that makes all the difference. 

Record-setting month of giving at Jersey Mike's raises $80K for UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 27, 2021

Jersey Mike’s Sacramento-area franchises raised more than $80,000 for UC Davis Children’s hospital in March, setting a new record during the chain’s annual Month of Giving fundraiser. Sick and injured kids across 33 local counties benefit from Jersey Mike’s efforts.

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2021 champion

May 25, 2021

A patient since before he was born, Casey Dyke has lived his best life, thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital donors. He’s now the Children’s Miracle Network Champion representing UC Davis for 2021.

Ulfat Shaikh appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality committee

May 21, 2021

Ulfat Shaikh, medical director for health care quality and professor of pediatrics at UC Davis Health, has been appointed to the Children’s Hospitals Association’s Next Generation of Quality Steering Committee. The committee includes 11 members representing children’s hospitals across the country.

UC Davis Medical Center’s obstetric anesthesia service named Center of Excellence

May 14, 2021

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology this week  announced that UC Davis Medical Center has attained its prestigious Center of Excellence designation. The medical center was one of 17 institutions and programs globally to earn the designation this year.

UC Davis Health now enrolling children ages 12-17 for Novavax coronavirus vaccine trial

May 7, 2021

UC Davis Health will soon launch a stage 3 clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12-17 with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Novavax. The two-year study aims to enroll 100 participants.

Sacramento girl supports UC Davis Facility Dog program with Bat Mitzvah gifts

May 4, 2021

The word mitzvah means “good deed,” and Sacramento resident Meredith Bluth celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month with a very good deed indeed: she invited her friends and family to donate to the UC Davis Facility Dog program.

Unexpected medical condition prompts early delivery for mom’s sixth pregnancy

May 3, 2021

When Antelope resident Martel Calabretta was pregnant with her sixth baby, she was a seasoned veteran. But early on, she realized that baby number six was a very different pregnancy and required the specialty care that UC Davis Health provides.

April 2021

Little magnets are a big health hazard when swallowed

April 27, 2021

They are colorful, bite-size, fun to play with, and capable of punching holes in your intestines if swallowed. UC Davis experts warn parents to steer clear of neodymium magnets. Often called rare-earth magnets, these are the strongest magnets available commercially.

New ultrasound equipment means fewer needle 'pokes' and less stress for pediatric patients

April 23, 2021

Since veins are harder to see in children, ultrasound guided assistance is a game changer for kids and medical staff. Thanks to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals grant, placing a needle is now much easier.

Join the St. Baldrick’s virtual shave party!

April 22, 2021

COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual version of this year’s Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research. So far, more than $23,000 has been raised to help fight pediatric cancer.

Children’s Miracle Network partner Costco will raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital in May

April 22, 2021

Costco members and employees are not letting the pandemic stand in the way of making a difference for sick and injured kids. Shop online or in-store during Miracle Month and donations stay local to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

IHI and DAISY Foundation honor UC Davis nurses for commitment to patient care

April 19, 2021

UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) clinical nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu has been announced as the individual award recipient at this year’s 2021 DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Children’s Hospital nurse educator Michelle Linenberger also received an Honorable Mention from the DAISY Foundation and IHI.

Sib Sacks program aims to provide support to pediatric patients’ brothers and sisters

April 12, 2021

Having a sick or injured child is stressful for the whole family, including brothers and sisters. Enter Sib Sacks, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals-funded Child Life program designed to address siblings’ unique needs.

Unexpected birth in UC Davis Medical Center parking garage

April 9, 2021

Off-duty Adventist Health Lodi Memorial labor and delivery nurse came to the rescue when Madison Fritter gave birth in the UC Davis Medical Center parking garage.

Even before COVID-19 pandemic, youth suicide already at record high

April 8, 2021

Isolation and distancing are amplifying challenges that children and teens already experience. Experts are worried that studies being conducted now will show a continued increase in suicide rates, which have been going up over the last decade.

Wireless monitors mean kids receiving intensive care will soon be back on the move

April 5, 2021

In the past, UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit patients were dependent on in-room monitors to provide critical vitals to staff. But now, a CMN-funded monitor conversion will give kids some freedom while hospitalized.

Child with MIS-C receives life-saving care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

April 2, 2021

Six-year-old Santiago came down with chills that quickly progressed to a rash, high fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is his journey with MIS-C, the condition that is associated with COVID-19 that affects children.

Beads of Courage offers visual reminder of the strength, resilience of young patients (video)

April 2, 2021

Emily Love‘s journey with leukemia is memorialized in beads. Every poke, every procedure, every hospitalization, measured in colorful little treasures. It’s a visual story that could span the length of a room. Find out how the Beads of Courage program has supported our patients for more than 12 years.

March 2021

Pediatric kidney stone program adds new clinic location

March 31, 2021

UC Davis Health opens a second pediatric kidney stone clinic today in Sacramento. Located in the Glassrock Clinic, this new clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients with kidney stone disease.

Hospitalized kids benefit from Jersey Mike's 'Day of Giving' this Wednesday, March 31

March 30, 2021

Jersey Mike’s restaurant’s 11th annual ‘Day of Giving’ caps off month-long fundraiser for charity. Local franchisees to give all proceeds to help kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Transplant provides new hope for 14-year-old with chronic kidney disease

March 29, 2021

More than a year ago, 14-year-old Aija Hall and her mother Angela Lasseter received the devastating news that she had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease in which scar tissue develops on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.

Pediatric patients shine at Creative Arts Festival (video)

March 17, 2021

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department held their third annual Creative Arts Festival safely at the West Wind Drive-In Theater in Sacramento. A virtual art gallery highlighted 19 pieces of patient-made art and 17 patient-made films were screened.

Girl gets life-saving dialysis at home through peritoneal dialysis program (Video)

March 11, 2021

Launched in 2016, the outpatient peritoneal dialysis program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides pediatric patients and their families with training on home-based peritoneal dialysis, while patients await a kidney transplant. It has been a lifeline for parents like Aija Hall.

Duffle bags filled with essentials give sense of autonomy, dignity to at-risk foster youth

March 10, 2021

When children are discharged from the hospital and go into foster care, they typically leave with all of their possessions in a plastic bag. Now, thanks to pediatric social workers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, these children receive a MAARY bag to help during this difficult transition. MAARY is an acronym for Marginalized and At Risk Youth.

How to help your child through loss, sickness due to COVID-19

March 5, 2021

Since the pandemic started, many parents have wondered how to help their child(ren) cope with their fears and anxiety. In many cases, they’re also helping children handle the illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 as. Certified Child Life Specialist Marisa Martinez answers some frequently asked questions and provides tips and resources for parents and families.

When to start potty training: what age should kids start (and do boys really take longer)?

March 3, 2021

What parents need to know about potty training: What age should you start? Do boys really take longer? Why are kids learning at later ages? Here’s the breakdown.

First stem cell clinical trial for spina bifida treatment announced

March 1, 2021

A UC Davis Health team today announced the launch of the world’s first FDA-approved human clinical trial to treat the most serious form of spina bifida. The trial involves the use of stem cells, applied during a surgery before birth.

February 2021

Easter basket supplies needed for hospitalized children

February 26, 2021

UC Davis employees, students and the public are invited to make Easter special for children hospitalized at UC Davis Children’s Hospital this year, by helping to provide Easter baskets filled with goodies. The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is currently accepting donations for Easter basket supplies through their Amazon wish list.

Casey Dyke lives normal teen life after 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia, cholesteatoma (video)

February 25, 2021

Casey Dyke has been told he is a mended little miracle. With 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia and cholesteatoma under his belt, he is now 16 years old and living his best life.

Boy receives life-changing cardiac catheterization for rare heart condition

February 24, 2021

Twelve-year-old Dane Gaffney had an extremely rare case that many pediatric cardiologists may see once in their career or not at all. Coarctation of the aorta is usually caught early in infancy and if left untreated as an infant, is fatal.

After bumpy start to life, Thea gets care she needs from UC Davis Health

February 22, 2021

Shortly after birth, Thea experienced trouble breathing. She was transferred to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome with Pierre Robin Sequence, two genetic disorders that can cause vision, hearing and joint problems, as well as a U-shaped cleft palate and breathing difficulties.

Transport Nurses Day recognizes team for life-saving care

February 18, 2021

 The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team specializes in bringing an advanced level of care to infants and children at surrounding community hospitals, where appropriate resources may not be available.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report now available

February 17, 2021

The latest edition of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Annual Report is now available. The publication covers2019-2020, an historic year that included the coronavirus and the separation of craniopagus twins.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for higher quality in maternity care

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic now offers pediatric gastroenterology services

February 10, 2021

Pediatric gastroenterology services are now offered at the UC Davis Health Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic. UC Davis pediatric gastroenterologists Arthur de Lorimier and Kelly Haas will provide service at this clinic twice a month.

UC Davis Health paper shows how simulation education helps learners spot patient safety hazards

February 9, 2021

A paper was recently published in Pediatric Emergency Care highlighting the success of a simulation activity focused on helping health professions students and trainees identify and report patient safety hazards in the emergency department.

Panda Express donation of $444,604 supports emotional wellbeing of pediatric patients

February 9, 2021

Panda Express' annual fundraising efforts positively impact local patients and families. The restaurant chain donated nearly $450,000 raised in 2020 to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Spirit Halloween breaks record, raises $101,694 for hospitalized children despite pandemic

February 5, 2021

UC Davis Children's Hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy department gets a big boost from local specialty store.

Nursing leader Judie Boehmer named board president of Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House

February 4, 2021

Judie Boehmer, a nursing executive at UC Davis Health, has been appointed board president for Sacramento’s Ronald McDonald House. 

NICU graduation celebrates milestone for families

February 3, 2021

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has created a new tradition to help families mark a special milestone when leaving the neonatal intensive care unit: A NICU graduation.

January 2021

First-of-its-kind health clinic for foster children opens in Sacramento

January 29, 2021

UC Davis Health has partnered with the Sacramento County Health Center to open a first-of-its-kind clinic in Sacramento to provide medical care for children in the foster care system.

New motility testing now available for pediatric GI patients

January 26, 2021

Maheen Hassan brings new expertise to the Sacramento region, offering motility testing for pediatric gastroenterology patients. Tests now available include esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient enters Rock Your Scar contest

January 22, 2021

Two-year-old Leo Woo has already had two successful heart surgeries, thanks to UC Davis pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Gary Raff. Leo’s parents Sarah Ehrman and Chris Woo have entered Leo in this year’s Rock Your Scar, a national contest hosted by Mended Little Hearts to raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

Virtual car seat education, inspections now available at UC Davis Health

January 21, 2021

The public can receive free, virtual car seat education and inspections, as well as socially distant car seat installations in English and Spanish, thanks to the UC Davis Trauma Prevention and Outreach Department.

Fewer behavior problems in young foster care kids after PC-CARE program

January 14, 2021

A new study finds that young children in the foster care system demonstrated fewer behavior problems after participating in an innovative seven-week intervention. The program is called PC-CARE, and was pioneered at UC Davis CAARE Center.

Six tips for teaching kids to swallow pills

January 8, 2021

For many children, taking medicine is literally a tough pill to swallow. At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, child life specialists teach kids this new skill of swallowing pills, when liquid medicine and chewable tablets are not options. The team shares six tips.

Mixed reality goggles, 3D printing aid in surgical planning to separate craniopagus twins

January 4, 2021

The surgical team that separated conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela had access to equipment and technology that did not exist 10 years ago, including mixed reality imaging goggles that map out the brain and blood vessels and 3D printed models of the twins’ skulls as they prepared to successfully separate the two girls.

December 2020

Virtual Toy Drive raises more than $21,000 for hospitalized kids

December 28, 2020

The holidays were merry and bright for hospitalized kids at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, thanks to more than $21,000 that was raised during this year’s Virtual Toy Drive. The toy drive provided free toys for every hospitalized child, from infants through teens. Toys were also given to pediatric patients in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s pediatric infusion room as well as to children served by the UC Davis CAARE Center.

‘Miracle babies’: Formerly conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela home for Christmas

December 24, 2020

Christmas came early for the Bachinskiy family today: formerly conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela were discharged from UC Davis Children’s Hospital and will be spending their first Christmas together at home. The 11-month-old craniopagus conjoined twins, born connected at the head, were separated in a 24-hour separation surgery.

Deftones donate $52,500 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital through Adopt-a-Dot campaign

December 17, 2020

Closing out 2020 on a very positive note, Deftones have completed their ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ fundraiser and made a donation of $52,500 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The Grammy Award-winning band Deftones launched their philanthropic campaign in September called ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ based on their album, “Ohms.” The cover art, created by Frank Maddocks, features thousands of pixelated dots, and fans could make a charitable donation for one or more dots. Donors uploaded photos to Deftones.com/Adopt, adding yet another dimension to the artwork and claiming a spot of their own.

Pregnant mom battles COVID-19, delivers baby while in ICU

December 10, 2020

Diana Estrada-Arauza was the picture of health. She was 33 years old. No preexisting conditions. But when she was seven months pregnant, she became sick with the coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU to get the acute care that she and her unborn baby needed.

Spanish radio station listeners donate $267,794 to help kids

December 9, 2020

Long-time Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals media partner comes through in 2020, raising much needed funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Holiday Round Up for Kids campaign underway at local Ace Hardware stores

December 7, 2020

Shop for the holidays and sick and injured kids get a gift, too. Ace Hardware encourages customers to round up their change this holiday season to help pediatric patients in Northern California.

Kidney and brain injuries linked to diabetic ketoacidosis

December 4, 2020

UC Davis Health experts have identified factors that make children with diabetic ketoacidosis more likely to experience acute kidney injury. The results may eventually lead to new options and better treatments for the dangerous condition. 

Pediatric Heart Center hosted international conference

December 2, 2020

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center hosted an international pediatric cardiology conference via Zoom this fall with the pediatric cardiology team from Sejong Cardiac Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

A new emergency waiting room, designed just for kids

December 1, 2020

The UC Davis pediatric emergency department today unveiled a brand new waiting room, specially designed for kids. Boasting bright colors and a child-friendly design, this new 500-square-foot area provides a comfortable space for young patients and their families that is private and separate from the adult emergency waiting area.

November 2020

Give a holiday gift to a child in the hospital from the comfort of home

November 23, 2020

The second annual Virtual Holiday Toy Drive for UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now live. Those interested can make a donation or purchase through an Amazon wish list.

Despite cardiac tumors and hydrops, baby beats the odds

November 17, 2020

When her baby was diagnosed in the womb with multiple cardiac tumors and hydrops, Tabitha Downs relied on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital team to help save her unborn baby’s life.

State stem cell agency funds clinical trial for spina bifida treatment

November 12, 2020

California’s stem cell agency awarded funding to UC Davis Health researchers for the first human clinical trial using stem cells to treat spina bifida.

New effort to help children manage pain

November 6, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients can now receive help for their pain from an interdisciplinary team of pediatric pain consultants who take a holistic approach.

October 2020

Rare set of conjoined twins successfully separated in 24-hour surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

October 29, 2020

Nine-month-old conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela Bachinskiy are recovering at UC Davis Children’s Hospital after surgeons successfully separated them in a marathon surgery on Oct. 23 and 24.

Four tips to help children adjust to daylight saving time

October 23, 2020

Daylight saving time starts 11/1. Follow these four tips to help you and your kids adjust to the time change.

Epilepsy expert selected as neurology department chair

October 20, 2020

The UC Davis School of Medicine appointed internationally recognized neurologist Amy Brooks-Kayal professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Neurology.

COVID-19 is making Halloween 2020 a different kind of scary

October 15, 2020

COVID-19 and trick-or-treating are a dangerous mix, say public health experts, and they worry about new surges in coronavirus cases because COVID-fatigued people won’t heed the warnings.

Pickleberry Pie hosts monthly virtual concert series with UC Davis Children’s Hospital

October 15, 2020

Pickleberry Pie will perform live concerts on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Facebook page monthly for hospitalized patients and the public.

NICU webcam program positively impacts parents, study finds

October 14, 2020

NICU parents feel more involved in their infant’s care, more likely to provide breastmilk to their baby when they can watch their child in the NICU, thanks to a webcam.

Three-year-old patient with spina bifida walks, runs, thanks to fetal surgery (video)

October 13, 2020

Three years ago, Chloe MacCullough received the life-changing news that her unborn child had spina bifida. She thanks the team at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center for the surgery that changed her son’s life.

How to help babies, toddlers sleep through the night

October 7, 2020

UC Davis pediatrician Lena van der List offers sleep tips for babies, toddlers.