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October 2020

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.

Children’s Bereavement Art Workshop scheduled for November

October 6, 2020

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will host a free, virtual, three-session children’s bereavement art workshop on Nov. 5, 12 and 19.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Child Life

October 2, 2020

Spirit Halloween will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital again through its fundraising this Halloween season.

September 2020

Sleepiness leads to dangerous diabetes diagnosis

September 30, 2020

Ameiah Williams’ 450+ blood sugar levels were a medical emergency.

Six tips to make the flu shot less scary for your child

September 30, 2020

Flu shot season can bring stress and anxiety for many children. Follow these 6 tips to make flu shot time less scary.

Congenital heart patient receives continued care from heart nurse through the years

September 29, 2020

Born with only three functioning heart chambers instead of four, Amanda had health challenges from her very first day of life. But pediatric heart nurse Barb Goebel has helped shepherd her care into adulthood.

New grant will help rural hospitals care for moms with opioid use disorder

September 28, 2020

UC Davis Health will help rural maternal and infant health care providers care for pregnant and post-partum mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants.

Spina bifida: Surgery plus stem cells before birth could improve outcomes (video)

September 24, 2020

A UC Davis Health fetal surgeon and a stem cell scientist have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test a one-of-a-kind spina bifida treatment that combines surgery with stem cells.

Multiple surgeries at UC Davis Children’s Hospital save preemie’s life

September 24, 2020

Life-threatening condition is no match for Alfredo Moran-Arias and his UC Davis doctors.

Pandemic prompts local family to pay it forward

September 24, 2020

The Martino's honor their son's memory with a donation to UC Davis Children's Hospital Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Deftones raises funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through Adopt-a-Dot campaign

September 23, 2020

The Grammy Award-winning band Deftones has launched a philanthropic campaign called ‘Adopt-a-Dot’ based on their forthcoming album, Ohms. All proceeds will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Live Nation’s ‘Crew Nation,’ a global relief fund for live music crews who have been impacted by COVID-19. Donations can be made at Deftones.com/Adopt.

How to celebrate Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 22, 2020

Halloween can still be spooktacular with a little planning and imagination. UC Davis chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg offers families guidance and ideas that will keep the spirit of the season alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wraparound program receives $966,049 to help youth injured by violence

September 18, 2020

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) has awarded UC Davis Health’s Wraparound Violence Intervention Program $966,049 in funding to combat violence in the Sacramento area. The program is designed to support victims of violence and reduce the likelihood of subsequent violence involvement and re-injury through intensive, relationship-based, individualized community case management services.

NICU mom becomes NICU nurse

September 16, 2020

After her daughter spent 80 days in the NICU, Jennifer Swenson decided to spend her life giving back to other families as a neonatal nurse.

Comfort Commitment helps kids better cope with painful procedures in the hospital

September 11, 2020

Comfort and pain management have always been paramount in UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s approach to care. A new hospital initiative called Comfort Commitment launched this month, which provides a standardized approach to help pediatric patients better cope with distressing procedures and decrease pain and anxiety.

Collaborative care for justice-involved youth is focus of AAP statement by UC Davis doctor

September 9, 2020

Youth involved in the justice system are more likely to have unmet medical, mental health and social needs, are more likely to be youth of color and are more likely to have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This was outlined in the recently published policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, authored by UC Davis pediatrician Mikah Owen and University of Alabama at Birmingham adolescent medicine physician Stephenie Wallace.

Bedwetting solutions: Expert pediatrician offers help for kids

September 4, 2020

We asked UC Davis pediatrician Lena van der List about causes, strategies and solutions that can help families beat the bedwetting blues.

Duck Dash goes virtual on Sept. 26 to raise funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy

September 3, 2020

The 8th annual Duck Dash will take place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

7-year-old’s cancer diagnosis led her family to seek out UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Lor Randall

September 2, 2020

Lydia Alwan’s family wanted to save their daughter’s leg and her life.

August 2020

COVID-19 Labor Day playbook: Keep it small. Wear masks. Hold at 6 feet. Don’t give in.

August 31, 2020

UC Davis experts urge you to help stop another explosion of COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend – which could be a crossroads in the fight against the coronavirus – and they offer tips to stay safe.

Once a NICU baby, Haley Nagle gives back as a NICU nurse

August 27, 2020

Born at 36 weeks and at 3 pounds, Haley Nagle spent her first three weeks of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Now she is a nurse in the UC Davis NICU, providing care to families during their babies’ first days of life.

Triple the joy: How UC Davis Health handled a very special delivery

August 26, 2020

When Mali-born singer-songwriter Awa Sangho and her husband Ernest Moreno found out she was pregnant with triplets, she turned to UC Davis Health. 

UC Davis Children’s Hospital helps local boy with kidney disease hold onto hope

August 25, 2020

Justin Ramirez continues to look forward despite his failing kidney.

Costco to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during annual Miracle Balloon Campaign

August 24, 2020

CMN’s long-time partner doesn’t let COVID-19 stop the giving.

What you need to know about breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

August 24, 2020

Laura Kair, medical director of Well Newborn Care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, addresses some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children’s Miracle Network awards grants to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for 2020-2022

August 19, 2020

More than $260,000 in CMN donations will support the work of pediatric clinicians and researchers.

Advice about kids and COVID-19 from UC Davis Health expert

August 18, 2020

More and more evidence shows that coronavirus infections among children are increasing, and that kids can also get seriously ill. Children’s infectious disease expert Dean Blumberg offers help.

Strategies for supplementation to breastfed newborns vary widely among U.S. hospitals

August 17, 2020

A study led by UC Davis Health found considerable differences in the management of breastfed infants across U.S. hospitals, especially in terms of criteria for medically-indicated supplementation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mothers can still safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions

August 13, 2020

Mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 can safely breastfeed with appropriate precautions and the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh potential risks, according to a review article published in the American Journal of Perinatology.

Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California

August 11, 2020

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One. 

Fetal interventions help baby with hydrops

August 7, 2020

Amanda Brazeal was pregnant for the second time. She expected an easy delivery. She could not have known that her baby would have hydrops, a life-threatening condition in which an abnormal amount of fluid builds up in the unborn child.

Zulresso brings mother back from postpartum depression

August 5, 2020

The birth of her son should have been a happy time for this new mother. But for Bari, the first three months after she delivered her baby boy were dark. But after taking Zulresso, the first intravenous drug for the treatment of postpartum depression to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), she is able to find joy in her life once more. 

Panda Cares Day supports UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients

August 5, 2020

On August 8, order online using PandaCaresDay promo code to help local kids.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is named gold safe sleep champion by National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program

August 3, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a gold safe sleep champion for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

July 2020

UC Davis Health helps two Fontan patients fulfill their dreams of motherhood

July 31, 2020

Before the Fontan procedure, most children born with single ventricles would die before their second birthday. These days, the survival rate of these patients has extended through young adulthood and now patients with prior Fontan procedures are interested in trying to have children. UC Davis Health helped two of these patients this year.

UC Davis experts detail common mistakes about COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Infectious disease experts offer a guide through the science that explains some of the most common mistakes, ranging from hand sanitizer and gloves to herd immunity and long-term impacts.

How to talk about racism with children

July 28, 2020

As our country continues a national conversation about racial injustice, UC Davis pediatrician Mikah Owen shares his thoughts on how parents can talk to their children about race and help create more equity in children’s health. Read the Spanish version. 

Gastroschisis patient now a happy, healthy 2-year-old

July 24, 2020

Early in her pregnancy, Liz Curtis received the life-changing news that her baby had gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines are outside of the body, due to a hole in the abdominal wall. 

10-year-old girl fights leukemia battle with resilience, grace

July 22, 2020

When Jessenia Muro was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), she turned to the UC Davis Children's Hospital care team. 

Children’s Miracle Network donations help fund community hospital outreach program

July 22, 2020

CMN grant helps UC Davis Children’s Hospital expand Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions (PACES).

UC Davis nurses raise funds for Make-a-Wish kids

July 21, 2020

UC Davis nurses Kendra Teetsle, Janeen Robinson and Deborah Woods are participating in the first Make-a-Wish Trail Blaze Challenge on Aug. 15 to raise funds to support pediatric patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital. 

UC Davis Medical Center rated among the Best Maternity Care Hospitals by Newsweek

July 17, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center is one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals in 2020, according to rankings released today.

Walmart and Sam’s Club CMN Campaign extended to July 31

July 17, 2020

Local store associates continue to #HelpKidsLiveBetter by fundraising for UC Davis Children’s Hospital through July 31.

Teen’s heart is still going strong thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

July 16, 2020

UC Davis pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons gave Damian Del Rio a chance at a future.

Radio stations dedicate 72 hours to UC Davis Children’s Hospital fundraising efforts

July 16, 2020

Radio listeners help sick and injured children in 33-county service area.

UC Davis Children's Hospital gives local girl every opportunity to just be a kid

July 14, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini's two rare diagnoses warrant ongoing, specialized care but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life.

Stephanie Crossen, Daphne Say receive 2020 Eli Gold Prize

July 10, 2020

Stephanie Crossen, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric endocrinologist, and Daphne Say, health sciences assistant clinical professor and pediatric gastroenterologist, have received the 2020 Eli Gold Prize this month.

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy team adapts activities, crafts, even bingo for kids during COVID-19

July 9, 2020

Nothing will ever take the place of in-person contact but the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in new ways to provide activities, crafts, music and art groups to pediatric patients.

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announces local 2020 champion

July 8, 2020

Isabella Lazzerini has been a patient at UC Davis Children's Hospital since she was three days old.

UC Davis Health saves 2-year-old with dangerously high blood pressure

July 7, 2020

When Owen had an MRI appointment at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, his parents got the shocking news that Owen needed to be immediately transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital via ambulance for monitoring and blood pressure control. 

Walmart and Sam’s Club CMN campaign: The show goes on

July 2, 2020

"Appreciation Tour" takes UC Davis Children's Hospital leadership from Modesto to Redding

CMN grant funds non-English caregiver booklets about home care of pediatric G-tube patients

July 1, 2020

Russian and Spanish language guides help caregivers understand their child’s gastrostomy tube.

June 2020

A primer on sun safety from a UC Davis Health expert

June 26, 2020

It’s summer, which means UC Davis pediatricians are fielding questions from families about sunscreen, sunburn and how to best protect children from the Sacramento sun.

UC Davis Health helps bring triplets into the world during COVID-19 pandemic

June 24, 2020

When Amanda Boucher found out that she was expecting triplets, she turned to UC Davis Medical Center, which offers expertise across all areas of high-risk obstetrical care.   

UC Davis Health provides telehealth services to 14 counties in new Partnership HealthPlan of California affiliation

June 23, 2020

UC Davis Health has entered into a new agreement to provide pediatric telehealth services to the 14 Northern California counties that Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) serves, starting July 1, 2020.

Defining paths to possible mother to child coronavirus transmission

June 23, 2020

UC Davis Health physicians defined the conditions of viral transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy and delivery.

Project Baby Bear shows genomic sequencing for infants in intensive care yields life-changing benefits and medical cost savings

June 18, 2020

In a pilot program funded by the State of California, Project Baby Bear demonstrated that a rapid precision medicine program for critically ill babies enrolled in Medi-Cal produced better health outcomes and reduced suffering for the infants while decreasing the cost of their care. UC Davis Children’s Hospital was one of five participating hospitals statewide in the pilot program. The pilot program was started at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

UC Davis Health’s Wraparound program celebrates two years

June 18, 2020

For the past two years, the UC Davis Health Wraparound program has been offering the Oak Park community ongoing support for these violently injured young people as they return home and recover from their trauma. Last year, the program expanded support to include patients from six other neighborhoods in Sacramento County that have high rates of community violence.   

Walmart #HelpsKidsLiveBetter through their support of CMN at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

June 17, 2020

All funds stay local when you round up at the register beginning June 22.

UC Davis Health replaces car seat challenge with new standard of care

June 17, 2020

UC Davis Health is no longer performing routine car seat challenges for newborn infants before hospital discharge.

Noninvasive fetal oxygen monitor could make for safer deliveries

June 17, 2020

A device to directly measure blood oxygen saturation in a fetus during labor has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. By providing better information about the health of a fetus right before birth, the device could both reduce the rate of cesarean sections and improve outcomes in difficult deliveries.

Among the nation’s best

June 16, 2020

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in four pediatric specialties in the new 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report, published online today. 

With the help of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, pediatric patient gets to celebrate turning nine years old

June 16, 2020

Every birthday is a milestone when you have cystic fibrosis.

New UC Davis cystic fibrosis parent peer support group launched

June 15, 2020

A new parent peer support group launched on Saturday via Zoom for parents and families of UC Davis pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

Crossen leads telehealth how-to videos for Pediatric Endocrine Society

June 15, 2020

As more health care providers adapt to telehealth to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are finding occasional challenges with the experience when it’s new to them. Now, some help is available in a new set of how-to videos for health care providers from UC Davis pediatric endocrinologist Stephanie Crossen.

Northern California hospital partnership saves local girl’s life

June 11, 2020

From Red Bluff to Redding to Sacramento, Harper Bruckenstein held on for dear life.

How schools might reopen safely amid coronavirus pandemic

June 9, 2020

We asked Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, about some health and safety measures that K-12 schools should consider when navigating reopenings.

Pediatric resident promotes health equity

June 8, 2020

An abstract by UC Davis pediatric resident Jess Huang has been accepted as a poster presentation at this month’s Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH)’s Healthcare Communication Virtual Research Forum.

Q&A with new community pediatrician Mikah Owen

June 1, 2020

A Q&A with Mikah Owen, who joined UC Davis Health last month as an assistant clinical professor in pediatrics, with a focus on community pediatrics.

May 2020

UC Davis infectious disease experts have some warnings about COVID-19 and summer

May 29, 2020

Summer means warm weather and relaxed social restrictions for COVID-19, but UC Davis experts warn that the disease may stay just as contagious, especially with large gatherings.

UC Davis Health scores big at Healthcare Advertising Awards

May 28, 2020

UC Davis Health scored big at the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, the largest health care advertising awards competition in America.

Distance learning brings later school start times, chance for more sleep for children

May 27, 2020

As schools across the country have turned to distance learning during COVID-19, a new opportunity has emerged for children: later school start times – and the chance for more sleep.

Breastfeeding moms find valuable support online despite COVID-19

May 26, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, UC Davis Health moved its in-person weekly breastfeeding support group online. The lactation team now hosts Zoom meetings, providing the same resource that new mothers can access from the comfort of home. 

Local girl's kindness rocks the UC Davis Health campus

May 22, 2020

Scarlett Bronner turned her passion for painting rocks into an inspiring way to show health care workers how much they are appreciated.

Diana Farmer receives APSNA’s Champion Award

May 21, 2020

Diana Farmer, chair of surgery at UC Davis Health and surgeon-in chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the Champion Award by the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA).

Troubling COVID-19 syndrome identified in children

May 19, 2020

A newly identified and severe inflammatory syndrome – similar to Kawasaki disease  ̶  has been linked to the coronavirus causing COVID-19 in about 200 children in the United States and Europe.

'Pillow Project' makes UC Davis Leukodystrophy Clinic patients comfortable

May 15, 2020

Young leukodystrophy patients who are seen at the UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center and UC Davis Medical Center will be getting specially made positioning pillows to make their visits more comfortable, courtesy of a partnership between the UC Davis Leukodystrophy Subspecialty Clinic and the Olivia Kay Foundation.

UC Davis pediatric orthopaedic surgeon gives teen another chance at sports...and a future

May 13, 2020

Emma Voorhies' knee injury initially sidelined her, but thanks to UC Davis Children's Hospital, she can look forward to playing again.

Six tips to keep children safe from falling from windows

May 11, 2020

Each year about 5,000 children are treated for window fall-related injuries in hospital emergency departments across the country. Here are some tips to help keep children safe from window falls. 

An extraordinary beginning for sisters born at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 8, 2020

Momo twins Isabella and Sofia Walker beat the odds in more ways than one.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital celebrates mom

May 8, 2020

Mothers of hospitalized pediatric patients received extra love and gratitude today at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

Year of the Nurse blog, Bertha Ramirez-Preciado: 'This is something you can't learn; it just comes'

May 7, 2020

UC Davis Health nurse Bertha Ramirez-Preciado knows that nursing takes more than book learning. She shares one example of how she doesn't just provide a patient's health care – she supports her and her family in every sense.

Chantry receives award for excellence in breastfeeding research

May 7, 2020

Caroline Chantry, professor emerita at the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and a volunteer clinical faculty member, is selected as this year’s Patricia Martin Annual Awardee for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research by the Journal of Human Lactation.

10 ways to protect your child from drowning

May 5, 2020

With the weather heating up, many people are heading to nearby swimming pools , rivers or the ocean. But drowning claims thousands of lives each year. Follow these tips to keep your children safe. 

Tips for enjoying the great outdoors safely during COVID-19

May 1, 2020

As Californians continue to shelter in place, many are heeding the call of the great outdoors, especially with spring weather. But how do you do so safely, and still maintain social distancing?

April 2020

Parents reminded to lock the car, put keys out of reach

April 29, 2020

With temperatures warming up in Sacramento, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child or pet to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

Pediatric neurosurgery team at UC Davis saves local boy's life

April 23, 2020

To relieve pressure on his brain, Rhoen Papini had to have part of his skull removed.

New screening provides support for at-risk families during COVID-19

April 23, 2020

UC Davis Children's Hospital this week launches a new screening to support families experiencing social and economic stressors amid COVID-19.

Masks pose dangers for babies, toddlers

April 23, 2020

UC Davis pediatricians have one simple message: Masks can be deadly for children under the age of 2.

UC Davis pediatrician shares tips on talking with children about coronavirus

April 22, 2020

UC Davis pediatrician Ellen McCleery offers tips for how to talk with your child about the coronavirus. 

Alex Lee awarded St. Baldrick's Foundation Summer Fellowship

April 21, 2020

Alex Lee, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was awarded a summer fellowship by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to childhood cancer research.

Kidney transplant for teen made possible by UC Davis Health doctors, in-house lab scientists

April 20, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Alex Gonzalez received a kidney from a deceased donor on March 22. The organ was made available for transplant surgery only through the efforts of the UC Davis Health Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine.

UC Davis Health facility dog Paloma celebrates third birthday

April 20, 2020

When UC Davis Health facility dog Paloma turned 3 years old last week, staff and pediatric patients celebrated with mini bundt cakes, dog treats and rainbow party decorations.

UC Davis pediatrician offers top recommendations for learning, exploring while at home

April 17, 2020

As families continue the challenging work of balancing learning and living at home during COVID-19, UC Davis pediatrician Ellen McCleery recommends planning a few activities for children to help lend structure to the day.

Maternal and newborn health experts at UC Davis Health share expertise on COVID-19

April 16, 2020

UC Davis experts are sharing their expertise nationally and internationally in the care of pregnant mothers and newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kids Considered continues COVID-19 podcasts, invites questions from the public

April 16, 2020

Kids Considered, the UC Davis Children’s Hospital podcast hosted by Dean Blumberg and Lena van der List, continues to post weekly episodes, providing updates about coronavirus and what parents and families need to know in simple, straightforward language.

UC Davis Medical Center receives prestigious Baby-Friendly designation

April 15, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center proudly announces achieving the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA.

New report details safety procedures in pediatric endoscopy during COVID-19

April 15, 2020

A safety protocol for endoscopy that protects health care providers working with pediatric patients with possible COVID-19.

UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit adds snack cart for families

April 15, 2020

Parents and families on the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) no longer have to leave their loved ones to get a snack in the cafeteria, thanks to UC Davis employee Teresa Campbell and the PICU team.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patient families make chalk art memories

April 13, 2020

For parents of sick or injured children, the current sidewalk chalk trend is more than just something to do while staying at home.

Q&A with quality and safety leader Ulfat Shaikh

April 13, 2020

In February, Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics, was named the Paul V. Miles Fellowship recipient for 2020 by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She answers some questions about her quality and safety goals in this new role.

Micro-preemies' lives saved by UC Davis Children's Hospital transport team and NICU

April 10, 2020

Despite being delivered at only 24 weeks, the Headrick twins' care team was determined these boys would make it. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital cancer patient still smiling after treatment

April 9, 2020

Madelyn O'Brien was born with cancer, but she has never that stop her.

Drowning victim gets to swim again thanks to UC Davis PICU

April 8, 2020

Her love of water almost cost Avery her life. But the UC Davis PICU care team got it back.

New surgical technique prevents stoma complications after appendicostomy

April 7, 2020

The risk of stoma complications after appendicostomy can be significantly lowered by a new surgical procedure.

Pediatric patients connect to art, music therapy via Zoom during COVID-19 pandemic

April 6, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the UC Davis Creative Arts Therapy team takes their daily art and music therapy groups out of the playroom and into each patient’s room via Zoom software.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program receives highest national accreditation rating

April 2, 2020

The UC Davis Medical Center’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program recently earned accreditation as a Level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

UC Davis pediatric cancer patient is loving his life

April 1, 2020

UC Davis Children's Hospital collaboration gives childhood cancer patient a chance at life.

March 2020

Child Life team chalks up hope in front of UC Davis Medical Center, Cancer Center

March 31, 2020

The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy team have penned words of encouragment in sidewalk chalk in front of entrances to the UC Davis Medical Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center.  

An unexpected thank you from the PICU/PCICU goes a long way

March 31, 2020

The Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit recently reached out to the protective service officers in the UC Davis Medical Center with an unexpected thank you, and an even more unexpected candy basket in appreciation for all the extra support they have been giving patients and their families throughout the hospital.

Coronavirus in children: Observations from Wuhan, China

March 26, 2020

New research from Wuhan, China provide insights on the manifestations of coronavirus infection in children.

UC Davis PICU saves patient’s life

March 25, 2020

Jackson Manning’s parents thought he had the flu. He didn’t.

UC Davis Children's Hospital's first fetal surgery patient is a precocious three-year-old

March 24, 2020

Matthew Saeturn-Angeles, UC Davis Children's Hospital's first ever fetal surgery patient, survives and thrives.

Home-based video visits improve glycemic control among pediatric type 1 diabetes patients

March 23, 2020

Can remote video visits help improve glycemic control and clinic attendance for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes?

Kids Considered podcast posts weekly COVID-19 episodes

March 20, 2020

Why is “flattening the curve” so important? What are the risks to pregnant women and their babies? And what are the ins and outs about social distancing? The latest Kids Considered podcast episode about COVID-19 answers these questions and more.

How UC Davis Children’s Hospital is prepared for COVID-19

March 18, 2020

As the only nationally ranked, comprehensive children’s hospital in the Sacramento region, UC Davis Children’s Hospital is uniquely positioned to care for children with critical care needs, including children with COVID-19. Here are examples of the ways the team is prepared.

UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric cardiology patient is living his best life

March 18, 2020

Local teenager continues to thrive after multiple heart surgeries at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

UC Davis Health – Shriners Hospitals partner to provide expertise to spina bifida patients

March 18, 2020

For more than 25 years, UC Davis Children’s Hospital has partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California to serve children with spina bifida like 2-year-old Remington MacCullough.

Wearable device assists people with loss of bladder function

March 13, 2020

Researchers at UC Davis are designing a wearable device to help patients with spinal cord injury recognize bladder fullness.

When cardiac arrest hits 6-year-old, UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center offers lifesaving care

March 12, 2020

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center team detected patient Greyson Anable's very rare heart condition through exploratory heart surgery and were able to save the child’s life.

Dr. Seuss books needed to launch new NICU graduation process

March 11, 2020

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy are rolling out a new NICU graduation process for all babies when they are discharged from the NICU. Babies will receive a grad cap, a grad certificate and a new copy of Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, Baby! Go, Baby!”

UC Davis Children’s Hospital receives Community Impact Grant from New York Life

March 10, 2020

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group at UC Davis Children's Hospital gets boost from New York Life.

UC Davis CAARE Center awarded grant to provide services for Juvenile Trauma Response Court 

March 5, 2020

The UC Davis CAARE Center has been awarded a three-year grant for $112,478 by Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office to provide services for a Juvenile Trauma Response Court in Sacramento County. 

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center launches new Adolescent and Young Adult oncology program

March 5, 2020

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center this week launched a new Adolescent and Young Adult oncology program. Patients will receive access to counseling and care that helps them manage the milestones and challenges that come with being a cancer patient at such a pivotal time of life.

February 2020

UC Davis Health adds two new prenatal diagnostic center clinics

February 26, 2020

The two new prenatal diagnosis center clinics in Sacramento and Stockton are UC Davis Health’s first satellite clinics to expand UC Davis Health’s services for pregnant women.

UC Davis Health expands neonatology services at Adventist Health and Rideout’s NICU

February 19, 2020

UC Davis Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with Adventist Health and Rideout (AHRO) that expands neonatology services at AHRO’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), effective Feb. 3, 2020. 

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 24

February 18, 2020

On Monday, Feb. 24, UC Davis employees, students and the public can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, as a lead-up to IHOP’s National Pancake Day.

Care close to home

February 12, 2020

When Tyana Raya-Paderes’s twins arrived early at 36 weeks, NICU care was available close to home in Lodi and they did not need to be transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Instead, UC Davis Health physicians work with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial nurses and staff to provide world-class care at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial.  

Ulfat Shaikh named 2020 Paul V. Miles Fellow

February 7, 2020

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has named Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of health care quality at UC Davis Health, the 2020 Paul V. Miles Fellow. This award is given annually to a pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children.

UC Davis CAARE Center employees honored by Department of Social Services

February 7, 2020

Jenny Landini, Dawn Blacker, Brandi Liles from the UC Davis CAARE Center were recognized by the California Department of Social Services in honor Human Trafficking Awareness month in January. They were honored by the Department of Social Services in the first Human Trafficking Awareness Month Awards Ceremony.

The truth behind 7 popular old wives’ tales about being sick

February 6, 2020

Does chicken soup have healing properties? Is it better to starve a cold and feed a fever? UC Davis pediatricians Dean Blumberg and Daphne Darmawan debunk some popular old wives’ tales about being sick.

January 2020

UC Davis Children's Hospital approved for $4.1 million in research funding for study comparing standard and virtual pediatric trauma care

January 31, 2020

A research team at UC Davis Health has been approved for a $4,199,464 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Wild Bill's Tattoo-a-thon set for Feb. 29

January 31, 2020

Wild Bill’s 19th annual Tattoo-a-thon will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to midnight at Wild Bill's. All proceeds - including tips - will be donated to support the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 

Art therapy provides kids in the hospital with familiar surroundings away from home

January 30, 2020

Thanks to a collaboration with wall art app, Mixtiles — which turn phone pics into 8"x8" photo tiles that stick and re-stick to walls — children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital can have photo frames surrounding their walls with images of family members, friends and even pets.

Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health consider a closer alliance

January 28, 2020

Leaders from Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health have entered into talks to consider ways that their partnership can positively impact the care of children in the region. The goal of the talks is to build on the success of the partnership between these two organizations that dates back to the early 1990s, when the Shriners made the decision to build a new, multi-disciplinary hospital in Sacramento.

Spirit Halloween donates $71,943 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Fellowship Program

January 27, 2020

Spirit Halloween continues support of UC Davis Children's Hospital through Spirit of Children Program

Researchers test whether SNAP benefits are enough to afford a healthy diet

January 27, 2020

Can people in low-income households afford to eat a diet that meets current U.S. healthy dietary guidelines?

Donut Dash raises funds for UC Davis Child Life on March 7

January 2, 2020

The 12th annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

December 2019

Tips for flu prevention

December 27, 2019

Depending on your age and health, the flu can be a minor nuisance or a threat to your life. With cases currently on the rise, it is a good time to take steps to protect yourself.

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed to First 5 Sacramento Commission

December 20, 2019

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, was appointed this week to the First 5 Sacramento Commission by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Nordstrom partners with CMN Hospitals this holiday season

December 16, 2019

When you purchase a $10 giving-tree card at a Sacramento area Nordstrom store, your donation will help provide life-saving care, education and research at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Voting begins for Ace Hardware's Coolest Christmas Contest

December 13, 2019

A vote for Emigh is a vote for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

49ers star, Sacramento native delivers toys to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

December 12, 2019

San Francisco 49ers star and Sacramento native Arik Armstead brought holiday cheer to UC Davis Children's Hospital by delivering toys to children undergoing treatment.

Sacramento Modular Railroaders thanked for almost a decade of service to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

December 6, 2019

Going to the doctor’s office is not something kids typically look forward to. Unless, that is, they’re headed to the pediatric specialty clinic at the Glassrock Building at UC Davis Health where a train runs continuously and has for years, thanks to a local group of railroad enthusiasts.

Out-of-state family chooses UC Davis Children's Hospital for life-changing heart procedure

December 6, 2019

Internationally renowned interventional cardiologist Frank Ing does for Katie Herrmann what others can't: perform a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure on the tiniest of patients.

November 2019

Diana Farmer recognized for global leadership

November 21, 2019

UC Davis Health's leading pediatric and fetal surgeon has won a 2020 U21 Award.

Q&A on vaping-related lung injuries

November 20, 2019

UC Davis pediatric pulmonologist Rory Kamerman-Kretzmer shares his insights on e-cigarettes and why children and adults should steer clear.   

Customized human milk provides targeted nutrition for premature babies

November 20, 2019

Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital will get customized breast milk, fortified with the nutrients, thanks to a new Miris human milk analyzer machine donated by the Children’s Miracle Network.

Constantly connected: A webcam for every NICU bed

November 18, 2019

All Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds at UC Davis Children’s Hospital are now set up with a webcam, providing parents and families with a 24/7 lifeline to see their baby remotely.

Farmer becomes a regent of the American College of Surgeons

November 14, 2019

Diana Farmer has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The 24-member board formulates policy and directs the affairs of the ACS.

Car seat safety tips for families using rideshare services, taxis

November 7, 2019

What do families need to know when using a rideshare service like Uber and Lyft with their children?

B. infantis reduces intestinal inflammation in infants

November 4, 2019

B. infantis, a strain of probiotic bacteria, reduces intestinal inflammation in infants, a new study shows.

VIDEO: UC Davis Children's Hospital launches virtual holiday toy drive

November 1, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital will launch its first virtual holiday toy drive this year at https://toydrive.ucdavis.edu.

VIDEO: Trick or treating fun, country fair-style, at UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 1, 2019

Hospitalized children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital didn't miss out on trick or treating today. The children's hospital team brought the trick or treating fun to the kids.