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UC Davis Hospice patient goes home to old Oklahoma farm ranch – one more time before forever

April 15, 2021

Through Dream Foundation and the efforts of UC Davis Hospice social worker Rebeckah Long, Jack O’Ryan was able to reconnect with family members in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and introduce his wife to his beloved aunt and uncle.

Stuart Cohen to speak at online Sacramento County Public Health community forum tonight (April 15)

April 15, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Stuart Cohen will join Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and testing. Register for the 6 p.m. online forum.

Share your thoughts about UC Davis Health’s values

April 15, 2021

As part of the strategic planning process, UC Davis Health has launched a brief survey to collect employee input on updated shared values.  

New hospital racks kick off chain of bike infrastructure projects across Sacramento campus

April 15, 2021

Coming on April 17, new bike racks (and a new configuration) in front of UC Davis Medical Center will allow for more bicycles – and tidier spaces. It’s the first of several projects that will significantly boost bike storage and encourage bike use.

Give Day (April 16–17) donors to help young ICU patients, COVID-19 test efforts, and more (video)

April 14, 2021

As a complement to Picnic Day, UC Davis Give Day builds on the momentum of last year's record-breaking fundraising event. Community donors have stepped up to offer 233 challenges worth more than $2.3 million, supporting a broad array of causes.

Vice Chancellor Lubarsky announces new structure to govern funds flow process

April 14, 2021

In an effort to advance self-governance and full participatory management, the Funds Flow Work Group will be replaced by the Academic Funds Flow Advisory Committee and the Clinical Funds Flow Advisory Committee as part of the new process.

MIND Institute showcases research, gives tour during virtual open house (video)

April 14, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute offered a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of its clinic, labs and facility recently. The event also featured research updates and a live question and answer session, and is available for anyone to view online.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Wellness Day promotes PR treatment for COPD, other chronic respiratory diseases

April 13, 2021

More than 16 million people in the US have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but only 3–4% of Medicare beneficiaries with COPD receive pulmonary rehabilitation – a highly effective treatment for COPD.

Donut Dash raises funds for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

April 13, 2021

The 13th annual Donut Dash is scheduled for May 22, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.This year’s event will look a little different from years past, with social distancing measures in place.

Earth Week activities: ‘State of Sustainability’ report, film screening, cooking with Chef Santana Diaz, yoga

April 13, 2021

April 19–23 is Earth Week at UC Davis Health, and everyone in our community is invited to participate in free, virtual events that raise awareness of environmental issues and efforts to make the health system as sustainable as possible.

UC Davis Health pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare side effect

April 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following guidance from the CDC. This will not impact our ability to vaccinate thousands of people each day. The vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are safe, and the risks of COVID-19 are still greater than not being vaccinated at all. 

Share your thoughts on safety, policing on the Sacramento campus

April 13, 2021

The UC Davis Next Generation Reforms to Advance Campus Safety Task Force is collecting input from the UC Davis Health community on public safety and campus policing via a brief survey through May 1.

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.

Share your commute feedback, enter to win prizes

April 12, 2021

The 2021 Commuter Survey, which will guide future planning and funding for the transportation, transit and parking systems that serve the UC Davis Health community, runs April 12 through April 26.

New remote patient-care technology assists patients using neuromodulation therapy

April 9, 2021

The Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program at UC Davis Health has a new tool to treat patients receiving neuromodulation therapy for movement disorders. Abbott’s  NeuroSphere Virtual Clinic is a first-of-its-kind remote patient care system. UC Davis Health is the first hospital in Northern California and among the first 10 in the United States to offer it to patients.

Military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health test their mettle — and win — in national ‘SimWars’ competition

April 9, 2021

A group of military emergency medicine residents at UC Davis Health participated for the first time in the competition, which tests teams from across the country on their medical knowledge and decision-making skills through simulation scenarios.

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.

Carl Sotherland joins Strategy Office as Director of Healthcare Market Analytics and Strategic Insight

April 9, 2021

Carl Sotherland, who spent more than 15 years at Sutter Health, will begin May 3 as the new Director of Healthcare Market Analytics and Strategic Insight for UC Davis Health’s Strategy Office. Sotherland will be responsible for providing valuable market research, analysis, and actionable insights.

Participants sought for COVID-19 vaccine trial for booster and variant protection

April 9, 2021

UC Davis Health seeks volunteers for a clinical trial to determine the efficacy of a COVID-19 booster shot and protection against the South African virus variant.

New test to study language development in youth with Down syndrome

April 8, 2021

A team led by UC Davis Health researchers tested and validated a new set of procedures for collecting, measuring and analyzing the spoken language of youth with Down syndrome in a naturalistic setting.

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.

$15 million grant to renew center studying effects of maternal infections on offspring

April 7, 2021

Discovering how infections during pregnancy can lead to psychiatric illness and developmental disorders in offspring years later is the subject of a $15.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the Conte Center at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis Medical Center ranked among World’s Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

April 7, 2021

Newsweek Magazine has named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2021 list of the “World’s Best Hospitals,” and it’s the only one so honored from the Sacramento region.

UC Health seeks volunteers to provide care to children at the border

April 7, 2021

UC Health is encouraging licensed professionals interested in providing health care services to children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border to fill out a survey stating their specialty areas and availability.

Expertise and kindness defy odds in long, precarious fight against COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Ajay Randhawa spent nearly two months in intensive care, much of it unconscious and on life support because of COVID-19. He was saved by the expertise of UC Davis Health doctors and nurses and, he says, by their kindness.

Virtual open house for new Roseville Clinic set for April 15

April 7, 2021

UC Davis Health will host a virtual open house for the recently relocated and expanded Roseville Clinic on Thursday, April 15.

Brad Simmons named Chief Administrator UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health – Hospital Division

April 7, 2021

Brad Simmons has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division. The position’s responsibilities include all inpatient care for UC Davis Health.

Digital kiosk displaying notable alums installed in Education Building

April 7, 2021

Framed portraits of distinguished alums in the Education Building have been replaced by a digital kiosk. Users can click their way through screens to view pictures and read bios of notable graduates.

Open Notes process is gaining momentum

April 6, 2021

UC Davis Health made provider notes available to patients online (via MyUCDavisHealth) last fall. As Open Notes rolled out across the country this week, providers are reminded to inform patients of what to expect when viewing those notes.

Study finds risk of leukemia higher than expected in children with Down syndrome

April 6, 2021

Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, a new study led by UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers has found.

UC urges all employees to take protective steps in wake of cyberattack on vendor service

April 5, 2021

A letter from the University of California Office of the President last Friday (April 2) encourages all employees to take steps to protect their personal and financial information, while the UC continues to investigate the incident.

OT Month: Share your appreciation for our occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants

April 5, 2021

The OT in OT Month (April) represents licensed occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants – but it should also stand for “Our Thanks,” in showing gratitude for the ways they help patients live better and thrive.

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.

Book Project panel (April 13) on mental health self-care, advocacy, and activism features UC Davis Health psychiatrist

April 5, 2021

Puja Chadha, associate clinical professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, joins author Ellen Forney on an April 13 panel discussion, as part of Campus Community Book Project events themed around Forney’s memoir.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for family members of UC Davis staff, students, and faculty opens April 5

April 2, 2021

With locations in Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, and Folsom, the asymptomatic COVID-19 testing process is quick, painless, and free. Starting Monday, April 5, testing will be available to family members of UC Davis Health staff, faculty, and students.

UC Davis Health opens two more vaccination sites in underserved areas

April 2, 2021

UC Davis Health now has three locations where residents of underserved neighborhoods can get their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to partnerships with churches and a community organization that serve vulnerable populations.

UC Davis Health’s Clinical Strategic Plan making headway as work groups form

April 2, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Clinical Strategic Plan, a roadmap for the hospital system’s next five years, has formed work groups that will convene over 15 meetings through April and May. Work groups will consist of 15 to 20 members across departments and will recommend specific initiatives to address strategic priorities.

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.

One simple principle to be a good neighbor

April 2, 2021

With UC Davis Health facilities in Sacramento and beyond surrounded by residences and businesses, it’s crucial to treat our neighbors with courtesy and respect. In short, treat nearby homes and neighborhoods like they were your own.

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.

From cheerleader to life saver

April 1, 2021

For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant is the best treatment option. This Donate a Life Month, a UC Davis Health employee gives her kidney - and a second lease on life - to a patient.

Last chance to snag your spot in the next Walker Tracker Challenge – a virtual tour of iconic ‘music cities’

April 1, 2021

The next Walker Tracker Challenge – for individuals and for teams – begins April 5 and runs through May 15. Sign up to secure one of the last remaining spots on this virtual tour of legendary “music cities” across the U.S.

MRI room makeover helps ease patient stress during radiology procedures

April 1, 2021

Medical procedures like MRIs are frightening, especially for kids. But thanks to a grant from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the radiology environment is a little less scary.

Reminder: With Skype going away June 30, IT offers resources on transitioning to MS Teams

April 1, 2021

After June 30, Skype will no longer be available to the UC Davis Health community. All users are encouraged to make the transition to MS Teams as early as possible, and IT has assembled resources to help make that switch.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks No. 4 nationally in diversity

March 31, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine is ranked No. 4 in diversity nationwide, thanks to a number of innovative programs over the past decade that draw underrepresented minority groups.

Versa Blue brings advanced radiation treatment to cancer patients

March 31, 2021

A new high-energy x-ray system that uses 3D and 4D technology to map and then apply highly precise doses of therapeutic radiation is now benefitting patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UC Davis Health recognizes Pathology & Lab Medicine Interim Director Sabrina Okimura and Path Lab team

March 31, 2021

During a special ceremony today (March 31), the UC Davis Health community celebrated the work of Pathology & Lab Medicine Interim Director Sabrina Okimura and the entire team during a challenging pandemic year.

Doctors' Day Highlight: UC Davis Health celebrates our doctors

March 31, 2021

On March 30, UC Davis Health celebrated Doctors’ Day, an annual event and opportunity to celebrate our physicians – faculty, staff, residents, and fellows – and all they do for our patients and their families. 

Recording of Point West clinic virtual open house (video)

March 31, 2021

During the March 30 event, UC Davis Health CEO and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences David Lubarsky and Chief Operating Officer-Ambulatory Care Michael Condrin thanked and congratulated the teams working on – and in – the new facility.

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.

Patient Transport team receives POP Award

March 30, 2021

Mauricio Gonzalez, Mukendi Kabeya, Rory Boeck, and Gavkaran Singh from the Patient Transport team received this month’s Point of Pride Award for their observations and quick actions that provided a patient with life-saving care.

UC Davis, UC Davis Health leaders among Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs

March 30, 2021

The Sacramento Business Journal has named UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky to its list of the Sacramento area’s Most Admired CEOs.

UC Davis schools of nursing and medicine receive high national rankings by U.S. News & World Report

March 30, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing continue to distinguish themselves as national leaders in training the next generation of health care providers and research innovator.

Studies show long-haul COVID-19 afflicts 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, regardless of severity

March 30, 2021

People who catch COVID-19 have at least a one in four chance of developing long-haul COVID with symptoms lasting months, even if they have very mild cases, are young and are in excellent health, new studies show.

UC Davis Health awarded advanced certification for ventricular assist device therapy

March 30, 2021

UC Davis Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Ventricular Assist Device Program. It is part of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, which delivers state-of-the-art care for patients with advanced heart failure.

Studying the impact of community violence on Alzheimer’s and dementia in African Americans

March 30, 2021

Michelle Ko, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. She’ll examine whether exposure to community and structural violence at different points in life is associated with a decline in cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among older African Americans.

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.

A sweet delivery for the ED and ICU teams

March 30, 2021

A retired UC Davis Health employee and a local Girl Scout troop deliver sweet treats for the emergency department and intensive care unit as a thank you for providing care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

UC Davis Transplant Center recognized

March 29, 2021

UC Davis Health leaders recognized the UC Davis Transplant Center for their many accomplishments in 2020, including ranking seventh in the country for total volume of kidney transplants.

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.

UC Davis, City of Sacramento, and developer announce Aggie Square agreement on benefits for local community

March 25, 2021

The Community Benefits Partnership Agreement would ensure inclusive economic development that reflects community priorities, including affordable housing and access to jobs. Aggie Square will also bring myriad benefits for staff, faculty, and students.

Correcting bad info and common mistakes as we move forward in the fight against COVID-19

March 25, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, new studies and new variants all emerging rapidly – not to mention made-up theories on social media, some incorrect information and downright dangerous myths may be confusing people.

Managers/leaders: Learn how to create inclusive, safe spaces through new Organizational Excellence series

March 25, 2021

Cultivate this increasingly important leadership competency and learn how to talk about race at work, develop coaching skills, create a more inclusive environment, and facilitate open dialogue. Register today; the first online workshop is April 22.

Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

March 25, 2021

In one of the largest research projects of its kind, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looks at nearly 900,000 individuals and close to 2 million mammograms to come up with a new way detect the most breast cancer cases with the fewest exams.

Greater use of electronic consents, optimized workflows boost efficiency, enhance patient experience

March 25, 2021

By prioritizing electronic consent signatures and urging providers to enter case details when they place procedure orders, UC Davis Health saw greater efficiency and accuracy in workflows and better patient experiences.

Senior dietitian shares ‘top five’ foods for a healthful diet, other practical nutrition tips (FB Live)

March 25, 2021

As part of National Nutrition Month in March, UC Davis Health senior dietitian Erin Nella participated in a Facebook Live conversation on March 25 to share helpful tips, insights and cautions on improving diet and nutrition.

UC Davis approves initial funds for new fitness center at heart of Sacramento campus

March 24, 2021

Preliminary planning is underway for a facility that includes flexible gym space, indoor/outdoor activity areas, showers, and locker rooms. It would fulfill a long-desired request of School of Medicine and School of Nursing students, faculty, and UC Davis Health employees.

Event aims to reduce microaggressions, build community during doctoral, postdoctoral training

March 24, 2021

A symposium next month aims to address the issues of microaggressions and lack of community support experienced by scholars from underrepresented groups. The event is sponsored by the MIND Institute’s Autism Research Training Program, the MIND Institute and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and will include an all-start group of presenters, including Chancellor Gary May.

Lot 28 to close March 30; new parking spaces for UC Davis Health permit holders available at EDD lot

March 24, 2021

Beginning Tuesday, March 30, Lot 28 will be fenced off and closed for Rehab Hospital construction work. To help offset that loss, 200 parking spaces for UC Davis Health permit holders will be made available at the EDD lot (Broadway and 50th Street).

Virtual open house for new Point West primary care clinic set for March 30

March 24, 2021

Join UC Davis Health CEO and Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences David Lubarsky and Chief Operating Officer-Ambulatory Care Michael Condrin for a celebration of the new clinic in Sacramento. The event will also feature a video tour.

Screen 2 Screen: Virtual breast cancer outreach to benefit Asian women

March 24, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s virtual breast cancer outreach study called Screen 2 Screen is offering free educational webinars and mammography to lower breast cancer rates in Asian American communities.

UC Davis Health tests anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as COVID-19 therapy

March 24, 2021

Dominik Haudenschild is leading a team of UC Davis researchers testing a new class of anti-inflammatory antiviral compound as a COVID-19 treatment.

Celebrating Social Workers

March 23, 2021

Melissa Morales and Terri Goehring have been honored with the Jane Addams Award for 2020 and 2021, respectively, as standout representatives of the exceptional Clinical Social Services team at UC Davis Health.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to help improve national cancer guidelines

March 23, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help improve national cancer guidelines after being elected into the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The organization has established more than 80 clinical practice guidelines covering most types of cancer as well as prevention and supportive care.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group fills critical gap in grieving process, especially during pandemic

March 23, 2021

While there are many bereavement groups intended for adults and children/teens, this program – offered by UC Davis Hospice and UC Davis Children’s Hospital – serves a segment of our community with unique needs and challenges: young adults.

Q&A on importance of advance care planning

March 22, 2021

In your life story, how do you want your “final chapter” to go? Advance care planning can provide a crucial outline. Learn more about discussing your future medical care, in this Q&A with Associate Clinical Professor Nathan Fairman.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital neonatal nurse educator shares safe sleep tips for babies (FB Live)

March 22, 2021

As part of National Sleep Awareness Month, neonatal nurse educator Janelle Beall participated in a Facebook Live conversation on March 22 to discuss safe sleep practices for infants and preventing SIDS and sleep-related deaths.

‘Just sticky enough’ compound may help patients with kidney disease (video)

March 22, 2021

A multidisciplinary team has developed a new technology that may improve arteriovenous grafts used during kidney dialysis. Approximately 468,000 people in the United States receive dialysis.

New documentary makes you think twice about aging

March 22, 2021

In “Fast-Forward,” director Michael Eric Hurtig follows four millennials and their parents as they travel through time, then navigate the realizations, conversations and mindset required to age successfully. The UC Davis Health community is invited to view the film, then join Hurtig and health experts for a panel discussion on healthy aging.

Match Day celebrates more than 100 medical students

March 19, 2021

After months of waiting, graduating medical students finally learned which training programs they will attend for the next three to seven years on their path to becoming specialists.

Public Affairs & Marketing video about UC Davis Health art collection wins national award (video)

March 19, 2021

Videographer Chris Nelson and Senior Public Information Officer Charlie Casey garnered the top prize in the “Shoestring Video” category of Ragan’s 2020 Video, Visual, and Virtual Awards for their creativity –and resourcefulness.

UC Davis Health celebrates our certified nurses

March 19, 2021

March 19, a worldwide day of recognition, honors nursing specialty, subspecialty, and advanced practice certification – and provides an opportunity to celebrate and thank certified nurses for their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to patient care.

Two UC Davis Health staff recognized by UC Women in Technology Committee for Women’s History Month

March 19, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Julie Carson and Melony Salatich are featured in an interactive timeline put together by the UC Women in Technology Committee to highlight the many IT-related contributions from women during the pandemic.

Doctors volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness (video)

March 19, 2021

A team of UC Davis Health doctors volunteered their time to immunize people experiencing homelessness near downtown Sacramento, the latest effort to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.

Med Chicks and Chill (video)

March 19, 2021

With four eggs in the nest, viewers can now enjoy another season of livestreaming video of peregrine falcons at UC Davis Medical Centers.  

UC Davis Health named Age-Friendly Health Systems Participant

March 18, 2021

UC Davis Health is leading the way in making sure that every day, every older adult receives age-friendly health care.

Oak Park church is latest venue for UC Davis Health COVID-19 community vaccinations (video)

March 17, 2021

UC Davis Health has started a weekly community vaccination clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships that have resulted in more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the underserved, essential workers and others.

COVID-19 vaccine anxiety adds to stress on family caregivers

March 17, 2021

Family caregivers are among the silent heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and now their stress is ratcheted up as they scramble to arrange vaccinations for the people they care for, often when they can’t get vaccines themselves.

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.

Where’s St. Baldrick’s on St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17, 2021

The Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research is usually held at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on St. Patrick’s Day, but COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual adaptation this year on April 23.

Employees honored at second annual Good Catch award ceremony for patient safety efforts

March 17, 2021

Two UC Davis Health employees were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to keep patients safe during the second annual Good Catch award ceremony on Tuesday (March 16), as part of Patient Safety Awareness Week.

UC reaches transformative open access agreement with Elsevier

March 16, 2021

The agreement, which goes into effect on April 1, restores UC’s direct online access to Elsevier journals, while enabling universal open access to all UC research and containing the costs associated with licensing journals.

UC Davis approved as Center of Comprehensive Care for Pulmonary Hypertension

March 16, 2021

UC Davis Health has received reaccreditation as a Center of Comprehensive Care from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). The designation recognizes the high quality and depth of resources available at UC Davis Health for the expert care of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Appropriate use of the UC Davis seal

March 16, 2021

The UC Davis Seal is the most formal university asset and should not be used on letterhead or any other materials, such as research posters, branded items, etc.

ED team receives this month’s POP Award

March 15, 2021

April Becker, Timothy Graham, Laura Orozco, Jolene Ford, Cesar Mardones, Anne Kassis, Travis Cameron, and Aleksandr Loboda honored for their extraordinary compassion and for going well beyond the call of duty.

Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 14–20) reaffirms UC Davis Health commitment to patients

March 15, 2021

Join members of UC Davis Health's Quality and Safety committee in marking this important awareness week, highlighting the many ways that employees keep patients safe and free from harm.

TODAY: Virtual Town Hall with UC Davis Health leadership at 1 p.m.

March 15, 2021

Join UC Davis Health leaders David Lubarsky, Allison Brashear, Stephen Cavanagh, Brad Simmons and Michael Condrin for a virtual town hall TODAY (Monday, March 15) at 1 p.m. They will provide COVID-19 updates, discuss the state of the health system, and answer employee questions.

Immigration symposium produces comprehensive report on trauma-informed care

March 15, 2021

Experts in immigration, health care and mental health gathered for a virtual symposium to discuss how providers can offer better care for immigrants harmed by federal policies such as family separation. A full report of the symposium is now available.

Grants offered for multidisciplinary research targeting pain relief

March 12, 2021

The UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief (CAPR) is offering seed grants to multidisciplinary teams interested in developing innovative solutions to pain management. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2021.

Winners named in ‘Every Aggie Together’ contest, co-sponsored by Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

March 12, 2021

More than 200 entries – including photos, videos, and artwork – were submitted for the contest, co-sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Campus Ready. The campaign highlights the importance of face coverings.

Engagement Pulse Survey results: Next steps

March 12, 2021

In the coming weeks, UC Davis Health managers and supervisors will be using the ACT Framework to have conversations with their teams about last fall's engagement pulse survey results and next steps.

First messages via SnapComms coming to your computer within the next week – here’s what to expect

March 12, 2021

Over the next few days, employees with UC Davis Health-issued PCs will see messages from Public Affairs & Marketing through the Desktop Alert, Ticker and Screensaver tools, which will help keep you informed about important programs and initiatives.

Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently

March 12, 2021

UC Davis Health researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.

Learn about health data tools, resources during March 18 online event from Blaisdell Medical Library, CTSC

March 12, 2021

If you are new to UC Davis Health or seeking a refresher on using health data for your research, join an online session to discover the resources, tools and support available to you. The session is on Thursday, March 18 (noon–1 p.m.).

Watch recordings of select Principles of Community Week events

March 12, 2021

Watch select event recordings from last month's UC Davis Principles of Community Week celebration.

Abdominal pain isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored (video)

March 12, 2021

Jennifer Dunn was only 39 years old when she began having symptoms. In 2019, she made what would be a critical visit to the emergency room. A CT scan identified multiple lesions and a later biopsy confirmed her colon cancer was advanced.

Peregrine family is expecting – and it’s already eggsciting!

March 11, 2021

After a thrilling season last year for the UC Davis Medical Center peregrine family (with five chicks!), viewers of the rooftop-nest livestream have high hopes for Season 3, as a first egg has already appeared – earlier than eggs-pected.

Nominate outstanding colleagues for 2021 UC Davis Sustainability Champion Award

March 11, 2021

Do you know of a student, staff member or faculty member who has gone above and beyond to make UC Davis more sustainable? Nominate them (or yourself) for a Sustainability Champion Award. Deadline is end of the day Sunday, May 2.

Another toll of COVID-19: Lost casual friendships and their uplifting value

March 11, 2021

COVID-19 has cost us our casual friendships and interactions, a loss we may not realize consciously but feel deeply, psychologist Kaye Hermanson says.

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.

March 12 event features mRNA therapy pioneer Katalin Karikó

March 10, 2021

Join a fascinating March 12 event featuring mRNA pioneer Katalin Karikó, senior vice president at BioNTech RNA Pharmaceuticals, as part of the UC Davis Lung Center Seminar Series co-hosted by the School of Medicine and Office of Research.

Chief DEI officer of ACGME discusses advancing diversity in medical education (FB Live)

March 10, 2021

As part of the Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series, William McDade – chief diversity, education and inclusion officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – was in conversation with School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear.

Latino vaccination initiative boosted by UC Davis Health partnership

March 10, 2021

A consortium of community partners, including UC Davis Health, is providing COVID-19 vaccines to Latinos in Sacramento, a population severely affected by the pandemic.

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.

New screening guidelines may help reduce lung cancer disparities

March 10, 2021

New lung screening guidelines will give more Black people, women, and younger people, who smoke less, access to life-saving lung cancer scans. The guidelines will help address health disparities and catch more cases of lung cancer, earlier. The goal is to reduce the odds of dying from the biggest cancer killer in America.

CDC: Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can start returning to regular life (video)

March 10, 2021

Visits with loved ones, hugs from grandparents and dinner with a friend. These are some of the things that the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can now enjoy. But there are still some guidelines to follow before fully returning to regular life.

Transition to new card access system underway; information on new employee badges coming soon

March 9, 2021

During this transition, UC Davis Health employees will need to keep both the current and new access cards, to ensure access to their buildings as hardware is gradually upgraded. The new card will also eventually be used at the Davis campus.

Nexplanon birth control study seeks participants

March 9, 2021

UC Davis Health is now enrolling women in a new study to extend Nexplanon’s use to five years. Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm to provide birth control. The implant is currently approved for three years of use.  

Helping kids with autism transition back to in-person school: 10 tips

March 9, 2021

Many area schools are making plans to return to in-person instruction. After a year of distance learning, the transition may be tough for families, educators and students. Children with autism may face even greater challenges with the change. Here are resources and tips for easing that transition.

New research seeks to reduce birth injury causing shoulder, arm and hand paralysis

March 9, 2021

New study evaluates maternal and hospital factors possibly linked to risk of brachial plexus birth injury, the leading cause of infants’ upper extremity paralysis.

Coronavirus pandemic highlights gaps in support for caregivers

March 8, 2021

Heather M. Young has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of older adults. But for her — and millions of others — the coronavirus pandemic brings the challenges to life.

Pavilion Operating Room reaches top ranks for First Case On-Time Starts

March 5, 2021

Following the implementation of a multi-disciplinary improvement project, the Pavilion Operating Room increased its First Case On-Time Starts by 25% in February 2021, which led to a reduction in subsequent delays in the Operating Room and improved patient satisfaction. 

Support U Peer Responder Program distributes “care” bags to employees to boost awareness, spirits

March 5, 2021

During the COVID-19 surge over the past three months, the Support U Peer Responder Program handed out “care” bags to UC Davis Health employees, lifting morale and spreading the word about this vital psychological first aid resource.

Collaboration essential to completion of four major construction projects during the past five months

March 5, 2021

Multiple teams – spearheaded by Facilities Planning and Development – were instrumental in opening the Rancho Cordova Patient Contact Center, as well as clinics in Davis, Roseville and Sacramento (Point West).

Nurse training reimagined as escape room activity at Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement

March 5, 2021

Nurse Educator Michelle Linenberger transformed a simulation education session into an innovative, engaging activity that challenges PICU nurses to hone their skills in assessing and treating an asthmatic child.

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.

Locally grown, organic veggie boxes on sale

March 5, 2021

As part of National Nutrition Month in March, the Food and Nutrition Services team is making available boxes of fresh, organic and locally grown vegetables for only $20 (a value of $37). The boxes, which include recipes from UC Davis Health's culinary team, go on sale March 7 in the Pavilion Café.

Enhancing California’s specialty crops

March 4, 2021

UC Davis’ Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences will be helping to enhance the competitiveness of California’s specialty crops thanks to a new grant.

Facilities Planning and Development leaders announce retirements

March 4, 2021

Joel Swift, Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Development, will retire in April, followed by Tom Emme, Director of Facilities Design and Construction, who will retire in June. UC Davis Health thanks both for their many contributions.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital experts share latest insights on kids and COVID-19 (FB Live)

March 3, 2021

During a March 3 Facebook Live, UC Davis Health’s Dean Blumberg and Lena van der List, hosts of the podcast “Kids Considered,” provided guidance on helping children navigate this next phase of the pandemic.

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.

Colorectal cancer is a new threat to young adults (video)

March 2, 2021

Colorectal cancer is now a leading cause of cancer death among people under 50, with rates of new diagnoses rising. Young mother and cancer survivor Teri Rivera was told she was too young to have colon cancer and is glad she listened to her body after finally getting screened, only to find out her cancer was stage III.

UC President Drake, a medical doctor, administers COVID vaccines, urges community to get vaccinated (video)

March 2, 2021

In a public service announcement released today, University of California President Michael V. Drake emphasizes the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, saying “all of us have a role to play in bringing the pandemic to an end.”

UC Davis Library: New online resource on researching health and nutrition products now available

March 2, 2021

The resource, ConsumerLab.com, publishes independent tests and reports to help health care professionals and consumers identify quality vitamins, sports and energy products, nutrition bars and drinks, and topical oils and creams.

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.

UC Davis Health COVID-19 Support Fund update

March 1, 2021

Money is still available through the UC Davis Health COVID-19 Support Fund, which provides UC Davis Health staff employees up to $1,000 if they've experienced a financial burden as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaga over greens? Serious about citrus? Join the Fruit and Veggie Fan Club – first challenge is March 5

March 1, 2021

Supercharge your diet by adding more fruits and vegetables! Join the Fan Club – a six-week program that includes weekly challenges to help you boost your intake and stay on track. Sign up by Friday, March 5 – when you’ll receive the first challenge.

We often ignore COVID-19 risks with people we know, psychologists say

March 1, 2021

New studies show that many people see friends and family – and even pleasant strangers – as less of a COVID-19 risk, which partly explains why some people drop their guard with family and at social gatherings.

Anuncian el primer ensayo clínico de células madre para el tratamiento de espina bífida

March 1, 2021

Un equipo de UC Davis Health anunció hoy el lanzamiento del primer ensayo clínico en humanos del mundo aprobado por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) para tratar la forma más seria de espina bífida.  El ensayo clínico involucra el uso de células madre, aplicadas durante una cirugía antes del nacimiento.

Thank a resident and fellow today – and every day

February 26, 2021

On National Thank a Resident Day, UC Davis Health and UC Davis School of Medicine express gratitude toward the 819 residents and fellows who care for patients, advocate for their communities and meet the challenges of the pandemic with courage.

Seguridad, reacciones, inmunidad, embarazo y más: Respuestas sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19

February 26, 2021

Cerca de 30 millones de personas han recibido la vacuna contra el COVID-19 –con muy pocas reacciones serias. Expertos en enfermedades infecciosas responden a preguntas sobre la seguridad y eficacia de la vacuna, qué reacciones esperar y mucho más.

American College of Psychiatrists honor Francis Lu with Distinguished Service Award, Helen Kales with research award

February 26, 2021

Two UC Davis psychiatrists were recently honored by the American College of Psychiatrists: Francis Lu for his outstanding achievements and leadership in the field, and Helen Kales for her contributions to geriatric psychiatry.

Med chicks and chill

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center’s always popular peregrine family returns for its third season of being live streamed from the top of the hospital in Sacramento.

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.

New mini-medical school seeks to engage, serve Sacramento’s Vietnamese community

February 26, 2021

Vietnamese mini-medical school, an educational outreach effort by CTSC program and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is open for registration.

UC Davis Health launches nine-year process for rebuilding hospital to meet state seismic requirements

February 26, 2021

UC Davis Health today announced plans for an expansion of the UC Davis Medical Center with a project called ‘California Tower – part of the health system’s long-time commitment to improving health in local neighborhoods and across Northern California.

Reopening schools amid COVID-19 can be done safely, pediatricians say

February 25, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatricians say the science shows that if all the COVID-19 safety precautions are followed, it’s both important to open schools and possible to do it safely.

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.

Help UC Davis Medical Center quantify our collective impact in the community

February 25, 2021

Many departments and teams make a difference in our community far beyond the walls of the hospital. Fill out a survey that will help UC Davis Medical Center quantify the time and resources dedicated to benefiting our communities.

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.

UC Davis Medical Center nationally recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals this week. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Bold new initiative helps address California’s shortage of mental health providers

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Health advanced practice providers work to address mental health disparities in California.

POP Award recipient went above and beyond for clinical trial patient

February 24, 2021

On Tuesday (Feb. 23), a Point of Pride (POP) Award was given to Daniel Robles, clinical research coordinator at the Cancer Center, who was nominated for his sense of duty and compassion by a Kaiser patient participating in a UC Davis Health clinical trial.

UC Davis School of Medicine scored a record year of NIH funding

February 23, 2021

In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.

Explore the possibilities of a UC Davis MBA during MBA Showcase Week webinars (Feb. 24–27)

February 23, 2021

Hear an overview of UC Davis MBA programs, virtually meet a panel of MBA students, learn about the curriculum, and receive tips on the application process. Also get the details on scholarships available for UC Davis Health professionals.

Molecular imaging scientist recognized as one of the top biomedical engineers in U.S.

February 23, 2021

Julie Sutcliffe, UC Davis biomedical engineer, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows for her outstanding leadership in molecular imaging and translational sciences, and for leading technology from the bench to the clinic.

Thank you, Medical Center staff

February 23, 2021

Leaders from nursing, clinical operations, and Patient Care Services showed thanks and gratitude for UC Davis Medical Center employees with a sweet surprise today (Feb. 23) as they arrived at the hospital.

Four words, five days, and core Principles as big as a university (video)

February 22, 2021

Though separated by distance and computer screens, UC Davis leaders came together virtually on Monday to set the tone for Principles of Community Week (Feb. 22–26), a celebration of the university’s shared values.

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.

UC Davis Health ranks seventh in the nation for kidney transplants in 2020

February 22, 2021

Despite a pandemic and nationwide hospital capacity concerns, UC Davis Health’s kidney transplant team was among the top 10 busiest kidney transplant centers in the U.S last year.

Nominations sought for awards recognizing Principles of Community excellence, public safety collaboration

February 22, 2021

Submit worthy nominees, by the end of the day March 14, for the Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award and Soaring to New Heights Diversity & Principles of Community Achievement Awards.

Clinician Wellbeing Study extended to March 2

February 22, 2021

The deadline for completing the U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study has been extended to March 2.

UC Davis Health joins Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern in grant to implement and evaluate IBD Digital Therapeutics Toolkit within EHR

February 19, 2021

UC Davis Health has joined with several of the nation’s top health systems to help launch a NIH-sponsored initiative for an new digital therapeutics toolkit targeting inflammatory bowel disease.

You’re invited to share your expertise in a Clinical Strategic Plan work group

February 19, 2021

The Clinical Strategic Planning team is looking for participants to join in one of five work groups to help develop UC Davis Health's next five-year strategy.

Clinical Strategic Plan website launched

February 19, 2021

Work on UC Davis Health’s new Clinical Strategic Plan now includes a website for all the latest information on this year-long initiative that will help guide the health system for the next five years.

Access to 3D mammography often depends on race, income and education

February 19, 2021

A new study published in JAMA Open Network indicates Black women and Latinas as well as less-educated and lower-income women have not been able to obtain 3D mammography as easily as white, well-educated and higher-income women.

Cardiac Rehab Program continues to find ways to reach patients during COVID-19

February 19, 2021

Cardiac Rehab Program leaders are reaching out to heart patients to remind them that delaying care is dangerous and that the rehab clinic’s COVID-19 measures keep patients very safe.

Experts provide overview of heart failure treatments that help patients live longer, better (FB Live)

February 19, 2021

To wrap up Heart Failure Awareness Week, UC Davis Health’s Veronicah Mwathi, Yvette Hellier and Svetlana Goldman discussed, during a Feb. 19 Facebook Live chat, lifestyle changes and medications used to treat heart failure.

Register now for the 11th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum on March 11

February 18, 2021

Leaders, clinicians, educators, trainees, and students will gather to share strategies to improve clinical quality and patient safety, enhance health professions education, and engage interprofessional teams to deliver high-value care.

Zero medical center patients admitted with flu this season

February 18, 2021

No patients admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center tested positive for the flu this entire season, and experts credit flu vaccines, masking and social distancing with averting a possible “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19.

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.

Department of Surgery announces appointment of four new division chairs

February 18, 2021

The Department of Surgery announces four new division chair appointments, effective immediately. The organizational changes will advance state-of-the-art technologies, drive innovative surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes, and foster translational and patient centered research.

Learn about small and diverse suppliers in the Davis/Sacramento area on Feb. 25

February 18, 2021

UC Davis Supply Chain Management, UC Davis Medical Center Purchasing, the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the UC Davis Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are hosting a virtual 2021 Small and Diverse Supplier Expo on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Physicians share insights on heart disease in Spanish as part of Heart Failure Awareness Week (FB Live)

February 18, 2021

For the Spanish-speaking audience, Martin Cadeiras and Stella Yala participated in a Facebook Live on Feb. 18, discussing the basics of heart failure as part of a Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb 16–19) series of Q&As.

UC Davis surgery resident awarded grant to create palliative care curriculum

February 17, 2021

Surgical resident Jennifer Geiger has received a $30,000 research grant to devise a new curriculum that teaches residents how to better communicate with patients facing end-of-life decisions.

Springer Nature webinar on Feb. 24 for UC authors covers new UC open access publishing agreement

February 17, 2021

Springer Nature will hold a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. to share information and answer authors’ questions about UC’s new open access publishing agreement.

Bariatric surgery team provides tools for success

February 17, 2021

Feeling like her weight held her back, Breeanna Meunier chose bariatric surgery at UC Davis Health and a team committed to her long-term success.

On a scale of one to 10, POP Award winner is a 25

February 17, 2021

Brittney Jimenez, a medical assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine, received the February Point of Pride (POP) Award during a ceremony on Feb. 16. She was recognized for her immense kindness and empathy toward patients and colleagues.

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.

Seven essential heart-healthy tips from UC Davis Health experts, American Heart Association (FB Live)

February 17, 2021

Genevieve Lynch, heart failure nurse practitioner, and Margaret Junker, dietician and certified diabetes educator cover the “Simple 7” from the American Heart Association during this Feb. 17 chat as part of Heart Failure Awareness Week.

New hope for patients with papillary kidney cancer as clear winner emerges in drug trial

February 16, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. helped author a clinical trial testing the best treatment for metastatic papillary kidney cancer. The promising results are published in The Lancet.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at Sacramento area clinics expands to Davis campus personnel

February 16, 2021

In addition to UC Davis Health employees, Davis campus faculty, staff, and students can now get tested at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Roseville, Elk Grove, and Folsom clinic locations (with online appointment).

Bright Horizons – Here for UC Davis Health families

February 16, 2021

Bright Horizons has a number of childcare options for UC Davis Health employees this spring. 

Healthy Aging Clinic offers new type of care for older adults

February 16, 2021

A new clinic designed for older adults and their family caregivers opens for internal referrals.

Cutting through the clutter: New employee communications channel coming soon to your desktop

February 16, 2021

In the next few weeks, IT and Public Affairs & Marketing will be rolling out a new program, SnapComms, on your work computer. Through desktop alerts, a scrolling ticker and screensaver messages, it will convey UC Davis Health news you need to know.

Heart health experts cover the basics of heart failure: risk factors, warning signs and more (FB Live)

February 16, 2021

As part of Heart Failure Awareness Week, Zorana Petrovich, heart failure educator and Andreea Uleia, heart failure nurse practitioner shared their insights during a Facebook Live conversation on Feb. 16.

COVID-19 employee vaccine clinic celebrated (video)

February 12, 2021

With the employee vaccine clinic at North Addition Office Building closing today (Feb. 12), UC Davis Health leaders yesterday thanked the departments and staff who made the operation such a great success, as more than 92% of health system employees have been vaccinated to date.

COVID-19 variants: More contagious and deadly – but masks and distancing still work

February 12, 2021

COVID-19 variants spreading across the U.S. are more infectious, cause more serious illness and are more deadly – but wearing a mask and social distancing still protect you, and they are as important as they’ve ever been.

Heart failure awareness week (Feb. 16-19) on UC Davis Health Facebook Live

February 12, 2021

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 16-19), nine UC Davis experts will discuss heart failure symptoms, prevention, treatment and more in interactive Facebook Live sessions.

Nominations for Karen Eilers Award for Staff Excellence, Deans’ Staff Award for Excellence in Mentoring due Feb. 28

February 12, 2021

There’s only about two more weeks left to submit your nominations of deserving staff members for the Karen Eilers Award for Staff Excellence and Deans’ Staff Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28.

Neurological Surgery faculty member honored for his research about neural basis of decision-making

February 12, 2021

Ignacio Saez, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery has been honored with the Edwin Boldrey Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for his research.

Reminder: U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study ends on February 16

February 12, 2021

UC Davis Health is participating in the U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study, the first large-scale evaluation in the United States of mental health and wellbeing of hospital-based registered nurses, advanced practice providers. The survey ends on February 16.

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.

The neighborly things to do

February 11, 2021

Our Sacramento campus is surrounded by many homes – the places where local residents rest, recreate and recharge. Please respect their homes, yards and spaces as if they were your own, so UC Davis Health can continue to be a good neighbor.

Recovered from a brain tumor during childhood, UC Davis Health employee promotes wellness

February 11, 2021

When Adam Bunnell was 10, he had a lemon-sized brain tumor removed. After an arduous recovery and a difficult transition back to school, he reclaimed his active lifestyle – and now promotes health personally and professionally.

Photo buttons help ease kids’ fears of providers in COVID-19 protective gear

February 11, 2021

Masks, face shields and other personal protective gear that health care providers must wear during the pandemic can intimidate some pediatric patients. Hoping to change that, Veronica Tuss, a child life specialist at the UC Davis MIND Institute, creates colorful photo buttons so that providers can share a smile with their patients while staying safe.

What you need to know about COVID-19 and heart disease

February 11, 2021

UC Davis Health Chief of Cardiac Surgery Bob Kiaii answers questions on heart disease, coronavirus, and patient care during the pandemic.

Just in time for Valentine’s: Purchase Ginger Elizabeth chocolates, macarons at Pavilion Café

February 10, 2021

Bring home something sweet for your sweetheart! Back by popular demand, the Pavilion Café now has Ginger Elizabeth macaron and chocolate sets available for purchase ($22 for an assortment of 12).

Two masks can be better than one against COVID-19

February 10, 2021

New CDC recommendations say the best protection from COVID-19 is to wear either two masks – with the cloth mask outside a surgical mask – or one tightly fitted mask with two or more layers. Our experts explain how to wear them and why.

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.

Making communication tools more accessible promotes a more inclusive, collaborative organization

February 10, 2021

When a UC Davis Health employee requested an MS Teams function that helps individuals with hearing aids, Information Technology teams worked with her to make that video conferencing tool even more accessible.

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Bob Kiaii discusses heart health, COVID-19 as part of Heart Month (FB Live)

February 10, 2021

As part of Heart Month, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Bob Kiaii participated in a wide-ranging Facebook Live chat on Feb. 10, sharing his expert insight on COVID’s effects on the heart and the latest surgical innovations.

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.

Principles of Community Opening Ceremony set for Feb. 22, kicking off week of virtual pop-up events

February 9, 2021

From Feb. 22–26, a variety of UC Davis Health groups will host virtual events – from panels to film screenings to mixers – that celebrate and showcase our ongoing efforts to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community. Register today.

“I literally survived a fire.” Burn survivor finds strength in helping peers

February 8, 2021

Judy White learns she’s not alone as a burn survivor, thanks to a UC Davis Health support group she found 23 years after her trauma. Now, White volunteers to help other survivors.

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.

Nurse Carter Todd featured in UC-systemwide ‘Black Futures’ series for Black History Month

February 5, 2021

On Friday, Feb. 5, UC Davis Health nurse Carter Todd was featured on the University of California’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, as part of the “Black Futures” series in celebration of Black History Month.

School of Medicine faculty voting on whether to amend bylaws and regulations (video)

February 5, 2021

The electronic ballot box has been activated for School of Medicine faculty members. They are voting on two proposals that would amend bylaws and regulations in preparation for the implementation of the newly approved I-EXPLORE curriculum.

Share your perspective on the evolution of campus policing during series of virtual town halls

February 5, 2021

As part of the work of the Next Generation Reforms to Advance Campus Safety Task Force, a series of virtual town halls will be held in February and March. Register to participate and provide input on how the Police Department should evolve.

After storm, UC Davis Health employees purchase supplies for community members experiencing homelessness

February 5, 2021

Employees in several departments – Family & Community Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology – donated more than $5,100 to a drive that came together quickly to address an urgent need.

The recipe for good health starts with food

February 5, 2021

With a focus on good health, UC Davis Health’s Food and Nutrition Services team has made it their mission to source ingredients from Northern California farms and ranches.

Super Bowl Sunday or Super COVID-19 Spreader? How to watch the big game safely

February 5, 2021

Health experts are worried that Super Bowl parties could cause an increase in COVID-19 infections. They urge people not to gather with those outside their homes for the big game.

Programa de teleconferencias sobre el autismo ahora disponible en español (video)

February 5, 2021

Ahora el Instituto MIND de UC Davis está ofreciendo en español su programa interactivo de teleconferencias, conocido como ECHO. El objetivo es alcanzar a más proveedores de salud, en particular aquellos de habla hispana y en América Latina.

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. 

Apply online for 2021 UC Davis/UC Irvine Train New Trainers Clinician Health and Wellbeing Fellowship

February 4, 2021

Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and clinical staff interested in learning more about clinician health and wellbeing can apply for this seven-month educational program, which begins April 26. Applications due March 26.

National Wear Red Day 2021: For women’s heart health

February 4, 2021

National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5 aims to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S. – and that there are resources that can save lives. Join UC Davis Health physicians in helping protect heart health.

Equalizing breast cancer detection is key to improving outcomes for Black women

February 4, 2021

Addressing health disparities is key to raising awareness on World Cancer Day and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is asking women of color to help by participating in an important breast cancer study.

Hiring, volunteering, purchasing and investing locally at heart of UC Davis Health’s community mission

February 4, 2021

UC Davis Health is working to address the social determinants of health through its Anchor Institution Mission for Community Health.

Director of Dental Services at UC Davis Health shares tips during Children’s Dental Health Month (FB Live)

February 4, 2021

In this Facebook Live conversation, William Love, director of Dental Services at UC Davis Health, discusses the services his clinic provides, its stringent COVID-19 precautions, and quick tips for keeping kids’ teeth clean.

Fragile X premutation registry launches internationally (video)

February 3, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute and the National Fragile X Foundation have launched an international registry of people carrying the fragile X premutation. The goal is to facilitate and encourage research about the genetic condition to improve understanding and treatment.

Tackling the complex problem of pain

February 3, 2021

Scholars from throughout UC Davis will showcase their diverse work that informs and advances our understanding and treatment of pain.

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.

Virtual autism teleconferencing program for providers now offered in Spanish (video)

February 2, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering its interactive autism teleconferencing program, known as ECHO, in Spanish. The goal is to reach more health care providers, particularly Spanish-speaking professionals and those in Latin America.

Recordings now available of sessions from last fall’s ‘incredibly helpful’ series on bolstering resiliency

February 2, 2021

Presented by UC Davis Organizational Excellence and sponsored by Vice Chancellor of Human Health Sciences and UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky, the “Thriving in Turbulent Times” series shared practical tools with employees.

Proof-of-concept programs, including STAIR and DIAL grants, accepting applications until March 3

February 2, 2021

UC Davis’ Venture Catalyst is accepting applications for programs that provide funding and resources to translate basic UC Davis research with commercial potential by demonstrating proof-of-concept and establishing market viability.

Three medical students advance in global competition to address health inequities

February 2, 2021

Three UC Davis School of Medicine students – Annica Stull-Lane, Erica Lin and Christina Lowry – are finalists in an international competition aimed at finding solutions to health inequities in low-resource settings.

Locations added, hours expanded for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

February 1, 2021

Beginning Feb. 6, a team will be at the Roseville, Folsom and Elk Grove clinics once a week to offer COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic UC Davis Health personnel. The Betty Irene Moore Hall site will also begin operating seven days a week.

Pulse survey results available on February 1

February 1, 2021

Beginning February 1, all managers and supervisors got access to their department specific engagement pulse survey results. 

Ten tips for using telehealth in diabetes care

February 1, 2021

UC Davis Health pediatric endocrinologists are having success using telehealth to provide care to children and teens with diabetes. They’ve teamed up with other experts in the field to create a guide for colleagues around the country who want to do the same.

Vaccine Anxiety: Tips for handling the latest COVID fatigue

February 1, 2021

Uncertainty about when, where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine is creating the latest pandemic anxiety for already weary people. Psychologist Kaye Hermanson has advice for managing the stress.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program January newsletter available now

February 1, 2021

The January issue of the UC Davis Antimicrobial Stewardship Program newsletter is available now.