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UC Davis Health begins giving Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster to broader group

September 24, 2021

UC Davis Health began administering third Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to patients at its area clinics and to employees on the medical campus, following recommendations by the CDC.

Spirit Halloween puts the fun in fundraising by supporting local Child Life programs

September 24, 2021

Halloween décor and costume purchases at eight area stores help raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children Foundation supports programs that help minimize the anxiety of hospitalization.

NCI renews prestigious ‘comprehensive’ designation for cancer center

September 24, 2021

The National Cancer Institute renewed the “comprehensive” designation of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its breadth and depth in cancer research, clinical care, cancer control and population sciences.

Unusual visual examination of objects may indicate later autism diagnosis in infants

September 24, 2021

A UC Davis Health study suggests that unusual visual inspection of objects may precede the development of the social symptoms characteristic of autism syndrome disorder.

FACEBOOK LIVE (9/28): COVID-19 and this year’s flu season

September 24, 2021

UC Davis chief of pediatric infectious diseases Dean Blumberg will discuss COVID and this year’s flu season in an upcoming UC Davis Health Facebook Live event. The event will air live on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m.

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots now available for eligible UC Davis Health employees

September 24, 2021

Eligible UC Davis Health employees may now receive a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine six months after their primary series.

FACEBOOK LIVE (9/29): Pregnancy and COVID-19

September 23, 2021

Three UC Davis Health physicians from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will discuss COVID-19 and pregnancy in an upcoming UC Davis Health Facebook Live event. The event will air live on Wed., Sept. 29 at 12 p.m.

UC Davis wins two golds for IT innovation

September 23, 2021

UC Davis won two out of three Golden Awards as part of UC’s Larry L. Sautter Awards Program for Innovation in Information Technology.

Asymptomatic testing updates

September 23, 2021

After several weeks of operations and data collection, the asymptomatic testing team will be adjusting its resources based on business needs effective Monday, September 27.

UC Davis Health sponsors biggest breast cancer fundraiser in NorCal

September 22, 2021

The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is on Oct. 17 at the west steps of the California State Capitol. Staff will be on hand at the UC Davis Health “Return to Screening” booth to talk about the importance of breast cancer screenings and why delaying care during the COVID pandemic could put your health at risk.

Employee flu vaccine clinic opens Wednesday, September 22

September 22, 2021

UC Davis Health will open an employee flu vaccine clinic in the North Addition Office Building beginning Wednesday, September 22, for all UC Davis Health employees.

UC Davis Health ranks as a top 10 performer in Performance Measurement

September 22, 2021

UC Davis Health was ranked as a 2020 top performer in the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission’s (URAC) Leaders in Performance Measurement (LPM) recognition program.

Take the next Walker Tracker challenge

September 22, 2021

The next Walker Tracker challenge runs October 4 – November 5, 2021. The platform records your steps from walking or from your favorite physical activities.

NIH grant funds new study to evaluate heart failure in California Central Valley patients

September 21, 2021

Martin Cadeiras, Javier E. López and Nipavan Chiamvimonvat are co-principal investigators for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take a precision medicine approach to evaluate patients with a poorly understood form of heart failure.

A new Wide Open Walls mural at UC Davis Health

September 21, 2021

As part of Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls, artist Ana Valentine paints a mural at the UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center

93% of UC Davis Health employees vaccinated against COVID-19

September 21, 2021

93% of UC Davis Health employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, just weeks after a new University of California vaccine mandate kicked in. The health system is a leader in vaccine compliance, ahead of a new state mandate for health care workers that takes effect Sept. 30.

Get to Know Who’s Behind the Mask

September 21, 2021

To help bring some joy during the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Davis Health resident starts a fun-filled, biweekly newsletter for the Emergency Medicine department.

Forbes ranks UC Davis as one of the best employers in California

September 20, 2021

UC Davis Health was is 12th on Forbes’ latest ranking of best employers in California and was the top-ranked employer in the “health care and social” sector.

UC President Michael Drake on campus to help induct Eye Center chairholder

September 20, 2021

UC President Michael Drake was at the UC Davis Health campus to help induct the new presidential chair in vitreoretinal science. The inaugural appointment of world-renowned physician Paul A. Sieving was held Sept. 17 with recognition of Neil and MJ Kelly and their generous donation that established the Kelly Presidential Chair in Vitreoretinal Science.

Employee Review: Is the UC Davis Health “Help Make Us Better” tool working?

September 20, 2021

DiversABILITY Employee Resource Group Chair Carolyn Ramirez shares her testimonial after submitting a question to UC Davis Health leaders via the "Help Make Us Better" portal.

Updates to the UC Davis Health Brand Center

September 20, 2021

The UC Davis Health Brand Center is a resource to help all UC Davis Health employees with departmental marketing support and communications outreach. Recently, a number of new tools have been added to this resource.

Medical volunteers needed for 2021 California International Marathon

September 17, 2021

Medical volunteers are needed at this year's California International Marathon (CIM), held on Sunday, Dec. 5. UC Davis Health will provide medical care for the runners, both on the course at medical stations from Folsom to Sacramento and at the finish line medical tent at the State Capitol.

Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets moral and monetary support

September 17, 2021

Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets a visit from fellow firefighters before being presented with a check for $1,500 by the Firefighters Burn Institute executive director.

New catering website goes live on Monday, September 20

September 17, 2021

Food and Nutrition Services will launch its new catering website on Monday, September 20.

Oncology nurse navigator Carol Leija wins DAISY Award

September 17, 2021

Oncology nurse navigator Carol Leija was presented with the DAISY Award by Chief Patient Care Officer Toby Marsh for “going above and beyond” with leukemia patients in treatment.

A record-breaking fundraising year for UC Davis Health

September 17, 2021

UC Davis and UC Davis Health are thanking donors for their generosity after a record-high fundraising year. Donors’ gifts help to fund patient care, medical research into new treatments, and education for the next generation of health care providers.

Clifford Johnson receives this month’s POP Award

September 16, 2021

This month’s Point of Pride Award was given to Clifford Johnson from the Environmental Services team for his quick response to a patient in need that resulted in life-saving care.

Veronica Ahumada brings human-robot interaction expertise to UC Davis Health

September 16, 2021

Veronica Ahumada joined UC Davis Health this year and brought her expertise in health informatics and human-robot interaction to the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology. She will be growing her research through two exciting grant-funded projects involving robots.

Reminder: UC Be Smart About Safety program fund applications due October 15

September 16, 2021

If you have a brilliant idea on how to improve safety in your area of UC Davis Health, you can apply for funding for your program or project through the UC Be Smart About Safety program. Applications are due by October 15.

Prep Médico: Preparing the next generation of Latino physicians

September 15, 2021

Prep Médico – short for “Preparando Estudiantes Para Ser Médicos,” or “Preparing Students to Be Physicians” – is an initiative dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health.

Nursing education beyond the hospital earns national award

September 15, 2021

A partnership between the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Rolling Oaks, a senior independent living community of the Volunteers of America, earns a national award for innovative program while preparing future nurses for community health.

Two faculty members honored with AMA Inspiration Awards

September 15, 2021

Micaela Godzich, associate clinical professor and associate residency program director with Family and Community Medicine, and Véronique Taché, associate professor and residency program director with Obstetrics and Gynecology, have been honored with a 2021 American Medical Association Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award.

UC Davis Health develops The CARE Project

September 14, 2021

The CARE Project will begin offering therapeutic services to adult patients to help enhance the healthcare environment and aid in healing and wellness.

New offerings from Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being

September 14, 2021

The Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being team has added several new stress reduction and resilience offerings that start this month.

Driven by caring for his patients

September 13, 2021

UC Davis Health staff and retirees honor Dr. Mark Wineinger’s legacy by running his foundation and giving back to underserved patients.

UC Davis physician assistant graduates mark transition into practice

September 13, 2021

The graduating physician assistant (P.A.) class at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gathered to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath before they prepare to take their licensing exam and enter into practice.

Want a cool shirt? Support the UC Davis Health Heart & Stroke Walk teams!

September 13, 2021

On Saturday, September 25, UC Davis Health team members will participate in the 2021 American Heart Association Sacramento Heart and Stroke Walk.  Any employee who makes a donation of $25 or more to the effort, will earn their very own UC Davis Health walk shirt.

Medical Center celebrates Respiratory Protection Week

September 13, 2021

Leaders from UC Davis Medical Center greeted employees with a treat in recognition of national Respiratory Protection Week 2021.

More options than ever for at-home and community COVID-19 tests

September 9, 2021

COVID-19 testing has become widely available, with free community PCR testing and over-the-counter antigen tests you can purchase to take at home. But which type of test should you use and when? And if you are vaccinated, do you need to be testing at all? Two UC Davis Health experts offer updates and advice.

Medical-surgical nurses earn national recognition with PRISM Award

September 9, 2021

The Accelerated Access Unit at UC Davis Medical Center receives national recognition for the collective achievements and contributions of the nursing staff of the medical-surgical unit.

Girl gets expert care for rare growth hormone deficiency condition

September 9, 2021

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

Lunch and Learn with Colleen McCormick on September 15

September 9, 2021

Colleen McCormick, UC Davis Health's Director of Sustainability, will host a Lunch and Learn on Wedenesday, September 15. She will talk about the health system’s sustainability strategic plan, its commitment to sustainable practices and the initiatives and programs in place to support these priorities. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Email notices from WEX Health to UC employees

September 9, 2021

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, a number of UC employees received emails from WEX Health about a change in information in their online WEX account. These changes were made in error, all account information is being corrected and no employee data was compromised.

New research funding aims to improve the health of women

September 9, 2021

UC Davis School of Medicine will receive funds set aside but no longer needed to settle a class-action lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award will fund projects focused on women of color and in underserved communities.

COVID-19 pandemic inspires students to pursue medicine and help underserved communities (video)

September 8, 2021

For the second year in a row, students have entered the UC Davis School of Medicine during a global pandemic. For many, the decision to be doctors was influenced by inequities they observed first-hand during the pandemic.

Join the All of Us Research Program and be one in a million!

September 8, 2021

Participate in All of Us, the “million-person” research program funded by the National Institutes of Health to understand how individual differences can influence health and disease.

Show your ID and ride for free on SacRT light rail

September 8, 2021

Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) will be offering free rides to UC Davis Health staff on all light rail trains during Sept. 13-19. Simply show your ID badge to ride the SacRT light rail system for free.

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

September 7, 2021

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

Grab your helmet and your bike for the month of October

September 7, 2021

This October, UC Davis Health is partnering with Love to Ride to encourage cyclists and non-cyclists alike to go for a bike ride and participate in fun activities throughout “Biketober” month.

School of Medicine receives state funding to address Native American health needs

September 3, 2021

The recently adopted California state budget includes $3.4 million for the UC Davis School of Medicine to grow its Rural PRIME program and create a new pathway to train students to address health needs of Native Americans.

Make the Clean Air Pledge

September 2, 2021

Wednesday, October 6 is the fourth annual California Clean Air Day. As part of this effort, UC Davis Health has joined hundreds of companies in making an organizational pledge - and encourages employees to also make individual actions to clean the air. 

Heart inflammation, COVID-19 and the rare side effects of the vaccine

September 2, 2021

UC Davis Health Cardiologist Nayereh Pezeshkian discusses COVID-19, its impact on the heart, and the rare risk of developing heart complications after a COVID-19 vaccine.

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona selected as HACU Leadership Academy fellow

September 2, 2021

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Complimentary tickets for Aggie Football available

September 2, 2021

Complimentary tickets for the Aggie football game on Oct. 2 against the University of Idaho are available for UC Davis Health faculty and staff.

Expanding physical medicine and rehabilitation capabilities

September 1, 2021

UC Davis Health has enhanced its ability to serve physical medicine and rehabilitation patients through the recent completion of two construction projects.

Wellness Ambassador Program is seeking new members

September 1, 2021

The UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being program is recruiting Wellness Ambassadors to support and engage their colleagues in wellness messaging, programs, activities and resources.

September 2021 Women in Medicine Month celebrates the extraordinary contributions of women physicians

September 1, 2021

September is Women in Medicine Month and a welcome opportunity to thank all of UC Davis Health’s extraordinary women physicians, residents and medical students. This year's theme is Advancing Equity, Building on Change. 

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

September 1, 2021

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

Obstetric anesthesia service celebrates Center of Excellence recognition

August 31, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center’s obstetric anesthesia service earned the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology’s Center of Excellence designation.

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research to lead tobacco-cessation efforts in California

August 31, 2021

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research received a $7.5 million grant from California Department of Public Health to plan, implement and evaluate the Healthy Living Clinic Initiative, a program with around 40 community clinics to boost tobacco-use cessation in California.

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

August 31, 2021

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

Pandemic takes center stage at annual health equity conference

August 30, 2021

The annual student-run Coalition for Health Equity 2021 conference will focus on the role of the pandemic on marginalized communities, including vaccine hesitancy.

Annual Robert E. Stowell Endowed Lectureship scheduled for September 8

August 30, 2021

The annual Robert E. Stowell Endowed Lectureship hosted by the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is scheduled for September 8. Kathleen R. Cho, M.D., Peter A. Ward Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs with the University of Michigan Medical School, is the featured speaker.

Aggie Square update

August 30, 2021

In the most recent issue of Opportunity, the monthly Aggie Square newsletter, John Marx, Faculty Adviser to the Provost — Academic Planning, Aggie Square, talked about Aggie Square’s innovation infrastructure – and how the first piece of it is coming together.

Clinical laboratory expansion opportunities discussion

August 27, 2021

As part of the UC Davis Health strategic planning initiative, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is hosting a special virtual presentation to discuss clinical laboratory expansion opportunities on Wednesday, September 1.

New study shows rundown neighborhoods not slated to go into a steep decline

August 27, 2021

Rundown neighborhoods may not be slated to go into steep declines. A study of Detroit from the California Firearm Violence Research Center shows the tipping point into violence is not as inevitable as the landmark “broken windows” theory would suggest.

UC Davis Health’s Digital Workplace Program goes live

August 27, 2021

This week, human resources, information technology, and facilities planning launched the Digital Workplace Program, a remote and hybrid-work program designed to promote flexibility, leverage new ways of working, foster innovation in how we work, and ultimately be better stewards of our resources.

New study shows breast density is a cancer risk factor, even in older women

August 27, 2021

A new study proves that breast density can lead to breast cancer in women 75 and older. Strong evidence indicates life expectancy should be included in risk prediction models to help identify women who may benefit most from continued mammography.

9 cosas que hay que saber sobre el COVID-19 y la variante Delta mientras los niños regresan a la escuela

August 27, 2021

El área de Sacramento está viendo más casos de COVID-19 y la altamente contagiosa variante Delta. ¿Qué significa esto para los estudiantes que se preparan para volver a la escuela, especialmente aquellos que son muy jóvenes para vacunarse?

Lift Team members receive this month’s POP Award

August 26, 2021

This month’s Point of Pride (POP) Award was given to Brett Baker, James Beall, Solomon Smart, and Sean Barney from the Lift Team for the exceptional service and care they give to our patients.  

California’s stem cell agency funds research into Angelman syndrome and bioprint pacemaker

August 26, 2021

Professors David Segal and Deborah Lieu have received Discovery Stage Research Projects awards from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grants will fund cell gene therapy for Angelman syndrome and building the first biopacemaker

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

August 26, 2021

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

Student’s journey to medical school includes farmworker, construction jobs

August 25, 2021

Alex Villegas didn’t think he had what it takes to get into medical school, but an unexpected conversation with his boss prompted him to think otherwise. Villegas is now a first-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis and the School of Medicine set new records in research funding

August 25, 2021

UC Davis set a new record for external research funding, receiving $968 million in awards in the fiscal year 2020-21. The School of Medicine received the largest increase in funding, up 33% from the previous year.

Researchers Identify a Potentially Safer Approach to Opioid Drug Development

August 25, 2021

A study from Jennifer Whistler and her team at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience contradicts existing thinking about how opioid drugs cause tolerance and respiratory depression, and suggests a new approach to developing safer analgesics.

New Emergency Department co-medical directors announced

August 25, 2021

The Department of Emergency Medicine has two new co-medical directors. David Barnes and Daniel Colby will replace Sam Turnipseed, who retired in July. The two familiar faces have differing areas of expertise that will greatly complement the other. 

Being mindful of the neighborhood…

August 25, 2021

UC Davis Health is committed to maintaining friendly relationships with nearby residents and neighborhood associations. With our many neighborhoods surrounding the Sacramento campus and beyond, it’s important to respect our neighbors’ homes, yards and spaces like they were our own.

The White Ribbon Project comes to cancer center to shine light on deadliest of cancers

August 25, 2021

Retired NFL linebacker Chris Draft, who lost his wife to lung cancer, presented white ribbon plaques to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of the advancements being made to save lives from the deadliest of cancers.

Crush Challenge returns to in-person cancer fundraiser Oct. 9

August 24, 2021

The annual Crush Challenge, raising money for research into innovative, cancer treatments, is back for a 7th year and includes a cycling excursion through the Napa Valley along with food and wine events on Oct. 9.

Quick reaction and determination lead to amazing recovery for man with spinal cord injury

August 24, 2021

New evidence shows that length of time from spinal cord injury to surgery improves outcomes. For 29-year-old Jasminder Singh, the quick reaction of UC Davis Health surgeons made all the difference.

Strategy Office announces new Clinical Strategy Officers to help implement the Clinical Strategic Plan

August 24, 2021

The UC Davis Health Strategy Office has appointed Susan Murin, M.D., M.Sc., MBA, as the new Associate Clinical Strategy Officer, and Richard J. Bold, M.D., MBA, and Craig R. Keenan, M.D., F.A.C.P., as Assistant Clinical Strategy Officers. Murin, Bold and Keenan will use a portion of their time to ensure a strong physician-administration partnership in the implementation of the Clinical Strategic Plan.

Back-to-school eye health

August 23, 2021

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

Electronic health systems deployed during COVID-19 help halt Hep B

August 23, 2021

A new UC Davis study shows how using telehealth and technology during the pandemic, together with bilingual/bicultural outreach, increased hepatitis B screenings of underserved populations and will likely save lives.

UC Davis Health launches digital health formulary starting with HealthPROMISE app that allows IBD patients to track their symptoms

August 20, 2021

Earlier this month, UC Davis Health launched HealthPROMISE, a mobile application for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to help track their symptoms and provide educational content.

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

August 20, 2021

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

PeopleAdmin Rollout at UC Davis Health

August 20, 2021

PeopleAdmin will provide the first-ever tool for creating, classifying and storing staff position descriptions. It launches at UC Davis Health on August 31.

Video game makes speech therapy fun for children with cleft palates

August 20, 2021

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

Asymptomatic testing location update

August 19, 2021

After this Friday, August 20, the asymptomatic testing location at Betty Irene Moore Hall will close. On Monday, August 23, testing will be available in the Administrative Services Building and at the UC Davis Medical Center’s South employee entrance (near Parking Structure 3), Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Three mobile testing teams will also cover 23 ambulatory care locations for unvaccinated employees who are not on the Sacramento Campus.

How to protect yourself from smoky air due to the Caldor, Dixie wildfires

August 19, 2021

Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke can affect lung health, particularly for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. UC Davis Health experts have some tips for protecting yourself when it’s smoky outside.

CMN Hospitals has launched Direct Response Television campaign

August 19, 2021

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is launching the first ever Direct Response Television (DRTV) campaign, bringing CMN Hospitals into an entirely new marketplace. DRTV spots will air on national broadcast and cable outlets and run through Nov. 1. 

Vaccine slashed COVID-19 rates among UC Davis Medical Center employees

August 19, 2021

A recently released study by UC Davis Health researchers reviews the incidence of COVID-19 illness among health care workers and documents the dramatic reductions in illness after vaccines were administered.

Vaccine status of COVID patients admitted to UC Davis Medical Center

August 19, 2021

New graphic breaks down the vaccine status of COVID patients currently hospitalized at the UC Davis Medical Center.

Sports medicine doctor reflects on her role at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

August 18, 2021

UC Davis Health family medicine physician Marcia Faustin was thrust into the global stage at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when she provided care to Simon Biles after the elite gymnast withdrew from competitions citing mental health issues.

Congressional leader travels to Davis, praises hospital food and nutrition program

August 18, 2021

Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi visited UC Davis to learn about its efforts to solve challenges of health and hunger. They met with experts including UC Davis Health Executive Chef Santana Diaz.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group starts Sept. 15

August 18, 2021

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

Smoke impacts Sacramento region’s air quality; check resource for appropriate responses affecting operations

August 18, 2021

With smoke from fires burning across California and the West drifting into the Sacramento area, air quality in the region has become variable, and may move into unhealthy categories.

Tips to help kids with autism transition back to in-person school

August 17, 2021

As kids head back to full-day, in-person school for the first time in over a year, things will look different. The transition is challenging for many students, particularly those with neurodevelopmental conditions. MIND Institute experts have some tips to help.

UC Davis Medical Center awarded national certification for heart attack care

August 17, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Primary Heart Attack Center from the Joint Commission for its devotion to consistent, organized and quality care for patients with ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) -commonly known as heart attack.

Third dose COVID-19 'booster' shots available for patients with compromised immune systems

August 17, 2021

Patients whose immune systems are compromised are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Now UC Davis Health is offering a protective third shot to immunocompromised patients who received initial doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Here’s who qualifies for the “booster.”

Up to $36,000 for UC Davis Health Professions MBA scholarships

August 17, 2021

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management offers special UC Davis Health Professions MBA Scholarships of up to $36,000 over three years for our Sacramento part-time MBA.

Reminder: Overflow parking available in the EDD Lot

August 17, 2021

With ongoing and planned construction projects on the UC Davis Health Campus, employees and students with active permits have temporary access to parking stalls in the Employment Development Department lot.

New library resource: American Geriatrics Society eBooks and clinical tools

August 17, 2021

The UC Davis Library now offers American Geriatrics Society eBooks and clinical tools, designed for students, teachers and clinicians focused on older adult care.

One doctor’s journey from family clinician to Express Care physician

August 16, 2021

With over 37 years of experience treating patients as a family and community physician, Kurt J. Slapnik is finding new ways to treat patients and build strong connections through UC Davis Health’s digital Express Care platform that launched in September 2020.

American Red Cross Blood Drive today – walk-ins welcome!

August 16, 2021

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in North Addition, room 1001 until 3 p.m. on Monday, August 16. Walk-ins are welcome.

UC Davis School of Medicine partners with Pfizer to study COVID-19 booster vaccine

August 13, 2021

UC Davis Health has chosen 60 people to participate in a clinical trial to determine if a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is necessary, safe and effective. The participants are among 225 who signed up more than a year ago for the clinical trial that led to the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer vaccine.

Chief Financial Officer Tim Maurice announces his retirement

August 13, 2021

CFO Tim Maurice has announced he will be retiring from UC Davis Health next year, after overseeing the financial operations of UC Davis Health, including the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Medical Center, clinics, and the faculty practice plan since 2011.

Free registration for global sustainability conference available to all staff, faculty members and students

August 13, 2021

Through UC Davis Sustainability’s sponsorship of the Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, all current staff, faculty members and students can register for the virtual conference (Oct. 12–14) for free.

Emergency Department sees highest number of COVID-19 cases so far in 2021

August 13, 2021

After seeing the lowest number of COVID-19 patients for the year in June, the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center saw the highest number for the year during the first week in August. Physicians report the majority of people seeking treatment are unvaccinated. They are also younger.

Study explains why food high in saturated fat may lead to plaque build-up in arteries

August 13, 2021

A new study suggests that eating food rich in saturated fat and choline increases metabolites that build plaques in the arteries. It also points to a possible drug that may block the negative effects of the high-fat diet.

New visitor and masking rules for cancer center take effect Aug. 16

August 13, 2021

The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant is prompting new visitor and masking rules starting Aug. 16 for people accompanying patients to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Paciente hospitalizado se arrepiente de no haberse vacunado contra el COVID-19

August 13, 2021

Un hombre de 42 años fue infectado de coronavirus y luego sufrió de una enfermedad neurológica rara. Ahora se arrepiente de no haberse vacunado contra el COVID-19 y durante su recuperación está instando a otros que reciban la vacuna.

UC Be Smart About Safety program can fund your ideas to improve safety at UC Davis Health

August 12, 2021

Have a brilliant idea to improve safety in your area of UC Davis Health? Apply for funding for your project or program through the UC Be Smart About Safety (BSAS) program. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 15.

Pediatric Ambulatory Service receives flu excellence award

August 12, 2021

The UC Davis Pediatric Ambulatory Service was named a California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program flu excellence awardee for its efforts to ensure that every patient eligible was offered and received a flu vaccine during the 2020-2021 influenza season.

Patient shares her journey to quit tobacco, with help of Health Management and Education team (FB Live)

August 12, 2021

In a Facebook Live conversation with Cari Shulkin from Health Management and Education, patient Denise Caldwell describes how the Quit Tobacco team provided the support and guidance needed to take on the challenge of quitting.

Annual MIND Summer Institute program a major success (video)

August 12, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute recently held its annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, a learning program that brings together experts, advocates, caregivers and families. This year’s virtual event highlighted strategies for improving mental health.

Get outdoors but stay skin safe with free UC Davis Health sunscreen stations

August 12, 2021

Free sunscreen stations, provided by UC Davis Health, make it easy to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors while protecting skin and preventing cancer.

Through a team effort, UC Davis Health employee quits tobacco addiction

August 11, 2021

Michelle Bauer enrolled in UC Davis Health’s SToP Program to quit smoking. With the help of her physician, health educators, registered nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and psychologists, she got the support she needed to quit – and stay quit.

Treating our own: Turning to colleagues for cancer care

August 11, 2021

UC Davis faculty with cancer don’t have to go far to get care. A leading national expert on COVID-19 who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the height of the pandemic is back on the job quickly after robotic surgery is performed by his peer.

Update: Hospital visitor requirements changing Wednesday, Aug. 11

August 10, 2021

Review the latest on requirements for UC Davis Medical Center visitors, which go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 11, per California Department of Public Health order. Other updates have also been made to the visitor policy.

Patient shuns COVID-19 vaccine, then changes mind after hospitalization

August 10, 2021

Saul Torres skipped the COVID-19 vaccine because he didn’t believe in it, but then he was hospitalized with complications prompted by the virus. Now he’s urging everyone to get the shot.

Hospital visitors must show proof of vaccination; unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals must have negative test, starting Aug. 11

August 10, 2021

In accordance with a California Department of Public Health order, UC Davis Medical Center will require visitors to present either proof of vaccination or, for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Banner celebrating UC Davis Health history, excellence installed near entrance to medical center

August 10, 2021

On Monday (Aug. 9), crews installed a building-sized sign acknowledging the 150-year history of patient care on the UC Davis Medical Center site, as well as UC Davis Health’s prominent rankings in recent U.S. News & World Report lists.

Epic Ophthalmology Kaleidoscope improves clinician, patient experience

August 10, 2021

The module, which went live on Aug. 9, improves workflows for ophthalmologists, optometrists, technicians, and nurses through a a new Imaging and Procedures (IProc) Activity and Home workspace and enhances Epic Ambulatory functionality.

Lunch and Learn with Hendry Ton on August 18

August 10, 2021

Dr. Hendry Ton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, will host a Lunch and Learn on August 18 at noon. All UC Davis Health faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

New catering website user training on Aug. 11

August 9, 2021

The Food and Nutrition Services team is implementing a new web-based catering management system called Catertrax. Virtual training for the new system is scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

In Memoriam: Leonard 'Larry' Martin Hjelmeland

August 9, 2021

Leonard “Larry” Hjelmeland, professor emeritus of ophthalmology and former chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry, died in July from complications of diabetes. He was 73. The highly respected scientist contributed to national and international vision research.

SnapComms tip: ‘Silent’ desktop alert appears as small notification button on SnapComms icon

August 6, 2021

When Public Affairs & Marketing sends a “silent” desktop alert via the SnapComms program, a small red button appears on the SnapComms icon in your Windows system tray (lower-right corner). You can click to read it at your convenience.

Study suggests holistic admissions policies increase medical school diversity

August 6, 2021

New study by School of Medicine faculty members confirms the importance of pre-med Postbaccalaureate programs to better prepare medical school applicants. The programs are also known to increase diversity of applicants from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Learn & Lounge series empowers adolescents and young adults during cancer treatment and beyond

August 6, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teamed up with UCLA Health to launch Learn & Lounge during the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual monthly meetup for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors.

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

August 6, 2021

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

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

August 5, 2021

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

At the hospital gift shop, hope is in stock

August 5, 2021

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

How a hospital becomes a costly hotel for patients who can’t leave

August 5, 2021

Some UC Davis Medical Center patients are in the hospital for months or years after being medically cleared for discharge. Care facilities more appropriate to their needs can’t or won’t accept them, leaving UC Davis with fewer beds for patients with acute health care needs.

Hospital gift shop celebrates grand reopening with raffle of Sac Republic FC memorabilia

August 5, 2021

Now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Pavilion gift shop had a grand reopening yesterday (Aug. 4), which included a raffle of three autographed Sacramento Republic FC soccer balls.

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

August 4, 2021

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

Mark Mannis named president-elect of the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

August 4, 2021

Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, has been named president-elect of the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS). 

Diamond Doc Award recognizes exceptional patient care

August 4, 2021

UC Davis Health recognized 52 doctors who received high scores from patients through the HCAHP survey with the Diamond Doc Award

UC Davis Health recognized for outstanding patient loyalty

August 4, 2021

In recognition of its exceptional patient loyalty ratings, UC Davis Health was named to the 2021 NRC Health Top 100 Consumer Loyalty Award list.

New UC agreement for open access publishing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

August 4, 2021

The University of California yesterday (Aug. 3) announced an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access articles in PNAS.

U.S. 50 work closures: Sections of T Street (through Friday, during day); part of 39th Street (Wed-Fri)

August 3, 2021

As part of Caltrans’ “Fix 50” Highway Enhancement Project, westbound T Street will be closed through Friday, Aug. 6 at 55th St. to 59th St., and 59th St. to 62nd St.; closures scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit Fix50.com for more closures.

Is reducing opioids for pain patients linked to higher rates of overdose and mental health crisis?

August 3, 2021

A UC Davis Health study published in JAMA found a 68% increase in overdose events and a doubling of mental health crises among patients who were on stable opioid therapy but saw their doses tapered.

Improved Innovation Technology Self-Service portal features better search experience, access to tools

August 3, 2021

The newly redesigned portal offers a Google-like search experience and easy access to essential tools and resources, such as the Service Catalog, Help Make Us Better, and Epic How-To articles on a variety of topics.

School of Medicine Class of 2025 begins academic journey (video)

August 3, 2021

The UC Davis School of Medicine officially welcomed 132 first-year students wearing their white coats and blue face masks to an in-person, pandemic-era induction ceremony that was void of guests but full of tributes to family members.

Two-thirds of California firearm owners with children do not store guns in recommended way

August 3, 2021

Firearm injuries are among the leading causes of death for children and adolescents in the U.S., but a new study finds two-thirds of firearm-owning adults in California who live with children do not store their guns safely, locked up and unloaded.

July ASP newsletter available now

August 3, 2021

The July 2021 issue of the UC Davis Antimicrobial Stewardship Program newletter is avaialble now.  

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine posts latest position statement on infant feeding

August 2, 2021

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

Ten steps to successful breastfeeding

August 2, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center received the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation in 2020. This distinguished honor demonstrates that UC Davis Medical Center adheres to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Register today: COVID-19 vaccine mandate webinar on Aug. 4

August 2, 2021

The University of California COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated, or hold an approved exception, by Sept. 8, 2021.  The Davis Campus Ready team is holding a seminar on Aug. 4 to explain the mandate and its implications.

Early career award for neuroscience researcher Jason Smucny

July 30, 2021

Post-doctoral fellow Jason Smucny has received a prestigious Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award is designed to provide support and protected time for supervised career development. Smucny’s research will focus on computational psychiatry.

Travel and motion sickness: An expert weighs in on Dramamine, ginger and more

July 30, 2021

It’s unpleasant and unfortunately, common: motion sickness. And with more people traveling this summer, there’s renewed interest in remedies like Dramamine. A physician with the UC Davis Health Traveler’s Clinic has some tips for feeling better on the move.

When should you wear a mask to protect against the Delta variant? (video)

July 30, 2021

The guidelines about when to mask up to protect yourself against COVID-19 have changed quite a bit with the spread of the Delta variant. A UC Davis Health expert weighs in on why masking is important, who should be doing it and when.

Reminder: Staff invited to participate in Blackout research

July 30, 2021

UC Davis Health researchers are inviting all currently employed nursing, advanced practice provider, physician and clinical social services staff with an Outlook email address to participate in a survey or interview on the Blackout alert.

2021 Employee Excellence Awards nomination deadline extended to August 6

July 30, 2021

The nomination window for the annual Employee Excellence Awards has been extended to Friday, August 6. These awards recognize individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the health system’s strategic guiding principles: Compassion, Diversity, Leadership, Social Responsibility, Teamwork and Innovation.

Emergency Department earns 2021 Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

July 29, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Emergency Department received the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2021 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

Clinic transforms cancer treatment by combining diagnosis and therapy – or theranostics

July 29, 2021

A theranostics clinic is coming to UC Davis Health that will leverage the next generation in nuclear medicine to attack cancer in ways that traditional options cannot do alone. It combines diagnostics and therapeutics to deliver targeted radiotherapy.

CRC Foundations Training Program open to interested staff

July 29, 2021

The Clinical Research Coordinator Foundations Training Program, powered by the Clinical and Translational Science Center Clinical Research Education Department, is seeking eligible employees from both the Davis and Sacramento campuses interested in learning more about the role of a CRC. 

Pavilion gift shop grand re-opening on Wednesday, August 4

July 29, 2021

The Pavilion gift shop, which had been closed since March 2020, is back open and will host a grand re-opening event on Wednesday, August 4. Only employees, people visiting a patient in the hospital or patients with appointments will be permitted into the gift shop. 

8 cosas que los expertos de salud quieren que usted sepa sobre la variante Delta

July 29, 2021

Expertos de UC Davis advierten sobre la posibilidad de un aumento de casos de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas. Las infecciones están aumentando debido en gran parte a la variante Delta que es altamente transmisible y a los bajos índices de vacunación, que son de aproximadamente un 50% en la región.

Employee-only entrances at UC Davis Medical Center

July 28, 2021

While the Pavilion lobby at the UC Davis Medical Center has been established as a patient and visitor entrance, four employee entrances to the North, South, East and West of the medical center remain as exclusive employee-only entrances.

Smoke impacts Sacramento region’s air quality; check resource for appropriate responses affecting operations

July 28, 2021

Air quality in the region is deteriorating due to smoke from fires burning across California and the West. Please consult the UC Davis Health decision-making matrix to see when and how those effects would impact work and operations.

Simone Biles’ withdrawal at Olympics shines light on need to recognize mental health

July 28, 2021

Gymnast Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the team and all-around competitions at the Tokyo Olympics created shockwaves around the globe. Trauma expert Brandi Liles discusses the impact of stress and abuse, and the need to talk about mental health without stigma.

“Hold on to your loved ones”: Wildfire survivor who lost children in wildfire offers advice

July 28, 2021

As the 2021 wildfire season in Northern California sparks with a fury, one survivor of the deadly Redwood Valley Fire in 2017 offers advice. Sara Shepherd recounts the blaze that killed her two children and forced her to prepare for future fires in a different way.

The truth behind COVID-19 vaccines and women’s health

July 28, 2021

Misinformation is spreading on the Internet regarding the COVID-19 vaccines and how they may affect women’s health. We asked Clara Paik, clinic medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and the co-division director of University Women’s Health, to answer some frequently asked questions about women’s health and the COVID vaccine.

Indoor masking now required at all UC Davis Health locations

July 28, 2021

Effective immediately, masks are now required in all non-clinical areas that are part of UC Davis Health. This now means masks are required in all indoor areas, due to the possibility of spread to patient care workers, even if a person has been vaccinated. 

Newly launched UC Library Search provides single site for searching entire UC library system

July 28, 2021

The new online library catalog for the UC system, which launched yesterday (July 27), helps users find materials at UC Davis, any other UC campus, and beyond. See the user guide to explore the changes and expanded capabilities.

Medical care for Team USA women's gymnastics at Tokyo Olympics led by UC Davis Health doctor (video)

July 27, 2021

Sports medicine doctor Marcia “Marcy” Faustin of UC Davis Health is living her dream job as co-head team physician for USA Gymnastics. Faustin is in Japan this week, providing medical care to the women’s national team, whose members are competing at the Olympic Games.

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

July 27, 2021

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

A powerful reminder they are not alone

July 27, 2021

UC Davis employees from the Sacramento and Davis campuses give back to the community by volunteering at the Women’s Empowerment Clothing Closet & Resource Giveaway event.

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

July 27, 2021

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

UC Davis Burn Center achieves re-verification for meeting the highest standards of care

July 26, 2021

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center - UC Davis has received re-verification as an Adult Burn Center from the American Burn Association. This recognition is given to burn centers meeting the highest current standards of care for burn-injured patients.

Salary increase for policy-covered (non-represented) staff effective this month

July 26, 2021

As announced earlier this year, all eligible, policy-covered University of California staff will receive a three percent (3%) increase to their base salary in July 2021.

UC Davis nursing students bring life-saving TB screenings to a community organization

July 23, 2021

Nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing partner with Elica Health to conduct on-site tuberculosis screening for staff at SETA Head Start in Sacramento. The experience provided hands-on training for students and served a critical community health need.

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

July 23, 2021

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

New Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic provides multidisciplinary care to patients

July 23, 2021

A new multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at UC Davis Health provides care for patients with a wide variety of brain injuries – from mild concussions to more severe conditions like vertigo, seizures, memory and concentration problems and more.

8 things health experts want you to know about the Delta variant

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.

UC Davis Health recognized for its leadership on environmental sustainability

July 22, 2021

In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, UC Davis Health received the Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth. 

Prostate cancer researcher wins two high-profile awards advancing diversity in science

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Alan Lombard is recognized for being an outstanding young cancer scientist committed to promoting diversity.  He also wins federal grant to continue prostate cancer research while mentoring next generation of diverse scientists.

The survey results are in -- and they’re looking good

July 22, 2021

In an effort to improve a patient’s journey through the UC Davis Health system and inform care teams about their work, the patient experience team has engaged in a survey redesign that gives patients greater access to provide valuable feedback.

Reinventing the academic medical center

July 21, 2021

A new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst describes UC Davis Health’s success in reinventing its academic medical center as a collaborative partner, facilitating a high level of patient care throughout the region and joining with competitors to form partnerships.

Radiology’s Connie Gardea receives this month’s POP Award

July 21, 2021

This month’s Point of Pride (POP) Award was given to Connie Gardea from Radiology Administration for the exceptional kindness and empathy she gives to our patients.

Stem cell transplants now available for some on outpatient basis

July 20, 2021

Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.

UC Davis NICU receives gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence

July 19, 2021

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

Can CBD help people with psoriasis find relief?

July 19, 2021

UC Davis Dermatologist Jason Hawkes discusses the effects and risks of using cannabinoids, such as CBD, as an alternative or complementary treatment to psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

Travel tips to stay healthy this summer during the pandemic

July 16, 2021

Travel plans this summer should include staying updated on changing COVID-19 conditions and being ready to change or cancel your trip. Vaccinated travelers have less to worry about but still need to be prepared.

Collaboration for clinical innovation: Apply Now!

July 16, 2021

The CTSC and College of Engineering (COE) have issued a call for project proposals for the COE’s Capstone Senior Design course. The projects connect clinicians with senior engineering students to build innovative devices to solve specific medical problems. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 2.

COVID-19 and the Delta variant: What you need to know (video)

July 15, 2021

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in California and the U.S. It’s highly infectious, but epidemiologists say current vaccines are providing sufficient protection against illness and hospitalization.

UC Davis Health IT receives Healthcare Compliance Analytics Advocacy Leader award

July 15, 2021

Protenus software solution recognized for reducing risks and saving resources at UC Davis Health by detecting and preventing compliance violations.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

UC Davis Health Staff Assembly call for nominations

July 15, 2021

The UC Davis Staff Assembly, Health Chapter, Executive Committee is calling for nominations for the next term. All nominations are due by July 30.

Can turmeric reduce joint pain during breast cancer treatment?

July 14, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

Staff invited to participate in Blackout research

July 14, 2021

All currently employed UC Davis Medical Center nursing, advanced practice provider, physician and clinical social services staff with an Outlook email address are eligible to participate in a study on Blackout alerts.

Call for nominations: 2021 Employee Excellence Awards

July 14, 2021

The annual Employee Excellence Awards recognize individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the health system’s strategic guiding principles: Compassion, Diversity, Leadership, Social Responsibility, Teamwork and Innovation. The 2021 nomination window is Monday July 19 through Friday, July 30. 

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

July 14, 2021

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

Turning tarantula venom into pain relief (video)

July 13, 2021

Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.

Reminder: Lunch and Learn with Carol Kirshnit on July 14

July 13, 2021

Carol Kirshnit, Director of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program, will host a virtual Lunch and Learn on mental health and wellbeing on Wednesday, July 14 at noon. All UC Davis Health faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Our new guiding principles: Delivering ‘tomorrow’s health care today’

July 9, 2021

As the Clinical Strategic Plan makes progress and new strategic initiatives take shape, UC Davis Health has unveiled its new Mission, Vision, Values and Patient Promise, which will be the guiding principles that drive clinical, educational and research imperatives.

2020 Deans’ Excellence Awards recognize School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, staff and teams

July 9, 2021

This year’s Deans’ Excellence Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, staff and teams across UC Davis Health that are transforming education, patient care and community health.

UC Davis psychology chair named to key federal committee on autism

July 9, 2021

Susan Rivera, psychology professor and chair and faculty member of the MIND Institute and Center for Mind and Brain, has been named to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal committee provides guidance and recommendations on autism research, services, and policy.

First cohort of geriatric resource nurses complete training

July 9, 2021

Congratulations to the first cohort of UC Davis Health geriatric resource nurses who completed training in geriatric syndromes and evidence-based practices. This role was created as part of our journey to become a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders hospital.

Daughter donates kidney to her role model, her dad, on Father’s Day

July 8, 2021

Rather than a shirt, a necktie or new tools, Jazlyn Estrella gave her father, Ruther Estrella, the gift of a lifetime. She donated her kidney and shared with him the gift of life.

Susan G. Komen® awards $600,000 research grant to radiology chair Elizabeth Morris

July 8, 2021

Department of Radiology Chair Elizabeth Morris, with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a Susan G. Komen® grant to develop artificial intelligence models to predict breast cancer risk at a more personalized level.

Transitioning from a student in class to a professional in the clinic (video)

July 7, 2021

The inaugural group of nurse practitioner residents completes their program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. After 12 months in underserved primary care clinics and tailored specialty rotations, they enter the workforce with increased skills and confidence.

U.S. saw surge in firearm purchases and violence during first months of COVID-19 pandemic

July 7, 2021

Firearm purchases and firearm violence surged during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firearm purchases increased by 85% and interpersonal firearm injuries increased by 27%. Approximately 9.3 million firearms were purchased during this period.

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

July 6, 2021

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

UC Davis Health announces Jason Nietupski as new Executive Director of Design, Planning and Development

July 6, 2021

Jason Nietupski, most recently the Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente’s National Facilities Services, Mid-Atlantic States region, begins at UC Davis Health today (July 6). His predecessor, Joel Swift, retired in April.

Medication for addiction treatment: New Continuing Medical Education training

July 6, 2021

The UC Davis Health Office of Continuing Medical Education is now offering medication for addiction treatment (MAT) training. Four courses were developed in joint partnership with UC Davis Health Department of Emergency Medicine’s James Chenoweth, M.D., M.A.S. and California Bridge.

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

July 2, 2021

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

UC Davis Hospice, Dream Foundation partner to create special memories for Folsom mom and her son

July 2, 2021

Life circumstances have put a continent between Caroline Caldwell and her son, whom she calls “her strength.” Thanks to hospice social worker Rebeckah Long’s referral to Dream Foundation, they were able to reunite for her birthday.

UC Davis Health has officially achieved Cum Laude in Epic's Honor Roll Grant Program

July 2, 2021

By meeting 94% of the requirements for Epic’s Honor Roll program within a 16-month timespan across a variety of critical components, UC Davis Health earned a $325,000 grant toward future Epic services and features.

Lunch and Learn with Carol Kirshnit, Academic and Staff Assistance Program, on July 14

July 2, 2021

As part of a new series for UC Davis Health employees, Carol Kirshnit, Director of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program, will host a lunch and learn on mental health and wellbeing on Wednesday, July 14 at noon. 

UC Davis Health breaks ground on new rehabilitation hospital (video)

July 1, 2021

UC Davis Health, with partner Kindred Healthcare, broke ground on a planned rehabilitation hospital today. The new facility, which will be the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Sacramento, will expand treatment capacity for stroke, brain trauma and spinal cord injury patients.

Tips for a sensory-friendly July 4th

July 1, 2021

The Fourth of July is often characterized by fireworks, parades and celebrations, which can be challenging for some individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A UC Davis MIND Institute expert offers some tips to make the holiday celebrations more comfortable. 

UC Davis Health launches Help Make Us Better, a new tool to collect suggestions and feedback

July 1, 2021

On July 1, UC Davis Health launched Help Make Us Better, an online, interactive portal to collect employee suggestions and feedback.

Fireworks can be fun but dangerous: How to stay safe this July 4th

July 1, 2021

Fireworks are a Fourth of July highlight. They’re also the cause of serious injuries every year. UC Davis Health experts urge extreme caution when using fireworks and offer tips for staying safe while celebrating during COVID-19.