NEWS | September 29, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons


UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the next two years. The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital remains the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn this distinction.

The American College of Surgeons' Children's Surgery Verification program was developed to improve the quality of  children's surgical care by creating a system that allows for a prospective match of every child's individual surgical needs with a care environment that has optimal pediatric resources. The guidelines ensure that children facing surgery receive care under a multidisciplinary program with quality improvement and safety processes, data collection and appropriate resources provided to them as patients at the hospital.

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The Level I verification -- the highest of three -- was awarded to UC Davis Children’s Hospital after an extensive site visit by an ACS team of surveyors. The survey team consisted of experienced children’s surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses who reviewed the hospital’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data. 

“UC Davis Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing world-class care for its pediatric patients, and we are honored to receive this re-verification. This recognition reflects our team’s leadership in its field and our commitment to safety and quality of care in every surgical procedure,” said Diana Farmer, chair and Pearl Stamps Stewart professor of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “It's proof positive that the best surgical care for their children is right here at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.”

To become a verified center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to appropriately care for children who are surgical patients. A Level I Children’s Surgery Center has specialty trained children’s surgeons in every discipline, who are able to care for newborns, children and teens. Pediatric anesthesiologists are also available to provide round-the-clock care. A Level I Children’s Surgery Center includes dedicated operating rooms for children available 24 hours a day. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, thus identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. In addition to acute-care responsibilities, a Level I Children's Surgery Center trains future leaders in education and research, and leads the way in community service and outreach.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit