The Lodi community gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the expansion of pediatric and neonatal services available at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, thanks to its new partnership with UC Davis Health.
And what a celebration it was! The family-friendly event featured face painters, balloon artists, music, cornhole games and a visit from Sacramento Republic FC soccer players. Light appetizers and Italian ice desserts were also catered for the crowd.
“This partnership means that Lodi is getting the care that the community deserves,” said Janelle Meyers, regional marketing director for Adventist Health Central California Region. “It’s been fun to see both the community and our stakeholders celebrate and embrace the enhanced care that we can now offer here.”
A short program during the evening featured remarks by Daniel Wolcott, president of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis Health, Param Gill, obstetrician/gynecologist at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, and Wayne Craig, president of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation.
A check for $519,304.64 was also presented by the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation, which will fund the new Level II NICU at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial. The Level II NICU will provide an advanced level of newborn care in Lodi to treat premature infants and will decrease the need for ambulance transfers to Sacramento.
“The whole idea of having a Level II NICU is to make sure babies can stay with their mothers and their fathers in this community,” said Lakshminrusimha, noting that neonatology at UC Davis Health is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. “UC Davis Health is committed to this collaboration.”