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July 2021

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 2021

Internal medicine resident praised for contributions to diversity

June 25, 2021

Jorge Salazar, an internal medicine resident, is the first recipient of a newly created award to recognize significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education.

Touchdown: Burn survivor gets support during toughest challenge of his life

June 25, 2021

18-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez receives surprise visitors while recovering from third-degree burns at UC Davis Health. The Woodcreek Oaks graduate ventured outside for the first time since May 17 to greet his former football teammates.

Emergency department nurse promotes COVID-19 vaccines on TV with Gov. Gavin Newsom

June 4, 2021

Claudio Alvarado, an assistant nurse manager in the pediatric emergency department, appeared on stage with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to promote the state’s new Vax for the Win vaccine incentive program.

Don’t tread on it!

June 1, 2021

While the odds of being bitten by a rattlesnake are small, following some precautions from UC Davis Health experts, people can minimize the chances of being bitten and suffering severe or even life-threatening symptoms.

May 2021

Nurse Residency Program earns ANCC accreditation, with distinction

May 28, 2021

UC Davis Health’s Nurse Residency Program is the first and only program in the Sacramento region to earn accreditation, with distinction, from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Atreja named to HIMSS Future50 Community

May 26, 2021

Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja has been named to the annual Future50 list of innovative thinkers and leaders by the global technology advisory organization, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Young man's scary injury benefits from spine center skill and expertise

May 12, 2021

A 24-year-old man is on the road to recovery following an off-road vehicle accident that left him nearly paralyzed. He credits UC Davis Spine Center with expert surgery that kept him from nearly becoming a paraplegic.

April 2021

The ultimate real-world lesson: Nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccines

April 30, 2021

First-year nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gain valuable experience with real patients by giving COVID-19 injections. Students learn how the interaction is far more than simply administering the vaccine.

UC Davis students launch COVID-19 vaccine clinic and administer 7,600 doses (video)

April 30, 2021

When essential workers lacked access to the COVID-19 shot, the student-run Shifa Community Clinic decided to set up a vaccination site. The effort by UC Davis undergraduates and medical students has delivered more than 7,000 vaccine doses at a downtown Sacramento mosque.

Encouraging COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color (video)

April 27, 2021

UC Davis Health staff and The California Endowment team up to create multilingual public service announcements to encourage underrepresented communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Volunteers from UC Davis Health provide COVID-19 vaccinations at Sleep Train Arena

April 26, 2021

Dozens of volunteers from UC Davis Health helped vaccinate vulnerable populations against COVID-19 over the weekend at a drive-thru clinic organized by the Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.

UC Davis Health surgery chair to lead prestigious organization

April 22, 2021

Diana Farmer tapped to lead the oldest surgical association in the U.S.

New acute care rehabilitation hospital project begins

April 20, 2021

Work is getting underway for the construction of UC Davis Health’s new acute care rehabilitation hospital that is set to open in 2023.

We’re expecting!

April 16, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center’s peregrine falcon family has four eggs this year, and they may hatch this weekend.

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.

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.

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.

March 2021

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.

February 2021

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

January 2021

UC Davis Health launches COVID-19 patient vaccinations (video)

January 12, 2021

UC Davis Health began vaccinating its first patients for COVID-19 today.

COVID-19 vaccine information for UC Davis Health patients announced

January 8, 2021

UC Davis Health began notifying its patients today about vaccinations for COVID-19.

New membership signals dedication to improving quality of nursing care for older-adult patients

January 5, 2021

NICHE membership demonstrates UC Davis Health’s organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality and enhancing the patient and family experience of older adults.

December 2020

UC Davis Health launches new COVID-19 vaccine trial

December 30, 2020

Participants are needed for a new clinical trial at UC Davis Health to test another experimental COVID-19 vaccine that could help address the global pandemic.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives at UC Davis Medical Center: 10 things to know

December 22, 2020

UC Davis Health has received 4,300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to inoculate its frontline health care workers. The vaccine is similar to Pfizer’s but has a few key differences, including the way it’s stored, and how far apart its two shots are spaced.

UC Davis Health is prepared to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

December 10, 2020

With an allotment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to arrive as early as Monday, UC Davis Health is preparing its storage space and its employees for one of the most significant inoculation efforts in recent history.

The ICU: life-saving care during COVID-19 and every day

December 7, 2020

The ICU at UC Davis Health provides care for critically ill patients from a huge region, including those with coronavirus. It can be expanded to adapt to the expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

November 2020

Health leaders struggle to warn people of the new dangers of COVID-19

November 23, 2020

With COVID-19 surging at record rates, health leaders are frustrated with efforts to convince people not to gather for small events or holiday meals. Two experts explain the consequences of ignoring the warnings.

Team Travis medical group visits UC Davis Medical Center

November 13, 2020

Medical reservists from Travis Air Force Base toured UC Davis Medical Center as part of an effort to develop new clinical training opportunities.

Military doctors battle against COVID-19

November 10, 2020

UC Davis Health’s military members have served around the world in a range of situations, including in combat zones. This year, they’ve helped protect their country against a worldwide enemy: COVID-19.

October 2020

Local artists and Wide Open Walls bring the power of art to UC Davis Health campus (video)

October 16, 2020

Local artists bring their creativity and talent to the UC Davis Health campus and the surrounding neighborhood, creating two uplifting murals for The Wide Open Walls art festival.

Three-year-old patient with spina bifida walks, runs, thanks to fetal surgery (video)

October 13, 2020

Three years ago, Chloe MacCullough received the life-changing news that her unborn child had spina bifida. She thanks the team at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center for the surgery that changed her son’s life.

UC Davis Health earns ‘Most Wired’ recognition for ninth year in a row

October 8, 2020

UC Davis Health has been recognized for the ninth year in a row for excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

Four tips to help support parents after pregnancy loss

October 1, 2020

The heartbreaking news of model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen’s pregnancy loss this week has heightened awareness of miscarriage, which affects one in four women in the U.S. UC Davis social worker Brenna Rizan offers advice for grieving parents.

September 2020

Physical rehab services named among the nation’s best

September 28, 2020

Newsweek has named UC Davis Health’s physical rehabilitation services among the nation’s best. The health system’s program ranks fifth among Newsweek’s “Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers” in California, and #1 in Northern California.

UC Davis Health opens clinic for pregnant moms with opioid use disorder

September 25, 2020

UC Davis Health today opens a specialized clinic, focusing on the care of pregnant women with opioid use disorder. It is the only clinic of its kind in the Sacramento region.

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

September 24, 2020

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

Murals from local artists and Wide Open Walls coming to UC Davis Health campus

September 17, 2020

The Wide Open Walls art festival is bringing two uplifting murals from Sacramento artists to enrich the UC Davis Health campus and the neighborhood.

When to worry about AFib

September 15, 2020

Heart specialist Uma Srivatsa answers questions about a common type of arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

COVID-19 and flu season are about to merge – and doctors are worried

September 14, 2020

Flu season and COVID-19 are about to merge, and even infectious disease experts are unsure what will happen. But one thing is clear: Getting your flu shot has never been more important.

Shalaine Reddic: Where dreams, goals and accomplishments never cease

September 11, 2020

UC Davis Medical Center nurses all possess very special qualities, and Shalaine Reddic is the ideal reflection of that talent, expertise and spirit.

Protecting yourself from smoky air

September 9, 2020

As the Sacramento region experiences poor air quality from Northern California wildfires, UC Davis Health pulmonary experts share how to protect your health. 

Air Force, UC Davis Health partnership reaches new heights

September 9, 2020

New partnership agreements between the medical center at Travis Air Force Base and UC Davis Health will make it much easier for providers and trainees to gain clinical experience at both institutions.

COVID-19 conference with Wuhan scientists shows UC Davis Health’s global reach

September 9, 2020

An international video conference on COVID-19 treatments demonstrated again how UC Davis Health is a global source for coronavirus information.

It’s official! Burn nursing is now a nursing specialty

September 3, 2020

Thanks in part to the work of two UC Davis Medical Center nurses, the American Nurses Association has officially recognized burn nursing as a nursing specialty.

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

September 2, 2020

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

August 2020

UC Davis surgeon uses lasers to treat brain tumors and ease the stress of surgery

August 28, 2020

A UC Davis neurosurgeon is the first in the region to use NeuroBlate technology to treat brain tumors.

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

August 26, 2020

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

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

August 25, 2020

Justin Ramirez continues to look forward despite his failing kidney.

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

August 24, 2020

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

UC Davis Health begins clinical trial in hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine (video)

August 20, 2020

UC Davis Health, in partnership with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE began a global clinical trial for an investigational vaccine against COVID-19.

UC Davis Health staff sending hearts to cheer each other up during COVID-19 fight

August 20, 2020

Nurses and whole departments at the UC Davis Medical Center are sending brightly-colored scrub hats – and a bit of joy – to each other as they battle the coronavirus.

UC Davis research pivots to take on COVID-19

August 14, 2020

UC Davis with its unique range of both human and veterinary medicine capabilities, now has 38 novel coronavirus studies underway on its Sacramento and Davis campuses, including a clinical trial for a possible COVID-19 vaccine.

UC Davis Health supports soccer program to engage girls in low-income communities

August 13, 2020

A new partnership between UC Davis Health, Street Soccer USA and the California Storm will increase opportunities for low-income and minority girls to play soccer, especially in Sacramento's Oak Park community. 

UC Davis Health to enroll participants for major COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

August 12, 2020

UC Davis Health has been chosen as one of only 120 sites worldwide to enroll participants for a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine study that has already shown promising results.

UC Davis Medical Center recognized for quality stroke care

August 7, 2020

The UC Davis Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the 2020 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for consistently adhering to measures backed by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.

Zulresso brings mother back from postpartum depression

August 5, 2020

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

Two UC Davis Health experts featured in national medical journal

August 4, 2020

Nancy Lane and Garen Wintemute each have featured commentaries in the Aug. 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Lane discusses a promising treatment for osteoarthritis. Wintemute has a call to action for health professionals to address disparities in society that are causing violence and harming health.

Larissa May named interim health officer for Yolo County

August 4, 2020

Yolo County has selected UC Davis Health's Larissa May as its interim health officer to help craft policy and guide the Board of Supervisors on its health strategies.

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

August 3, 2020

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