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Clinical Science

Gene Therapy for Wet AMD Offers Promise for Older Adults

Ophthalmologists at UC Davis Health used an experimental gene therapy to treat a patient with wet age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD. The treatment was part of a randomized, partially masked, controlled, phase 3 clinical study evaluating the efficacy and safety of an experimental therapy, ABBV-RGX-314. UC Davis Health is one of 93 sites in the U.S. participating in the clinical trial.

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UC Davis Health Launches New Geriatric Division

UC Davis Health has combined geriatric-focused specialties into its new Division of Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The new division aims to streamline and strengthen geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine and provide leadership for the rest of the health system. Leading this committed effort is Rebecca Boxer, M.D., a geriatrician and researcher who has dedicated her life to the care of this population.

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Disparities in Telehealth Access and Use Among Older Adults

A UC Davis Health study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society sheds light on disparities in telehealth access and use among older adults. The study determined that rapid expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic increased usage of the technology from 6% to 24% among people 70 years of age and older, and 63% of participants reported some level of social isolation.

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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Recognized as an age-friendly health system

UC Davis Medical Center has been awarded an Age-Friendly Health Systems Committed to Care Excellence designation. The recognition comes from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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Ranked among the nation’s top performers

UC Davis Medical Center received Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for 2024, placing us among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance. We also received accolades for high-quality patient care, known as Specialty Excellent Awards, in five areas including cardiac, neurosciences, gastrointestinal, critical care and pulmonary specialties.

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Recognized as a great hospital in America

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the 2023 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Great hospitals in America” list.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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