Fast facts

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center serves a 65,000-square-mile area that includes 33 counties and 6 million residents across Northern and Central California. The 646-bed acute-care teaching hospital maintains an annual budget of roughly $1.7 billion.

UC Davis typically admits approximately 30,000 patients per year and handles more than 800,000 visits. The medical center’s emergency room sees close to 200 patients per day on average.

A message from our Chief Administrator about quality, safety and equity

Dear Patients, Visitors, Friends and Colleagues,

Brad Simmons

Brad Simmons
UC Davis Medical Center
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We’re glad you’re interested in UC Davis Medical Center. We provide high-quality, person-centered care as our priority every day, for every patient. I am proud of our consistently strong performance in this regard, year after year.

In its 2022-23 survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation’s best hospitals in nine adult medical specialties, including cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology & neurosurgery; obstetrics & gynecology; orthopedics; and pulmonology & lung surgery. We also ranked as high-performing in gastroenterology & GI surgery and in urology.

We were recognized as the No. 1 hospital in the Sacramento area, and among the top 10 in California.

U.S. News also rates the performance of hospitals in many common procedures and conditions. UC Davis Medical Center ranked high-performing (the highest possible rating) for back surgery (spinal fusion), COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

In pediatric care, U.S. News included UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children's hospitals in five pediatric specialties in its most recent rankings, including diabetes & endocrinology, neonatology, nephrology, pulmonology & lung surgery, and together with partner Shriners Children’s Northern California, orthopedics.

UC Davis Medical Center has also earned the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence: Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals typically achieve this designation from the world’s largest and most prominent nurse credentialing organization – and as of the time of this writing, UC Davis is the only hospital in Sacramento to carry it.

Along with patient safety and quality care, equity and inclusion are top priorities at UC Davis. An example: for a decade, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

We’re honored to be nationally recognized for our commitment to a welcoming and inclusive environment for our patients, their families and our employees. The excellence and compassion of everyone who cares for our patients is reflected in each of these recognitions.

Thank you for seeking our expertise for your health needs — we value the confidence and trust you have placed in us!

May good health be yours,

Brad Simmons
Chief Administrator, UC Davis Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer, UC Davis Health Hospital Division