Media Guidelines | UC Davis Health

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Media guidelines

UC Davis Health recognizes that print, broadcast and online media have a responsibility to keep the public informed. Our media relations team in the Public Affairs Office can provide accurate and appropriate information to media representatives. Team members are available to assist with news inquiries involving UC Davis Health, including its medical center, clinics, patients, health-care providers, schools, faculty and students.

Note about patient privacy

In accordance with UC Davis Health policies and procedures, we can neither confirm nor deny reports about patients who may or may not be in our facilities for care. A patient’s condition will not be given unless the patient has specifically requested their condition be shared.

Interviews, photography or videography

Photography, videography or interviews require coordination through the Public Affairs Office.

A public information officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support reporters' requests. To request interviews, photography or videography with a UC Davis Health patient or care provider, please email Public Affairs at during business hours; after business hours or on weekends or holidays, call the hospital operator at 916-734-2011, who will page the on-call public information officer.

Cases of public record

Queries about patients involved in incidents of public record (those reportable to fire departments, law enforcement, health departments or other public authorities) may be referred to the public agency handling the case.

Media representatives may not enter any of the health system's premises without an escort from the Public Affairs Office. Photos or videos may not be recorded on UC Davis Health properties without a Public Affairs escort in order to protect and preserve patient privacy.