Inpatient Transfer Services

UC Davis Medical Center provides around-the-clock rapid Referral and Transfer Services for high-risk obstetric and gynecologic patients who require the expertise of a leading academic health center.

UC Davis Medical Center is the top-ranked hospital in the Sacramento region by U.S. News and World Report with a high-performance ranking in gynecologic services. As part of the Sacramento region’s only academic medical center, UC Davis Health specialists apply the most up-to-date medical treatments, the latest research findings and a unique depth of expertise to manage both routine and complex patients. 

UC Davis Medical Center has the region's only nationally ranked Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a state-designated Children's Hospital, as well as the Central Valley’s only level I Pediatric and Adult Trauma center, the highest designation possible as verified by the American College of Surgeons. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to urgent referrals or transfer calls.

To arrange a transfer or for emergency referral services call 1-800-4UC DAVIS.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Pregnancy) and Gynecologic Specialists

1-800-4UC DAVIS

UC Davis Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine and gynecologic specialists are always available to arrange for patient transfers or emergency referral services. Calls are answered by qualified Transfer Center registered nurses.

For obstetrics transfers, referring providers will be connected simultaneously with a Perinatologist and the Labor and Delivery Charge Nurse to expedite the transfer process.

For gynecologic transfers, referring providers will be connected directly to a gynecologic specialist. Specialty care is available in general gynecology, urogynecology, family planning and gynecologic oncology services.    

Transfer Center nurses work with referring physicians and staff to make all necessary arrangements for transfer via ambulance or helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center.

We know that patient transfers commonly involve arrangements for loved ones who want to be present to provide support. Information for family and friends can be printed from this link, including directions, parking, and overnight accommodations.  Additionally, the information sheet explains where patients will most likely go within the hospital for diagnosis or treatment once they arrive.

Why would you want to deliver a high-risk baby at UC Davis Health?

In addition to our subspecialty trained high-risk obstetrics specialists and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, UC Davis Medical Center is also home to some of the leading neonatal and pediatric surgery specialists in the region.

  • Dr. Diana Farmer, an internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, is Chair of the Department of Surgery. She is known for her skilled surgical treatment of congenital anomalies and for her expertise in cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns. Besides being an esteemed clinician and surgeon, Dr. Farmer has been a leader in research on the effectiveness and safety of spina bifida treatments before birth, and she is researching a novel stem cell therapy for repairing damaged neural tissue in spina bifida patients. In 2010, Farmer was inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Surgeons of England, becoming only the second woman surgeon from the United States to receive this prestigious honor. In 2011, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in medicine.
  • Dr. Gary Raff, Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, is one of the region’s most specialized neonatal and pediatric surgeons. Dr. Raff is one of an elite corps of highly skilled pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons nationwide who are able to perform complex surgeries on some of the tiniest and most fragile patients who suffer from birth defects like hypoplastic left heart syndrome and transposition of the great arteries. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center offers an integrated team of specialists including doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, available to provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures for infants with congenital as well as acquired heart defects.

Newborn and Children's Transfer Services at UC Davis Medical Center and Children's Hospital

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NICU/SCN - The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the region's only nationally ranked Level 4 nursery, and cares for infants from throughout Northern California. The NICU specializes in the care of high-risk infants, including those born prematurely and those needing high-risk care. The Special Care Nursery is a Level II designated unit for children who are seriously ill but expected to recover more rapidly.

The 49-bed combined NICU and Special Care Nursery includes a 1-bed isolation room and is staffed by neonatologists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working with subspecialists in other fields, such as cardiology and pulmonology, our team of experts treats infants with a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Birth asphyxia
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital anomalies (birth defects)
  • Jaundice
  • Infectious diseases such as pneumonia
  • Respiratory distress

PICU/PCICU - The UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is a 24-bed, state-of-the-art unit that opened in November 2011. The unit offers pediatric cardiothoracic surgery services — expert care for children who have undergone heart surgeries – as well as services for children who have contracted infectious diseases, consumed poisonous substances, or had transplants and other complex and traumatic procedures. PICU/PCICU services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Referral Services (Outpatient)

For outpatient consultation for obstetric or gynecologic specialty care, please call 916-734-6900.