UC Davis Health is proud to have earned accolades and recognition by virtue of its medical excellence and significant health care contributions.
UC Davis Medical Center ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2023-24 in eight adult medical specialties, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey published in August 2023. The annual ranking analyzes nearly 5,000 hospitals and recognizes those that excel in treating the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses.
UC Davis ranked among the U.S. top 50 in:
The medical center was once again No. 1 in the Sacramento area, and among the top 10 in California.
U.S. News & World Report also rated UC Davis Medical Center the top level of “high-performing” in several common types of health procedures and conditions, including:
UC Davis Medical Center was granted the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence, Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), again in 2023.
Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals generally carry Magnet® designation, which is valid for four years and a benchmark for the quality of care patients receive.
In its annual list of America’s best medical schools for 2023-2024, the magazine named the medical school No. 3 for its diversity, No. 5 in family medicine, and No. 6 in primary care. It also ranked No. 15 in psychiatry, No. 22 in public health (tie), and No. 50 for research (tie).
In its list of the nation’s best nursing schools for 2023-24, the publication ranked the School of Nursing’s master’s-degree programs in nursing as 23rd for the third year, tied with three other schools. The rankings include the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and the master’s degree family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) program. The Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program (P.A.) was also 40th in the nation, tied with five other programs.
UC Davis Medical Center has been nationally recognized as a top performing hospital according to research released by Healthgrades, a website consumers use to choose hospitals and doctors.
Receiving America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for 2024 means the medical center is among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance. UC Davis has been one of Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals for five-consecutive years.
The internationally known UC Davis MIND Institute has achieved status as one of nine National Institutes of Health-supported Autism Centers of Excellence and as a federally designated Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
UC Davis Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2023 Best Maternity Hospitals, its fourth year in a row on the list. The distinction recognizes facilities that provide exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families.
UC Davis Medical Center’s obstetric anesthesia service is one of 17 globally to receive the prestigious Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology’s (SOAP) Center of Excellence designation.
For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader in 2022 by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
UC Davis Medical Center is recognized as one of Money-Leapfrog’s 2022 Best Hospitals for Billing Ethics. Money magazine partnered with The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization for health care consumers and purchasers.
UC Davis Health has received Digital Health Most Wired recognition from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The Most Wired program looks at how well health care organizations use technology to improve the health of their communities.
UC Davis Health was one of only 17 U.S. hospitals, and the only in California, to achieve the highest level (10) in both acute and ambulatory categories.
UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics are designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Medical homes:
UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the world’s largest scientific and educational association of surgeons. In 2016 UC Davis was the first hospital on the West Coast and fourth in the nation to earn the verification.
UC Davis Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) Certification. PHAC certifications are awarded to centers devoted to consistent, organized, quality care for STEMI/heart attack cases.
UC Davis Medical Center has received the Platinum Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults. UC Davis is first hospital in California to receive the honor.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has recognized several intensive care units at UC Davis Health with Beacon Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize units that set the standard for excellence by using innovation and implementation science to improve patient outcomes. Awardees as of early 2024 included:
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America named UC Davis a Level 1 Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence and a Center of Excellence for Family Services and Research.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a member of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and a self-designated Level 4 Epilepsy Center, signifying highest-level evaluation and treatment abilities for complex epilepsy.
UC Davis Oncology & Hematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center are recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), for meeting national guidelines and standards for high-quality care.
UC Davis Health has earned Age-Friendly Health Systems designation for:
UC Davis Health has also earned membership in the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program at the Senior Friendly level of designation. The measures are all part of UC Davis Health’s Healthy Aging Initiative.
The geriatric emergency department at UC Davis Medical Center earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation at the highest “gold” level from the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2022, becoming one of only 21 other U.S. EDs with gold status.
The UC Davis Center for Virtual Care has been accredited as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons, an honor bestowed on only a handful of simulation centers worldwide. Accreditation acknowledges exceptional educational opportunities that allow health professionals to practice their skills and explore new procedures and technologies.
UC Davis Health was recognized nationwide as an Emerging Champion of the Frontline Healthcare Worker Recognition program by CareerSTAT. The health system continues to support and invest in education and workforce development for frontline employees.
The UC Davis Health Specialty Pharmacy has been accredited for the highest level of commitment to quality care, improved processes, best practices, and successful patient outcomes by the nonprofit Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC).
UC Davis Medical Center is Sacramento’s largest farm-to-fork food service, and was honored as the only hospital in the nation – and the only Sacramento venue – recognized as a 2020 Smart Catch Leader by the James Beard Foundation for culinary excellence and sustainable food practices.