Advancing the vision of our health system
So as we celebrate our bold vision and bright future, I am especially pleased that several critical undertakings come to fruition this fall. With the opening of the Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion at UC Davis Medical Center, the welcoming of our first students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the development of an updated strategic plan to guide us in our vision to improve health for all, UC Davis Health System is making exciting advances.
As the only academic health center in our region, we bring unique contributions: this is where the next generation of health-care professionals – physicians, nurses, other clinicians and researchers – learn the art and science of medicine and good health. This is where new therapies are discovered so that they may be applied at other health-care facilities around this region and around the globe. And this is where the latest, most sophisticated health care is delivered – services that are available only at an academic facility.
That is why I was so thrilled we had a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this summer for the 470,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art pavilion. It is an inspiring symbol of the dynamic patient-care and academic health enterprise our health system has become.
The pavilion is key to our ability to pursue our mission, enabling us to provide our region with highly specialized medical services and exceptional health expertise.
Most importantly, the pavilion is the new home for our terrific teams of health-care professionals and staff that provide critical care to people who are the most seriously injured and ill.
For example, the pavilion moves us to an exciting new era of cardiac and vascular care for our region. Our state-of-the-art catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories and an endovascular suite where hybrid surgical procedures can be performed in one location allow our specialists to provide the most advanced, most sophisticated care to people with heart and vascular diseases. You can read about the new pavilion and our cardiovascular capabilities starting on page 8.
This fall also marks a major milestone for our Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing – the start of classes for the inaugural doctoral and master’s degree students. We announced the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s $100 million commitment to launch a nursing school here at UC Davis less than three years ago. Today, we are welcoming our first nursing science and health-care leadership students to UC Davis, thanks to a tremendous partnership of people from across the Sacramento and Davis campuses. Read more about our first nursing classes on page 4.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will follow the tradition of other UC Davis schools and colleges with its focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative education. It builds on our existing strengths in research, education and practice, and will bring an exciting additional perspective to our interdisciplinary research and educational agenda.
To guide our vision over the next five years, we are now embarking on the development of an updated health system strategic plan. Our current plan helped us realize our vision in many areas, from enhancing the national stature of our research enterprise to innovatively updating our medical school curriculum to providing cutting-edge clinical services – and even establishing the nursing school.
Today, UC Davis Health System is a nationally recognized leader in research, education, patient care and community engagement. Although this might have sounded bold 40 years ago when we were just beginning our journey, our vision continues to translate into actions, enabling us to bring new advances each day to the people and the communities we serve. Thank you for being part of this excellence!
The need is significant. More than 81 million Americans over age 20 have one or more types of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure. Peripheral vascular disease is estimated to affect up to 10 million Americans. UC Davis Health System is improving cardiovascular health through state-of-the-art patient care, cutting-edge research, education and outreach.