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UC Davis Health System's pediatric and adult emergency department, trauma center, and surgical and burn services meet the needs of a growing region.

More than 300 naming opportunities remain, representing about one-third of the 1,100 rooms in the pavilion. This includes ICU beds, pre-and postprocedure beds, operating rooms, conference rooms, on-call rooms, treatment rooms and more.

For more information on pavilion naming opportunities, contact Kathryn Keyes, Development Officer, Health Sciences Advancement, at 916-734-9673 or

Advancing health, quality care through philanthropy

UC Davis donors Michael W. and Betty ChapmanThe Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center represents the diligent efforts of firefighters throughout Northern California in support of the Firefighters Burn Institute. When realized, their pledge will represent the single largest gift toward the pavilion: $2 million.

The Sacramento Area Firefighters Burn Center Committee Hydrotherapy Room for specialized wound care, the Oroville Firefighters Local 2404 Consultation Room, and the Cliff Haskell Family Waiting Area all complement the burn unit. Haskell founded the burn institute in 1974 and serves as its Executive Director Emeritus. Two of the individual burn unit patient rooms will bear donor names as well — Carol C. Davis in memory of Walter O. Davis, and Masters of Giving.

The trauma and emergency department will be named for internationally known orthopaedic surgeon Michael Chapman. The Michael W. Chapman Trauma Center honors Chapman, who is considered one of the fathers of modern trauma surgery and served two decades as chair of the UC Davis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Adjacent to the trauma center, the Elizabeth C. Chapman Emergency Department Waiting Room recognizes Chapman’s wife, Elizabeth. Together, the couple has given or secured more than $9 million in contributions to UC Davis, including making a lead gift toward the pavilion to name this room.

Within the trauma center, a treatment area devoted exclusively to pediatric trauma will bear the name of Lions Education Foundation District 4-C5 and Lions Clubs International Foundation Pediatric Emergency Room. Nine individual treatment rooms in this area represent naming opportunities and one has the designation of Walgreens Distribution Center Pediatric Treatment Room.

The Felix D. Battistella Meditation Room/All Faith Chapel honors the late, beloved UC Davis Medical Center trauma surgeon. It was made possible by the generosity of the Robert S. and Star Pepper Foundation.

Denny and Jeanene Dickenson’s generous gifts resulted in the Denny and Jeanene Dickenson Pharmacy, and the Denny and Jeanene Dickenson Surgery/SICU Waiting Area, which is on the third floor adjacent to the surgery suite.

Lions Club GiftWhen UC Davis Medical Center’s Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion opens this fall, its pediatric emergency program will be poised to enhance its longstanding record of high-quality care and satisfaction of its patrons and their families, and solidify its distinct services for the urgent needs of children and adolescents.

The enhanced features of the pediatric emergency program make it a unique resource in the Sacramento area – a much-improved and enlarged treatment space, equipment designed specifically for children, a private pediatric waiting area and clinicians with specialized training in pediatric emergency medicine capable of treating children with any medical or traumatic emergency.

These enhancements are made possible, in part, with funding from the Lions Education Foundation District 4-C5 and Lions Clubs International Foundation. The pediatric emergency department is named in recognition of these organizations’ $250,000 donation.

"Our heritage and legacy are connected to the medical field, to children and people in need," says Kay Fukushima, past international president of Lions Club International and a member of the Sacramento Senator Lions Club since 1965.

Partnerships between Lions Club International and UC Davis date back to the 1960s with the formation of the Northern California Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, which, in cooperation with the UC Davis School of Medicine, harvests corneal tissue for transplantation.

The gift to the Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion – the first major gift from Lions to UC Davis – came about almost by accident when, in 2007, Fukushima attended a luncheon and virtual hard-hat tour to learn about the new facility. Fukushima recalls meeting a "distinguished-looking fellow" while walking in from the parking lot. That fellow turned out to be the luncheon’s keynote speaker, professor emeriti Michael W. Chapman, for whom the pavilion’s new emergency services and trauma center is named.

Fukushima presented the opportunity to the Lions Club board members.

"We met quite a few times and identified our effort areas, which was primarily pediatrics," he says. "We always lean toward helping youth."

The board decided that the Lions’ annual golf tournament be redirected toward raising funds for the pavilion.

In the first two years, Lions Club International Foundation matched monies raised by Lions Club International.

A gift for a gift

"It made it possible to cut a check in 2009 for $100,000," Fukushima says proudly. The club anticipates a similar success at this year’s golf tournament, which was held Sept. 10 at The Ridge Country Club in Auburn.

Lions Club International began in 1917 as a way for members to give back to their communities. It blossomed into the world’s largest service organization, one that reaches across 205 countries and has 1.35 million members. Lions Clubs International Foundation has been ranked the No. 1 non-governmental organization worldwide.

"Since we have so many members from different countries, when there’s a disaster, we usually already have the manpower there," Fukushima explains. "All we have to do is fund the effort. Food, medicine, blankets are all distributed by members, so there are no administrative costs. One hundred percent goes directly to the recipient."

Fukushima likens the nearly-100-year-old Lions Club to a stealth operation.

"We do a lot of service projects to help the community, but we don’t pound our drums too much. You don’t always see us on TV or hear about us on the radio. To reach our centennial is a heck of an achievement."

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UC Davis Health

Fall 2010

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Fall 2010 Issue

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.

Portraits of Giving

Lions Club International gift ensures comfort, quality in new pediatric emergency department

A bed in the new pediatric emergency room is ready for a child who needs urgent care.