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UC Davis Health System

Recognition

UC Davis Health System is proud to have earned accolades and recognition by virtue of its medical excellence and significant health-care contributions.

Sacramento's top hospital

US News Best Hospitals regional badgeUC Davis Medical Center ranks as the top hospital in Sacramento with several high-performing medical specialties, according the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals survey published in July 2013.  

The publication recognizes UC Davis as high-performing in cancer care: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.

“A” rating for patient safety

“A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

UC Davis Medical Center was awarded an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit coalition of some of the nations' largest employers and health-care purchasers, in its Fall 2013 Hospital Safety ScoreSM.

The grades used in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using national evidence-based measures of patient safety such as the rates of inpatient injuries, infections and medical errors, and efforts toward improvement.

A Leapfrog Top Hospital for quality and safety

A Leapfrog Top Hospital for quality and safetyUC Davis Medical Center ranks among The Leapfrog Group's list of Top Hospitals for 2013, a distinction that places UC Davis among a handful of health systems and hospitals in California and among the top 10 percent of hospitals participating in the national survey that met tough national standards for safety and quality. The Top Hospitals designation is widely cited as the nation's most competitive quality award. 

UC Davis and UC San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion were the only medical centers in the University of California system recognized as Top Hospitals. UC Davis Medical Center is one of 90 hospitals nationwide recognized for meeting the nation's toughest standards for safety and quality.

Nation's highest recognition for nursing excellence

Magnet Recognition Program®UC Davis Medical Center was granted Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in early 2014. The designation is the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and a benchmark for the quality of care patients receive.

Only about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals carry Magnet designation, which is valid for four years. UC Davis is the 25th organization in California and the only in Sacramento to earn the highly regarded recognition, developed to recognize health-care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practices.

National Cancer Institute 'comprehensive' designation

Comprehensive Cancer Center logoUC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two such centers in Northern California that has earned National Cancer Institute (NCI) "comprehensive" designation. UC Davis is one of only 41 U.S. cancer centers to have earned the status, which signifies that it meets stringent criteria in the areas of laboratory, clinical and population-based research, professional and public education, and in dissemination of advances to the communities it serves.

The designation is the world’s most prestigious honor in oncology, reserved for less than 1 percent of cancer centers nationwide.

Autism center of excellence

MIND Institute exteriorUC Davis MIND Institute studies regularly appear in an annual list of the nation's top autism research achievements as compiled by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy and research organization. The internationally known neurodevelopmental instutute has also 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.

Among the nation's best children's hospitals

U.S. News and World Report also ranked UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's top children's hospitals in orthopaedics in rankings released in June 2013. Together with Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California, UC Davis ranked 41st in orthopaedics. For the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties and asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send the sickest children. Eighty-seven hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

Advanced primary stroke center

UC Davis Medical Center has been certified as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program was developed in 2003 in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is based on Brain Attack Coalition recommendations.

America’s best medical schools

Best Medical Schools 2015Best Medical Schools 2015U.S. News and World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among the best in the country. In its annual list of America’s best medical schools for 2015, the magazine ranked the school 16th for primary care and 40th in research.

The annual listing appears on the publication's website and is published in its guidebook, Best Graduate Schools 2015.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognition

2011 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award badge

The UC Davis Stroke Program received Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold/Target Stroke Honor Roll awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

The awards mean patients can expect care that's consistent with the latest scientific guidelines from the AHA/ASA. The Quality Achievement Award recognizes UC Davis use of a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients that includes fast access to imaging, specialists and anti-clotting medicines. The Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognizes efforts to improve stroke care by quickly using blood clot-busting medications to limit stroke-related disability.

One of America's best heart care hospitals

Women's Choice Award logoUC Davis Medical Center received the 2014 Women's Choice Award from WomenCertified, Inc. for being voted one of America's best hospitals for heart care. Criteria include patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and factors that women consider when seeking treatment and a quality hospital experience. According to the organization, UC Davis performed well clinically with regard to heart care measures and had a high recommendation rate.

UC Davis is home to the nation’s first program dedicated to researching and treating heart disease in women.

Nationally known specialists

SurgeonIn an annual survey by Best Doctors, Inc., more than 110 UC Davis physicians representing dozens of specialties earned praise and recognition from their peers for being considered among the nation’s best. Only five percent of doctors in America earn the honor.

The Best Doctors in America® database contains more than U.S. 45,000 doctors, all chosen through a peer-review survey that asks: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

National honors for promoting diversity

group of UC Davis Health System staffUC Davis Medical Center received honors for promoting diversity in 2012 from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

The institute recognized the hospital as "Best in Class" for its work in one of four categories assessed by the survey: Diversity Management and Strengthening the Workforce. Recognition for this category is based on hospitals' reported efforts to improve diversity management through efforts to recruit, retain and promote minority individuals within their workforce.

A Most Connected Hospital

UC Davis Medical Center earned the 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for using electronic health records to successfully improve health-care delivery processes and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment.

Meeting certain technology standards set by HIMSS -- the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society -- previously helped UC Davis Medical Center rank among U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 list of Most Connected Hospitals for adopting information technology to enhance patient safety and quality of care.

A Health Care’s Most Wired institution

Health Care's Most Wired logo

For a third consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has been designated as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology, based on the 2013 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study” published in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The health system is one of only 14 institutions in California designated "Most Wired" in this year's assessment, of more than 1,700 hospitals that completed surveys. The annual study examines how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.

One of America's most customer-friendly hospitals

UC Davis Medical Center has been designated as a Top 10 Hospital in America for Service Excellence by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, signifying it as one of America's most customer-friendly hospitals. The award is designed to find customer-friendly hospitals based either on an extensive application process or by a secret review of a facility's public communication and staff interaction with customers.

A top-performing physician organization

UC Davis Medical Group ranks among the Top Overall Performing Physician Organizations in California for 2012, according to the Integrated Healthcare Association. The award recognizes physician organizations that have excelled in meeting 49 key outpatient performance measures related to clinical quality, use of health information technology and patient experience in 2011. Nearly 200 organizations participated and UC Davis was one of 47 to receive an award.

Leader in Healthcare Equality

Leader In LGBT Healthcare Equality logoThe nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization has recognized UC Davis Medical Center three years running as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients and employees.

Awardees must meet key criteria for patient-centered care, including non-discrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and training for staff in LGBT patient-centered care. UC Davis was one of 464 health-care facilities nationwide to be recognized this year as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality."

Environmental excellence award

Partner for Change award logoUC Davis Health System received a 2012 "Partner for Change" Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's premier membership organization for health-care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization's Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health-care sector.

Best medical center by the Russian-speaking community

UC Davis Medical Center was honored as “The Best Medical Center of Northern California by the Russian-Speaking Community” in the annual “Best of the Best” contest by Sacramento-based ANONS Russian-Speaking Community Newspaper. Russian is one of the top three non-English languages spoken by patients at the medical center, and is the second most-requested language of the hospital’s translators.

Excellence award for intensive-care unit

A major nursing organization, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), conferred a award for excellence on UC Davis Medical Center's Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU), a specialized environment for critically ill medical/surgical patients. The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN standards for a healthy work environment.

"A" grade for strong conflict-of-interest policies

Education BuildingUC Davis School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools on the 2013 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) PharmFree Scorecard, a national assessment of medical school policies governing how the pharmaceutical industry interacts with faculty and students.

The scorecard uses letter grades to assess a school's performance in several potential areas of conflict. UC Davis received an "A" rating on the scorecard, which it has received every year since AMSA established the scorecard in 2007.

Spirit of Excellence Award for Service

Medical home huddle

UC Davis Health System received the annual Spirit of Excellence Award for Service from Modern Healthcare magazine for its innovative “patient-centered medical home” approach designed to improve the patient experience.

The program, in place in the health system's family and community medicine department, emphasizes freeing medical assistants from clerical duties so they can be more patient-focused, The medical home also features team huddles to discuss patients’ specific needs prior to their visit.

Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management

UC Davis Health System’s Division of Pain Medicine was designated in 2010 as a Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management by the American Pain Society — the highest recognition a pain center can receive nationally. The award recognizes quality pain-care programs that offer outstanding treatments and therapies for patients suffering from chronic pain disorders and acute pain after surgery or trauma, as well for people in palliative care settings who face pain from cancer and other terminal conditions. Award receipients are ineligible to re-apply for the award for three years.

Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence

The Huntington's Disease Society of America named UC Davis a Center of Excellence for Family Services and Research, recognizing its expertise in clinical care for Huntington's disease patients. Huntington's is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that gradually inhibits motor and cognitive functions. Patients in the advanced stage become wholly dependent upon others for their care. UC Davis has held the distinction since 2001.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The American College of Radiology highlighted the breadth and quality of the UC Davis Health System’s breast imaging services by awarding designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in 2008. The title was bestowed to recognize the center's accreditation in all areas of breast imaging, including mammography, ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy.

Outstanding dedication to educational partnerships

Saturday AcademyFor exposing students to opportunities in the health-care professions, UC Davis Health System received the Outstanding Dedication to Educational Partnerships Award from Sacramento-based Linking Education to Economic Development or L.E.E.D.

The nonprofit promotes partnerships between business, labor, education and government, such as these examples involving the Health System:

  • Lead sponsorship of the Sacramento High School of Math, Engineering and Health Science, offering speakers, hospital tours, mentorship and job shadowing opportunities;
  • CURE High School Research Academy partnership with St. Hope Public Schools, exposing students to cancer science, medical technologies and scientific research;
  • Member of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, offering pre-medical education for high school students;
  • Participation in Saturday Academy, where students from the UC Davis School of Medicine introduce groups of teenagers to what amounts to a condensed version of medical school.

Comprehensive Education Institute for virtual care

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.

The accreditation acknowledges the center for offering exceptional educational opportunities that allow health professionals to maintain their skills and explore new procedures and technologies. The center's patient-simulation and advanced robotics technologies create a virtual hospital environment, giving health professionals the opportunity to practice new invasive procedures and emergency medicine interventions before they treat patients.

Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Hospital

2013 Top 50 Social Media Friendly HospitalUC Davis Medical Center is ranked among the nation's Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Hospitals in a 2013 ranking of hospitals nationwide. Scores are based on the number of followers and amount of activity on each social platform, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google+ and Flickr. The list was compiled by MHADegree.org, a national trade association of healthcare administrators. Click here to view the health system's social media sites.