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UC Davis Health System

UC Davis Health System


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

One of America's best hospitals

US News Best Hospitals national badgeUC Davis Medical Center ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in 10 adult medical specialties, according the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals survey published in July 2014. 

The annual ranking recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses. UC Davis ranked among the nation's top 50 in cancer care: cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed earned national ranking in even one specialty.

Sacramento's top hospital

US News Best Hospitals regional badgeUC Davis Medical Center is also the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento metro area, according the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals survey.  

In addition to the hospital's top-50 U.S. rankings in 10 adult medical specialties, U.S. News also recognizes UC Davis as "high-performing" in two additional specialties: diabetes and endocrinology care, and gastroenterology and GI surgery. 

“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 nation's largest employers and health-care purchasers, in its October 2014 Hospital Safety Score update. The hospital also received the top grade for the last two reporting periods announced in April 2014 and October 2013.

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 2014, an elite distinction given for meeting tough national standards for safety and quality. The annual award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards a U.S. hospital can receive.

UC Davis was one of 94 hospitals nationwide to receive it in 2014, the fifth time over the past eight years that UC Davis has been recognized.

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.

Among the nation's best children's hospitals

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals badgeU.S. News and World Report ranked UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's top children's hospitals in four specialties in rankings released in June 2014. Together with Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California, UC Davis ranked in orthopaedics and urology. UC Davis also ranked nephrology and neonatology.

Hospitals’ scores relied on patient outcomes, care-related resources each hospital makes available and reputation amongst physicians. To gather data, U.S. News surveyed 183 pediatric hospitals plus 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years.

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.

Among America’s best medical and nursing schools

U.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 2016, the magazine ranked the school 19th for primary care and 43rd in research.

The annual listing appears on the publication's website and is published in its guidebook, Best Graduate Schools 2016.

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report also ranked the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as among the best in the country for master’s-degree nursing programs in its 2016 Best Graduate Schools listings. The publication ranks the UC Davis School of Nursing as 43rd.

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?”

To view the list of UC Davis-affiliated doctors on the list, click here.

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.

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.

Leader in Healthcare Equality

HEI logoFor the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Quality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

The medical center earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

Excellence in Life Support Award

UC Davis Children's Hospital received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for the hospital's Extracorporeal Life Support Program, which provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and, in some cases, adults. The award recognizes centers worldwide that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, training, patient satisfaction and clinical care.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognition

2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award badge

UC Davis Medical Center received a Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

UC Davis earned the award for implementing diagnostic and treatment guidelines — including measures such as specific medications and risk-reduction therapies — that can reduce deaths and disabilities and speed recovery from stroke. The brain attacks are the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability.

A Health Care’s Most Wired institution

Health Care's Most Wired logoFor a fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Health System has been designated as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology, based on the 2014 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study” published in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

The health system is one of 17 institutions in California designated "Most Wired" in this year's assessment, which examines how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.

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.

Faculty and staff also benefit from award-winning information technology support. In 2014 the health system's IT center earned second place in the annual Call Center Industry Awards sponsored by the Service Quality Measurement Group. The health system's award recognizes its approach to capturing and using organizational knowledge to solve IT problems and increase user satisfaction.

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.

Patient-centered primary care

PCMH logo All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics have been formally designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, an approach to primary care that uses a physician-led team to deliver coordinated, high-quality care aided by technology to connect team members and patients. The clinics received the three-year designation in July 2014 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Medical homes emphasize shared decisions to help patients to make informed choices and receive better results. They also stress strong communication and coordination of care among all of a patient’s health-care providers, and offer patients better access through expanded hours and online communication.

Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management

The American Pain Society selected the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence  the highest recognition that a pain center can receive nationally.  The award recognizes pain-care teams that provide exemplary care for those with 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. UC Davis also earned the honor in 2010.

Excellence award for intensive-care unit

A major nursing organization, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), conferred an 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.

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.

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.

"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.

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. UC Davis has held the distinction since 2001.

The UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Center has also been acknowledged as a Level 1 Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The acknowledgement recognizes the center’s service to over 300 families coping with the disease and its plan to provide services to underserved families coping with Huntington’s who are affiliated with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. 

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, a national trade association of healthcare administrators. Click here to view the health system's social media sites.