A look at the variety of UC Davis partnership and affiliation services in place at one community hospital, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Medical Center.
Antimicrobial stewardship support
UC Davis infectious disease specialists meet monthly with Lodi’s antimicrobial stewardship team to provide advice and perspective. State law requires general acute care hospitals to design, adopt and implement stewardship policies to help reduce antibiotic resistance.
Inpatient hospitalist care
The 18 hospitalist physicians that UC Davis provides under contract at Lodi Memorial comprise the majority of the community hospital’s workforce in the crucial medical specialty, which typically provides the bulk of a hospital’s oversight and coordination for inpatient cases across the spectrum.
Gynecologic oncology support
UC Davis provides gynecologic oncology support in Lodi in collaboration with local ob-gyn physicians, and performs surgeries at Lodi Memorial. Gary Leiserowitz, M.D., chair of the UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, travels to Lodi to provide expertise in gynecologic cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Telestroke & teleneurology
A contract with UC Davis provides Lodi’s stroke team with 24-7/365 rapid on-call access to UC Davis vascular neurologists, who help to assess symptoms and confirm diagnoses via telemedicine. Their participation helps to expedite delivery of clot-busting medicines and gauge need for additional interventions. UC Davis neurologists also provide non-emergency inpatient consults at Lodi for conditions such as seizures, neuromuscular disorders, migraine and altered consciousness.
Children’s services, including teleneonatology and pediatric emergency support
- UC Davis Children’s Hospital neonatologists, cardiologists, neurologists, geneticists and other subspecialists are available via telemedicine for consultation when newborns experience problems. The contract-based service helps identify appropriate levels of treatment, increasing the chances that young families can stay near home for care.
- UC Davis neonatologists and nursing staff help support Lodi as it seeks to expand its nursery and enhance its level of care for newborns. UC Davis provides in-person and videoconference educational support, including customized NICU training at the university’s Center for Virtual Care.
- UC Davis emergency medicine physicians, neonatologists and critical care specialists connect directly to Lodi’s ED and newborn nursery through telemedicine for care and consultation on traumatic injuries, life-threatening infectious diseases and other critical pediatric illnesses.