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Clinical Operations

UC Davis Nursing Mission

To provide science-based, technologically precise, compassionately delivered nursing care.

UC Davis Nursing Vision

The highest quality of patient care provided through the advancement of nursing practice.

UC Davis Nursing Values

Extraordinary Compassion, Courage, Integrity, in every situation!

Nancy Badaracco, R.N., M.S.N.

Nancy Badaracco, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-BC
Assistant Director, Clinical Operations, Nursing Practice

The Clinical Operations Division (Ambulatory Operations) offers a full complement of facilities and services including 19 specialty and 3 primary care hospital-based teaching clinics, 15 primary care network clinics, home health and hospice services, PM&R Therapies, CCRC, and clinical centers including Centers of Excellence: the Cancer Center, MIND Institute, Transplant, Vascular/Heart and Women’s Health. The Division is committed to maintaining a fully integrated Academic Health Center contributing to excellence in patient care, and enhancement of educational and research initiatives.

Ambulatory Operations provides care to an average of 900,000 patients annually.

Ms Badaracco is responsible for the administration of nursing practice and standards of registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, medical assistants and technician practice who practice within the Clinical Operations Division: supervisory oversight, evaluation, competency, staff development/training, monitoring and provision of patient care, policy and procedure, standards of infection control, disaster and emergency preparedness and management; and, clinic and staff implementation and continued compliance of and to The Joint Commission Standards, and other state and federal regulatory bodies.

Julie Giannini, R.N, B.S.N.Julie Giannini, R.N, B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 41 NCI designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. Our specialized teams provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 10,000 adults and children a year. In our clinics, we have over 29,000 patient visits in the adult clinic and over 3300 patient visits in the pediatric oncology clinic. At the Cancer Center clinics, we strive to provide excellent customer service, while providing access to more than 150 active clinical trials, and the highest quality patient care for our patients. 

Nicole Hansen, R.N., M.S.N.Nicole Hansen, R.N., M.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The CTSC Clinical Research Center (CCRC) is progressive, decentralized, versatile, and highly integrated clinical research facility that provides clinical research expertise to UC Davis and VA investigators. Located within the Sacramento VA Medical Center, with a satellite site on the UC Davis Medical Center campus, the CCRC provides expert clinical research resource support to investigator- initiated and industry-sponsored research protocols that require outpatient and over-night support. Resources include unique equipment and protocol administration tools, as well as highly experienced staff who are trained in human subjects' protection, good clinical practices, protocol implementation, and compliance, thus ensuring the quality of data collected and the integrity of the research. The CCRC team is comprised of a nurse practitioner, clinical research nurses, an exercise physiologist, a research dietitian, lab techs, and clinical research coordinators. Support is available to investigators at sites throughout the UC Davis and VA Health System, and greater Sacramento area, including patient homes. 

UC Davis Department of Dermatology is a major referral center for Northern California and Nevada. Our patient population is all ages, from babies to the elder. We see an average of 100 patients per day. We provide care for general dermatology, MOHS surgery, general dermatology surgery, phototherapy, photodynamic therapy, dermapathology, laser surgery, tele-derm and Store & Forward Program at three off sites (Roseville, Folsom & Elk Grove), cosmetic services and are actively involved in many research projects. We are honored to provide UVA-1 therapy and have the only UVA-1 therapy unit on the West coast. There are only five in the United States and soon China and Germany will each have one. In collaboration with the Veterans administration, we support the Dermatology Online Journal. The online journal is an open-access publication to meet the educational needs of the international community since 1995.

Stacey Magee, R.N.Stacey Magee, R.N.
Nurse Manager

Home Health
The Home Health Program offers the opportunity for patients to receive skilled medical care in the comfort of their home. Members of the Home Health care team work collaboratively with physicians to provide the highest level of patient-centered care. The goal of the Home Health program is to provide patients with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve maximum functioning and independence at home. Home health serves approximately 650 patients per year and maintains high patient satisfaction in all areas. The result is improved patient outcomes and wellness and a low re-hospitalization rate.

The Hospice program provides care for terminally ill patients who wish to remain at home. Hospice care involves support for patients and their loved ones. It is not so much a place, but rather an approach to health care emphasizing symptom management while helping patients and families to cope with psychosocial and spiritual issues. UC Davis Hospice serves patients of all ages, including newborns and children, as well as adults. Hospice serves over 400 patients per year and maintains some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the health system. The result is end of life care and coordination at home and a low re-hospitalization rate.

Julie Petray, R.N.Julie Petray, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

One of the largest clinics at UC Davis is the Internal Medicine & Specialty Clinic which offers General Medicine, Allergy and Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Geriatric, Infectious and Immunologic Diseases specialty care to a diverse patient population.  The team of 40 faculty physicians, 106 residents and fellows, 3 dietitians, 6 medical assistants, 3 licensed vocational nurses and 9 registered nurses are dedicated to providing advanced practice, comprehensive and compassionate care. Located in the Lawrence Ellison Ambulatory Care Building, the Internal Medicine Clinic sees over 2,500 patients and handles over 10,000 patient calls on a monthly basis. 

Floreece Murphy, R.N., B.S.N.Floreece Murphy, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The Neurology/Neuroscience Clinic offers a wide range of services, adult specialty clinics, general neurology clinics and state of the art laboratories, ranging from daily to monthly. The clinic provides clinical care for people with neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, tremor, dystonia, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular conditions, headache, and sleep disorders. The Neurology/Neuroscience Clinic specializes in a wide range of patient services from diagnosing an illness to the management of chronic neurological disorders. The department routinely offers clinics for specific disorders, including genetic and metabolic illnesses. Some clinics offer patients opportunities to participate in cutting edge research. The clinic also works with the Mind Institute to provide special clinics for children with neurological disorders, including Down syndrome and epilepsy.

Our Subspecialty Clinics include Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke), Child Neurology, Epilepsy, Huntington’s Disease, Sleep Disorders, Peripheral Neurology, Movement Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropsychology, Multiple Sclerosis.

The Clinical Neurophysiology Labs include the accredited Sleep Disorders Laboratory evaluates patients with a modern laboratory and in collaboration with the Departments of Otolaryngology, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory tests for nerve and muscle disorders using electromyograms, nerve conduction studies and single muscle fiber testing. The Electroencephalograph (EEG) Laboratory can monitor brain electrical function for hours, overnight or for extended periods of time. Ambulatory EEG monitoring is also available. The laboratory can also perform prolonged recordings from electrodes surgically implanted on the surface of the brain or into certain regions of the brain depth in individuals being evaluated for epilepsy surgery. 

Tracy Seward, R.N.Tracy Seward, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) provides comprehensive, quality care to women of all ages at the rate of approximately 25,000 visits per year.  In addition to general obstetrics and gynecology, services are provided in the sub-specialties of Dysplasia, Endocrinology, Infertility, Perinatology, Prenatal Diagnosis, Oncology, and Urogynecology. Clinic services are provided at the Ambulatory Care Center and Glassrock locations. 

Bob August, R.N., B.S.Bob August, R.N., B.S.
Nurse Manager

The UC Davis Eye Center is dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring vision through world-class eye care, innovative research, and first class medical education. Seeing over 50,000 patients a year the UC Davis Health System Eye Center clinics are Northern California’s leading academic tertiary referral center for ophthalmic services. Recognized leaders in their fields, UC Davis ophthalmologists are board-certified, surgeons, consultant specialists and subspecialists with advanced training and state-of-the-art proficiencies. The UC Davis Eye Center services include:

Comprehensive ophthalmology; Cornea and external diseases; Glaucoma; Neuro-ophthalmology; Laser Vision Correction; Ophthalmic Plastics and Orbital Surgery; Optical Shops; Optometric Services; Pediatric Ophthalmology; Vitreo-Retinal Disease and Uveitis; World Class State-of-the-art Imaging Center.

 Our clinical expertise goes hand-in-hand with a long-standing reputation for compassionate care and strict adherence to the highest medical, scientific and ethical standards. UC Davis Eye Center clinics are fully integrated to provide the full range of knowledge, skill and equipment in every aspect of ophthalmic medicine. The rich, collaborative environment ensures stream¬lined, clear communication with the patient and our treatment teams, from the initial consultation through the later stages of follow-up care.

Tanya Johnson, R.N., B.S.N.Tanya Johnson, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

Together we are the Musculoskeletal Team. We are located at the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, J street, C street and Y street locations. We provide care to at least 200 patients daily. Our services are divided into subspecialties to include: Trauma, Hand, Total joint replacements, Sports injuries, Pediatrics, Spine, Orthopedic Oncology, Foot reconstructive surgery, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which includes spinal cord injuries, amputations, muscular dystrophy, and general rehabilitation clinics.

Our goal is to provide specialty care by quickly triaging the referral to the most appropriate specialist. We have Radiology, and Orthopaedic casting rooms on site. We have a compliment of staff which include Medical assistants, Orthopedic Technicians, LVNs, and RNs. We have a cohesive team that is committed to patient care. Our residents cross train amongst the specialties which allows for collaboration and teamwork. Orthopedics ranked #46 in the U.S. News and World Report’s for America’s Top 50 Orthopedic Hospitals! This takes a whole team of professionals to make this happen.

Mary Margaret Henson, R.N., B.S.N.Mary Margaret Henson, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The Department of Otolaryngology provides a multitude of comprehensive services within the clinic for both the pediatric and adult population. These services include general otolaryngology, head and neck cancer, skull base surgery, ear surgery, cochlear implant, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, nasal sinus, craniofacial anomalies, voice/swallowing, speech and language therapy, audiology, dental and skin care. The Otolaryngology Clinic has more than twenty thousand patient visits per year and is ranked 25th amongst all Ear, Nose and Throat Specialties in America. Research, medical missions, speaking at conferences are just a few of the other jobs our Physicians work on while maintaining a busy clinical practice. We place a high value on academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, human service, broad interests, and professionalism within our clinic. 

The Pain Management Clinics provide compassionate, cutting-edge treatment for patients whose chronic pain has affected their ability to function and enjoy life. Pain Management is a referral service and emphasizes a consultative team approach working closely with the referring Physicians. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the Pain Clinic Team consists of Anesthesiologists, Internists, Cancer Pain Specialists, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Palliative Medicine, Psychiatrists, Psychologist and Pain Specialty Nurses. Using this collaborative approach enables the Pain Team to provide and use the most advanced and proven techniques to restore function and decrease pain.

Pain Management offers four clinical areas in multiple locations. Anesthesia Pain Management OR Procedural Services with Pre/Post-op areas located in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center and Pain Management at the Spine Center Cannery location. Pain Consultation Services located in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center and Pain Management at the Spine Center Cannery location. Pain Psychology & Psychiatry Services located in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center. Pain Oncology Clinic Services located at the Cancer Center.

Marla Deckard-Shorter, R.N.Marla Deckard-Shorter, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

Pediatric Ambulatory Services is comprised of the following Pediatric services: Pediatric Specialty Clinic, General Pediatric Clinics (Faculty Practice, Resident “Continuity” Clinic, Pediatric Urgent Care), the Pediatric Advice Line, CAARE Mental Health Services and the Pediatric Heart Center. They offer a multi-disciplinary approach to providing quality patient care, while furthering the educational and research objectives of UC Davis Health System. The majority of these services are provided in the Glassrock Building.

The goal of the UC Davis Health System establishes an overall mission that focuses on education research, patient care and public service. Within the context of this focus, Pediatric Ambulatory Services, with patient care as its primary concern has established a statement of philosophy recognizing the collaborative role of all health care workers.

The Pediatric Ambulatory Services acknowledges socio-cultural and ethnic diversity of the patients we serve and the relationship of these factors to health and illness. We believe that each patient should be treated with dignity and worth. We believe that patients have a right and responsibility to make decisions about their health care and because of these beliefs we strive to provide the necessary patient education to assist patients in becoming informed consumers. 

Brenda Bernadez, R.N. Brenda Bernardez, R.N., M.S.N., C.H.C.A.
Nurse Manager

The UC Davis Radiation Oncology department provides sophisticated radiation therapy services and clinical care. Our mission is to constantly strive to be first in quality and safety in radiation oncology. We always seek to achieve excellence in patient-centered care, research, and education. Our radiation oncologists subspecialize in different tumor types and use state-of-the-art technology to provide compassionate care to patients. In particular, the UC Davis Radiation Oncology department is recognized as a national leader in advanced technology and treatments using IMRT, IGRT and 3-D conformal radiation therapy for many types of cancers.

Kim Sommerhaug, R.N., N.P.-BC, M.S.N.Kim Sommerhaug, R.N., N.P.-BC, M.S.N.
Nurse Manager

Comprehensive care for spinal disorders

Excellence in care

The UC Davis Spine Center offers comprehensive spine care services. The program provides patients with an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to spine wellness. Patients are cared for by physicians who are part of the UC Davis School of Medicine's nationally recognized clinical faculty and utilize a state-of-the-art facility in treating their patients. The center's experienced team of spine specialists and support staff work together to provide patients with consultation as quickly as possible, determine an accurate diagnosis and deliver the most effective treatments and therapies available.

As part of the region's only academic medical center, the spine center offers patients of all ages access to dedicated physicians who are actively involved in the latest spine research and clinical trials, and to new and investigational diagnostics and treatments.

A full range of inpatient and outpatient services

When surgery is recommended, highly experienced neurosurgical and orthopaedic surgical teams are on hand with the most advanced technology to offer appropriate surgical interventions. Sharing expertise with one of the nation's best — and inland Northern California's only — level I trauma center, the spine center is uniquely equipped to handle a broad range of spinal cases. Neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, pain medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, radiologists, nurse practitioners', case managers and triage nurses, work together as a team to create individualized short- and long-term care plans for each patient.

The Spine Center has convenient in-house support services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, lab services, orthotics, x-ray, psychological testing, acupuncture and alternative and complementary therapies.

Continuity of care

The UC Davis Spine Center is committed to a team approach and works closely with patients and their primary care or referring physicians at each stage of the evaluation, treatment and follow-up care process. 

Liz Borland, R.N., B.S.N.Liz Borland, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The Outpatient Surgery Clinic provides consultative, pre-operative and follow-up care for patients seen across six surgical specialties. We provide outpatient support for the multidisciplinary Bariatric Center of Excellence program, which incorporates both surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs; the regional Burn and Trauma Centers; patients of GI Surgery and Plastic Surgery; and Cardiac Surgery, including its VAD program. Our nurses find satisfaction in working with such a wide range of surgical patients. We have clinical nurses who have received specialty certifications in bariatric surgery and wound care. The Plastics C Street Clinic provides consultative, pre-operative and follow-up care for patients seeking a wide range of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures as well as reconstructive plastic surgery including craniofacial anomalies. Our patient population consists of both adults and children. The clinic also offers comprehensive skin care services by a licensed Aesthetician.

Annette Needham, D.N.P., N.P.-C, C.N.N.-NP, C.C.T.C. Annette Needham, D.N.P., N.P.-C, C.N.N.-NP, C.C.T.C.
Nurse Manager

The Transplant Clinic provides multi-disciplinary care for kidney and pancreas organ transplant candidates and recipients. Each prospective candidate is assessed by several members of the multi-disciplinary team, and managed by the team throughout the transplant waiting period. After the life-changing transplant event, recipients are followed closely by RN Transplant Coordinators for the life of the transplanted organ. The care of the transplant recipient is delivered through the combined effort of nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, surgeons, nephrologists, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists. Through the efforts of these many professionals, our patients receive excellent transplant care.

The Dialysis Access Clinic also serves the end stage renal disease population by providing surgical services for the creation of access for hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Our Dialysis Access Nurse Coordinator provides case management for this population and works closely with community dialysis units to provide access to care as well as education.

Our transplant team travels to several communities in Northern California and Northern Nevada to provide education to dialysis professionals, and to provide care for patients in all phases of the transplant experience.

The Elk Grove clinic is part of the UC Davis Primary Care Network servicing clients from South Sacramento to Stockton with a wide range of healthcare needs. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Currently we have 7 Family Practice providers, 2 Internal Medicine and 17 specialty physicians seeing 250 patients a day. The clinic also houses outpatient lab and radiology departments providing services to approximately 100 patients per day. The GI clinic has 2 procedure rooms and 4 post op recovery beds and we perform approximately 190 procedures per month.We bring the strength of UC Davis close to home.

Located at the heart of Folsom City, population 64,394 and growing, a high-tech town with family oriented neighborhoods, Folsom clinic is a full service clinic offering clinical services to patients aging from newborns to the elderly. Its structural layout has pediatric and dermatology services offered at 1370 Prairie City Rd; Internal Medicine, Specialty and GI procedure Lab at the 251 Turn Pike Dr; Specialty physicians include Vascular, General Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pulmonary, and Endocrinology; The GI procedure lab performs endoscopy and colonoscopy; Family Practice and OB/GYN services are offered at the 271 Turnpike Dr. Other services include radiology, laboratory, mammography, ultrasound, pulmonary function testing.  Our clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Same day appointments are available. Folsom clinic is the largest of the UC Davis Medical Group Primary Care Network (PCN) clinics. This clinic is still growing and additional services are anticipated as the demand for services increase.

Judith D. Johnson, R.N., M.S.N.Judith D. Johnson, R.N., M.S.N.
Nurse Manager

UC Davis Medical Group Rocklin is located at the Placer Center for Health. As part of the Primary Care Network, we provide primary care for all age groups as well as Specialty Services for the I-80 Corridor. Specialty Clinics include ENT, Audiology, GI, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Respiratory Therapy, PM&R,  Orthopedics, Vascular, Sleep Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatric Endocrinology. We also have a hospital-based GI Lab and Infusion Center, enabling us to provide comprehensive GI screening and diagnostic services as well as infusion and cancer treatment to the South Placer community. 

Our goal is to maintain a Patient-Centered Medical Home that provides comprehensive primary care for all ages while coordinating care for both wellness and illness. We focus on maintaining effective clinician-patient communication built on trust, respect, and shared decision making. We strive to provide excellent customer service, the highest quality patient care, and evidenced-based practice, while incorporating all of the benefits of a University Health System.

Colleen Simmons, R.N., M.A.Colleen Simmons, R.N., M.A.
Practice Nurse Manager

As Practice Nurse Manager of the Vascular Center, Colleen Simmons provides support to all clinic affiliated physicians, nursing staff, clinical operations, clerical support staff, and academic support personnel. Colleen's primary focus is on promoting excellent customer service, and ensuring that our patients experience only the best in staff interactions, efficient ultization of time, and are provided with exemplary care and education surrounding each visit.

As manager, Colleen initiates, implements and evaluates new programs and works closely with marketing, research, performance improvement, nursing and medical staff to ensure that optimal resources are available for patients. Colleen oversees both the daily clinical, fiscal, and operational performance of the Vascular Center Clinic.

A Registered Nurse since 1983, Colleen began her nursing career with UC Davis Medical Center in 1991 and has experience in a variety of inpatient and ancillary patient care units. Upon earning a Masters degree in 1997, Colleen worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator where she developed various educational programs, coordinated staff educational needs assessment, and implemented annual training schedules. In that role, Colleen served as the liason between the University and the Board of Registered Nurses in ensuring accreditation criteria for continuing education programs.