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Medical Surgical Units

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!

Eunice Carlson, R.N., B.S.N.Brittney Caldera, RN, PCCN Nurse Manager

The Cardiology Services Unit is a 36 bed telemetry unit. The nurses on this unit manage the care of patients on the cardiology inpatient services, patients who are pre and post cardiac/vascular intervention procedures, and other acute care specialty patients who have a need for cardiac telemetry monitoring. Collaboration, teamwork and attentiveness to the needs of each patient are key components to the excellent care provided to our patient populations. 


Wilson Yen, R.N., M.S.N.cWilson Yen, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.-B.C,
Nurse Manager

The Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) is a 35 bed unit with 27 acute care beds and 8 step down/Bone Marrow Transplant beds providing comprehensive care to patients who have been diagnosed with a malignancy. The surgical services are Gynecology, Urology and Surgical Oncology. The Hematology Oncology Service treats hematological disorders and patients whose malignancy may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation alone, or in combination. The BMT service treats pediatric and adult oncologic disorders with high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. 

Karen Kouretas, R.N.Karen Kouretas, R.N., M.S.N.
Nurse Manager

The Davis 11 Trauma Nursing Unit (TNU) is a 36-bed acute care specialty and telemetry unit that primarily provides inpatient care and treatment for patients who have sustained blunt or penetrating injury, as well as those who may require surgical intervention. This includes care of the patient with suspected or confirmed intra­abdominal injuries, complex wound management, orthopedic fractures, head/neck/face injuries, brain trauma, chest trauma and pulmonary injury. Many of these patients will require some degree of cognitive and/or mobility rehabilitation and training involving speech, physical, occupational and nutritional therapies. Our General Surgery Trauma patients include those undergoing appendectomy, cholecystectomy, small bowel resection, abscess drainage, and enterostomal intervention and management. With telemetry and reverse isolation capability, the TNU also provides care of the patient with multiple medical problems including diabetes, CHF, COPD, TB, herpes zoster, immunocompromise, as well as other chronic illnesses.

The TNU nursing staff is entirely composed of registered nurses, many having advanced degree preparation and/or specialty training and certification. Our larger community includes physicians, nurse practitioners, discharge/utilization review planners, nurse specialists, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, and volunteers. Here on the TNU, we promote a philosophy of patient and family-centered care that utilizes a primary nursing modality of relationship-based care. 

Mary Lee-Fong, R.N.-C, M.S.N.Mary Lee-Fong, R.N.-C, M.S.N., N.E.-BC
Nurse Manager

The Surgical Specialties Unit is a 36 bed telemetry unit that manages acute post-op surgical and telemetry adult patients. Our specialty is providing care for the vascular, SGI, surgical oncology, gyn oncology and urology patients. We are a Center Of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. We have an outstanding collaborative relationship with our surgeons and have Joint Practice Committees. Training includes cardiac monitoring classes, ACLS and emergency response. The nursing staff is enthusiastic about teaching and are highly competent clinicians. 

Tina DiPierro, R.N., M.S.N.Tina DiPierro, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.-BC
Nurse Manager

Davis 14 is a 36 bed surgical unit. Orthopedic patients are the unit's primary population. We are home to five orthopedic services; Orthopedic trauma, spine, joint replacement, hand and foot. Additionally we are the primary unit for Plastics and receive patients from the Burn Service that do not require ICU level of care.

Casey Ingram, R.N., M.S.N.Casey Ingram, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-BC
Nurse Manager

Accelerated Access is a 34 bed adult med/surg unit. Patients are a combination of short stays and admissions from the ER and clinics. Many patients come to E4 to await specialty placement on units that are full such as Oncology. Because of our purpose and unit structure, patient turnover is very high resulting in an extremely well coordinated team of professional nurses. We are also the home unit for the Cystic Fibrosis patient population. The unit currently employs a staff of 41 registered nurses and 4 hospital unit service coordinators. 

Debra Glaeser, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.C.A.Debra Glaeser, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.C.A.
Nurse Manager

The Neuroscience Unit is a 18 bed acute care unit specializing in the care of neuro surgical, neuro trauma, neurology and stroke patients. Patient diagnoses include traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural and epidural hematomas, brain tumor, aneurysm, intracerebral hemorrhage, spinal surgery, seizure and ischemic stroke. The unit serves as the specialty area for the management of stroke patients. 

Debra Glaeser, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.C.A.Debra Glaeser, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.H.C.A.
Nurse Manager

The PM&R Unit is a 19 bed unit that specializes in the care of patients with traumatic injuries, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders and medically debilitating illnesses. Patients are cared for by an interdisciplinary team that includes registered nurses, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and social workers. The team works to improve the health, function and quality of life of the patients. 

Kimberly Sommerhaug, RN, MSN, NP-BCKimberly J Sommerhaug, R.N., M.S.N., NP-BC
Nurse Manager  
Cardio-Thoracic PCU

The Cardiothoracic Progressive Care Unit is a 24 bed unit. The nurses on this unit manage the care of patients’ post cardiac surgery, post thoracic surgery, and a small population of patients who have a diagnosis of stoke. The nurses on this unit also care for selected patient on mechanical ventilation, as well as other acute care specialty patient’s who require an intermediate level of nursing care. Collaboration, teamwork and attentiveness to the needs of each patient are key components to the excellent care provided to our patient populations.

Eric Moore, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A.Eric Moore, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-BC
Nurse Manager

The Medical - Surgical Specialty Unit is a 24 bed unit that manages acute medical surgical patients with a wide range of diagnoses and care needs. The unit also serves as a specialty unit for the management of acute care ventilator patients with the goal of maximizing respiratory status and weaning from the ventilator. As well as the unit provides palliative care to patients with the goal of improve the quality of life.

Eric Moore has been the manager of East 8 for the past 5 years.

Theresa Pak, R.N.Theresa Pak, R.N., N.E.-BC
Nurse Manager

We are a 28 bed medical surgical unit that specializes in pre and post operative Ear, Nose and Throat Cancers. We are experts of specialized airways like laryngenctomies and tracheostomies. We participated in the post operative care for the world's 2nd tracheal transplant in the world. We also care for complex medical patients DKA, COPD, hypertensive crisis. We are the 2009 recipients of the 5-star award in Patient Satisfaction.

Janet Pena, R.N.-B.C., M.S.N.
Nurse Manager

Tower 8 Transplant-Metabolic Unit is a 28 bed acute care unit. The unit provides advanced assessment and specialized care for patients undergoing solid organ transplant (kidney, pediatric kidney, and pancreas). Additionally, care is provided for telemetry, pulmonary hypertension, urologic surgery, and a wide variety of medical-surgical patients.

The patient population profile of the kidney transplant unit includes living donors and non-living donors.

Living donation is the process of transplanting a kidney from a healthy individual into a person with kidney failure. UC Davis Health System also provides the opportunity to match incompatible living donor pairs with other pairs across the country. Non living donation includes the Standard Criteria Donors (SCD) and the Expanded Criteria Donor (ECD) (which is any donor over the age of 60). ECD kidneys are transplanted in expanded criteria recipients. Also en bloc (both kidney from very small pediatric donors that cannot be matched with pediatric recipients) are transplanted to adults.

Tower 8 is proud of the quality of our care because we tailor treatment to each individual patient. We provide intensive education for our patients and family. The multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nephrologists, residents, interns, nurse practitioner, transplant coordinators, social workers, discharge planner, nurse manager, assistant nurse manager, bedside nurse, transplant pharmacist, transplant dietician, and PT/OT round daily (with the exemption of weekends) on the transplant patients.

The care we provide has been recognized with a 2010 HealthGrades Award for graft rate survival and 2010 silver Medal of Honor and a bronze Transplant Program Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration. 

Joleen Lonigan, R.N., M.S.N. Joleen Lonigan, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.-BC
Nurse Manager

Patient Care Resources provides 24/7 RN and HUSC Float Pool coverage to a variety of inpatient areas within the Patient Care Services division. The department has over 150 employees, both in per diem and career positions. In addition, the department also has several programs that provides support to the inpatient units: STAN Program, Action Team, Rapid Response Team, Transcultural Linguistic Care Program, SOS Nurses, Wound Care Nurses and Wound Vac Nurses.