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July 2018

Natale named chief of staff at UC Davis Medical Center

July 13, 2018

JoAnne Natale, professor of pediatric critical care and director of quality and safety at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected chief of staff of UC Davis Medical Center, effective July 1.

June 2018

Q&A with pediatric heart surgeon Amy Rahm

June 28, 2018

A mother and a pediatric heart surgeon, Amy Rahm is helping to build a national reputation for pediatric cardiac care at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center. Here is a Q&A with her.

Cystic fibrosis diagnosis leads one family to move closer to UC Davis Children's Hospital

June 27, 2018

Six years ago, the Morales family was living in Oklahoma, when they welcomed their baby daughter Sandra into the world. Shortly after her newborn screening tests, they learned that Sandra had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections, limits breathing and can cause respiratory failure.

Register for Duck Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

June 26, 2018

The sixth annual Duck Dash will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. at Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo. Proceeds will benefit the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

June 26, 2018

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in five pediatric specialties in the new 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

UC Davis Health offers celebratory meals for new moms and their partners

June 21, 2018

Hospital food is usually the last thing on a new mom’s wish list … until now. UC Davis Health’s Mommy Meals program has arrived.

Where's Waldo? UC Davis Children's Hospital patients find fun in new construction

June 18, 2018

When construction began on the six-story UC Davis North Addition Office Building directly across from UC Davis Medical Center, it became a new draw for UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients.

Huggie doles out affection and eases stress for young patients

June 18, 2018

Who has four legs, wears a black coat and works alongside medical staff? Huggie – the newest member of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center team and first-ever facility dog at UC Davis Health. The two-year-old Labrador retriever supports children receiving treatments in the Pediatric Infusion Center.

Pregnant women and new moms invited to join UC Davis wildfire study

June 15, 2018

Women who were pregnant during or right after the October 2017 wildfires in Northern California are invited to participate in a new UC Davis study to determine if those fires affected their health and the health of their babies.

Do excess fluids cause brain injuries in children with diabetic ketoacidosis?

June 13, 2018

For decades, clinicians have worried that giving too much intravenous fluid to children with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may contribute to brain swelling and injury, and even death. Now, after a national study that examined more than a thousand patients with DKA, UC Davis researchers and their colleagues from around the country have shown that fluid infusion does not cause  brain injury in children with DKA.

Mikuni Scoop Scoot raises funds for UC Davis Child Life on July 13

June 4, 2018

Scoot over to William Land Park on Friday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. for the Mikuni Scoop Scoot to help raise funds for the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

May 2018

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

May 29, 2018

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its summer issue today.

UC Davis re-verified as level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons

May 18, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been re-verified as a level I trauma center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons, making it the only level I trauma center for both adults and children in inland Northern California and one of only two in California.

19-month-old's life saved after near drowning accident

May 14, 2018

Feb. 12 was the day that changed life for the Cunha family forever. It started as just another quiet weekday at home. Amber Cunha and her 19-month-old daughter Avery were making Valentine’s Day cards. But while Amber was putting supplies away, Avery made a break for it.

Micro-preemie, pediatric cardiology and eye surgery patient is family's 'miracle'

May 9, 2018

Mark and Melanie Payne’s story started like a storybook romance. They were college sweethearts. Mark was the captain of the UC Davis basketball team. Melanie was the captain of the UC Davis volleyball team. They were engaged after college graduation, married in 2012 and then moved to Europe to pursue Mark’s career as a professional basketball player.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health announce partnership

May 2, 2018

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is continuing to expand the care available to residents of San Joaquin and Sacramento counties with a first-of-its kind partnership bringing the world-class care of UC Davis Health directly to Lodi.

High-efficiency filters reduce indoor air pollution but not asthma symptoms

May 1, 2018

A new study focused on households with asthmatic children finds that the use of high-efficiency filtration, either as part of a central air system or standalone air cleaner, improves indoor air quality. The study also found that while participants did not report reduced asthma symptoms, they did have fewer visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals for asthma care.

April 2018

Film festival highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital patients-turned-filmmakers

April 17, 2018

UC Davis pediatric patients-turned filmmakers screened their movies for the first time in front of a large audience last Friday at the BayKids Film Festival held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Credit unions raise $235,300 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals

April 13, 2018

The 8th annual Credit Union SACTOWN Run generated more than $235,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across California and Nevada. A portion of the funds raised will support UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Spina bifida patient healthy, happy after fetal surgery

April 10, 2018

When Esparto resident Chloe MacCullough was pregnant at 25 weeks, her baby was flagged for increased risk of a neural tube defect in a routine screening. A private specialist in Sacramento confirmed by ultrasound that her son had spina bifida low on his back.

UC Davis pediatric heart patient is youngest Impella patient in the U.S.

April 9, 2018

Sergio Ledesma thought it was a cold. His son Adolfo had the usual symptoms. It was going around. But when he began to turn pale and could hardly breathe, his dad took him to the emergency room at their local hospital. By this point, Adolfo’s health had declined so much he was airlifted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He needed to be in the Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU) and UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Central Valley's only level I pediatric trauma center and emergency department that includes state-of-the-art neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units.

March 2018

Wraparound program helps steer youths away from cycle of violence

March 21, 2018

Young victims of violence who are hospitalized for traumatic injuries no longer need to feel isolated and vulnerable in the months following their medical discharge. A new UC Davis Health program called Wraparound is designed to aid emotional recovery and help prevent recurrence of violent injuries among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 26, in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

Wild Bill does it again, donating thousands to UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 16, 2018

Colorful is one way to describe him. From his past to his ink, there’s a vibrant story to be told about Wild Bill Hill. One of hell-raising, Harleys and Ed Hardy, but most of all … heart.

Spanish questionnaire expected to reduce disparities in speech treatment for cleft-palate patients

March 15, 2018

The Spanish version of a questionnaire used to assess the speech and quality-of- life of children and young adults following cleft-palate surgery has been developed by craniofacial disorder specialists at UC Davis Health and the University of Utah.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $73,878 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

March 5, 2018

As part of a nationwide corporate program by Spirit Halloween Superstores, local store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce presented a check for $73,878 to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis. Members of their in-store teams were also on hand to celebrate this 2017 campaign fundraising total and be acknowledged for their tremendous dedication to help make hospitals less scary for kids.

Grant brings genomic sequencing to children whose insurance doesn't provide coverage

March 1, 2018

The UC Davis Division of Genomic Medicine has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis to bring next-generation genomic sequencing (NGS) to children in need in the Sacramento region. The grant will support NGS for children with undiagnosed, often congenital, conditions to find the underlying genetic causes and improve their care.

12-year-old patient becomes UC Davis Men's Basketball honorary team captain

March 1, 2018

What a difference a year makes! 12-year-old Folsom resident Jackson Manning had what appeared to be stomach flu symptoms last February. His parents awoke one morning to find his breathing was rapid, he was turning blue and he was unresponsive.

February 2018

UC Davis Medical Center honored for reducing C-sections

February 23, 2018

UC Davis Medical Center has been honored with the 2017 achievement award for meeting or surpassing the federal target aimed at reducing the state’s low-risk, first-birth Cesarean section (C-section) rate by Smart Care California, a state health care coalition. 

Wild Bill's Tattoo-a-thon raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 24

February 7, 2018

Wild Bill’s 16th annual Tattoo-a-thon will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Thirty tattoo artists have volunteered to work 16 hours during this year’s event and all proceeds – including tips – will be donated to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Frank Ing named new chief of pediatric cardiology at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 6, 2018

Frank Ing, an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist, has been named chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Cardiology, effective Feb. 1.

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 26

February 6, 2018

On Monday, Feb. 26, pancake lovers can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, in recognition of IHOP’s National Pancake Day. 

January 2018

Register for March 3 Donut Dash: Proceeds benefit UC Davis Child Life

January 18, 2018

The tenth annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 3, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Feb. 20

January 10, 2018

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

Children's Hospital publishes 2016-2017 Annual Report

January 3, 2018

UC Davis Children's Hospital has published its first-ever Annual Report this week.

December 2017

Parents of hospitalized kids shop for free toys at this year's Holiday Workshop

December 21, 2017

Parents of hospitalized kids got a chance to shop today as the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital held its annual Holiday Workshop.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing helps pediatric congenital heart patients

December 20, 2017

Five-year-old Zoey Kenison slips her feet onto the bike pedals and begins cycling, hands gripping the handle bars. But this is no ordinary bike. It’s a pediatric cycle ergometer, a fixed stationary bike that measures her heart rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and breath-by-breath respiratory indices, including volumes and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Haddad accepted into American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program

December 18, 2017

Maha Haddad, associate professor of pediatrics, was accepted as a member of the fourth cohort of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Leadership Development Program (ASPN LDP). 

World renowned neonatologist leads UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

December 12, 2017

Satyan Lakshminrusimha, a world renowned neonatologist, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The department provides state-of-the-art clinical care and conducts research into disease conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Lakshminrusimha also serves as medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital, the only nationally ranked pediatric hospital in inland Northern California.

Children's Hospital's online newsletter published today

December 7, 2017

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its winter issue today.

2017 Lazer Radiothon totals exceed previous year

December 7, 2017

Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Lazer Broadcasting Corporation raised close to $200,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the annual Lazer Radiothon held in October. The $198,746 total reflects a 32 percent increase over 2016.

November 2017

Votes for UC Davis Children's Hospital could result in $50,000 to help local kids

November 29, 2017

UC Davis Health employees and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Drive-through donations!

November 17, 2017

To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, non-profit organizations and donors, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive up and drop off donations for the holidays.

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities

November 15, 2017

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The team believes the program will close gaps in care, improve quality of life for affected children and save money. [En Español]

Preventing pertussis

November 9, 2017

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

CMN hosts Gratitude Golf Tournament 'fore' the kids

November 8, 2017

More than 70 golfers participated in Monday’s Gratitude Golf Tournament, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. Located at the Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the event featured a day of golf, gratitude and fellowship in support of children’s health and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible by a $5,000 golf grant from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

October 2017

Trick or treating fun at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 31, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s Halloween celebration took place today on the pediatrics unit. Patients and staff got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, games and trick-or-treating. The special event was made possible by the Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 4

October 31, 2017

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table-top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 4: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

Peers can reduce tobacco use among younger smokers

October 25, 2017

Participating in a brief intervention delivered by their peers in community settings can help reduce smoking among youth and young adults, a new study from a team of tobacco-cessation researchers shows.

American College of Surgeons dedicates scientific forum to Farmer

October 24, 2017

The Scientific Forum of this year’s Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), held Oct. 22-26 in San Diego, has been dedicated to Diana Farmer, chair of the UC Davis Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Bullying prevention tips for families

October 24, 2017

More than one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. October is national bullying prevention month and UC Davis adolescent medicine physician Laura Kester has prepared some helpful tips for families to help them identify and combat bullying behaviors.

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis partners with Lazer Broadcasting Group for radiothon Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its radiothon with Lazer Broadcasting Group Oct. 25-27 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Kohl's to donate $450,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 17, 2017

Kohl’s Cares will donate $450,000 over two years to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital's Kohl’s Injury Prevention program. The program will support three strategies in the Sacramento community: to educate teen drivers on safe driving, educate families on childhood safety in and around cars, and educate violently injured and at-risk youth, identified through the UC Davis trauma program, on violence avoidance strategies.

Fernandez y Garcia receives best poster award at International Conference on Communication in Healthcare

October 17, 2017

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been awarded the best poster presentation at the 2017 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare and Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Baltimore this month.

Build-a-Bear brings smiles to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

October 12, 2017

Sometimes a bear hug is just what the doctor ordered. And today was a day of bear hugs (and bat hugs, cat hugs and monkey hugs). Build-a-Bear Workshop in Roseville brought all of these stuffed animals, as well as plenty of clothes, beating hearts and stuffed animal-sized backpacks, to the pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis, NEC Society launch major project to examine the use of probiotics in vulnerable preemies

October 5, 2017

Thanks to the leadership of Mark Underwood, chief of neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, and the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council, the NEC Society is launching a Multi-NICU Probiotic Quality Improvement (QI) Project. It is the first project of its kind to capture data from NICUs that are ready to start routine administration of probiotics to very low birthweight infants (VLBWs) at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis.

2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series starts Oct. 4

October 3, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Genome Center are hosting the 2017-2018 Human Genomics Seminar Series, a monthly series focusing on genomic medicine topics, led by UC Davis faculty. Seminars will be held the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the Center for Health and Technology, room 1341.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives the 2018 Women's Choice Award

October 2, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital  and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.

September 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons

September 29, 2017

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the next two years. The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital remains the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn this distinction.

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 27, 2017

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

Children's Hospital patient meets Marvel superhero stars

September 22, 2017

Four-year-old Jonathan Hunt has proven that he has the stuff that superheroes are made of. The Fair Oaks resident experienced a stroke in January, after a freak accident on a trampoline left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. After six weeks of hospitalization and daily physical, speech and occupational therapy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Johnathan was able to walk out the front doors of the hospital on his own and he continues with outpatient therapy.

Walmart and Sam's Club kick off CMN fundraising campaign for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 20, 2017

Sam's Club and Walmart are kicking off their annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its local hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 29. Customers can donate $1 or more when they check out at the register.

Entravision Radiothon raises $182,960 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 11, 2017

Entravision and Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis announced that $182,960 was raised for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during its 72-hour Radiothon last month.

"Doctor PE" deepens K-6 students' connections with health

September 6, 2017

When Walnut Grove Elementary School principal Carrie Norris was viewing her students’ Valentine’s Day art honoring what they love most, among the tributes to parents, friends and pets was one for “Doctor PE.” That student was referring to a unique and popular program that brings UC Davis family and community medicine residents to her school twice each week to teach physical education.

August 2017

Gun safety recommendations for parents

August 31, 2017

In the United States, one in three homes with young children have guns, many which are unlocked and unloaded. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 20

August 28, 2017

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium set for Oct. 23-24

August 23, 2017

UC Davis Health will host the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium on Oct. 23-24 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis.

CMN Mediathon on ABC10 raises $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 21, 2017

After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Excellence in Life Support Award

August 15, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for its Extracorporeal Life Support Program. The program provides lifesaving support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

Papa Murphy's pizzas to support UC Davis Children's Hospital -- Aug. 18-19

August 11, 2017

Get ready for $5 Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas next Friday morning, Aug. 18, in parking lot #3 (near the corner of 45th and X streets) at the medical center.

Impulsivity in teens, young adults subject of $3.7 million UC Davis grant

August 11, 2017

Julie Schweitzer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute researcher, has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to track impulsivity and self-control in teens and young adults over time.

Children's Miracle Network partners with Entravision for Radiothon Aug. 17-19

August 9, 2017

Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis will kick off its Radiothon with Entravision Aug. 17-19 to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Stations will broadcast a mix of patient stories, facts and interviews into regular programming to raise awareness of and funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. 

ABC10 airs Children's Miracle Network Hospitals mediathon on Aug. 18

August 8, 2017

The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® mediathon will be broadcast on ABC10 KXTV in Sacramento beginning Friday, Aug. 18 at 4:30 a.m. ending at 11:35 p.m. Funds raised will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.