NEWS | July 18, 2012

UC Davis Health System welcomes the community to a free outdoor concert Aug. 16

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UC Davis Health System and its Community Advisory Board will host the popular dance band Mercy Me! (Band) at their sixth annual outdoor concert on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Held on the lawn next to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California at 45th and X streets on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, the concert is free and open to the public. Participants should bring blankets or lawn chairs, and they can pack picnic baskets or purchase food and beverages on site.

Known as Sacramento's premier dance party band, Mercy Me! (Band) plays R&B, funk and contemporary jazz favorites -- from Aretha Franklin to Erykah Badu. The family-oriented, alcohol-free and smoke-free event includes a kids' zone with games, bounce houses, crafts and other fun activities. The UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program will provide free helmets and helmet fittings to help children play safe during bicycling, skateboarding and other sports on wheels.

The concert is one way the health system thanks community members for their support and recognizes students, faculty and staff for all of the hard work they do throughout the year.

"The annual concert has become one of our favorite ways of celebrating our pride in the health system and its strong connections to the community," said Susan Gamage, chair of the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board. "We encourage families and friends join us for some great music and summer fun."

MercyMe! (Band) copyright Love's Pro Photography
Mercy Me! (Band) brings its unique brand of R&B and funk dance music to the Sacramento campus of UC Davis for a free concert on Aug. 16.

The Community Advisory Board is an essential partner in helping the health system achieve its patient-care, research, education and public-service missions. The group's 28 members are business and nonprofit leaders who reflect the needs, beliefs and cultures of the region. Members serve six-year terms on a volunteer basis and are routinely solicited for their views and opinions and often influence decisions that impact the broader community.

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UC Davis Health System is advancing the health of patients everywhere by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 645-bed acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all.