NEWS | November 16, 2012

UC Davis Medical Center and Dameron Hospital form joint venture


UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital in Stockton will be forming a joint venture that will allow Dameron Hospital to strengthen its core medical services while delivering more care locally, and advances UC Davis' historic land-grant mission to identify and help meet important societal needs.

Dameron Hospital in Stockton © Dameron Hospital in Stockton ©

The University of California Board of Regents approved UC Davis Medical Center's formation of Dameron Davis Management Company, a limited liability company (LLC) with Dameron Hospital, at its meeting yesterday in San Francisco. The LLC will own and operate Dameron Hospital. The collaboration is expected to create a financially self-supporting enterprise that advances the common and unifying health-care, charitable and educational missions of both organizations.

"We are excited to team up with Dameron Hospital and look forward to working with our partners there to serve the residents of Stockton and the greater Central Valley," said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. "Dameron has a distinguished, century-long history of serving the communities of San Joaquin County and beyond, and we eagerly anticipate joining their rich tradition."

"It is an honor for us to join forces with UC Davis, which not only has a top-flight academic hospital and medical and nursing schools, but a long history of high-quality care and close ties to the San Joaquin Valley in a variety of disciplines," said Lorraine P. Auerbach, president and CEO of Dameron Hospital. "UC Davis is a natural partner for us, and we look forward to our collaboration improving the health care of people in Stockton and the Central Valley."

UC Davis Medical Center and the faculty physicians in the UC Davis School of Medicine operate as a hub for specialized care in a 33-county service area in inland Northern California. The medical center operates a 619-bed acute care adult and pediatric hospital that provides the region's only level 1 burn center, level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers, and full-service children's hospital. The medical center also is nationally recognized for its NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, an affiliation of cancer centers around Northern and Central California that work together to offer their patients first-rate, cutting-edge care close to home. Among the network's affiliates is the Mercy Cancer Center in Merced.

Dameron Hospital is a fully accredited, independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian 202-bed general acute-care hospital. With more than 1,200 employees and over 400 affiliated physicians, Dameron serves the greater San Joaquin County, including several cities and adjacent areas, as well as its rural and agricultural communities providing adult and pediatric acute medical and surgical care since 1912. Dameron offers a broad range of medical, surgical and emergency care, with strengths in orthopaedics, neonatology and cardiovascular services. The hospital ranks as one of the leading providers for deliveries in the county and is an essential provider of emergency care to the community, with more than 38,000 visits annually to the Dameron Emergency Department in recent years.

The LLC will further the community engagement mission of UC Davis to improve the quality of health care in the Central Valley. The expertise of UC Davis Medical Center will help deliver evidence-based advances in clinical care to Central Valley patients and families. Because of its longstanding programs and focus on community and rural health, the impact of health disparities and the social determinants of health, UC Davis is well prepared to address these areas as a partner with Dameron in the Central Valley.

The venture will provide an avenue for the large, diverse populations of the Stockton region to participate in the many research studies conducted by UC Davis that investigate today's newest drugs and potential breakthrough treatments, before they become widely available.

UC Davis and Dameron both have significant histories in the San Joaquin Valley. UC Davis' specialty physicians provide expert care via telemedicine consultations, and medical residents and graduates train and work in the valley's hospitals and clinics. Collaborations in the area include work with UC Merced to train new physicians to work in rural communities through the UC Davis San Joaquin Valley PRIME (Programs in Medical Education) Program. Other major UC Davis programs that extend into the valley include Public Health Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

UC Davis and Dameron officials expect to finalize the formation of the LLC over the next several months, launching the venture in summer 2013.  The non-profit LLC will be governed by a Board of Managers appointed by UC Davis and Dameron. 

About UC Davis Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through its award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.

About Dameron Hospital
Dameron Hospital is a fully accredited, 202-bed community hospital offering a broad range of medical, surgical and health maintenance services for emergency and acute care. Both not-for-profit and non-sectarian, Dameron exists solely to serve the health-care needs of the greater Stockton area and San Joaquin County, providing neighbors with advanced technology and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment -- as well as facilities for inpatient, outpatient and occupational patient care. Service areas include cardiology, emergency/urgent care, radiology and occupational health.