Today, UC Davis Health System officially becomes UC Davis Health.
University officials say the name change better captures the health system’s overall institutional focus, which is to serve the health and well-being of its patients and community.
“This change was informed by much research and discussion with internal and external stakeholders,” said Julie Freischlag, vice chancellor and dean for what is now UC Davis Health. “It better reflects who we are as an organization, putting the focus on health, healing and wellness, and conveying more warmth and accessibility.”
Since 1973, when UC Davis assumed ownership of what was then known as the Sacramento Medical Center, the university’s clinical, research and academic enterprises have evolved and expanded around its capital city site to encompass a children’s hospital, schools of medicine and nursing, as well as a nationally recognized cancer center and institutes for research into stem cells and autism spectrum disorders.
UC Davis also has become recognized for its patient-focused primary care and highly regarded specialty care, all informed by the expertise, research and technology of its academic medical center.
The new name affects only the overarching, organizational entity previously known as the “health system.” UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are not affected by the change.
“We’re still a well-organized ‘system,’ but ‘health’ really says it all,” Freischlag added. “It’s what we’re all dedicated to providing and sustaining each day.”
Freischlag noted that the new UC Davis Health name also aligns well with “UC Health,” the University of California’s principal health division, and the other UC medical center campus appellations.