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UC Davis study guides efforts to find new strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

June 26, 2015

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric asthma in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [en español]

Knoepfler awarded childhood cancer research grant

June 25, 2015

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded $250,000 for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed commissioner of new maternal mental health task force

June 24, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been appointed a commissioner on the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. The formation of this group was announced at a press conference today, presented by 2020 Mom (formerly the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative) and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.  

UC Davis Children's Hospital collects donations at June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game

June 15, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology welcomes new chief

June 15, 2015

Marcio H. Malogolowkin, an international leader in the treatment of rare pediatric liver tumors, has joined UC Davis as the new chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital listed in the nation's Best Children's Hospital rankings

June 9, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders, UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery. 

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UC Davis study finds significant cost savings in pediatric telemedicine consults compared to phone consults

May 21, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone consults. The answer is a resounding yes. While telemedicine systems are expensive to install and maintain, they more than pay their way, saving an average $4,662 per use. The study was published in the journal Medical Decision Making. [en español]

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches Pediatric Early Mobility Program

May 19, 2015

Early mobility and exercise have been shown to help patients recover faster and decrease long-term effects of delirium, a common condition of pediatric patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). UC Davis Children’s Hospital has today launched a Pediatric Early Mobility Program to help improve recovery times, shorten patient stays, reduce pain and delirium among PICU patients.

UC Davis CAARE Center celebrates 25th anniversary

May 19, 2015

The UC Davis CAARE Center recently hosted an anniversary reception to honor the children and families served over the last 25 years and the staff and community partners who have dedicated their lives to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The event was held April 30 at the UC Davis MIND Institute’s auditorium.

UC Davis CMN recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart, Costco stores

May 18, 2015

The Miracle Month of May is only half way through, but UC Davis Children's Miracle Network (CMN) has been recognized nationally for its fundraising success at Walmart and Costco stores.

Sac Republic FC players surprise UC Davis Children's Hospital patients with visit

May 14, 2015

Patients at UC Davis Children's Hospital got a surprise visit from Sacramento Republic FC players Rodrigo "Roro" Lopez and Gabe Gonzalez this afternoon.

UC Davis Residency Programs awarded grants to boost primary-care workforce

May 13, 2015

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to UC Davis’ Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training programs to boost primary health-care workforce training in California.

News 10 highlights UC Davis Children's Hospital in its "Breakfast on the Job" segment

May 8, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital was the focus of News 10's "Breakfast on the Job" segment this morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The segment honored UC Davis Children's Hospital employees and discussed job opportunities currently available at the hospital. 

New intervention pioneered at UC Davis Children's Hospital helps mothers address depression

May 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have developed a new intervention that identifies potentially depressed mothers and encourages them to seek treatment. The Motivating our Mothers (MOM) program takes a unique approach, relying on pediatricians rather than the mother’s doctor for diagnosis. In the study, mothers were given a short survey to assess whether they needed additional care. Those who identified depression symptoms were then coached by a research assistant to seek further help. [en español]

Robin Steinhorn elected to the American Pediatric Society Council

May 6, 2015

Robin Steinhorn, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS) Council.

Cable TV network Animal Planet films at UC Davis Children's Hospital

May 4, 2015

Cable television channel Animal Planet was at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week to produce an episode of the series “Monsters Inside Me” about Jordan Herbst, the Bishop teenager who in 2013 became infected and survived hantavirus, a life-threatening and rare infection.

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Miss America Kira Kazantsev brings cheer to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 28, 2015

Reigning Miss America Kira Kazantsev spent her day off at UC Davis Children’s Hospital last Friday. The 23-year-old New York resident was on spring break, but that didn’t stop her from making the trip out west to visit Sacramento and spend time with the pediatric patients on Davis 7.

UC Davis makes breakthrough in understanding Canavan disease

April 27, 2015

UC Davis investigators have settled a long-standing controversy surrounding the molecular basis of an inherited disorder that historically affected Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe but now also arises in other populations of Semitic descent, particularly families from Saudi Arabia.

Prenatal stem cell treatment improves mobility issues caused by spina bifida

April 24, 2015

The lower-limb paralysis associated with spina bifida may be effectively treated before birth by combining a unique stem cell therapy with surgery, new research from UC Davis Health System has found.

Donald M. Null joins UC Davis as medical director of the NICU

April 23, 2015

Donald M. Null, an internationally renowned expert in neonatal ventilation, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Comprehensive genomic tumor profiling comes to UC Davis

April 20, 2015

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have entered into a collaboration with Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company. The collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling into standard of care at UC Davis, allowing physicians to prescribe the most effective, targeted cancer treatments to patients based on the genomic information specific to each individual’s cancer.

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IHOP's National Pancake Day raises more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 13, 2015

Twenty-eight IHOP restaurants from 33 counties in Northern California raised more than $100,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital this month. IHOP guests enjoyed complimentary pancakes and were encouraged to make a donation to benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the region’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital at the tenth annual National Pancake Day on March 3, which raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Build-A-Bear brings cuddly friends to UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 20, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients received new cuddly friends, as Build-A-Bear Workshop hosted an event in the pediatric playroom yesterday.

Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

February 18, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was honored for his 2014 Eli Gold Prize and presented a lecture at the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds last Friday.

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Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $90,600 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

January 28, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Tiny infant has a big impact on his community

January 26, 2015

"Miles" Keiser, though nicknamed "Tiny" by his family, an infant treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2011 is having a big effect on the lives of children with congenital heart disease in Sacramento and on his community.

Project ADAM's first California affiliate established at UC Davis Children's Hospital

January 21, 2015

A life-saving program that helps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens has now arrived in California. UC Davis Children’s Hospital has become the first California affiliate for Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing comprehensive defibrillation programs in schools across the country.

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Santa visits UC Davis Children's Hospital to spread holiday cheer

December 19, 2014

Santa took a break from his toy-making schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this month to bring much-needed holiday cheer. The magical visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and Macy’s/AFLAC.

UC Davis pediatric nurses participate in holiday food basket drive for Sacramento families

December 19, 2014

Pediatric nurses have partnered with a local elementary school student council and PTA for the 15th year providing holiday food baskets to Families nominated by Bancroft elementary school. The food drive and distribution occurs Dec. 15-19.

"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon raises more than $67,000 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 18, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network raised more than $67,000 in their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon for UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM broadcasted live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continued the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

David Sobon named new chair of Children's Miracle Network Business Council

December 17, 2014

David Sobon has been named the new chair of the Children's Miracle Network's Business Council at UC Davis. His one-year term began Oct. 1, 2014. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens pediatric pulmonary hypertension clinic

December 17, 2014

Pediatric pulmonary hypertension patients can get the specialist care that they need close to home, thanks to the opening of the new Pulmonary Hypertension clinic at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

Study funded on the clinical, financial effectiveness of telemedicine versus telephone consultations

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1,198,384 grant to UC Davis pediatrician James Marcin to investigate how telemedicine consultations in emergency departments impact clinical outcomes, including cost effectiveness, compared with telephone consultations. 

Royal College of Radiologists awards pediatric radiologist 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize

December 10, 2014

Thomas Sanchez, assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Radiology, has won the 2013 Ella Preiskel Prize from the Royal College of Radiologists in London.

Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

December 8, 2014

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

"Mix for Miracles" Radiothon scheduled Dec. 9-11 at UC Davis Children's Hospital

December 5, 2014

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network is partnering to put on their first "Mix For Miracles" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the playroom on Davis 7 and continue the broadcast from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11.

Randi Hagerman celebrated for C. Anderson Aldrich Award

December 4, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday celebrated the achievements of Medical Director Randi Hagerman, who in October received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for a pediatrician.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals hosts Wheel of Fortune sweepstakes

December 4, 2014

America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune, is once again entertaining viewers with its popular “Secret Santa Sweepstakes” presented by Walmart, and this year the at-home viewers aren’t the only winners. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each winner’s choice will receive a cash donation matching his or her winnings with a minimum donation of $300,000 during the course of the sweepstakes. UC Davis Children’s Hospital could be one of those winners.

UC Davis Children's Hospital families and staff share what they are thankful for

December 3, 2014

Pediatric nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had "thankful trees" around the unit in November to give patients and staff the chance to share what they were most thankful for.

How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism the topic of MIND Institute lecture

December 1, 2014

Natacha Akshoomoff, UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation.

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Stand for the Kids event raises awareness for UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 14, 2014

Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity at  UCDavis, held its first annual Stand for the Kids event last week in an effort to raise awareness  for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

Trick-or-treat! Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 5, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital’sHalloween celebration took place Friday 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.

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Nurse receives third place for poster at Pediatric Nursing Conference

October 30, 2014

Clinical resource nurse Stacey Salvato, who works on Davis 7 Pediatrics, received third place for her clinical care poster at this year's 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in National Harbor, Md.

The Pink House donates portion of sales to Children's Miracle Network Nov. 6-12

October 27, 2014

The purchase of women's shoes, purses and accessories can help make miracles for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients as East Sacramento retailer The Pink House donates 20 percent off all purchases to the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Nov. 6-12. 

Distinguished cancer prevention researcher to lead public health sciences at UC Davis

October 21, 2014

Brad Pollock, a leading researcher on the incidence and control of childhood and adolescent cancer, has become chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

Local children's musical duo performs at UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 3, 2014

The Poodlums, a children’s musical duo, performed for UC Davis Children’s Hospital last week. The special performance was made possible by a donation from a community member and the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Shinjiro Hirose joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgery

October 2, 2014

Shinjiro Hirose, a nationally recognized fetal and pediatric surgeon, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the newly established Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

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Superheroes visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 26, 2014

Superheroes took a break from their crime-stopping schedule to visit UC Davis Children’s Hospital earlier this week. The special visit was made possible through the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the West Coast Avengers.

Stuart Berger joins UC Davis as chief of pediatric cardiology

September 23, 2014

Stuart Berger, one of the nation's premier pediatric cardiologists and the leader in a national campaign to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in children and teens, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. 

Pediatrics unit supports Operation Backpack drive

September 23, 2014

Pediatrics unit nurses at UC Davis Children’s Hospital supported Operation Backpack for the third year, donating 190 backpacks filled with school supplies to Volunteers of America last month.

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine

September 18, 2014

David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 16, 2014

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

Ulfat Shaikh named Quality Improvement Project Leader by the American Academy of Pediatrics

September 16, 2014

Ulfat Shaikh, director for healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine and pediatrician at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been named the Quality Improvement Project Leader for the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).

Katherine Rauen named 2014 Rare Champion of Hope honoree

September 15, 2014

Katherine Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the 2014 Rare Champion of Hope Honoree in Science.

UC Davis Children's Hospital team stars in music video

September 12, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital faculty, staff, residents and patients are featured in a new music video, "Glory Glory Sacramento," which will be shown at halftime at tomorrow's Sacramento Republic FC playoff game.

Jessie Rees Foundation delivers JoyJars to UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

September 11, 2014

The Jessie Rees Foundation and its partner Anthem Blue Cross, made a special visit to the children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, delivering 100 JoyJars yesterday.

UC Davis-developed target leukemia treatment shows promise

September 11, 2014

Noriko Satake, UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher, has demonstrated in laboratory studies that a new, targeted treatment for leukemia is effective.

10th Annual Sake Fest benefiting UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center set for Oct. 9

September 10, 2014

The 10th Annual Northern California Premium Sake Fest, benefiting the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Intervention in 6-month-olds with autism ameliorates symptoms, alleviates developmental delay

September 8, 2014

Treatment at the earliest age when signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear – sometimes in infants as young as 6 months old – significantly reduces symptoms so that, by age 3, most who received the therapy had neither ASD nor developmental delay, a UC Davis MIND Institute research study has found. [español]

A hobby with high purpose

September 4, 2014

As part of Angel Flight West's team, surgeon and pilot Tom Stevenson donates his time and plane to fly people who need organ transplants, kidney dialysis, cancer treatment and other types of care to locations throughout California, Oregon and Nevada.

Young Adult Bereavement Art Group begins Sept. 29

September 4, 2014

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. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers launch study examining autism in girls

August 28, 2014

Autism is far more common in boys than girls - affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — but little is known about biological differences between boys and girls with autism. A new study, called the ‘Girls with Autism — Imaging of Neurodevelopment’ or GAIN Study, led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will explore those differences in very young girls with autism.

Young earthquake survivor thankful to UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 27, 2014

Nicholas Dillon, the brave 13-year-old who survived after a chimney collapsed on him in his home during the Napa Valley earthquake last Saturday, is in good condition in UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dillon’s recovery has garnered national and international media attention. He was interviewed from his hospital room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit yesterday by NBC News, among other media outlets.

Door-to-door fundraising scam does not benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 20, 2014

The Sacramento-based UC Davis Health System reminds northern California residents that it never seeks donations using door-to-door solicitors and does not work with organizations that use this fundraising approach.

CAARE Center and SacEDAPT Clinic receive federal grant to treat psychosis in traumatized youth

August 18, 2014

The UC Davis CAARE Center and UC Davis Psychiatry’s SacEDAPT Clinic have received funding to improve the assessment and treatment of underserved traumatized youth who are experiencing the early signs of psychosis.

Pediatric patients build some fun at Lego event

August 13, 2014

As a former UC Davis Children's Hospital patient, Zachary Hill knows what it is like to spend time in the pediatrics unit of UC Davis Children's Hospital. Last month, the 17-year-old returned and brought some Lego fun with him. Hill, a life scout from Troop 107 in Sacramento, decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on creating a playroom event for the boys and girls in the pediatrics unit. 

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

Summer Concert brings smiles to kids, grownups alike

August 13, 2014

More than 250 staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 12, 2014

Telethon viewers and partners raised $184,130 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Teen hospice patient receives surprise visit from soccer star

August 4, 2014

The UC Davis Hospice Program recently arranged a special occasion for one of its patients, who also is an avid soccer fan, 13-year-old Bryan Garcia: an unannounced visit to his home from Rodrigo Lopez, a member of the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team of United Soccer Leagues.