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DEPARTMENTS
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LETTER FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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Vice Chancellor Claire Pomeroy
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A serious accident or life-threatening injury can happen to anyone. And when it does, UC Davis and our nationally ranked trauma team will be there to help. Every day - 24 hours a day - our doctors and nurses work together to save lives.

In this special issue of UC Davis Medicine, you will read about a woman injured while riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle, a young man caught in crossfire at a convenience store, and an 11-year-old thrown from his small motorcycle on his grandfather's ranch. In a blink of an eye, their worlds changed. Each needed UC Davis' top-notch trauma team to help them survive.

These patients discovered first-hand what we see every day: UC Davis saves lives. In fact, our trauma program, set up in the early 1970s by Dr. F. William Blaisdell, a founding father of modern trauma surgery, is credited with helping to substantially lower the preventable death rate in Sacramento County. As the only Level 1 trauma program east of San Francisco, south of Portland and west of Salt Lake City, we reach out to a large geographic area, making our program one of the busiest in the nation.

UC Davis' reach even extends to the war in Iraq. As part of our education mission, we train military surgeons before they are sent to combat. In fact, you will read in one of the stories in this issue that the system of trauma care in the deserts of Iraq is now referred to as "the Davis system."

At UC Davis, we are dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive the very best care. To continue to meet the needs of our region and beyond, we are making a significant investment in a state-of-the-art Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion that will house the new Michael W. Chapman Trauma Center. The addition to the medical center will provide us with the most up-to-date operating rooms, intensive-care beds, burn unit and trauma facility. While much of this construction is being financed through our reserves, we need the community's help in this critical endeavor. We are seeking $20 million in philanthropy to support the new facility. One of our biggest boosters, retired orthopaedic trauma surgeon Michael W. Chapman, is leading our fundraising effort. He and his wife kicked off the effort by pledging $1 million of their own money to help us realize our goal.

I invite you to learn more about our trauma program by reading the stories in this issue, and then I invite you to help us in our effort to raise the funds that will allow us to continue meeting the needs of our community, especially at times when life hangs in the balance.

Sincerely,
 

 

Claire Pomeroy, M.D.
Vice Chancellor, Human Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine

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  We are making a significant investment in a state-of-the-art Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion that will house the new Michael W. Chapman Trauma Center. The addition to the medical center will provide us with the most up-to-date operating rooms, intensive-care beds, burn unit and trauma facility.  
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