As a land-grant university, UC Davis has an obligation to identify and help meet important societal needs, such as the health of our community.
UC Davis Health System meets this societal obligation in myriad ways — always with the goal of enabling people across California to live healthier lives.
Perhaps one of the most important contributions the health system makes to the region is its Level 1 emergency and trauma service. The trauma program is one of the busiest in the country. In 2006, more than 3,500 people were admitted to the hospital with trauma injuries, many of which were life-threatening.
We make sure our trauma team is on hand 24/7 to provide the highest level of care available to those suffering traumatic injuries. However, our obligation doesn't stop there. We also conduct research to establish the best practices to use when seconds count and determine the most effective strategies for preventing accidents. For instance, our physician-scientists are establishing new rules through their research for the observation and evaluation of children with blunt-force abdominal trauma in order to decrease unnecessary use of CT imaging while still providing acute intervention.
We also reach out to our communities to teach — and advocate for — prevention. For example, we educate families on child car seat safety, and we provide hundreds of car seats every year to needy families for babies born at UC Davis Medical Center. We also share our expertise with the other hospitals in the area so that, together, we can raise the overall level of care for all patients in the region.
These multi-layered efforts go far in improving the health and well-being of our community. In fact, our work substantially lowered the preventable death rate in Sacramento County.
Having the opportunity to see these many contributions in action, I am convinced that we can all feel safer knowing that UC Davis has the commitment and expertise to improve our lives — now and into the future.
Virginia S. Hinshaw
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor