Groundbreaking event celebrates level I verification, vision ...
NEWS | April 19, 2017

Groundbreaking event celebrates level I verification, vision for new UC Davis Children's Surgery Center


Photo of CSC groundbreaking event
From left to right, Shinjiro Hirose, chief of the UC Davis division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery; patient Samantha Delfino; Diana Farmer, surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children's Hospital; Congresswoman Doris Matsui; UC Davis interim chancellor Ralph Hexter and UC Davis chief nursing officer Toby Marsh.

More than a hundred attendees had a sneak peek of the new UC Davis Children’s Surgery Center at this week's groundbreaking event and level I children’s surgery verification celebration.

The event featured guest speakers Congresswoman Doris Matsui, UC Davis interim chancellor Ralph Hexter and UC Davis patient Samantha Delfino.

“We are marking another achievement that solidifies UC Davis Medical Center as a national leader,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “You set the bar for hospitals nationwide. The level I children’s surgery verification is very special. It makes UC Davis the first hospital with that designation on the West Coast and only the fifth in the nation to receive this honor from the American College of Surgeons. You should be proud of it.”

Samantha Delfino received care at UC Davis Children’s Surgery Center twice when she was younger – once for surgery with Eric Kurzrock, a pediatric urology surgeon, and another time with Rolando Roberto, orthopaedic spine surgeon, to correct an aggressive form of scoliosis.

“I’m extremely lucky to have a world-class hospital practically in my neighborhood,” said Delfino, who attends C.K. McClatchy High School. “The nurses and doctors took the time to get to know me and my family, not just what was wrong with me. They may never know how grateful I am for all the things they’ve done for me.”

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Attendees toured the new Children's Surgery Center space, led by surgery staff. View more photos on the UC Davis Children's Hospital Facebook page.

Thanks to a successful surgery and physical rehabilitation program at UC Davis, Delfino is now playing competitive soccer, as well as tennis and lacrosse.

“I’m excited that this new facility will allow [the UC Davis team] to help even more kids just like they helped me,” said Delfino.

Children’s Surgery Center staff also led tours of the new space, which will include seven operating rooms and pre- and post-op bays, covering more than 33,000 square feet over two floors. The new center is scheduled to open in late 2018.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit