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February 2020

UC Davis Health expands neonatology services at Adventist Health and Rideout’s NICU

February 19, 2020

UC Davis Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with Adventist Health and Rideout (AHRO) that expands neonatology services at AHRO’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), effective Feb. 3, 2020. 

IHOP pancake drive-through raises funds for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Feb. 24

February 18, 2020

On Monday, Feb. 24, UC Davis employees, students and the public can drive through, eat their fill of short-stack pancakes and make a donation to support sick and injured children at UC Davis Children's Hospital, as a lead-up to IHOP’s National Pancake Day.

Care close to home

February 12, 2020

When Tyana Raya-Paderes’s twins arrived early at 36 weeks, NICU care was available close to home in Lodi and they did not need to be transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Instead, UC Davis Health physicians work with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial nurses and staff to provide world-class care at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial.  

Ulfat Shaikh named 2020 Paul V. Miles Fellow

February 7, 2020

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has named Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of health care quality at UC Davis Health, the 2020 Paul V. Miles Fellow. This award is given annually to a pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children.

UC Davis CAARE Center employees honored by Department of Social Services

February 7, 2020

Jenny Landini, Dawn Blacker, Brandi Liles from the UC Davis CAARE Center were recognized by the California Department of Social Services in honor Human Trafficking Awareness month in January. They were honored by the Department of Social Services in the first Human Trafficking Awareness Month Awards Ceremony.

Three things to know about coronavirus prevention

February 6, 2020

Rumors continue to swirl about how best to protect yourself against the Wuhan coronavirus. However, UC Davis Health experts explain that many of the prevention tips are much the same as those to protect agains the flu and other illnesses.

The truth behind 7 popular old wives’ tales about being sick

February 6, 2020

Does chicken soup have healing properties? Is it better to starve a cold and feed a fever? UC Davis pediatricians Dean Blumberg and Daphne Darmawan debunk some popular old wives’ tales about being sick.

January 2020

UC Davis Children's Hospital approved for $4.1 million in research funding for study comparing standard and virtual pediatric trauma care

January 31, 2020

A research team at UC Davis Health has been approved for a $4,199,464 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Wild Bill's Tattoo-a-thon set for Feb. 29

January 31, 2020

Wild Bill’s 19th annual Tattoo-a-thon will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to midnight at Wild Bill's. All proceeds - including tips - will be donated to support the UC Davis Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 

Art therapy provides kids in the hospital with familiar surroundings away from home

January 30, 2020

Thanks to a collaboration with wall art app, Mixtiles — which turn phone pics into 8"x8" photo tiles that stick and re-stick to walls — children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital can have photo frames surrounding their walls with images of family members, friends and even pets.

Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health consider a closer alliance

January 28, 2020

Leaders from Shriners Hospitals for Children and UC Davis Health have entered into talks to consider ways that their partnership can positively impact the care of children in the region. The goal of the talks is to build on the success of the partnership between these two organizations that dates back to the early 1990s, when the Shriners made the decision to build a new, multi-disciplinary hospital in Sacramento.

Spirit Halloween donates $71,943 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Fellowship Program

January 27, 2020

Spirit Halloween continues support of UC Davis Children's Hospital through Spirit of Children Program

Researchers test whether SNAP benefits are enough to afford a healthy diet

January 27, 2020

Can people in low-income households afford to eat a diet that meets current U.S. healthy dietary guidelines?

VIDEO: Wuhan coronavirus--What U.S. residents need to know

January 24, 2020

Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, explains why experts are so concerned about the new coronavirus, and why masks aren’t always recommended.

What you need to know about the novel coronavirus

January 22, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is alerting travelers of an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia. The cause is a new, or novel, coronavirus. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, shares what you need to know.

Donut Dash raises funds for UC Davis Child Life on March 7

January 2, 2020

The 12th annual Donut Dash will take place Saturday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. at William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

December 2019

Tips for flu prevention

December 27, 2019

Depending on your age and health, the flu can be a minor nuisance or a threat to your life. With cases currently on the rise, it is a good time to take steps to protect yourself.

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed to First 5 Sacramento Commission

December 20, 2019

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, was appointed this week to the First 5 Sacramento Commission by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Nordstrom partners with CMN Hospitals this holiday season

December 16, 2019

When you purchase a $10 giving-tree card at a Sacramento area Nordstrom store, your donation will help provide life-saving care, education and research at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Voting begins for Ace Hardware's Coolest Christmas Contest

December 13, 2019

A vote for Emigh is a vote for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

49ers star, Sacramento native delivers toys to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

December 12, 2019

San Francisco 49ers star and Sacramento native Arik Armstead brought holiday cheer to UC Davis Children's Hospital by delivering toys to children undergoing treatment.

Sacramento Modular Railroaders thanked for almost a decade of service to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

December 6, 2019

Going to the doctor’s office is not something kids typically look forward to. Unless, that is, they’re headed to the pediatric specialty clinic at the Glassrock Building at UC Davis Health where a train runs continuously and has for years, thanks to a local group of railroad enthusiasts.

Out-of-state family chooses UC Davis Children's Hospital for life-changing heart procedure

December 6, 2019

Internationally renowned interventional cardiologist Frank Ing does for Katie Herrmann what others can't: perform a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure on the tiniest of patients.

November 2019

Diana Farmer recognized for global leadership

November 21, 2019

UC Davis Health's leading pediatric and fetal surgeon has won a 2020 U21 Award.

Q&A on vaping-related lung injuries

November 20, 2019

UC Davis pediatric pulmonologist Rory Kamerman-Kretzmer shares his insights on e-cigarettes and why children and adults should steer clear.   

Customized human milk provides targeted nutrition for premature babies

November 20, 2019

Premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital will get customized breast milk, fortified with the nutrients, thanks to a new Miris human milk analyzer machine donated by the Children’s Miracle Network.

Constantly connected: A webcam for every NICU bed

November 18, 2019

All Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds at UC Davis Children’s Hospital are now set up with a webcam, providing parents and families with a 24/7 lifeline to see their baby remotely.

Farmer becomes a regent of the American College of Surgeons

November 14, 2019

Diana Farmer has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The 24-member board formulates policy and directs the affairs of the ACS.

Car seat safety tips for families using rideshare services, taxis

November 7, 2019

What do families need to know when using a rideshare service like Uber and Lyft with their children?

B. infantis reduces intestinal inflammation in infants

November 4, 2019

B. infantis, a strain of probiotic bacteria, reduces intestinal inflammation in infants, a new study shows.

VIDEO: UC Davis Children's Hospital launches virtual holiday toy drive

November 1, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital will launch its first virtual holiday toy drive this year at https://toydrive.ucdavis.edu.

VIDEO: Trick or treating fun, country fair-style, at UC Davis Children's Hospital

November 1, 2019

Hospitalized children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital didn't miss out on trick or treating today. The children's hospital team brought the trick or treating fun to the kids.

October 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital unveils new high-tech, child-friendly ambulance

October 28, 2019

The UC Davis Children's Hospital has a new ride -- see the new Children's Hospital ambulance. 

Back from the depths of postpartum depression

October 23, 2019

For the first four months of her baby’s life, Tiffany Loesch was overwhelmed by feelings of panic, anxiety and hopelessness. Luckily for Loesch, she had a family friend who had heard about Zulresso, the first intravenous (IV) drug for the treatment of postpartum depression to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2019. Loesch asked her physician about the treatment and was referred to UC Davis Medical Center. 

Rite Aid awards $50,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital, money will fund Project Adam

October 17, 2019

Cardiac awareness continues in local schools, courtesy of Rite Aid

UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive is first of its kind in inland Northern California

October 14, 2019

The new UC Davis Pediatric Aerodigestive Center is now open and accepting patient referrals. It’s the first and only center of its kind in inland Northern California.

UC Davis Health nurse named ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year

October 11, 2019

UC Davis Health NICU nurse Christa Bedford-Mu was named National Magnet Nurse of the Year for New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvement at the American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Sacramento Republic FC's Cleats for Causes highlights father-daughter UC Davis Health patients

October 4, 2019

Can cleats tell a story? Sacramento Republic FC today launched its latest pair of one-of-a-kind cleats that will be up for auction, which tells the unique patient story of UC Davis neurosurgery patients Kevin Arredondo and his 11-year-old daughter Gianna, along with Sacramento Republic FC midfielder and childhood cancer survivor Ray Saari.

UC Davis Children's Hospital re-verified as Level I Children's Surgery Center by American College of Surgeons

October 3, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The designation from the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program focuses on the nation’s first and only multi-specialty standards of surgical care for pediatric patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital was the first hospital on the West Coast to earn this distinction.

Blood flow screening to improve detection of critical congenital heart defects in newborns

October 2, 2019

Heather Siefkes, assistant professor of pediatric critical care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was awarded National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant to improve critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) early detection in newborns by establishing a threshold to blood flow levels.

September 2019

School of Medicine Dean Allison Brashear seeks cure for rare neurological disorders

September 26, 2019

Allison Brashear, UC Davis School of Medicine dean and world-renowned neurologist, discusses Rapid Onset Dystonia Parkinsonism (RDP) and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC), both rare neurological disorders that she has been researching for more than a decade. 

Spirit Halloween gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 18, 2019

Participating Spirit Halloween stores in the Sacramento region will donate 10 percent of its sales to the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, while offering shoppers 10 percent off their purchases.

Rocktoberfest benefit for UC Davis Children's Hospital - EVENT IS CANCELLED

September 17, 2019

Don't miss an opporutnity to check out Auburn Road at the 2019 Rocktoberfest to benefit CMN at UC Davis.

CMN Extra Life joins celebrities and fans at Wizard World

September 16, 2019

Get a UC Davis discount on admission to Wizard Wrold Sacramento, Sept. 20-22.

Annual ABC10 Mediathon raises $561,482 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 16, 2019

Patient stories aired during this year's Give for Kids Mediathon helped illustrate the impact of local donations

New Children's Hospital's online newsletter published

September 10, 2019

The Pediatric Press, UC Davis Children's Hospital's online newsletter, has published its summer issue.

UC Davis Health and NEC Society partner to help premature infants, families

September 3, 2019

The UC Davis Health Center for Healthcare Policy and Research will partner with the NEC Society during a two-year project to benefit premature babies who develop this devastating disease.

Grief support group for young adults will begin Sept. 25

September 3, 2019

The Young Adult Bereavement Art Group will be offered for eight weeks by UC Davis Hospice and the UC Davis Children's Hospital Bereavement Program, starting Sept. 25.

August 2019

Home dialysis program gives child a chance to be a kid

August 13, 2019

Thanks to outpatient peritoneal dialysis, 4-year-old Braylin can spend less time in the hospital and more time being at school and playing at home. 

4 things to know about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBACs)

August 12, 2019

UC Davis OB/GYN physician Michael Trifiro shares the pros and cons of VBAC.

REACH helps homeless children cope

August 8, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital crisis therapists are providing services to homeless children at the Mustard Seed School and Bannon Street Shelter.

Delivering healthy babies after treatment for opioid use disorder

August 8, 2019

Substance abuse experts at UC Davis Health are helping fight the opioid epidemic by expanding access and improving the quality of care for women who use drugs during pregnancy.

Breastfeeding Q&A: What all moms should know

August 2, 2019

Laura Kair, pediatric hospitalist and medical director of well newborn care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, answers some frequently asked questions about breastfeeding.

July 2019

Dairy Queen® Miracle Treat Day benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital July 25

July 15, 2019

Help hospitalized kids by celebrating Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen (DQ) locations on Thursday, July 25. When you purchase a Blizzard® Treat, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will go to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Epilepsy: 9 things you need to know about the disorder that caused a Disney star's death

July 12, 2019

Following the tragic death of Disney star Cameron Boyce from an epileptic seizure this week, many questions have arisen about seizures and epilepsy. UC Davis Health pediatric epileptologist Trishna Kantemneni shares what you need to know. 

UC Davis doctors help Haitian residents, physicians years after quake

July 9, 2019

Pediatrician Douglas Gross provided emergency care to Haitians after the devastating earthquake in 2010. His trip sparked a partnership between University of California campuses and the State University of Haiti -- the UC Haiti Initiative.

Laura Kair named Women's Health Research scholar for BIRCWH K12 program

July 8, 2019

Laura Kair, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatrician and clinical researcher focused on breastfeeding and maternal-child health, was selected as a Women’s Health research scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 program. 

Mom gives thanks for NICU team that saved her son

July 3, 2019

This week, 12 years ago, Charlotte Barbee held her son Josiah in the UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the first time. 

June 2019

Long-time pediatric residency volunteer honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 18, 2019

Michael Sugawara, a volunteer clinical faculty member with the UC Davis pediatric residency program, is the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

June 18, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in neonatology, nephrology, diabetes/endocrinology, orthopaedics and urology.

EXPLORER, a UC Davis imaging breakthrough, makes a media splash

June 17, 2019

EXPLORER, the world's first total-body PET scanner, has been installed at UC Davis Health and will be ready for patient use this summer. Area media outlets got a sneak peek of the new technology on Monday.

UC Davis doctors care for kids at Stockton community clinic

June 17, 2019

UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatricians are now offering specialty care at the Community Medical Centers clinic on West Lane in Stockton. The specialties are gastroenterology, cardiology and endocrinology.

Six tips to protect kids from the dangers of hot cars

June 10, 2019

Last year, 52 children died from heat stroke after they were left in hot cars. These cases happen when kids are left alone in a car – either they are mistakenly forgotten, or the child gets into an unlocked car without the parent knowing. Get the six tips that experts recommend for parents. 

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area teen shares gift with pediatric cancer patients

June 5, 2019

UC Davis Health patient Saul Dominguez received news that Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area granted his wish. What did he ask for? To help others. 

Drowning: It takes seconds for your child to be in danger

June 3, 2019

To prevent drownings, safety precautions are crucial. Follow our recommendations.

May 2019

Frank Ing receives Master Interventionalists designation

May 31, 2019

Frank Ing, chief of pediatric cardiology and co-director of the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center, received a Master Interventionalists of SCAI (MSCAI) designation by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) this month. 

Laura Kair named 2019 Eli Gold Prize recipient

May 29, 2019

Laura Kair, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded the 2019 Eli Gold Prize this month.

Spanish language support group for Type 1 diabetic children created

May 28, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital nurse resident Diana Arellano noticed Spanish-speaking patients with Type 1 diabetes and their families faced language barriers that prevented them from learning. Together with her colleagues, she tackled the issue by creating a new support group to help.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center hosts cardiac care event

May 23, 2019

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center welcomed a crowd of 200 to hear about the latest in innovations, research updates and extremes of cardiac care. 

Filmmakers help pediatric patients express themselves through film

May 21, 2019

Thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s partnership with BayKids Studios, pediatric patients are transforming into directors, actors and heroes of their own stories.

Telemedicine brings care closer to pediatric patients in rural communities

May 9, 2019

While families may be able to find primary care close to home, specialty care is often scarce. To get specialized care for their children, many families are turning to innovations like telehealth – remote consultation through video or audio. James Marcin, director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, answered questions that many parents ask about telehealth.

Warmer weather increases kids' risk of falling from windows

May 2, 2019

Each year, about 5,000 children are treated for window fall-related injuries in hospital emergency departments across the country. Here are some preventative tips to keep your family safe.

April 2019

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 9 women: What you should know

April 19, 2019

A UC Davis Health physician-scientist and his team researched and tested a new drug called Zulresso, which is the first to specifically treat postpartum depression.

Preventing 'whooping cough'

April 18, 2019

Pertussis, widely known as “whooping cough,” is a contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It’s called “whooping cough” because children infected with it gasp for air between the fierce bouts of coughing that it causes.

Kandice Duns named part of 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort by AWHONN

April 15, 2019

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has selected Kandice Dunn as part of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort.

Shaikh to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

April 15, 2019

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS). 

Empowering foster parents to become super parents

April 15, 2019

UC Davis Health now offers free trainings in child passenger safety, water safety and infant-safe sleeping for foster parents.

Former PICU patient named this year's Children's Miracle Network child champion for Sacramento

April 12, 2019

PICU patient Jackson Manning returned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week, not as a patient but as the new Children’s Miracle Network child champion for 2019 in the Sacramento region.

New show spotlights mother's disease, negative effects on daughter

April 12, 2019

A new show depicts an abusive relationship between a mother, who suffers from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and her daughter who appears to be constantly sick.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center sponsors Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium

April 4, 2019

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center will host its third annual Concepts in Congenital Cardiac Care symposium on May 11, 2019. It will provide a forum for collaboration within the multidisciplinary congenital cardiac community.  

March 2019

Measles: What parents need to know

March 26, 2019

With measles outbreaks occurring now throughout the U.S., Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, answers some frequently asked questions about the disease and the MMR vaccine.

What is child life?

March 22, 2019

The UC Davis’ Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy department offers support for children and their families to help minimize the anxiety of hospitalization, increase understanding and strengthen coping skills while helping children to continue their typical growth and development.

Baby born with large hole in her heart healed, thanks to innovative procedure

March 19, 2019

Redding resident Kacee Roberts was 13 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound detected a problem with her unborn baby. Learn how the UC Davis Health team repaired the defect.

UC Davis Children's Hospital honored in national Children's Hospital Association photo exhibit

March 12, 2019

A panel of distinguished judges chose three photographs of patients and caregivers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital for inclusion in the biennial Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit.

New pediatric tele-physiatry program helps children in rural and underserved communities

March 7, 2019

Using the power of telehealth, children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities now have access to UC Davis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, funded by a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Month of Giving at Jersey Mike's Subs benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 5, 2019

Eleven Jersey Mike's Subs locations in the greater Sacramento area will donate to Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis Children’s Hospital during March for the "Month of Giving."

Researchers seeking a cure for spina bifida get a step closer to their goal

March 5, 2019

Researchers on the path to finding a cure for spina bifida have identified specific elements in stem cell secretions as key to protecting neurons and ultimately reducing the lower-limb paralysis associated with the birth defect. The team will use the results to optimize the neuroprotective qualities of a stem cell treatment they developed that improves mobility in lab animals and dogs with spina bifida.