For staff in Facilities Management’s Custodial Services unit, the campus’s suspended operations status meant that half would be rotating on, then off the job, but that is no longer the case.
“UC Davis Health needs our help,” said Finis Jones, director of UC Davis custodial services. “We have trained and sent approximately 40 custodians to our UC Davis Health campus to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s over 25 percent of my staff.”
At first the Davis team that volunteered to work at UC Davis Health was not going to be providing custodial services in patient areas including emergency rooms, exam and trauma areas. But now, in addition to working in familiar areas — lobbies, hallways, restrooms, elevators and stairwells — many of these team members are training to care for patient areas as well.
“To give them more of an idea of what it will be like, I give tours,” Jones said. “That way they can see what it's like on the UC Davis Health campus, they can ask questions and gain a better understanding of the job before they begin.”
Meanwhile, on the Davis campus, Jones’ team is still providing services for 350-plus research labs continuing their operations through the crisis, as well as classrooms, since many faculty are using these facilities and the resources in them for teaching remotely.
“It’s a balance. I’m behind the scenes coordinating and redirecting resources accordingly, but my team is stepping up and contributing. They are proud to have a job that is essential and I’m incredibly proud of them too.”
UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit medicalcenter.ucdavis.edu.