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September 2021

93% of UC Davis Health employees vaccinated against COVID-19

September 21, 2021

93% of UC Davis Health employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, just weeks after a new University of California vaccine mandate kicked in. The health system is a leader in vaccine compliance, ahead of a new state mandate for health care workers that takes effect Sept. 30.

Medical-surgical nurses earn national recognition with PRISM Award

September 9, 2021

The Accelerated Access Unit at UC Davis Medical Center receives national recognition for the collective achievements and contributions of the nursing staff of the medical-surgical unit.

August 2021

Busting myths about diabetic ketoacidosis, a common but serious complication of diabetes

August 26, 2021

In a Q&A, Pediatrician Nicole Glaser discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment of DKA in children with Type I diabetes.

How to protect yourself from smoky air due to the Caldor, Dixie wildfires

August 19, 2021

Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke can affect lung health, particularly for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. UC Davis Health experts have some tips for protecting yourself when it’s smoky outside.

Vaccine slashed COVID-19 rates among UC Davis Medical Center employees

August 19, 2021

A recently released study by UC Davis Health researchers reviews the incidence of COVID-19 illness among health care workers and documents the dramatic reductions in illness after vaccines were administered.

Congressional leader travels to Davis, praises hospital food and nutrition program

August 18, 2021

Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi visited UC Davis to learn about its efforts to solve challenges of health and hunger. They met with experts including UC Davis Health Executive Chef Santana Diaz.

Third dose COVID-19 'booster' shots available for patients with compromised immune systems

August 17, 2021

Patients whose immune systems are compromised are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Now UC Davis Health is offering a protective third shot to immunocompromised patients who received initial doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Here’s who qualifies for the “booster.”

Emergency Department sees highest number of COVID-19 cases so far in 2021

August 13, 2021

After seeing the lowest number of COVID-19 patients for the year in June, the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center saw the highest number for the year during the first week in August. Physicians report the majority of people seeking treatment are unvaccinated. They are also younger.

Patient shuns COVID-19 vaccine, then changes mind after hospitalization

August 10, 2021

Saul Torres skipped the COVID-19 vaccine because he didn’t believe in it, but then he was hospitalized with complications prompted by the virus. Now he’s urging everyone to get the shot.

Hospital visitors must show proof of vaccination; unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals must have negative test, starting Aug. 11

August 10, 2021

In accordance with a California Department of Public Health order, UC Davis Medical Center will require visitors to present either proof of vaccination or, for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, documentation of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

UC Davis Medical Center receives Platinum Level Excellence in Life Support Award

August 6, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Platinum Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). UC Davis’ Extracorporeal Life Support Program provides vital support for failing organ systems in infants, children and adults.

How a hospital becomes a costly hotel for patients who can’t leave

August 5, 2021

Some UC Davis Medical Center patients are in the hospital for months or years after being medically cleared for discharge. Care facilities more appropriate to their needs can’t or won’t accept them, leaving UC Davis with fewer beds for patients with acute health care needs.

July 2021

“Hold on to your loved ones”: Wildfire survivor who lost children in wildfire offers advice

July 28, 2021

As the 2021 wildfire season in Northern California sparks with a fury, one survivor of the deadly Redwood Valley Fire in 2017 offers advice. Sara Shepherd recounts the blaze that killed her two children and forced her to prepare for future fires in a different way.

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

July 27, 2021

U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals, the #1 hospital in Sacramento and among the top 10 in California.

8 things health experts want you to know about the Delta variant

July 22, 2021

UC Davis Health experts are warning a Sacramento-area COVID-19 surge is likely in the coming weeks. Infections are rising, due largely to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates, which are around 50% in the region.

Reinventing the academic medical center

July 21, 2021

A new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine’s Catalyst describes UC Davis Health’s success in reinventing its academic medical center as a collaborative partner, facilitating a high level of patient care throughout the region and joining with competitors to form partnerships.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

Daughter donates kidney to her role model, her dad, on Father’s Day

July 8, 2021

Rather than a shirt, a necktie or new tools, Jazlyn Estrella gave her father, Ruther Estrella, the gift of a lifetime. She donated her kidney and shared with him the gift of life.