At UC Davis Health we proudly apply the expertise, discoveries and technology of a world-class university to advance health and well-being for people and patients — both here in California and across the nation.

Patient care

Nationally renowned UC Davis Medical Center is a leading referral center for the most seriously injured or ill patients and the most medically complex cases. Selected highlights:

Ranked #1 hospital

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UC Davis Health has been ranked the #1 hospital in Sacramento for 2020-21

Magnet® recognition

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Considered the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence

Level 1 trauma center

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The only level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California

Licensed beds

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ER visits

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Clinic/office visits

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*Inpatient admissions; does not include 12,269 observation days.

Statistics for year ending June 30, 2019, except licensed bed count (updated 2021).

Philanthropy impact

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The Children’s Miracle network raised $4.5 million for UC Davis Children's Hospital, ranking in the top 5 among western hospitals and in the nation's top 10

$450,000 from the Harvey L. and Maud C. Sorenson Foundation provided for a pediatric gastroenterologist and educational programs


Comprehensive cancer center

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One of only eight in California designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

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Three of the top 10 autism studies of 2019 were from UC Davis scientists

Institute for Regenerative Cures

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41 active cell and gene therapy clinical trials

  • A model ER-based addiction treatment program at UC Davis Medical Center is expanding to counter the opioid epidemic.

  • UC Davis Health leaders and researchers are members of the California governor’s Alzheimer’s task force, formed to respond to an expected surge in cases. And the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis helps support the millions of people who care for aging family members or friends.

  • The world’s first total-body medical scanner, invented by UC Davis scientists, is now in use for care and research at UC Davis Health.

  • UC Davis Health will host a first-in-the-nation gun violence prevention training program for health professionals, created by California lawmakers. UC Davis is also the location of the first state-funded center for firearm violence research.

  • UC Davis Health neuroscientists played a key development role in the first drug treatment specifically approved for postpartum depression.

  • Improving health for all through programs such as the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, and Center for Health and Technology.

  • The Clinical and Translational Science Center helps advance lab findings into treatments, engage communities in research, and educate the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

External research funding

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$315 Million in 2019


Innovative UC Davis interprofessional education gives the health care workforce of tomorrow the skills and values needed to lead change and improve health for all. Selected highlights:

UC Davis School of Medicine

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Ranked among America’s top medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, including the top 10 for diversity and family med

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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Ranked among the top 50 U.S. nursing schools by U.S. News & World Report

School of Medicine alumna

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Nadine Burke Harris (M.D., ’01), has been named California’s first-ever surgeon general

  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing launched a new nurse practitioner residency program with placements in community and UC Davis Health clinics in underserved areas throughout Northern California.

  • Multiple residency and clerkship sites address primary care shortages in rural communities, including expanded opportunities through the new American Medical Association-supported COMPADRE program.

  • For more than 40 years, UC Davis students have volunteered countless hours in free community clinics delivering care for underserved populations.

  • The Center for Health and Technology offers telehealth education programs for community providers and students, and collaborations around specific conditions.

Faculty, staff and students

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*Direct care providers

**Denotes faculty and other academic personnel, full & part time

Chart depicts 2019 data

Philanthropy impact

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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted the School of Nursing $37.5 million to create the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, designed to develop a new generation of nursing leadership.

During the 2018/2019 academic year, we awarded more than $1.6 million in School of Medicine scholarships to 140 inspiring medical students

Community Engagement

UC Davis Health actively engages with the diverse communities it serves in Sacramento, Northern California and beyond. Selected highlights:

Pandemic response

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Serving and protecting the community during infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

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Recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the nation’s largest LGBTQ organization


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Unique farm-to-fork food service made the national “Good Food 100 Restaurants” list alongside top Sacramento restaurants

  • Caring for vulnerable populations through innovative partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), ER support and screening programs, tobacco cessation initiatives and more.

  • Named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by global media company Forbes.

  • Recognized with “Most Wired” status for health information technology from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

  • We are national pioneers and leaders in telehealth and electronic medical records integration.

  • The UC Davis Health Cancer Care Network unites multiple cancer centers to offer patients leading-edge care in their own communities.

  • UC Davis programs train others to use technology-enabled health care; offer community workshops to increase health literacy; and help students from diverse backgrounds to consider health careers.

  • The School of Nursing partners with more than 350 clinical sites and community agencies for its education and research programs.

  • UC Davis Health partners with dozens of community organizations and events, including the popular Sacramento Republic FC and the California International Marathon.

Many facts and figures from the above page are also shared each spring in our annual Points of Distinction brochure. View the spring 2020 brochure in PDF