Facts and Figures
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.
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.
Level I trauma center
The only level I trauma center for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California
- U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Medical Center among the nation’s best in 9 specialties and the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento area for 2020-21.
- U.S. News & World Report also ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best in four pediatric specialties for 2020-21, including two in conjunction with partner Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.
- In U.S. News & World Report rankings for common types of care, UC Davis Medical Center rated high-performing in multiple areas in 2020-21.
- UC Davis Medical Center earned the highly prestigious Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, demonstrating adherence to the highest standards of breastfeeding care built on evidence-based practices.
- The medical center is also home to a level IV NICU (the highest possible rating), was named one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2021, and a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care.
- UC Davis Medical Center successfully treated the nation’s first community spread COVID-19 patient, helping to inform testing protocols and other pandemic response best practices, and established the region’s first post-COVID-19 clinic for long-haul patients.
- The UC Davis Children’s Surgery Center is the West Coast’s first American College of Surgeons-verified level I Children’s Surgery Center — and home to pediatric anesthesiologists and dedicated operating rooms available 24 hours a day.
*Inpatient admissions; does not include 16,581 observation days.
Statistics for year ending June 30, 2020.
The Children’s Miracle network raised nearly $3.5 million for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, making it one of the network’s top hospitals
Continued support from Ernest Tschannen’s historic $38.5 million gift, and other generous donations, led to substantial progress on the Tschannen Eye Institute Building
UC Davis Health research includes clinical, translational and basic-science studies, with an emphasis on collaboration and improving health for people, communities and entire populations.
- Part of California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force, and a source of testing support and expertise for our region.
- UC Davis is part of dozens of studies and clinical trials for COVID-19 therapies and preventions, from monoclonal antibody treatments to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- Members of California’s Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and recipients of a $54 million joint dementia grant.
- Home to the School of Nursing’s Family Caregiving Institute.
- Home to the first state-funded center for firearm violence research, helping to inform both public policy and clinical practice.
- A UC Davis Health team is launching the world’s first, FDA-approved human clinical trial using stem cells before birth to treat the most serious form of spina bifida.
- Improving health for all through programs such as the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, MIND Institute, Center for Precision Medicine, Center for Professional Practice of Nursing, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and the 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
$276 million in 2020
A grateful patient’s $4 million gift created first-ever endowed chairs in glaucoma and glaucoma research
A grateful family’s anonymous $600,000 gift established the Brain Computer Interface Research and Support Initiative, to assist in stimulating recovery following a traumatic brain injury or stroke
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.
Ranked among America’s top medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, including #4 for diversity and #9 for family medicine training
Students volunteered countless hours in free community clinics delivering care for underserved populations — including by telehealth and phone during the pandemic
- In its first 10 years, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has grown from 33 students in two programs to 325 students in five programs.
- Innovative training prepares future doctors to treat underserved communities in urban and rural communities; in California’s Central Valley; by advancing Latino health; and by closing the primary care gap.
- A new online post-master’s certificate program seeks to double California’s pipeline of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.
- The Center for Health and Technology offers telehealth education programs for community providers, students and residents, with collaborations around specific conditions.
Faculty, staff and students
As its class gift, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Class of 2019 doctoral program initiated a Student Success Fund
We awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to medical students in 2020, a 50% increase from 2016
More than $230,000 from 900 donations helped students, trainees and staff facing pandemic hardship
UC Davis Health actively engages with the diverse communities it serves in Sacramento, Northern California and beyond.
Bringing vaccinations, testing, telehealth and training to vulnerable populations and communities
Unique farm-to-fork food service Honored by Practice Greenhealth for progress on environmental performance and sustainability
- Serving our region during the pandemic by sharing evidence-based safety advice for everyday life; bridging gaps in testing and equipment; and highlighting the importance of socioeconomic disparities.
- Youth violence intervention and traffic safety education through our Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program.
- Recognized with “Most Wired” status for excellence in using technology to improve care delivery.
- 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.
- Caring for vulnerable populations through:
- Innovative partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
- Helping moms with opioid use disorders, with a dedicated clinic and special training for health care teams in urban and rural communities
- Creating a “virtual children’s hospital” for vulnerable rural Northern California children via telehealth partnerships
- Leading a statewide anti-tobacco initiative for safety-net patients
- Targeted physician-training programs assist underserved populations and communities
Ruth and Paul Flowers gave $100,000 to launch the Super Fritz & Friends Fund, a new initiative to support child cancer patients and their families
A $4.55 million gift from Katy and Dale Carlsen — our largest pediatrics gift to date — established the Foster Care Clinic and Resilience Support Fund
Many facts and figures from above are also shared each spring in our annual Points of Distinction brochure. View the 2021 brochure in PDF.