Doctors say transportation can be a major barrier between patients and their health care. It’s especially difficult for those who live in rural areas, don’t own a car or can’t afford gas.
Hospitals are increasingly trying out rides-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber to get patients to appointments. A new UC Davis pilot program funded by the Children’s Miracle Network will cover the cost of a Lyft for expectant parents. (Capital Public Radio)
Youth who end up in the hospital after being shot, stabbed or beaten receive medical care — but they don’t always get the resources they need to cope with trauma.
At the UC Davis Medical Center, violence intervention specialists Esmeralda Huerta and Chevist Johnson are determined to intervene. “We send back youth to the community who have no follow up care, no one to talk to, no way of recovering,” Huerta said. “That’s not our goal.” (Capital Public Radio)
Families on Medi-Cal can now receive free genomic testing to diagnose rare genetic disorders at UC Davis Medical Center, according to an announcement Thursday.
“Children with rare genetic disorders that come to our clinic and many times they don’t have an answer,” said Dr. Suma Shankar, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Precision Genomics Clinic at UC Davis. (The genomic testing) helps us come to a definite diagnosis.” (The Sacramento Bee)
The UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides physicians and patients real-time remote consultation and evaluation through interactive, high-definition video and audio communication. This enhanced video technology allows UC Davis to offer around the clock 24/7 expertise to Orchard Hospital health-care providers, without the need to transfer a patient to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. (Gridley Herald)
The University of California at Davis Health System has received a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database, UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. The project is expected to conclude in July 2022. (mobihealthnews)
Late last week, Placerville-based Marshall Medical Center launched its new electronic medical records system after investing $20 million in the initiative.
The new system, which uses a medical record software called Epic, will create a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical and home health divisions. Previously, these three divisions had separate electronic medical records systems. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Telehealth use is growing but the question of whether the technology reduces costs and improves outcomes remains a point of contention.
Whereas the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of health plans and employers, researchers at University of California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients at a more basic level: transportation costs.
Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center, was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber.
The Businesswoman of the Year award recognizes Rice’s contributions to the development of business and the local economy.
“UC Davis Medical Center has thrived under Ann’s ten year leadership, consistently ranking among the nation’s and state’s best hospitals,” said Julie Freischlag, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis, in a press release. (State of Reform)
Through a combination of SMUD’s commercial Greenergy® program and the utility’s new Large Commercial SolarShares® program, 24 of the medical center’s 122 facilities will now be powered using 100 percent renewable energy from sources such as solar, wind and biomass.
The agreement reaffirms UC Davis’ commitment to the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative to become carbon neutral by 2025, and is one pillar in a number of sustainability measures adopted by UC Davis. (UC Davis Health)
Frank Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH), part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, is now recognized as one of 11 Level IV Trauma centers in the state.
Based upon National Research Center (NRC) surveys, the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) has been ranked as the best regional hospital in four areas: best overall quality, best image and reputation, best doctors and best nurses.
Between October 2015 and September 2016, 300,000 U.S. households were asked rated their local hospitals regarding health care choices. UCDMC, which is located in Sacramento, achieved the Consumer Choice Award due to its winnings in the four areas. (The California Aggie)
On August 29, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano announced that the first state-funded firearm violence research center will be established at UC Davis. This program will spearhead scientific information to aid the development of effective gun violence prevention programs and policies.
The research center will be led by Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H., an emergency department physician and one of the nation’s most recognized authorities in firearm violence research for the past 30 years. (The California Aggie)
UC Davis Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital on the West Coast, and only the fourth in the nation, to earn verification 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. (Benzinga)
The University of California’s three children’s hospitals – Davis, Los Angeles and San Francisco – all rank among the nation’s best in treating sick kids, according to the new 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. (University of California News)
A groundbreaking drug that was tested on lung cancer patients at UC Davis Medical Center has been shown to greatly improve survival rates, so much so taht the study has been cut short and the drug is being fast-tracked for Food and Drug Administration approval. (The Sacramento Bee)
The UC Davis Medical Center recently received recognition from the Pew Charitable Trusts as a leader in the effort to address concerns surrounding the administration of antibiotics. A 2016 Pew report includes case studies of UCDMC and other hospitals that have worked to ensure that they prescribe antibiotics only when needed and that patients receive the most appropriate drugs for their conditions. (The Davis Enterprise)
For its “strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on doing what is right for the patients in its community,” UC Davis Medical Center for the second year in a row has been named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. (The Davis Enterprise)
The UC Davis Health System this week reported net income of $46.6 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. That’s flat from the year before, despite higher costs.
Revenue rose to $1.7 billion in fiscal 2015 from $1.6 billion the previous year, an increase of 8.4 percent. But costs also were up. Operating revenue fell to $51.9 million from $56.7 million the year before. As a result, the university health system’s margin dropped to 2.7 percent from 3 percent. (Sacramento Business Journal)
An antibiotic stewardship program that raised the bar for prescribing antibiotics to hospitalized children cut the rate of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections among pediatric patients more than threefold, according to research presented at the IDWeek infectious disease conference.
The stewardship program at the University of California-Davis Children’s Hospital, put in place from 2011-2014, also cut antibiotic costs by more than $56,000 per year, from $277,620 to $221,590, according to an announcement. (FierceHealthcare)
UC Davis may soon be using dogs to sniff out cancer in patients as a result of innovative research that could help doctors make cancer diagnoses earlier.
A team of doctors, veterinarians and animal behaviorists are training Alfie, a Labradoodle, and Charlie, a German shepherd, to develop their already terrific olfactory powers to better screen samples of saliva, breath and urine for cancer. (Sacramento Bee)
The UC Davis Health System is in the beginning stages of a $200 million construction and demolition boom over the next seven years.
If all goes as scheduled, construction could start in late 2016. The last major work on the campus in Sacramento was completed five years ago, when the $425 million surgery and emergency services pavilion opened. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Sometimes, an innovative surgery is only the first step in saving a patient. The second might be something as basic as changing their mattress material or the way they sit, to prevent the formation of a life-threatening bedsore.
The five medical centers of the University of California will serve as designated Ebola treatment centers should a person in the state become ill from the virus.
While public health officials are calling on all hospitals in California to redouble preparations for screening and isolating patients at risk for Ebola, those who are confirmed to have the virus will be transferred to a UC medical center in San Francisco, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, or San Diego. (State of Health, KQED)
The UC Davis Health System launched a $7.5 million behavioral health center today on its Sacramento campus.
The project is part of a $15 million research effort funded by Proposition 63. Approved by voters in 2004, the measure raised taxes on incomes over $1 million to support mental health services. A similar $7.5 million grant went to UCLA. (Sacramento Business Journal)
The UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Dameron Hospital Association in Stockton announced Thursday they have dropped plans to pursue a joint venture after two years of negotiations. (Sacramento Business Journal)
The UC Davis MIND Institute has achieved coveted designation as an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, an elite group of only 15 neurodevelopmental centers nationwide. (Sacramento Business Journal)
The University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., has won the 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence.
Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award, awarded by HIMSS, has recognized excellence in the use of health information technology, specifically the use of the electronic health record to successfully improve healthcare delivery processes and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment. (Monegain, Healthcare IT News 9/17/13)
The UC Davis Medical Center ranked nationally in cancer care and was high-performing in 11 other specialties in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list.
The program recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. No other local hospitals made the list, which was released Tuesday. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 7/17/13)
The UC Davis Health System has signed a $17.5 million agreement with state and federal health officials to lead an effort to electronically link hospitals, doctors and emergency rooms statewide by 2014.
Dr. Ken Kizer at the university’s Institute for Population Improvement in Sacramento was asked to take over the state’s troubled health information exchange in June, but did some due diligence before hashing out an agreement. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 9/25/12)
The biggest and busiest hospital in the Sacramento region is gearing up for health care reform by beefing up primary care.
The UC Davis Medical Center is the cornerstone of the university health system, but it needs primary care doctors in the community to refer patients for specialty care. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 8/31/12)
The UC Davis Cancer Center has joined an elite group of 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation recognized for the breadth-and-depth of their patient care, research and outreach into the community, university officials announced Wednesday.
UC Davis Medical Center will open a $22 million pediatric intensive care unit early Thursday that’s twice the size of the old one and can accommodate a third more patients.
The first patients will move into the new unit in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital on the Sacramento medical center campus beginning at 2 a.m.
The state-of-the-art facility will complement the hospital’s pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offer the highest level of care for critically ill children. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 11/16/11)
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