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Lodi Memorial and UC Davis Health Announce Partnership Bringing Advanced Specialty Care for Children to Region

Childbirth LODI - Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is continuing to expand the care available to residents of San Joaquin and Sacramento counties with a first-of-its kind partnership bringing the world-class care of UC Davis Health directly to Lodi.

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and the UC Davis Medical Center have signed a partnership to greatly expand pediatric and neonatal care services at the Lodi medical center, bringing UC Davis physicians and nurses into the local community, and establishing a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week instant connection to the UC Davis Medical Center’s dedicated pediatric emergency department. 

The agreement brings a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) facility to Lodi to treat premature infants who need extra support, and who will receive their care from UC Davis Health specialists. The facility will be equipped with the most current technology and equipment to better serve neonatal cases, and do so without the current need for an ambulance or helicopter trip to Sacramento.  The new NICU greatly increases the level of care available to pediatric patients in the region and decreases the need for transfers to UC Davis Health.

In addition to the newborn nursery, the partnership will also offer an expanded array of pediatric inpatient and outpatient services for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s labor and delivery, emergency room and general inpatient services. Starting July 1, UC Davis Health’s pediatric hospitalists will be on site in Lodi for consultation and care of pediatric patients in the emergency department and to care for patients admitted for inpatient services.  

“Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is pleased to partner with UC Davis to provide world-class, comprehensive care for premature infants and children, right here in Lodi,” said Adventist Health Lodi Memorial President Daniel Wolcott. “This collaboration connects Davis’ and Lodi’s expert teams, allowing families access to advanced and highly specialized care close to home.”

“We’re pleased to share the medical teams and technology from our nationally ranked children’s hospital to help better serve people in the Lodi area,” said UC Davis Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ann Madden Rice.  UC Davis Children’s Hospital was ranked 16th in neonatology by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and was fourth in the nation to receive a Level I children’s surgery center verification by the American College of Surgeons. “This is a first-of-its-kind patient care partnership for us.  As the region's only academic medical center, UC Davis is focused on discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality of care available.  This partnership allows us to increase the quality and level of care available in the local Lodi community.”

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial delivers nearly 1,100 babies a year and cares for more than 9,000 pediatric patients annually.  

UC Davis Health is nationally-ranked leader in health care teaching, research and health care delivery, and the UC Davis Medical Center is one of the top five hospitals in California, as ranked by U.S. News.  The UC Davis Children’s Hospital offers the broadest range of pediatric specialty care in the region, and in 2017, it was re-verified as a level 1 Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons.  As an academic medical system, UC Davis Health has an important social responsibility to both create and share knowledge that advances health and healthcare delivery.  

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, our team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with our unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.